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Week Four Waite-Trinick Tarot

Audio recording for week 4 (please download file rather than try to listen to it as streaming)

see handout from cynthia

Read pp31-43 of Golden Dawn Tarot pdf pp 10-16

Skim 32 paths of Wisdom looking for possible analogs to our study

Note second summary question:






Think question: (this question does not require research so much as study of the images, their order and interrelationship and come up, imagine a response to this observation of titles and attributions in the Waite-Trinick Images)
What is the significance the four images entitled Shekinah? XXVIII The Moon XXIX Justice XXX The Star XXXII The World?
Why not XII The Empress? XVIII The High Priestess? Or XXVII Temperance?


Second summary question: What is the story these cards tell in
  • [a] themselves by there symbology and
  • [b] as ranked, arranged together in pairs and triads,
  • [c] lastly as they are links (paths) between Sephira?
Sephiroth Attributions:

The images and colors below are given as suggestion for those who wish to work in meditation with the Sephiroth of the Tree. They are the traditional forms from the correspondences of 777.

1. Kether (Neptune): An ancient bearded king seen in profile;
the crown; the cranium; the thousand-petaled lotus; the divine spark;
the Archangel Metatron;
 brilliance; a point of brilliant white light; white flecked with gold.

2. Chokmah (Uranus): A bearded male figure; an erect phallus;
the left side of the face;
the Archangel Ratziel;
pure soft blue; grey; iridescent pearly-gray; white flecked with red, blue and yellow.

3. Binah (Saturn): A mature woman; a matron; the yoni; the cup or chalice;
the right side of the face;
the Archangel Tzaphkiel;
crimson; black; dark brown; gray flecked with pink.

4. Chesed (Jupiter): A mighty crowned and throned king;
the left arm;
the Archangel Tzadkiel;
deep violet; blue; deep purple; deep azure flecked with yellow.

5. Geburah (Mars): A mighty warrior in his chariot;
the sword; the right arm;
the Archangel Khamael;
orange; scarlet red; bright scarlet, red flecked with black.

6. Tiphareth (Sun): A majestic king; a child; a sacrificed God;
the heart; the breast;
the Archangel Raphael;
clear rose-pink; yellow; rich salmon-pink; golden amber.

7. Netzach (Venus): A beautiful naked woman; the bearded Venus; a rose;
sexuality; the loins, hips and legs;
the Archangel Haniel;
amber; emerald; bright yellowish green; olive flecked with gold.

8. Hod (Mercury): A hermaphrodite;
an apron covering the generative organs; the loins and legs;
the Archangel Michael;
violet-purple; orange; russet-red; yellowish black flecked with white.

9. Yesod (Moon): A beautiful naked man, very strong;
the generative organs;
the Archangel Gabriel;
indigo; violet; very dark purple; azure flecked with citrine.

10. Malkuth (Earth and Pluto): A young woman, crowned and throned;
the feet; the anus;
 the Archangel Sandalphon;
yellow; citrine, olive, russet and black; citrine, olive, russet and black flecked with gold; black rayed with yellow.

Titles for the Major Arcana

The attributions listed here are in accordance with those of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Society of the Inner Light, the Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.), the Servants of the Light, and Pamela Eakins, Tarot of the Spirit.
Waite-Trinck number Card name (Astroanalog): color association; musical note; Path; Hebrew letter; alternative title
Golden Dawn Titles:

XXV The Devil (Capricorn): Blue-violet, indigo, black; A-natural; Tiphareth-Hod; Samekh; Lucifer
15 Capricorn—The Devil: Old Pan, The Tester, The Establishment, Matter, The Cube of Imperfect Understanding, Lord of the Gates of Matter, Formless Form, Child of the Forces of Time, Typhon, The Electric Whirlwind, God as Perceived by the Ignorant, Satan, Fate, The Twins Chained by Time, Lucifer—Angel of Light, The Spirit of Discord, Master of the Coven, Old Nick, City Hall, The Goat of Mendes, Society, Guardian of the Key to the Temple, Janus, The Mountain, The Eye of the Father, The Temple of Universal Peace Among Men, The World Father, The Watching Eye, The Prime Minister, The 1 Blackness of Ignorance, Argus of the Many Eyes, Eroticism, The Horny One, The Path of the Tradition of Darkness, The Scapegoat, The Clown, Opacity, Shiva, Two-Sexed Horus, Bondage, Mirth, Renewing Intelligence, The Climber, The Sovereignty and Beauty of Material Splendor, Lord of the Flies, The God of the Old Testament, The Virgin's Child.

XXVI The Lovers (Gemini): Orange; D-natural; Hod-Netzach; Ayin; Marriage, Eden
6 Gemini — Twins: Lovers, The Parting of the Ways, Eros, Cupid, The Two Ways, The Dual Brain, The Children of the Voice, Oracle of the Mighty Gods, Logic, The Judgement of Paris, The Androgynous Twins, Anubis, Andromeda's Rescue, The Student, Thinking Perfected, Hermes, The Connection, Duality, Twinning, The Angel Raphael, The Creation of the World, The Servant of Pan, Perfection of the Mind, Castor and Pollux, Temptation, The Monkey, Choice, The Two-Edged Sword, The Witness, The Alchemical or Hermetic Marriage of the Elements, Division, Separation, The Attractions of Opposites, Disposing Intelligence, The Journalist, The Reporter, The Understanding of Beauty, The Production of Beauty and Sovereignty, The Devil's Tool.

