Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop!
Jay Cassels of Sacred Healing posed the question, “What’s in a Name?” Using this theme, the Blog Hoppers are exploring names and numbers. In the esoteric approach to tarot, authors such as Paul Foster Case and John Michael Greer spell out the Hebrew letters associated with each card. Once you have the full spelling of each letter, you can spell the Major Arcana cards with other cards. This is fun to do and can provide interesting insight into the meanings of the cards.
Majors Spelled Out
One of the most useful ways to understand the Major Arcana is to place them in various patterns to discover surprising connections. The BOTA trestleboard pattern is one such arrangement. But there are many other tarot tableaux that can reveal fascinating connections between the cards. In a previous blog hop I shared a tableau I developed, The Day – Night – Resurrection Tableau. Today I’m sharing another way of linking cards to each other.
Each of the twenty-two Major Arcana correspond to one of the twenty-two Hebrew letters. Each of the Hebrew letters can be spelled out — as if we were to spell “A” as “ay.” Once the Hebrew letter is spelled out, then those letters can be turned back into tarot cards. This technique produces some interesting results!
Spell the Major Arcana for Insight into the Cards
I found it interesting that the Hierophant is spelled “Hierophant – Hierophant” and the Hanged Man is also it’s own card repeated. To me, both of these cards express a stuckness, rigidity, or lack of movement. Indeed, this understanding shows up in the very spelling of their Hebrew correspondences!
I love how the Fool is spelled Fool – Justice – Tower, as if the Fool extends beyond the balance of equilibrium for an upset. The Tower meanwhile is spelled Tower – Fool! The upset leads back to innocence.
Advance to the Next Round
What interesting insights do you see in the groups of cards above? Let me know in the comments! Then hop on to see how the other bloggers have interpreted this theme!
Joy Vernon is widely recognized by tarot professionals as an expert tarot teacher and respected community leader. With over twenty years’ experience teaching energetic and esoteric modalities, Joy brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional tarot structure. Under her leadership, the Denver Tarot Meetup has grown into one of the largest and most active tarot-specific meetups in the world. Joy works as a tarot reader, astrologer, and teacher at Isis Books. To learn more, please visit JoyVernon.com.