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ASTRONOMIC TAROT

By

V.H. FRATER S.R.M.D.

 

The Planets’ sphere which illustrates this manuscript, as part of the Z.A.M.’s Abstract of the Tarot, has been drawn by S.R.M.D. as instructed. It represents the Heavens polarized on the plane of the Ecliptic, not on the plane of the Equator of our Earth, so that its North Pole is the veritable North Pole of our Heavens and not merely that part of them to which the North Pole of our Earth now points.

Another very important difference is that, throughout the true Tarot, the teaching assigns the commencing Point of the Zodiac to the bright Star “Regulus” which is in Leo. And it measures Right Ascension and Longitude from that point, and not from a suppositious point divided by the Equinox and called the 0° of Aries (though in reality now far removed from the constellation of that name), which has been adopted by modern or western astronomy and astrology.

By this now usual way of reckoning, and the Procession of the Equinoxes, it has gradually come to pass that the signs (or divisions, each of 30°, of the Zodiac) no longer coincide with the constellations of the same name, and each decade shows them slowly but surely receding.

But the Tarot method of reckoning from the star named Regulus has, it will be seen, the effect of making the Signs and the Constellations coincide.

“Regulus” is also named Cor Leonis - “The Heart of the Lion.”

“Regulus” means “Star of the Prince.” “Regulus” coincides with the position of the “heart” in the figure of Leo upon the Star Maps.

Justice

Rules the whole of Libra.

Stars

Part of the South Scale of Libra, tail of Hydra, head, body, arms and forefeet of Centauri. Legs, body and tail of Lupus, the Wolf which he is killing. Right claw of Scorpio.

Death

Rules the whole of Scorpio.

Stars

Body and tail of Scorpio, head and neck of Lupus, whole of Ara - Altar, two feet of Ophiucus, point of arrow of Sagittarius, part of Norma, Mason's square.

Temperance

Rules the whole of Sagittarius.

Stars

The whole of Sagittarius, the Archer, except right hind leg, the tail, the crown of the head, extreme points of Bow and Arrow, Corona Australis, Telescope, Pavo - Peacock.

The Devil

Rules the whole of Capricorn.

Stars

Whole lower half of Capricornus, the he-Goat, part of Piscis Australis, Southern Fish, Microscope Part of Grus, the Crane. Part of Indus.

The Star

Rules the whole of Aquarius.

Stars

Legs of Aquarius, and the issuant water head of Piscis Australis, part of Grus, part of Phoenix, part of apparatus Sculptorum, part of Cetus.

The Moon

Rules the whole of Pisces.

Stars

The connecting band of Pisces, the body of Cetus, the sea Monster to which Andromeda was exposed, part of Apparatus Sculptorum. Part of Phoenix, part of Fornax.

The Emperor

Rules the whole of Aries.

Stars

Legs of Aries, part of body of Taurus, head and fore-part of Cetus, part of Fornax and of Eridanus.

The Hierophant

Rules the whole of Taurus.

Stars

Head and forepart of Taurus the Bull. The Bull sent by Neptune to frighten the horses of Sol and those of the Hippolytus. The greater part of Orion the Giant, and hunter. The beginning of the River Eridanus into which Phaeton was hurled when attempting to drive the horses of the Sun, greater part of Lepus, the Hare.

 

THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

 

 

 

 

THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

 

 

 

TABULAR VIEW OF THE DOMINION OF THE SYMBOLS

OF THE TAROT IN THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS.

The Zelator Adeptus Minor shall know that the great “King Star” or “Heart of the Lion,” which is in Leo upon the path of the Ecliptic and one of the “Four Tiphareth Points” (see later) of the Celestial Heavens, is the commencement and Ruler of all our reckoning of Longitude (or Ecliptic). The Path of the Sun itself is the commencement of our reckoning of the Latitude in the searching out of our Hidden Wisdom.

Also the Dragon, the constellation Draco, surroundeth the Pole Kether of our Celestial Heavens.

But the Northern Pole and Kether of the Material Planet (even of our Erthe, earth) looketh constantly unto Binah, for as much as she is under sorrow and suffering. When, oh Lord of the Universe, shall she turn from her evil ways so that she shall again behold Kether? Wherefore she is now a place of trial. For each thing in this world of Assiah looketh towards that which is its Natural Governor. To what part of the Celestial Heavens the Kether of a Planet constantly looketh, by that part is that Planet ruled. For in all things shine the Sephiroth even as hath been sufficiently said.