XXVII Temperance (Sagittarius): Blue; G-sharp, A-flat; Tiphareth-Yesod; Peh; Lady of Reconciliation
14 Sagittarius — Temperance: Art, Alchemy, The Two Urns, Adaptation, The Bringer-Forth of Life, Daughter of the Reconcilers, The Teacher, The Way, Preservation, Higher Spaces, Verification, Tentative Intelligence, Intelligence of Probation or Trial, Divine Wisdom, The Fourth Dimension, The Angel Michael, The Rainbow's Promise, The Pointer, The Arrow That Pierces the Rainbow, The Gypsy, Iris, Universal Life, Consummation of the Royal Alchemical Marriage, Chiron, The Queen of Heaven, The Philosopher, The Operation of the Great Work, The Quest of the Universal Medicine, The Coniunctio Oppositorum, Mantra, Combination, Wrath, The Beauty of a Firm Basis, The Centaur.

XXVIII The Moon (Pisces): Red-violet; B-natural; Netzach-Yesod; Tzaddi; Soul-Part Shining, Shekinah
18 Pisces—Moon: Dreams, Twilight, Dusk, The Ruler of Flux and Reflux, Child of the Sons of the Mighty, Medusa, Hecate, The Fish-God, Body Knowledge, Trance, The Compassionate One, The Land of Dreams, Corporeal Intelligence, Organization, The True Base of Reality, The Land of the Gods, The Mystic, The Role Taker, The Dreamer, The Synthesizer, The Mermaid, The Gateway to Resurrection, The Dancer, Fantasy, The Hounds of Diana, Tamas, Music, Metaphysical Sleep, The Poet, Ast the Serpent, Basic Understanding, The Victory of the Material, The Two Fish, Master of the Mind.

XXIX Justice (Libra): Green; F-sharp, G-flat; Hod-Yesod; Qoph; President of the Supernal Tribunal, Shekinah
11 Libra—Justice: Adjustment, The Sword and the Balance, Union of Opposites, Copulation, The Judge, Daughter of the Lords of Truth, The Jury, Ruler of the Balance, The Blind One, Karma in Action, The Mirror, Inner Truth, Nephthys, Athena, The Partner, The Shadow, The Peacemaker, The Scales, The Other, The Stranger, The Crystal Cube, Narcissus, Equilibrium, Transition, Faithful Intelligence, The Severity of Beauty and Sovereignty, The Dove of Peace.

From Wald Amberstone via Cynthia Tedesco: On the Astrological paths via Sefer Yetzirah

Wald Amberstone addressed Tarot & Astrology STRICTLY from a Kabbalistic POV using the GRA TREE FROM THE SEFER YETZIRAH. When discussing that tree the paths had a different order for the Majors than we use w/the RWS deck usually. Also DAA`TH is critical... 

Diagonals = 12 signs in order 

From Sephiroth See Attributions

  • 1 to 2 = emperor/aries 
  • 1 to 3 = hierophant/taurus 
  • 2 to daa`th = lovers/gemini 
  • 3 to daa`th = chariot/cancer 
  • Daa`th to 4 = strength/leo 
  • Daa`th to 5 = hermit/virgo 
  • 4 to 6 = justice/libra 
  • 5 to 6 = scorpio/death 
  • 6 to 7 = temperance/sagittarius 
  • 6 to 8 = devil/capricorn 
  • 7 to 9 = aquarious/star 
  • 8 to 9 = pisces/moon 
  • Sadly, 10 just 'hangs there' = a sorry sight 
  • Vertical paths: 
  • Middle pillar
  •  1 to 6 = magician/mercury
  •  6 to 9 = sun/sun
  •  9 to 10 = world/saturn

R hand pillar = 'the jewish niagra falls' 

  • 2 to 4 = moon/hp 
  • 4 to 7 = wheel/jupiter 

L hand pillar = jewish fire 'focused flow' 

  • 3 to 5 venus/empress 
  • 5 to 8 = tower / mars 

Horizontal paths 

  • 2 to 3 = judgement/ fire/ shin the antithesis in an 'argument' 
  • 4 to 5 = fool/ air synthesis 
  • 7 to 8 = hanged man/ water = thesis & the present in time 

Tree has an 'i/thou' r/l relationship, my r is your l etc

Hope this is useful & will share what is possible w/you if you like.  Kabbalistic tarot astrology is all about time & timing... I like it much more than 'standard' astrology as we have come to know it as the 'underpinnings' are clear from following the Hebrew alphabet's mother letters, simples & doubles plus the tree.




Related Pages

Classes Completed

Week 1 Notes,

Audio W-T Tarot Week One

(please download file rather than try to listen to it as streaming)

Week 2 Notes,

Audio W-T Tarot Week Two

Week 3 Notes,

Audio W-T Tarot Week Three

Week 4 Notes,

Audio W-T Tarot Week Four

Week 5 Notes,

Audio W-T Tarot Week Five


See digital images of the Waite-Trinick Tarot from the British Museum Research website where one can download for one's own personal study all 43 images.

For access to study material see annotated study Guide


Christian Symbols

Liturgical Vestments

Golden Dawn Major Arcana as Drawn by Wang under the direction of Regardie