Excerpt from MQ Classroom

The Meaning of Tarot Cards

Often books on Tarot will go into detail, speculating on the meaning of the Tarot cards; citing historical references (older speculations) and attempting to explain the relevance of this to Interpretations via Cartomancy. Through the process of authors researching other authors’ books, an assortment of explanations have been honed to mutual consensus.

Now I will tell you the real reason for Tarot decks, what they are and how they are organized. In the past, Magic was banned by the church and its practice was punishable by death. The Tarot is a secret book of instructions showing exactly how to do it, designed to avoid detection and censorship. The following is its fundamental engineering:

A Circle may be drawn and divided into 12 equal segments (just like a clock). A circle of 360 degrees will thus contain 30 degrees each. Therefore each sign is under the Rulership of the Triple aspect of Divinity expressed through the complete Sephiroth (3×10=30). Each segment will be represented by a sign. Each sign will be divided into 3 equal parts of 10 degrees each, called the Decans of that sign. There are 36 of these Decans. Each Decan has its own set of Angels: a Day Angel and a Night Angel; drawn from the Shemhamaphoresh, the 72 letter God-Name, in pairs (36×2=72). These 3-5 letter Names are the Names of the Genii of the Mercury Sphere.

Next, a planet is assigned to each Decan. The Golden Dawn uses the Chaldean method while others use the Jyotishi method (cadence/triplicities).

Now the minor Arcana (the ‘pip’s) of the Tarot deck are lined up, one per Decan, according to sequence and the Presiding Element of the Sign expressed as a suite (Wands=Fire, Cups=Water, etc.).

The Face value of each card is prescribed according to the attributes thus accrued. The combination of the Sign and the Planet of its relevant Decan, the Angel of the Decan, and the number of the pip expressed in a given Sephirah is used to determine the meaning of the card that has been played.
The 360 degrees, then includes the entire panorama of our ego-centric perspective; our Great Circle. Of course, the various actions within and proximate to that Circle (extension, attraction, mediation, integration) are performed by the Agents nearest to Us. This relationship is a chain of cause and effect but can be rather mechanical and automatic if not directed by an orderly purpose. It is to the Benefit of All that Order and Purpose are Universal. We will begin with the Orders that are closest to us:

The 360 Heads of the Zone Girdling the Earth (these are Intelligences)

“These heads, which I will now describe in detail, hold in constant harmony, in the zone girdling the earth, all actions and conditions.  Each head is a high intelligence with all the faculties that any being of this sphere may possess.

So, for instance, a magician can be informed by any of these heads about the past, the present and the future of our physical world, and each head, by force of the Akasha-principle, can affect our earth.  Apart from this each head has specific qualities, i. e. is endowed with certain special assignments.  The magician need not get into touch with all of the heads of the zone girdling the earth and at the occasion of an evocation need only choose a certain intelligence which seems the right one to fulfill his plans.

In the cause of his practice every being cited will appear
to the genuine magician in the shape appropriate to its personal character. The order of the seals are dependent on the zodiac and their division into grades and the influences of the elements.  I shall only mention a few characteristics of the various intelligences, for, as mentioned before, each
being and intelligence of any sphere is equipped with the usual magical faculties. Furthermore, the magician always has the possibility of asking an intelligence about how it may be able to help him. If an intelligence cannot fulfill the magician’s wish because its range of influence is a different one, it
will name that intelligence which is capable of fulfilling the magician’s desires. “

Old Mars

Now, the first Decan of Aries is under the Presidency of the Planet Mars. The Sign of Aries is ruled by Mars, as well; so we have Mars in Aries, Ruled by Mars. Perhaps now would be a good time to learn about Mars. Mars, of course, is the Roman name for their god of war; it corresponds to the Greek god of war, Ares. Let’s look at the Mythological Ares.

The actual Greek word is a noun referring to the throngs of war. Its etymology relates to meanings such as ‘ruin’ and ‘curse’ (bane). War is truly the curse of man. The Birthplace of Ares was placed far-off among the barbarians (thus labeling him as a stranger to the family-circle of Virtuous Mankind).