The Four Knaves rule the celestial Heavens from the North Pole of the Zodiac to the 45° of Latitude North of the Ecliptic. They form the Thrones of the Four Aces, who rule in Kether. The Four Kings, 4 Queens, 4 Knights rule the Celestial Heavens from the 45°of North Latitude down to the Ecliptic. The 12 Tarot Keys attributed to the 12 Signs of the Zodiac rule the Celestial Heavens from the Ecliptic down to the 45° of South Latitude. The 36 smaller cards of the Suits (from two to ten) rule the Celestial Heavens from the 45° South of the Ecliptic to the South Pole, or the Malkuth place therein. All calculation arises from the Star “Regulus,” the 0° of our Led.

 

SYMBOLS

These Four Aces revolve in Kether, their Thrones are the central portion of 45° of Longitude in extent in the dominions of the Knaves of their respective suits.

 

STAR GROUPS

Ace of Wands

A part of the tail of Draco, fore-feet of Ursa Major, tail of Ursa Major, and of the Northern dog of Canis Venatici.

Ace of Cups

Head of Draco, body and legs of Hercules.

Ace of Swords

Body of Draco. Right arm of Orpheus, head and body of Lacerta. Body of Cygnus.

Ace of Pentacles

Body of Draco. Legs of Cepheus. Tail of Ursa Minor, and the Pole Star. Legs of Cassiopeia. Head and neck of Camelopardus.

Knave of Wands

Rules from North Pole to 45° and from 0° of Cancer to 30° of Virgo, the end of Virgo. The Throne of the Ace of Wands extends 45° from 22° - 30° of Cancer to 7° - 30° of Virgo within the limits of 45° Latitude.

Star groups corresponding to above.

Tail of Draco, Head and forepart of Ursa Minor, left arm and part of head and chest of Bootes. The greater part of the Northernmost dog of Canis Venatici. Tail and Back of Ursa Major, (ancient Italian name was Septemtriones, the 7 Ploughing Oxen). This includes the celebrated Seven stars of the constellation called “Charles Wai.n” by the English; “Seven Rishis” by the Hindus, and in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Ch. XVII, “The Seven bright ones who follow their Lord, the Thigh of the Northern Heaven.” In the Zodiac of Denderah, and in the Tablet of Edfus, that Ursa Major is represented as the thigh of an Ox.

Knave of Cups

Rules from North Pole to 45° of Latitude and from 0° of Libra to 30° of Sagittarius in Longitude. The Throne of the Ace embraces from 22° - 30° of Libra to 7° - 30° of Sagittarius within the above limits of Latitude.

Star Group

Head of Draco. Left arm, body and legs of Hercules, part of head, right shoulder and club of Bootes.

Knave of Swords

Rules from North Pole to 45° Latitude and from 0° of Capricorn to 30° of Pisces Longitude. The Throne of the Ace extends from 22° - 30° of Capricorn to 7° - 30° of Pisces as before.

Star Group

Body of Draco, part of Lyra. Head, body and right arm of Cepheus, the King and Father of Andromeda, the whole of Cygnus, head and body of Lacerta, back and part of head of Vulpecula the Fox.

Knave of Pentacles

Rules from North Pole to 45° Latitude, and from 0° of Aries to 30° of Gemini Longitude.

The Throne of the Ace embraces from 22° - 30° of Aries to 7° - 30° of Gemini within the

Latitude as above.

Star Group

Body of Draco, legs and part of right arm and Sceptre of Cepheus, tail and hind quarters of Ursa Minor, with the Pole Star of our Earth, head and neck of Camelopardalis (Giraffe), body and right arm, throne and legs of Cassiopeia, the Queen of Cepheus and Mother of Andromeda, head of Ursa Major.

Prince of Wands

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° North Latitude and from 20° Cancer to 20° Leo in Longitude.

Star Group

Head, body, and tail of Leo, body and tail of Leo Minor, hind quarters and legs of Ursa Major, head and fore-quarters of Southern dog of Canis Venatici.

King of Pentacles

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° North Latitude and from 20° of Leo to 20° of Virgo.

