The zodiac, or “circle of living beings," of the classical era is comprised of twelve signs and seven planets centered on the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere during the course of a year. Each zodiacal sign is made up of thirty degrees, the twelve signs together comprising the 360 degrees of the zodiac. Within the heavenly belt, the ecliptic is treated as the origin of latitude and the position of the sun at the vernal equinox as the origin of longitude.
Unbeknownst to the uninitiated, the planets and zodiacal signs symbolize subtle energies that influence the fields of human activity at deep, archetypal levels. The planets represent powerful, active forces in the foreground, and the zodiacal signs represent background forces that modify and shape the planetary energies. In other words, the subtle forces influence the inner planes, manifesting as qualities and patterns of relationships. Throughout the ages in cultures all over the world, the same subtle forces have also been personified as Gods and Goddesses, and the associated symbolism contains the keys to understanding the relationships of the mystical Tree of Life to the macrocosm--the universal energy field--and to the microcosm--the individual energy field.
Cardinal: first, original, initiating, leading
Fixed: steady, stable, solid, static
Mutable: changable, adaptable, shifting, following
Associated Tarot Trump: The Emperor
Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, is ruled by Mars. A cardinal sign, Aries the Ram governs leadership and initiative and represents the principle of activity and the expression of commencement. Keywords associated with this sign include: dynamic, quick, energetic, vital, powerful, courageous, bold, original, inspiring, enthusiastic, initiating, conquering, confident, and pioneering.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Hierophant
The second sign of the zodiac, Taurus, the Bull, is ruled by Venus, the Goddess of love, beauty, and desire. A fixed sign, Taurus governs practicality and security and represents the principle of stability and the expression of validation. Keywords associated with this sign include: reliable, steady, thorough, stubborn, strong-willed, possessive, conservative, conventional, anchored, pragmatic, thoughtful, sensual, and aesthetic.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Lovers
The third sign of the zodiac, Gemini, the Twins, is ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the Gods. A mutable sign, Gemini governs communications and intellectual matters and represents the principle of versatility and the expression of thought. Keywords associated with this sign include: inventive, quick-witted, articulate, sociable, adaptable, inquisitive, analytical, skeptical, intellectual, dual, restless, dexterous.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Chariot
A cardinal sign, Cancer, the Crab, is ruled by the Moon and governs the home and family. Cancer represents the principle of dedication and the expression of emotion. Keywords associated with this sign include: devoted, supportive, sympathetic, nurturing, intuitive, receptive, creative, understanding, domestic, parental, emotional, and sensitive.
Associated Tarot Trump: Strength
The fifth sign of the zodiac, Leo, the Lion, is ruled by the Sun. A fixed sign, Leo governs will and authority and represents the principle of magnetism and the expression of will. Keywords associated with this sign include: grand, regal, dramatic, charismatic, confident, enthusiastic, ambitious, enterprising, generous, determined, tenacious, optimistic, and idealistic.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Hermit
A mutable sign, Virgo, the Virgin, ruled by Mercury, governs critical analysis, intellectual subtlety and service and represents the principle of analysis and the expression of practicality. Keywords associated with this sign include: industrious, adaptable, intellectual, scientific, discriminating, methodical, systematic, pragmatic, critical, diligent, skeptical, and analytical.
Associated Tarot Trump: Justice
Libra, the Scales, is ruled by Venus, and is the seventh sign of the zodiac. A cardinal sign, Libra governs partnerships, the arts, and making sense of self in relation to others and represents the principle of balance and the expression of harmony. Keywords associated with this sign include: aesthetic, balanced, just, fair, strong-willed, reasonable, diplomatic, tactful, cooperative, and sociable.
Associated Tarot Trump: Death
Scorpio, the eighth sign of the zodiac, is ruled by Mars. A fixed sign, Scorpio governs will and authority and represents the principle of motivation and the expression of awareness. Keywords associated with this sign include: intense, passionate, emotional, inquisitive, probing, penetrating, profound, purposeful, focused, controlling, understanding, resourceful, transformative, and mystical.
Associated Tarot Trump: Temperance
Sagittarius, the Archer, the ninth sign of the zodiac, is ruled by the fortunate planet Jupiter, the lord of the Gods. Mutable Sagittarius governs long-distance travel, matters of the higher mind (philosophy, religion and the law), cultural pursuits and represents the principle of education and the expression of inner vision. Keywords associated with this sign include: positive, adventurous, forthright, expressive, idealistic, progressive, visionary, philosophical, scholarly, religious, ethical, just, and intellectual.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Devil
The tenth sign of the zodiac, Capricorn is ruled by powerful Saturn, the God of structure and responsibility. A cardinal sign, Capricorn governs public life and organization and represents the principle of perseverance and the expression of ambition. Keywords associated with this sign include: loyal, faithful, tenacious, logical, hard-working, ambitious, goal-oriented, well-grounded, pragmatic, conventional, managerial, possessive, productive, responsible, reliable, energetic, methodical, determined, and industrious.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Star
The eleventh sign of the zodiac, Aquarius, the Water-Bearer, is ruled by Saturn. A fixed sign, Aquarius governs intellect and originality and represents the principle of imagination and the expression of the intellect. Keywords associated with this sign include: intellectual, analytical, altruistic, idealistic, visionary, unorthodox, original, unpredictable, independent, progressive, inventive, and creative.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Moon
The twelfth sign of the zodiac, Pisces, is ruled by Jupiter. A mutable sign, Pisces governs spirituality and creativity. Keywords associated with this sign include: intuitive, sensitive, artistic, mystical, religious, philosophical, psychic, introspective, emotional, compassionate, gentle, tactful, and understanding.
