Category: The Symbolism of the Tarot

PHILOSOPHY OF OCCULTISM IN PICTURES AND NUMBERS by P D. OUSPENSKY

CONTENTS: The Symbolism of the Tarot

This book by P.D. Ouspensky covers the Major Arcana, and puts the cards together as an archeytpal and allegorical life’s journey. What is the Tarot? CARD I. THE MAGICIAN. CARD 0. THE FOOL. CARD II. THE HIGH PRIESTESS. CARD XXI. THE WORLD. CARD III. THE EMPRESS. CARD XX. JUDGMENT. CARD IV. THE EMPEROR. CARD XIX. […]

WHAT IS THE TAROT?

No study of occult philosophy is possible without an acquaintance with symbolism, for if the words occultism and symbolism are correctly used, they mean almost one and the same thing. Symbolism cannot be learned as one learns to build bridges or speak a foreign language, and for the interpretation of symbols a special cast of […]

CARD I. THE MAGICIAN.

I Saw the Man. His figure reached from earth to heaven and was clad in a purple mantle. He stood deep in foliage and flowers and his head, on which was the head-band of an initiate, seemed to disappear mysteriously in infinity. Before him on a cube-shaped altar were four symbols of magic–the sceptre, the […]

CARD 0. THE FOOL.

And I saw another man. Tired and lame he dragged himself along the dusty road, across the deserted plain under the scorching rays of the sun. He glanced sidelong with foolish, staring eyes, a half smile, half leer on his face; he knew not where he went, but was absorbed in his chimerical dreams which […]

CARD II. THE HIGH PRIESTESS.

When I lifted the first veil and entered the outer court of the Temple of Initiation, I saw in half darkness the figure of a woman sitting on a high throne between two pillars of the temple, one white, and one black. Mystery emanated from her and was about her. Sacred symbols shone on her […]

CARD XXI. THE WORLD.

An unexpected vision appeared to me. A circle not unlike a wreath woven from rainbow and lightening, whirled from heaven to earth with a stupendous, velocity, blinding me by its brilliance. And amidst this light and fire I heard music and soft singing, thunderclaps and the roar of a tempest, the rumble of falling mountains […]

CARD III. THE EMPRESS.

I felt the breath of the spring, and accompanying the fragrance of violets and lilies-of-the-valley I heard the tender singing of elves. Rivulets murmured, the treetops rustled, the grasses whispered, innumerable birds sang in choruses and bees hummed; everywhere I felt the breathing of joyful, living Nature. The sun shone tenderly and softly and a […]

CARD XX. JUDGMENT.

I saw an ice plain, and on the horizon, a chain of snowy mountains. A cloud appeared and began to grow until it covered a quarter of the sky. Two fiery wings suddenly expanded in the cloud, and I knew that I beheld the messenger of the Empress. He raised a trumpet and blew through […]

CARD IV. THE EMPEROR.

After I learned the first three numbers I was given to understand the Great Law of Four–the alpha and omega of all. I saw the Emperor on a lofty stone throne, ornamented by four rams’ heads. On his forehead shone a golden helmet. His white beard fell over a purple mantle. In one hand he […]

CARD XIX. THE SUN.

As soon as I perceived the Sun, I understood that It, Itself, is the expression of the Fiery Word and the sign of the Emperor. The great luminary shone with an intense heat upon the large golden heads of sun-flowers. And I saw a naked boy, whose head was wreathed with roses, galloping on a […]