Ares was the son of Zeus and Hera, at a time when their family life had undergone stress. As anybody can see, the progeny of unhappiness is detrimentally aspected.

Ares had an infamous affair with Aphrodite, the union producing several children, among them Deimos (terror ), Phobos (fear ), and Adrestia (revenge ) who is also sometimes Nemesis (Divine Retribution for Arrogance) and also known as the ‘inescapable’. Another of his off-spring was Anteros (requited Love; from anti-eros ( opposite of True Love), meaning it is not freely given but must be paid for). His attendants are Achlys (Death), Androktasiai (Slaughter), Eris (Strife), Enyo (Violence), Polemos (War);…etc. incl. Murder, Noise, Combat, Confusion, Spirit of Death, Spirit of Battle, Charge, and Retreat. Those familiar with NLP will have no trouble assessing what these Archetypal Characteristics will do to the Psyche and personality development on a human.

One of Ares’s sons (Cycnus ‘Swan’) tried to build a temple with the skulls and bones of travellers that he murdered. Cycnus was so murderous that the Mighty Herakles (aided by Apollo and Athena; Ares’ half-sister) had to slaughter him. Ares flew into a rage against his half-brother Herakles and the mighty warrior Herakles wounded him. He had to return to Olympus and beg his father, Zeus to heal him. His father healed him, saying that as he, too, was one of God’s children he supposed that he would do so but added, “You are the most hateful to me of the gods who hold Olympus, forever strife is dear to you and wars and slaughter”. Apparently the Word of God (the words of his father) meant nothing to him for, upon being healed he went straight back out to the battlefield.

Whenever one reads in the olden books of the stories of these battles the heart grows impassioned and the heat in the spleen rises up; one experiences thumos.

Deimos and Phobos in Sparta

The two brothers Deimos and Phobos were particularly worshiped in the city state of Sparta as they were the sons of Ares, the god of war.
Deimos and Phobos in Theosophy

In the Grand tradition of Theosophy; when there are enough ‘non-evolvers’ to become a hindrance to the bulk of the inhabitants of any Planetation, the impedimentaries must be cast out and thrown off. This happened with the Sun Sphere when the Planet Earth was cast out and later, to the Earth Sphere, when the Moon was cast out.

Continuing along these lines; the same thing has happened to Old Mars (former god of war). We see that two of its vice-hindrances were cast off: Deimos and Phobos.

“In Greek mythology, Deimos (Ancient Greek:  meaning “dread”) was the personification of terror. He was the son of Ares and Aphrodite. He is the twin brother of Phobos and the goddess Enyo who accompanied Ares into battle, as well as his father’s attendants, Trembling, Fear, Dread and Panic. Deimos is more of a personification and an abstraction of the sheer terror that is brought by war and he never appeared as an actual character in any story in Greek Mythology.”

“The two Moons are not native to Mars.”

A Brief History of 4th Kingdom Humanity

The old paradigm is a ‘tooth and claw’ paradigm, where survival is won through constant struggle and insured by the survival of the tough. This is accompanied by a sensitive balance affected by the ‘predator-prey’ relationship. Whenever successful breeding species overpopulate an area they are forced to spread out in search of sufficient resources. Once they saturate the available resources, survival pressures are incurred upon the supporting environment at the expense of the biome. To off-set these pressures, predatory species appear which reduce the numbers of the successful group. In so-doing, an interesting dynamic is set up where only the weak and slow and aging members of the prey are picked off; the remainder being too swift or cunning to make their predation efficient. Consequently, upon thinning out the feeble, the predators move on to thicker numbers. In this way a hierarchy is set up so that there are fewer predators and far more prey. The beauty of this is that the predatory species only do well when the prey are really prosperous. If the prey suffer, then the predators suffer more.

