Tree of Life (with Major Arcana Cards)

GODS AND ARCHANGELS ON THE TREE OF LIFE

   The Tree of Life is a composite symbol representing the basic forces within the cosmos and within each human individual. Like the Gods and Archangels of different religious pantheons throughout the ages, Tarot archetypes are artificial elementals, or "living images," that represent the energies of the spheres and connecting paths of the Tree of Life. In other words, whenever you are invoking a Tarot archetype or God or Archangel, you are actually invoking a "ray" of force from a sphere on the Tree of Life through a living image, or symbolic representation, of the subtle, unseen energy: The living images of the Tarot and of Gods and Archangels link you to the cosmic forces.
   Tarot archetypes are usually represented with commonplace human attributes and are generally easy to identify with. Gods and Archangels, on the other hand, often have characteristics that make them appear more powerful than humans, such as the head of an animal or wings. The living images within the Tarot, which have been fashioned fairly recently in human history, link us to the ancient Gods and Archangels, whose power endures because they have been revered and worshipped down through the ages and therefore remain imprinted within the collective subconscious. In musical terms, each sphere on the Tree of Life is like a different key, and each God, Archangel, and Tarot archetype is like a different note within a key. As the composer, you can perform extremely effective rituals by invoking the living images of related Tarot archetypes and Gods or Archangels together, choosing the living images that best fit the ritual purpose.
   Regarding the Minor Arcana number cards: In the system of Golden Dawn correspondences, each number card from the Twos to the Tens is assigned ten degrees of the zodiac, called a decan, or decanate, each of which is ruled by a planet. The meaning of each Minor Arcana number card is derived partly from the element of its suit and from the combined planet and zodiac sign of its decan. Each of the number cards is also associated with one of the ten sephiroth (spheres) of the Tree of Life, which means that there are several cosmic influences associated with each of the number cards, Twos through Tens. (Each Ace represents the root of it element, not a planetary or zodiacal force.) The Tarot archetypes in the number cards, especially through the Pentagram Spread, link several Gods at once--if you keep in mind the powers that the living images represent.

See the decanate associations.

GODS AND ARCHANGELS OF THE MAJOR ARCANA TRUMPS

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XXI, The World
Location of Path: Between the Tenth Sphere (Malkuth) and the Ninth Sphere (Yesod)
Astrological correspondence: Saturn
Mythological Principle: Descent into the Underworld
Archangel: Uriel
Gods:
Egyptian: Ptah (as Saturn); Geb (as the element of Earth)
Greek: Chronos (as Saturn); Demeter (as Earth)
Roman: Saturn; Ceres (as Earth)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XX, Judgement
Location of Path: Between the Tenth Sphere (Malkuth) and the Eighth Sphere (Hod)
Astrological correspondence: Fire
Mythological Principle: Rebirth through fire
Archangel: Michael (Ashel)
Gods:
Egyptian: Osiris (as divine spirit); Neith (as the element of Fire)
Greek: Theios (divine); Hephaestus (as Fire)
Roman: Deus (God); Vulcan (as Fire)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XIX, The Sun
Location of Path: Between the Ninth Sphere (Yesod) and the Eighth Sphere (Hod)
Astrological correspondence: The Sun
Mythological Principle: Awakening of the mind
Archangel: Michael (Shemeshel)
Gods:
Egyptian: Ra
Greek: Helios, Apollo
Roman: Sol, Apollo

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XVIII, The Moon
Location of Path: Between the Tenth Sphere (Malkuth) and the Seventh Sphere (Netzach)
Astrological correspondence: Pisces
Mythological Principle: Emergence from water
Archangel: Amnitziel
Gods:
Egyptian: Khonsu (moon); Anubis (God of the Underworld)
Greek: Selene, Artemis, Hecate (moon); Poseidon (as Pisces)
Roman: Luna, Diana (moon); Neptune (as Pisces)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XVII, The Star
Location of Path: Between the Ninth Sphere (Yesod) and the Seventh Sphere (Netzach)
Astrological correspondence: Aquarius
Mythological Principle: Awakening of the heart
Archangel: Kambriel
Gods:
Egyptian: Hor Wer (as Aquarius); Sothis (as star)
Greek: Hebe, Ganymede (as Aquarius); Astraea, Aphrodite (as star)
Roman: Juventas (as Aquarius); Juno, Venus (as star)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XVI, The Tower
Location of Path: Between the Eighth Sphere (Hod) and the Seventh Sphere (Netzach)
Astrological correspondence: Mars
Mythological Principle: The War at the World's End
Archangel: Zamiel
Gods:
Egyptian: Horus, Montu
Greek: Ares
Roman: Mars

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XV, The Devil
Location of Path: Between the Eighth Sphere (Hod) and the Sixth Sphere (Tiphareth)
Astrological correspondence: Capricorn
Mythological Principle: Meeting with the Powers of Life
Archangel: Hanael
Gods:
Egyptian: Set, (as Devil); Min (as Capricorn)
Greek: Priapus, Pan (as Capricorn)
Roman: Faunus, Bacchus (as Capricorn)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XIV, Temperance
Location of Path: Between the Ninth Sphere (Yesod) and the Sixth Sphere (Tiphareth)
Astrological correspondence: Sagittarius
Mythological Principle: Ascent to Heaven
Archangel: Adnakhiel
Gods:
Egyptian: Neith (as archer);
Greek: Artemis (as archer); Chiron (as Sagittarius)
Roman: Diana (as archer)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XIII, Death
Location of Path: Between the Seventh Sphere (Netzach) and the Sixth Sphere (Tiphareth)
Astrological correspondence: Scorpio
Mythological Principle: Meeting with the Powers of Death
Archangel: Barkhiel
Gods:
Egyptian: Anubis, Nephthys
Greek: Hades, Thanatos
Roman: Pluto