Star Group

Head and body of Virgo, left arm of Bootes, hair of Berenice. Body and hind quarters of Southern dog of Canes Venatici, hind feet of Northern dog of Canis Venatici.

Queen of Swords

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° and from 20° of Virgo to 20° of Libra.

Star Group

Right leg of Virgo, body and right arm and right leg of Bootes. Beam and part of Scales of Libra.

Knight of Cups

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° and from 20° of Libra to 20° of Scorpio.

Star Group

Part of Scales of Libra, left claws of Scorpio, body and legs of Ophiucus, the holder of the Serpent. Front half of Serpent’s head, right arm and club of Hercules.

The King of Wands

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° North Latitude and from 20° of Scorpio to 20° of Sagittarius.

Star Group

Top of head and bow of Sagittarius, head and right arm of Ophiucus, rear half of Serpent.

Queen of Pentacles

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° North Latitude and from 20° of Sagittarius to 20° of Capricorn.

Star Group

Top of head, neck and horns of Capricorn, left hand of Aquarius, the man who carries the Water, the whole of Aquila, the Eagle, the greater part of Delphinus, whole of Sagitta, the Arrow, forefeet and body of Vulpecula the Fox, and the tail of the Cygnet which he seizes.

Knight of Swords

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° North Latitude, and from 20° of Capricorn to 20° of Aquarius.

Star Group

Tail of Capricornus, head and body of Aquarius, head and forelegs of Pegasus, the winged horse who sprang from the blood of Medusa near the sources of the ocean, the whole of Equilaus, the lesser horse, part of head of Dolphin, tail and hind quarters of Vulpecula, part of wing of Cygnus, the swan, part of head of Pisces.

King of Cups

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° of North Latitude and from 20° of Aquarius to 20° of Pisces.

Star Group

Body and tail of one of the Pisces, and part of the band. Body and wings of Pegasus, head and arms of Andromeda, chained to the rock, tail of Lacerta.

Queen of Wands

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° North Latitude and from 20° of Pisces to 20° of Aries.

Star Group

The other Fish and part of Band of Pisces, head and back of Aries, body and legs of Andromeda, the Triangle, hand left arm of Cassiopeia, the winged instep of Aries.

Knight of Pentacles

Rules from Ecliptic to 450 North Latitude and from 20° of Aries to 20° of Taurus.

Star Group

Tail of Aries, one horn and shoulder and back of Taurus, whole of Perseus, and the head of Medusa, hind quarters and legs of Camelopardalis, left leg of Auriga, Charioteer, and part of Capella, the she-goat which bears kids in her arms.

King of Swords

Rules from Ecliptic to 45° North Latitude from 20° of Taurus to 20° Gemini in Longitude.

Star Group

Head and body of Castor, one of the Gemini, greater part of Auriga and Capella, head and forepart of Lynx, forefeet of Camelopardalis.

Queen of Cups

Rules from Ecliptic to 450 North Latitude, and from 20° Gemini to 20° of Cancer in Longitude.

Star Group

Head and body of Pollux, the other of the Gemini; greater part of Cancer, crab; face ol Leo; head and face of Ursa Major.

THE TWELVE KEYS WHICH GOVERN THE CELESTIAL HEAVENS

FROM THE ECLIPTIC TO 45° OF SOUTH LATITUDE

Fortitude

Rules the whole of Leo, from the point of Regulus or Cor Leonis. Stars

The fore-legs and hind-feet of Leo, greater part of the Sextans and of Crater, the cups. part of the body of Hydra, the great Water serpent, greater part of Antlia Pneumatica, the air Pump, greater part of Pisces Nautica, a small part of the ship Argo.

Hermit

Rules the whole of Virgo.

Stars

Left arm, hand, and arm of Virgo, and her ear of Corn; part of the body of Hydra, Corvus, the Crow, part of Crater, tail and right hand of Centaurus, the man horse, smal part of Air Pump and of Argo.

Justice

Rules the whole of Libra.

Stars

Part of the South Scale of Libra, tail of Hydra, head, body, arms and forefeet of Centauri. Legs, body and tail of Lupus, the Wolf which he is killing. Right claw of Scorpio.

Death

Rules the whole of Scorpio.

Stars

Body and tail of Scorpio, head and neck of Lupus, whole of Ara - Altar, two feet of Ophiucus, point of arrow of Sagittarius, part of Norma, Mason’s square.

Temperance

Rules the whole of Sagittarius.