Once primitive man banded together and developed language, he became the most formidable hunter on the planet. The eventual result of this became the fact of his obvious intolerance for predatory competition. As the chief predator himself, he virtually extinguished all other predators within his domain. This meant that he had no natural population control mechanism and this imbalance swung wildly in his favor. As the dominant species of the planet his population eventually grew beyond control.
This in turn led to famine, suffering, and the use of force and cruelty against his own species. Thus man developed warfare and its technological destructionism; from the socio-biological perspective, including the built-in means of self-annihilation, should the need for planetary extermination arise from the perspective of Mother Earth.

Recent history concludes that we have perfected all the means to complete our arsenal of technological self-annihilation; thereby completing the circle of Life of Death at our choosing (cf. ‘thanatos’).

The proclivity of humans to band together leads to a progression of allegiances (which reflect in his degree of advancement; either revealing his spirituality through sharing and service, or exposing his selfishness) through loyalties, first to self, then to family and kin; then to clan, tribe (party) and nation (patriotism); then to religion, and thence to race. This is an ‘enemy-based’ mentality which compels him to ‘circle the wagons’ against attack. With the dawn of cloning from Neanderthal cells, it will soon extend to species. The fear-based allegiances are related to instinctualities of the animal kingdom; such as survival, territory, mating and resources while the Spiritual advancements of sharing, moderation and selfless service stand in contradistinction.

4th Kingdom Religions

If we take an overview of historical religions, we can better understand our legacy ‘god-concepts’ in light of the evolution of animal-man according to his progress along the continuum of allegiances. In such cases we find the Punitive, War-making gods subsequent in peoples who cannot bring themselves to respect a ‘Loving God’ due to their animalistic fears and enemy consciousness. The conceptualization of cruel and vindictive gods is a direct projection of animal-man’s inability to cope with intimacy and fellowship, in light of his stage of allegiances. His god-concept relates to his degree of evolution with regard to his social, Emotional and Spiritual advancement, which should be a steady evolution towards sharing and selfless Universalism.

Old paradigms of the 4th Kingdom religions favor the elimination of undesirables even to the extermination of all ungodly infidels with regard to paramilitary force. These are the religions of unevolved animal-men. Any nation that bows to the alter of war is unevolved, Spiritually.
New paradigms of Spiritually Enlightened men of Reason bring us New Paradigms of Spiritual Ecology which include concepts such as the composting of contraries and negativities and the fertility of organically enriched soils of prosperity.

Old Mars (Planetary Astrological)

This preoccupation with enemies, has naturally lead to the inclusion of enemy-consciousness in religionism: the primary Unity of God having been replaced by a seething antithetical arch-nemesis. Along these lines of thought, every virtue has its corresponding vice and every Sephirah has it antithesis (called a klippah), and every Angelic Order has its gang of demons.

The Sephirah corresponding to Mars, has its assignments under these conditions as well. Firstly, the Angelic is said to be ‘Kamael’ (‘Severity of God’); while the demonic counterpart is said to be ‘Samael’ (the blind). Samael the blind is the consort of Lilith (sister and first wife of Adam; the baby-snatching vampire). Lilith, Samael and their coitus would seem to be one of the most over-developed themes in all of western culture. (The qlippothic legion of Lilin is known as the empusae). We shall have some more to say about Samael the blind shortly. To counter the vices perpetrated by Lilith, the Holy One, blessed be He, sent these Three Angels: Senoy, Sansenoy, and Semangelof; and she cannot harm anyone who knows the names of these Three Angels.

Geburah is on the LAW side of the Tree and with all this going on ‘below the surface’ it is little wonder that most modern Astrologers consider Mars to be a planetary malefic (along with Saturn). This is because the LAW delivers whatever is to be according to your Word and Belief, so if you believe in evil you conjure it up. That is why the Angelic Force (of Geburah) has been known as Severity.

So when Western Astrologers (Pappus, Rudyard, Levi) connected the attributes of the Zodiacal sign of Aries, some were taken from the Planetary and Religious aspect of Mars and many were taken from the Mythological aspect. These erroneural beliefs are based upon the old 4th Kingdom enemy-consciousness of unevolved animal-man.

