In the beginning of this series, it was explained that all the cards in the Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot correspond in some way to Astrology. In fact, the Tarot in the Hermetic tradition is considered a “symbolic book” of Astrology. Just as the Sun corresponds to Astrology, Tarot corresponds to the Moon, as it “reflects” the light of the Sun.
To recap, the 22 cards of the Major Arcana correspond to 12 signs and 10 planets. The Major Arcana represents the powerful archetypal energies that influence spiritual growth in our lives.
The Minor Arcana correspond to the Decanates of the 12 signs of the zodiac. Each of the 12 astrological signs occupy 30 degrees on a natal chart. Each sign is further divided into three 10-degree constellations, e.g. 12 x 3 = 36 Decanates. There are 4 Minor Arcana (Aces through 9’s) corresponding to each of the first nine Major Arcana; e.g. 4 x 9 = 36. The Minor Arcana represent the mundane activities of everyday living but also contain inner, esoteric meanings and spiritual messages based upon the mythological stories relating to their corresponding constellations.
The four Tens in Egyptian Tarot, unlike other traditions, are NOT considered part of the Minor Arcana because they do not correspond to the Decanates but instead correspond to the Solstices and Equinoxes. To put it simply, they correspond to the 4 seasonal changes.
Anchored by Major Arcanum X, The Wheel, or as it is called in many other decks, The Wheel of Fortune, the Tens relate to CHANGE. The key words for The Wheel are CHANGE or DISRUPTION, whether it is for the good or the bad. Because The Wheel is ruled by Uranus, a planet whose energy is erratic, the change or disruption indicated by The Wheel is sudden change, not change occurring over a long period of time. Other properties of Uranus are ORIGINALITY and INDIVIDUALISM, characteristics also represented by the Tens within their suit.
Let’s look at the Tens of Egyptian Tarot as a group. Notice that they do not have a Decanate signature in the upper right-hand corner. Instead, they have the fixed-sign animal representing their suit and the four body parts of the Sphinx that appears in The Wheel. The Lion signifies the paws of the Sphinx, the fixed sign of Leo, the element of Fire, the suit of Scepters, and the season of Summer. The Bull signifies the body of the Sphinx, the fixed sign of Taurus, the element of Earth, the suit of Swords, and the season of Winter. The Eagle signifies the wings of the Sphinx, the elevated expression of the fixed sign of Scorpio, the element of Water, the suit of Cups, and the season of Fall. The Head of a Man signifies the head of the Sphinx, the fixed sign of Aquarius, the element of Air, the suit of Coins, and the season of Spring.
We will discuss the Tens individually beginning with next week’s blog.
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