Lorredan wrote:Without getting deeply technical- how do you come to the bald statement...
21 Seasons. ??
It’s my understanding that Dr. Dee believed numbers to be intermediary beings between spirit & matter. Meditating on the number 3, then, one would need consider the meanings of how 1 and 2 are combined. Tarot plays with number the same way - illustrating perspectives on 3 through trumps 12 and 21.
12 = 1+2 = 3
21 = 2+1 = 3
The Hanged Man we may equate with the cycle of the crops if we take him as a portrait of the Dying God. The cycle of the seasons is the other side of his equation, for it is by their rhythm that he is planted, grows, fruits and dies. And the seasons, in classical mythology, are an effect of the Fallen Goddess (his feminine counterpart). The World is made when a spark of the eternal light is cloaked in Form, making it heavy as lead (Saturn) so that she falls to the depths of creation.
The glyph for Saturn - a cross over a crescent - may be seen as a scythe marking out the limitations of measure in Form; or as a Cup containing the Soul (12: mem=water) in its Mortal Condition (21: tau=cross).
One way of looking at the Visconti World card is as a picture of this Cup, holding the affairs of humanity - cities, knights, commerce - within its Form.
To arrive at the Calendar I've been alluding to in other posts involves a series of operations one might describe as going from being contained within this Cup to becoming the one who bears it for the Gods.