New Mars of the 5th Kingdom

We have just covered the explanation of the attributes of malefics by earlier Astrologers, due to the LAW side of the Tree, as well as regards the left side of the brain with its deductive reason. We know that this is the reason why our perspective can work so effectively to our benefit or to our detriment. This is why in a fearful, superstitious, threatened culture, as was the case for the 4th Kingdom warring humanity, the Sephirah of Mars was avoided as powerfully malefic.

Having now understood that the power of the LAW at work in suspicious and impulsive animal-man compelled him into blind instinctualities of murder and ravages, we are in a position to understand one of the meanings of Samael the blind in regard to vices.

The opposite of impulsiveness and blind instinctualities, then, are the Virtues of the Sephirah: Clear-eyed Assessment and Reason. These are the True attributes according to MQ; the True attributes of Planetary Mars according to MQ. After careful consideration of this we saw that we had to let some of the old positions go; ergo, no ‘enemy-consciousness’. In view of the positions afforded by the New Aries, we see:


I. the humanity of the 5th Kingdom is supposed to progress beyond war
a. to utilize our sciences and rationale to solve the issues which confront us
b. to improve and make better the standards of every human anywhere in the World, Solar System or Universe
c. in order to become Masters (of our own Faith) (and the Faith of the Solar Logos who sponsors us)
d. to be Masters and Stewards of the Dominion which our Creator endowed us with as Guardians, Protectors and Good Shepherds; honoring the Life in All Creation.
II. requires the focus and exactitudes of our rational sciences guided by our Humanity, Faith Ethics and Compassion
a. having been guided and directed, developed and perfected to Master the entire Tree of Life (not just one or two leaves and a twig).

New Positions

I. the Concept of Data Consciousness
a. reliable feedback
1. stats; thermostatics, etc
b. hence the necessity of information: sensing, processing, knowledge systems;
1. an aid to Understanding (show r’ship via Tree and Animus of Universal Service)
II. Knowledge
a. Science. Philosophy of Science
1. measurement (mentioned here, though may be another lesson: shape, meas. #, wt.)
2. Theories of Data (see Universal Quantum Computing)

(Since we are dealing with Mars -especially the New Mars- I should add that the New Military is crucial to our continued advancement as a species and to our survival as a Society…  the lesson continues with a digression about the new military, which see: here )

Aries and Spring Change

In any event it is We who change, we do so as we evolve and advance Spiritually. We are at the tipping point for Humanity. If we do not wish to embrace the New Paradigm, then it is over for us; it is back to the ash-heap of the burning grounds. If the crusty winter of our animalistic coldness were a crabby old man who didn’t want to change, his Life-force would peter out. He would wither away and become a burned-out husk in the land of shells; because every Spring the focused power and energy of Fire (Heat and Light) fills the World which explodes into new growth and Change. The new Leaves come out and cover the Tree; All is Rejuvenated. Flowers begin to Bloom: Romance is everywhere. Everywhere that Aphrodite walks, her footsteps blossom with flowers. In each New Aries, the Kingdom is rejuvenated (by Hebe, goddess of youth; cup-bearer of the gods, who helps Hera into her chariot; sister of Ares); full of growth and Promise; fertile and fecund, exuberant with hopes and aspirations; the Flowers of the Tree of Life!


Each of the signs of the Zodiac is assigned to one of the Elements of the Natural World (Fire, Air, Water, and Earth). These Elements, along with the Quintessential ‘5th Element’, Spirit, act together in harmony all over the whole Universe. Since there are 4 Elements and 12 signs, 3 of the signs will share the same Element. To Aries is assigned the Element of Fire.

We have previously covered the Fire Element, quite extensively in the MQ series on the Azoth; along with many of the hidden meanings and Esoterica of Heat, Light and Fire. We will refrain from doing so here, except to say that in Legacy Qabalah, each Element has a ‘Mother Letter’ and the Mother Letter of Fire is [Sch] (Shin). The Hebrew letter Shin, looks like a three-stemmed menorah, lit with tiny flames atop each stem which are called Yods. The letter Shin is very important in Qabalah; its color-attribute is fiery Red. This is the same color-attribute assigned to the Planet Mars, the Sephirah Gevurah and the Zodiacal sign of Aries. Red, Red, Red! Everything is energetic and Red! This Fiery Red Energy Is Electric and Active. All this energy is well aspected in Aries so the Earth can wake up after a long winter of sleep.

