Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On the Rider-Waite Tarot Card 21

The exact same Zodiacal signs appear on both Major Arcana 10 and 21: Man = Aquarius, Lion = Leo, Ox = Taurus, and Eagle (ancient attribution to Scorpio).  The Hermetic implication seems to be that the Wheel of Fortune, which represents the whorl of randomness, is finally sublimated in the Mandorla of masterful perfection that subsumes the cyclical whorl.  There is a fundamental connection between these two cards 10 and 21, viz., that the latter is a sublimated version of the former, in which case an individual reading of either of these cards for the querant can be enriched by concurrently interpreting its counterpart, with respect to issues at hand.