Stars

The whole of Sagittarius, the Archer, except right hind leg, the tail, the crown of the head, extreme points of Bow and Arrow, Corona Australis, Telescope, Pavo - Peacock.

The Devil

Rules the whole of Capricorn.

Stars

Whole lower half of Capricornus, the he-Goat, part of Piscis Australis, Southern Fish, Microscope Part of Grus, the Crane. Part of Indus.

The Star

Rules the whole of Aquarius.

Stars

Legs of Aquarius, and the issuant water head of Piscis Australis, part of Grus, part of Phoenix, part of apparatus Sculptorum, part of Cetus.

The Moon

Rules the whole of Pisces.

Stars

The connecting band of Pisces, the body of Cetus, the sea Monster to which Andromeda was exposed, part of Apparatus Sculptorum. Part of Phoenix, part of Fornax.

The Emperor

Rules the whole of Aries.

Stars

Legs of Aries, part of body of Taurus, head and fore-part of Cetus, part of Fornax and of Eridanus.

The Hierophant

Rules the whole of Taurus.

Stars

Head and forepart of Taurus the Bull. The Bull sent by Neptune to frighten the horses of Sol and those of the Hippolytus. The greater part of Orion the Giant, and hunter. The beginning of the River Eridanus into which Phaeton was hurled when attempting to drive the horses of the Sun, greater part of Lepus, the Hare.

The Lovers

Rule the whole of Gemini.

Stars

Legs of Castor and Pollux, the Gemini, Canis Minor, a small part of Cancer. The whole of Monoceros, the Unicorn, except the hind-quarters. Head and fore-part of Canis Major, the greater Dog.

The Chariot

Rules the whole of Cancer up to Regulus in Leo.

Stars

One claw and part of the body of Cancer, forepaws of Leo, head and part of Hydra, part of Sextans, part of Pisces Nautica, hind legs and tail of Monoceros, part of the mast, rigging, and prow of the ship Argo.

IN CONCLUSION

The Keys answering unto the Seven Lords who wander (planets) and the Three Spirits (the elements) are not assigned any fixed dominion. The following 36 small cards (2’s to 10’s) rule the decans of the signs in the Celestial Heavens and their Dominion extendeth from 45° South of the Ecliptic unto Malkuth at the Southern Pole.

5 of Wands

0° - 10° of Leo, Saturn, Part of Argo, part of Pisces Volcun.

6 of Wands

10° - 20° of Leo, Jupiter, Part of Argo, part of Pisces Volcun.

7 of Wands

20°- 30° of Leo, Mars, Part of Argo, part of Pisces Volcun.

8 of Pentacles

0° - 10° of Virgo, Sun, Part of Argo, part of Pisces Volcun.

9 of Pentacles

10° - 20° of Virgo, Venus, Hind feet of Centauri, part of Pisces Volcun.

10 of Pentacles

20° - 30° of Virgo, Mercury, Hind legs of Centauri, part of Chameleon.

2 of Swords

0° - 10° of Libra, Moon, Hind legs of Centauri, pt. Crux, pt. Musea and Chameleon.

3 of Swords

10° - 20° of Libra, Saturn, Pt. of Crux, Musea and Chameleon.

4 of Swords

20°- 30° of Libra, Jupiter, Pt. of Musea, Circinus, Compasses, and Chameleon.

5 of Cups

0°- 10° of Scorpio, Mars, Pt. Circinus, Chameleon and of Triangulum Australis.

6 of Cups

10° - 20° of Scorpio, Sun, Pt. Triangulum Australis, Apus the Swallow and Octano.

7 of Cups

20° - 30° of Scorpio, Venus, Part of Pavo, Apus, Octano.

8 of Wands

0° - 10° of Sagittarius, Mercury, Part of Pavo, Apus, Octano.

9 of Wands

10° - 20° of Sagittarius, Moon, Part of Pavo, Apus, Octano.

10 of Wands

20° 30° of Sagittarius, Saturn, Pt. of Pavo, pt. Hydra, watersnake.

2 of Pentacles

0° - 10° of Capricorn, Jupiter, Part of Pavo, part of Hydra.

3 of Pentacles

10° - 20° of Capricorn, Mars, Part of Toncan, part of Hydra.

4 of Pentacles

20° - 30° of Capricorn, Saturn, Part of Toncan, part of Phoenix.