The same thing takes place in the human microcosm every night when we sleep and every morning when we rise up, we are enacting the sacred cyclorama of the Great Circle of Life; so the Red Energy of Aries can definitely help you, too, when you need to get up and get going. Fire is expansive and the Red Energy of Aries will assist you in being more out-going with others. It will also make you sharp-minded and witty. Haha! What a fun and lively personality! More than anything you will like to get things started, C’mon! C’mon! Let’s get the ball rolling! Somebody has to be first, and if it is to be then let it start with me. Not everybody has the courage to step right up and go first. Just like active little electrons, happily running around doing work. But oops! Don’t get in their way~ electricity dislikes impediments. Impedance makes electrons wait and while they wait they heat up! That’s their way of burning energy while having to do nothing.

The Will

The Fire of Shin, in Qabalah, is analogous to the Will. Of course the Qabalist is most interested in Divine Will. But as above, so below.

Earlier we mentioned the Magic Book of Tarot and we said that:

Now the minor Arcana (the ‘pip’s) of the Tarot deck are lined up, one per Decan, according to sequence and the Presiding Element of the Sign expressed as a suite (Wands=Fire, Cups=Water, etc.).
The Face value of each card is prescribed according to the attributes thus accrued. The combination of the Sign and the Planet of its relevant Decan, the Angel of the Decan, and the number of the pip expressed in a given Sephirah is used to determine the meaning of the card that has been played.

The 2 of Wands

For the first Decan of Aries we have the 2 of wands (Tarot symbols representing the Tetragrammaton of the Divine Name):
There are many types of Wands, each corresponding to the category of things over which it will preside. We will cover another type in time.
In this particular case, as we are dealing with the singular eponymous pip of the Tarot deck, the meaning is quite precise: we are dealing with the ‘Fire Wand’.

The lesson continues with the secret MQ teachings concerning the Magic Wand (referred to -but not revealed- in the book “the Magic Mirror of Metaphysical Qabalah“) and various other lessons relating to Fire and Beings of the Panpshychic Cosmos; the Magic Circle, the Triangle, etc. The lesson goes on to discuss a lot of references taken from the Archives of Metaphysical Qabalah; and finally there is this:

Characteristics for Magical Success

“Let us here add that anyone looking for success in these processes must be (1) vigilant, both day and night, and have an uncommon Love of God; (2) versed in the Cabala (though not in dualistic cultural orthodoxy, in general) and have a fearless heart and (3) he must first find a location for his work that is far from civilization, and then pray before summoning these creatures. This is how the ancient Magi proceeded.

If you follow these directions, you will easily achieve your goal and become a master of nature. As for us, the unrest of our own life and the grief that the world has caused us has distracted us up to now from pursuing these secrets.

Our purpose is to proclaim the wonders of God, to study the growth and decline of metals, to find cures for the many diseases that afflict mankind, and to make use of the many things as God made them for and for their appointed purpose. Thus we can learn many useful things from one another.”

…and so we do proceed, fretting about our daily schedules and the vicissitudes of weekly political drama, and the uncertainty and insecurity of financial markets, etc., somehow never finding time for the Magical World of Spirit which God has equipped us for until, at long last, the Harvest time approaches and our crown grows thin and bare on top and our eyes dim and our future looks bleak, until we finally expire and pass away from this marvelous existence of textured colors and fabulous sound and taste and aroma, into the nether regions of habit and precondition; never fully tasting the fullness and plenitude of Paradise that God has intended until we pine away to nothing for lack of trying. Isn’t it time to explore a new reality, to engage in hope, to embrace a New Future, and to expand the constraints of prosaic mundaneness into a life of Poetry and Romantic Exuberance? Our doors are always open and the Light is always on!