Astrological Correspondences
of the Tarot Major Arcana

Astrology has correspondences to nearly all of the main esoteric arts, and in particular, the Tarot. We will only be looking at its relationship to the 22 cards of the Major Arcana (although it does also correspond to the suits of the Minor Arcana) .

The 12 signs of the zodiac and the 10 planets (counting Sun and Moon) add up to 22 - therefore, each of the cards of the Major Arcana corresponds to either a planet or a sign (but not both).

At first, I searched for some "pristine" Major Arcana graphics on the web - but alas, most sites don't show all the cards in a set...then I looked through my decks at home, and - because they have all been used for many years - none of them were pristine either...

So I decided to let go of my Virgo fixation with pristine, and used a deck that I painted myself (the outline was provided - I just coloured it in), but because the cards are over 30 years old and have been heavily used, and because water colour paints run when they get wet, and a candle might have dripped on a card or two - well, they are definitely not "pristine", but they ARE very special to me, and one of my favourites over all. They are extra large, as I use them more for meditations and spells, than for divination.

They are from the Paul Foster Case deck, from his Builders of the Adytum lessons, which I took for 14 years. PFC was a member of the Golden Dawn, and rose quickly in the ranks - then got fed up with all the secrecy and brought his Theosophical teachings to America. These cards are from his classes on Tarot and the Qabala (you will notice the little Hebrew letter in the bottom right corner - there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet).

I will not be giving any text meanings of the cards, or why a particular planet or sign relates to a particular card. Instead, what I would like you to do is to think, ponder, and meditate on why you think these particular archtypes go with each other. Even if you are not very familiar with Tarot, I am sure that just by staring at the card, and thinking about the basic (and especially esoteric) meanings of the planets and signs, you can come up with some creative ideas as to why they are related.

There will actually be a complete lesson on this very subject in the "Advanced" course - consider this to be a "teaser"...