A foolish blunder, perhaps, that 3 of the 4 Tarot cards bound in this double loop of confusion are also those among the 22 icons bearing greatest similarity to the constellations of the zodiac. Counting from the “cipher”, they likewise correspond to simple letters of the Hebrew alphabet indexing zodiacal houses. And they would even match those corresponding simple letters’ astrological signs save for the scales of Justice & lion’s Force trading places.
A question to be explored: would such an alignment of Tarot with Hebrew serve any instructive value by such an apparent mismatch?
From a Renaissance alchemist’s perspective, it might offer a cryptic allegory concerning the Sun’s rule and Saturn’s exaltation - “planets” whose association with Gold & Lead alone alludes to a certain fabled Stone of the Philosophers.
11 Leo ♌ Realm of the Sun ⊙ Gold
8 Libra ♎ Exaltation of Saturn ♄ Lead
Or a foolish joke, maybe- concerning our state of affairs. Force occupying the house of Justice so long as Lead remains exalted where Gold ought rule. Condition: Babylon.
An eye for emblem might give pause to reflect whether there were a commentary there, but only if familiar with the symbolic continuities indexed by Hebrew alphabet.
In that respect, the numbers 11 and 8 share in a symmetrical union realized within the QaBaLaH tree when all 10 points of its geometric lattice are united at Da’at. There a kind of ‘Knowledge’ is hidden at the uncounted point “11” where a centered hexagon of “planets” is completed upon Saturn’s “return”. Call it projection, but this hexagon presents a view to the composition of a cube = 2³
Through the 10 horns of a 7-headed dragon we approach the ‘forehead of mystery’, so-to-speak.
And in a similar vein, one might recognize the 11 different nets of an octahedron, or hear the dissonant sound of a TriTone - the interval within a music scale approximating half an octave (√2 x √2 = 2:1), defined by a number attuned to the dual polyhedral symmetry of octahedron & cube. As a ratio derived from harmonic progression, 11/8 comes closest to the irrational number of an equal-tempered TriTone. Though it would be fair to say a closer approximation is cast where the Fishhook meets Water.http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0RgHwN_sXr0/T ... ence11.jpg
Presumably to catch a “Fish” () = √3 ≈ 265/153
Our “savior” resurrected from a Traitor’s punishment, attaining to an immortality, of sorts, universally basic to any inhabitant of time and space, written in a recursive pattern of macrocosm in microcosm, and as above so below. This strange loop exploits an enigmatic harmony of numbers, drawing geometric parallels from the mathematics of equal-tempered & Pythagorean music scales, and applying them to the gaging of temporal cycles observable between the seven “planets” of antiquity.
On that note,
XIX The Sun is counted third among the sequence of octahedral numbers:
as the sum of all triumphant Tarot, 231, is counted seventh:
By this cipher, the sum of the simple zodiac letters, 127, forms the seventh centered hexagon whilst casting a 2-d slice of the seven cube. The sum of those letters’ digital roots, 73 = a star number similarly rendering the stella octangula, or dual tetrahedrons, that “fits” closest within that seven cube.
127:73 ≈ √3
The brightest Star in the night is Sirius. At -17º declination from “Kesil” astride the celestial equator (0º), she becomes circumpolar at 73º south and disappears from view at 73º north. Alone among the stars, she does not move with the precession of equinoxes. From before the Kemet called her Sopdet, Sirius has remained the pivot of Ages - a fixed point.