5 of Swords

0° - 10° of Aquarius, Venus, Part Phoenix, end of Eridanus.

6 of Swords

10° - 20° of Aquarius, Mercury, Parts Hydrus, Reticulus, Rhombus.

7 of Swords

20° - 30° of Aquarius, Moon, Parts Phoenix, Hydra, Reticulum and Eridanus.

8 of Cups

0° - 10° of Pisces, Saturn, Part Phoenix, Eridanus, Reticulum.

9 of Cups

10° - 20° of Pisces, Jupiter, Part Phoenix, Eridanus, Reticulum.

10 of Cups

20° - 30° of Pisces, Mars, Part Phoenix, Dorado, Reticulum.

2 of Wands

0° - 10° of Aries, Mars, Part Phoenix and Dorado.

3 of Wands

10° - 20° of Aries, Sun, Part Coelum Sculptori, and Dorado.

4 of Wands

20° - 30° of Aries, Venus, Part Coelum Sculptori (Engraver’s Burin).

5 of Pentacles

0° - 10° of Taurus, Mercury, Part Eridanus, Columba, Naochi, Dorado, Equilaus, Pictoris.

6 of Pentacles

10° - 20° of Taurus, Moon, Forepart of Lepus, Tail and Wing of Columba, part of Equilaus.

7 of Pentacles

20°- 30° of Taurus, Saturn, Part Equilaus and Lepus, Body of Columba.

8 of Swords

0° - 10° of Gemini, Jupiter, Feet of Canis Major, Prow Argo, part Equilaus Pictoris.

9 of Swords

10° - 20° of Gemini, Mars, Legs of Canis Major, Part of Prow of Argo.

10 of Swords

20° - 30° of Gemini, Sun, Hind quarters of Canis Major, part of Prow of Argo.

2 of Cups

0° - 10° of Cancer, Venus, Prow Argo, Tail Canis Major.

3 of Cups

10° - 20° of Cancer, Mercury, Prow of Argo.

4 of Cups

20° - 30° of Cancer, Moon, Prow of Argo.

While the greater number of the Northern Constellations are connected with classical mythology, the titles of many of the Southern Constellations, and especially of those near the South Pole, are of more or less recent nomenclature, and bear witness to absence of reference to Occult Knowledge, such names for instance as Reticulum, and Coelum Scuiptores, Octanus, etc.

RECAPITULATION

In the dominion of the various forces, the rule of each may be divided into three portions. The centre is the most pronounced in its accord with the nature of its Ruler, and the two outer portions are tinged with the nature of the Ruler of the dominion bordering thereon. For example, in the case of Leo, the Dominion of Fortitude, the central 10 degrees will have most of this nature. For the beginning 10 degrees are tinged with the nature of Cancer, and the last ten degrees with the nature of Virgo, the nature of Leo however predominating the mixture.

The whole Heavens then, are thus divided into Four Great Belts or Zones:

The Uppermost

Is the Dominion of the Knaves like a Cross within a Circle.

The Second Belt

Under the Dominion of the other Court cards represents a Belt of Influence descending vertically.

The Third Belt

Is under the Dominion of the 12 Keys related to the Signs of the Zodiac, represents a Belt of influence acting horizontally. This Zone in union with the second Belt will therefore yield a great Zone of 12 Crosses encircling the heavens.

The Fourth Belt

Consists of 36 Decans under the Dominion of the 36 small cards of the four suits, the numbers 2-10 of each suit. In each of these sets of 3 parts of a Sign, the central one will be more pronounced in effect than the lateral parts.

Therefore the 3 Decanates of each of the Signs will be symbolised by a triangle. Thus are yielded twelve Triangles surrounding the lower heavens, and therefore there will ultimate twelve Crosses surmounting 12 Triangles surrounding the heavens. In other words, the symbol of the G.D. in the Outer, 12 times repeated.


The central Rising Sun will represent the hidden influence of Tiphareth in the centre of the Sphere, as will be hereafter explained, rising above the waters of Space (the ethereal expanse of the Sky called by the Egyptians “The Waters of Nu which are the parents of the Gods,” The Shoreless Ocean of Space).

In the Golden Dawn initiation, the Cross surmounting the Triangle is preferably represented by a Calvary Cross of 6 Squares, as still more allied to Tiphareth.