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XII, The Hanged Man
Location of Path: Between the Eighth Sphere (Hod) and the Fifth Sphere (Geburah)
Astrological correspondence: Water
Mythological Principle: Self-sacrifice
Archangel: Gabriel (Maimiel)
Gods:
Egyptian: Osiris (as Hanged Man); Tefnut, Mut (as element of Water)
Greek: Adonis, Dionysus (as Hanged Man); Poseidon (as element of Water)
Roman: Liber Pater (as Hanged Man); Neptune (as element of Water)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump XI, Justice
Location of Path: Between the the Sixth Sphere (Tiphareth) and the Fifth Sphere (Geburah)
Astrological correspondence: Libra
Mythological Principle: The Justice of Heaven
Archangel: Zuriel
Gods:
Egyptian: Maat
Greek: Athena
Roman: Minerva

Tarot Correspondence: Trump X, the Wheel of Fortune
Location of Path: Between the Seventh Sphere (Netzach) and the Fourth Sphere (Chesed)
Astrological correspondence: Jupiter
Mythological Principle: Aspiration
Archangel: Sachiel
Gods:
Egyptian: Amoun
Greek: Zeus
Roman: Jupiter, Fortuna

Tarot Correspondence: Trump IX, The Hermit
Location of Path: Between the Sixth Sphere (Tiphareth) and the Fourth Sphere (Chesed)
Astrological correspondence: Virgo
Mythological Principle: The Wilderness Journey
Archangel: Hamaliel
Gods:
Egyptian: Atum (as hermit)
Greek: Cronos (as hermit); Persephone, Astraea (as Virgo)
Roman: Saturn (as hermit); Proserpina, Vesta (as Virgo)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump VIII, Strength
Location of Path: Between the Fifth Sphere (Geburah) and the Fourth Sphere (Chesed)
Astrological correspondence: Leo
Mythological Principle: Meeting with the Other Self
Archangel: Verkhiel
Gods:
Egyptian: Bast, Sekhet (as Leo)
Greek: Hestia (as Leo); Heracles (as strength)
Roman: Vestia (as Leo); Hercules (as strength)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump VII, The Chariot
Location of Path: Between the Fifth Sphere (Geburah) and the Third Sphere (Binah)
Astrological correspondence: Cancer
Mythological Principle: The Once and Future Monarch
Archangel: Muriel
Gods:
Egyptian: Khepera (as Cancer)
Greek: Apollo (as charioteer)
Roman: Apollo

Tarot Correspondence: Trump VI, The Lovers
Location of Path: Between the Sixth Sphere (Tiphareth) and the Third Sphere (Binah)
Astrological correspondence: Gemini
Mythological Principle: Love between the Divine and the Human
Archangel: Ambriel
Gods:
Egyptian: The Merti (as Gemini); Osiris and Isis (lovers)
Greek: Castor and Pollux (as Gemini); Eros and Psyche, Ares and Aphrodite (lovers)
Roman: Janus (as Gemini)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump V, The Hierophant
Location of Path: Between the Fourth Sphere (Chesed) and the Second Sphere (Chokmah)
Astrological correspondence: Taurus
Mythological Principle: The Keeper of Wisdom
Archangel: Asmodel
Gods:
Egyptian: Serapis (as Taurus); Osiris (God of the spirit world)
Greek: Dionysus Zegreus
Roman: Liber Pater

Tarot Correspondence: Trump IV, The Emperor
Location of Path: Between the Sixth Sphere (Tiphareth) and the Second Sphere (Chokmah)
Astrological correspondence: Ares
Mythological Principle: The Monarch of the Golden Ages
Archangel: Malkidael
Gods:
Egyptian: Horus
Greek: Ares
Roman: Mars

Tarot Correspondence: Trump III, The Empress
Location of Path: Between the Third Sphere (Binah) and the Second Sphere (Chokmah)
Astrological correspondence: Venus
Mythological Principle: The Marriage of Heaven and Earth
Archangel: Anael
Gods:
Egyptian: Hathor (as Venus); Isis (as divine mother)
Greek: Aphrodite
Roman: Venus

Tarot Correspondence: Trump II, The High Priestess
Location of Path: Between the Sixth Sphere (Tiphareth) and the First Sphere (Kether)
Astrological correspondence: The Moon
Mythological Principle: Descent of the Divine
Archangel: Gabriel (Levannael)
Gods:
Egyptian: Isis, Nephthys (as priestess); Khonsu (as moon)
Greek: Demeter (as priestess); Selene, Artemis, Hecate (as moon)
Roman: Ceres (as priestess); Luna, Diana (as moon)

Tarot Correspondence: Trump I, The Magician
Location of Path: Between the Third Sphere (Binah) and the First Sphere (Kether)
Astrological correspondence: Mercury
Mythological Principle: The Creation of the World
Archangel: Raphael (Kokabiel)
Gods:
Egyptian: Thoth, Ptah
Greek: Hermes
Roman: Mercury

Tarot Correspondence: Trump 0, The Fool
Location of Path: Between the Second Sphere (Chokmah) and the First Sphere (Kether)
Astrological correspondence: Air
Mythological Principle: The Child of the Primal Void
Archangel: Raphael (Ruachel)
Gods:
Egyptian: Shu (as Air); Harpocrates
Greek: Aeolus (as Air); Pan
Roman: Aeolus (as Air); Pan, Silvanus

Living Images.
Invoking living images.
The Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.
Invoke Mercury.
Invoke Saturn.
The Experimental Range Spread.
Paths and Thrones.
Castles.