When observed from the latitudes of the Nile Valley, her helical rise occurs every 365.25 days - and thus is a useful measure of the solar year. Long ago she marked the coming floodwaters that would inundate the fields of Kemet - an omen of which the ram-headed deity Khnum took heed before letting the currents’ force loose at the cataracts of the great river. This annual cycle was welcomed by the people farming along its’ banks as a gift from the gods, depositing nutrient rich sediments from the highlands upstream. A nourishment which brought a fertility so essential to the life of that river valley that its inhabitants named their domain ‘Kemet’ for the ‘Black’ richness the receding waters left behind. Naturally, this reverence for their civilization’s regenerative cycle played a decisive role in aligning the southern shaft of the Queen’s chamber, built into Khnum-khufu’s Great Mer, with the zenith of Sirius. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FICjKwyXevQ/T ... Bmelon.jpg
Facts which might all seem incidental to the icons of Tarot were it not for that monument’s curious relationship with the symmetries of seven embedded within the 3-7-12 subdivision of Hebrew letters. These groupings, read as sums representing figurate numbers which, combined, provide the framework for the QaBaLaH tree’s geometric lattice.
In synch, another method of partitioning the letters is arranged within this matrix: through a grouping of the letter-symbols by the digital root of their numerical sequence (aleph=0), rendering them composite nodules of an integrated artifice one assembles within this “tree”. This esoteric practice of building mandalas with numbered alphabets calculates the architectural underpinnings of the trick to “standardizing” Tarot.
2 = 11 = 20
3 = 12 = 21
4 = 13 = 0
5 = 14
6 = 15
7 = 16
8 = 17
9 = 18
10 = 19 = 1
Or, to utilize a Babylon¡an(?) layer of symbols:
☽ = ♌ = △
♀ = ▽ = ♄
♈ = ♏ = ⨺
♉ = ♐
♊ = ♑
♋ = ♂
♎ = ♒
♍ = ♓
♃ = ⊙ = ☿
As with any puzzle, at first its’ pieces seem just that: pieces, independent unto themselves. But recognizing how each of these groupings represent 2-d projections of an object being constructed in higher dimensions serves as a means for grasping both the function of the 22 letters’ glyphic symbology and the standardization of icons characterizing the 22 triumphs of Tarot.
Once having integrated these two methods of partitioning the twenty-two, the transposition of VIII & XI calls out for “correction” - setting both a Serpent and an Ox Goad into motion through the tree, thereby weaving a helical path, coiling round an axis and returning to the point from which it “began" ♌--☽--♏♏♏♍--> ⊙. In effect, drawing our puzzle toward its’ solution by affording the “transcendent” and “illuminated” perspective of an eye for silhouettes. In keeping with the recursion of symmetry throughout this working, Crowley’s reputed revelation concerning “Sopdet” & “Khnum” may likewise be a well-intentioned lie.
A foolish prank, then, played upon the cipher to aid in its’ unveiling?
Modus operandi for standardizing the imagery of the Tarot deck as the encoding of knowledge made recognizable precisely by its’ most explicit discrepancy of correspondences to Hebrew letter-symbols numbered zero through twenty-one. Their ‘correction’, in providing dynamic action to the puzzle, sounds a dissonant interval between the consonance of octaves, restoring a balanced symmetry to this puzzle box tree.
At the goading of a fool (“EL”), the bountiful catch from a fisher king’s hook, and the beholding of YHVH’s Mer-Ka-Ba where Kesil’s Tower falls, a recursion of pattern is induced by this cipher, offering a game within the games of Tarot - one whose quantitative values in number equate with qualitative figurations of geometric form. The integrated artifice they produce lends an Eye to the Pyramid for seeing the measure of Time as reflected in the funerary rites of ancient Kemet, and at play with the regenerative cycle of crops and seasons as told in the journeys of Sopdet & Sah. The occultem lapidum ‘missing’ from the apex of Khnum-khufu’s Great Mer at (360/12)ºN, may become the new cornerstone of this higher dimensional symmetry once one grasps the circular logic in that monument’s quarter turn of Borromean Rings. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_bdZH0rEVDs/T ... estion.jpg
Save, I pray- “Hosiana”
A foolish gesture, at first and last, braiding a golden thread through the marriage of polarized twins, piercing our Sun upon the Tree of Immortality’s cross, housed within the golden cube of Solomon’s temple, and set to flight with caduceus wings. The lord of misrule miming a parable posed in shuffled letters, signifying “nothing”.