Associated Tarot Trump: The World
The planetary ruler of Aquarius and Capricorn, Saturn, a harvest God, is associated with the grim reaper--hence his exaltation in Libra, the sign of the harvest. In mythology, Saturn castrated and overthrew his father, Uranus, and also devoured his own children, for it was prophesied that one of them would destroy him. Saturn was eventually overthrown by his son Jupiter, which heralded the beginning of civilization.
Traditionally described as the "Greater Infortune" (or "Greater Malefic," Mars being the "Lesser Malefic"), Saturn represents the principle of contraction and rules responsibilities, restrictions, limitations, organization, solidification, discipline, structure, conservatism, tradition, time, memory, patience, endurance, truth, karmic lessons, and wisdom. Saturn does not deny imagination, inspiration, spirituality, or good fortune, but he does demand that these things be given structure and meaning, for he also governs focused thought and serious contemplation.
Associated Tarot Trump: Wheel of Fortune
Jupiter, the ruler of the Gods, represents the principle of expansion. Traditionally described as the "Greater Fortune" (or "Greater Benefic", Venus being the "Lesser Benefic"), Jupiter is the lawmaker, judge, and benefactor of humanity, ruling the potential for growth on many levels: physical, intellectual, spiritual, cultural, financial and social. Exalted in Cancer, Jupiter is the planetary ruler of Sagittarius and Pisces and governs prosperity, cultural endeavors, higher education, the higher (abstract) mind, morality, philosophy, indulgence, leisure time, travel, wealth, big business, and opportunity.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Tower
Mars, the warrior God, represents the principle of energy, the energy that stimulates dynamic, potent drives and instincts in our lives. The motivating force behind conflict, activity and sex, Mars rules physical energy and action. A force of reproduction as well as destruction, Mars shows that sometimes we need to destroy in order to create anew. The planetary ruler of Leo and Scorpio, Mars governs will, power, war, aggression, sexual desires, initiative, work, achievement, competition, dynamic action, courage, strength, surgery, tools, weapons, accidents, and death.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Sun
The Sun has been the object of veneration and worship in cultures since long before the beginnings of civilization. Treated as a planet in classical astrology, The Sun rules Leo and represents the principle of the higher self (and the inner self in general), governing the processes of self-actualization. As the fundamental expression of individuality, the Sun rules will power and lies at the core of our potential for growth, success, and uniqueness. The Sun stimulates and energizes and represents the masculine principle as well as men in general. The Sun is the source, creating, preserving, and destroying, and its relationship with the Earth maintains the seasons, central to our understanding of the structure of the zodiac.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Empress
The planetary ruler of Taurus and Libra, Venus represents the principle of attraction, governing social relationships at every level and ruling our social attitudes and desires, along with our aesthetic tastes and artistic inclinations. Venus represents the principles of harmony, justice and equilibrium and governs merits, values, and ideals. Venus rules interaction, love, sensuality, sociability, marriage, beauty, the arts, sentiments, possessions, and unions. Venus is exalted in Pisces, suggesting her sensitivity and self-sacrifice.
Associated Tarot Trump: The Magician
Planetary ruler of Gemini and Virgo, Mercury, the messenger of the Gods, symbolizes mentality: our intellect and mental outlook, the way we think and the way we communicate. Mercury is the magus, the wise counselor, the divine messenger--and the supreme trickster. Mercury represents the principle of expression and rules writers, analysts, magicians, astrologers and all types of consultants. As the divine messenger, Mercury rules travel and all forms of communication, including writing, speaking, and multimedia. Logic and analysis are within his sphere, so he governs thought processes, awareness, perception, adroitness, skill, reason, intellect, mental functions, scientific inquiries and research work. Through his rulership of our hands, Mercury also governs manual dexterity, as well as organizational and mechanical skills, so artists, sculptors and engineers generally are strongly influenced by Mercury.
Associated Tarot Trump: The High Priestess
The planetary ruler of Cancer, the Moon reflects the power of the inner light, channeling and molding it into the shape of our outward personality. The Moon fluctuates, representing the principle of change, but it is also associated with the flow of our daily functions on the physical, emotional and mental levels. The Moon represents the domestic environment and embodies the feminine principle, motherhood, and women in general. Considered a planet in classical astrology, Luna also rules the subconscious, instincts, feelings, habits, reactions, magnetism, fertility, and growth and has a direct effect on tides and biological rhythms. Luna also is the root of “lunatic” and “lunacy,” suggesting how her powerful influence can sometimes go awry.
Gods and Archangels on the Tree of Life.
The Basics of the Pentagram Spread.
Simple Invocation of living images.
The Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.
Simple invocation of Jupiter.
Invoke the Energies of Court Cards.
Potential negative consequences of invocation.