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  Thursday, 05 May 2022
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Is there a way to match up the Gnostic Samael Tarot with the Tarot decks from other authors/traditions. The major arcana is easy to match up. Although the Minor arcana is complicated with the 4 suits of Pentacles, cups, swords and wands. These suits can be also given different names. Samael's minor arcana deck doesn't seem to be split up into these 4 suits?

My question is, is there a way to simply match up the minor arcana of traditional decks with Samael's deck? I understand that some decks such as Thoth come from black schools. Although sometimes when learning about astrology and tarot, the tarot cards of these different traditions are given and its difficult to sync the card up with Samaels deck as it seems it is not divided into the 4 suits?
Does anyone know about this?

MAJOR ARCANA
0 The Fool
1 The Magician
2 The High Priestess
3 The Empress
4 The Emperor
5 The Hierophant
6 The Lovers
7 The Chariot
8 Justice† or Strength‡
9 The Hermit
10 Wheel of Fortune
11 Strength† or Justice‡
12 The Hanged Man
13 Death
14 Temperance
15 The Devil
16 The Tower
17 The Star
18 The Moon
19 The Sun
20 Judgement
21 The World

MINOR ARCANA

And then the 14 cards of the 4 suits (Pentacles, Cups, Swords & Wands)
1 month ago
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#28510
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The minor arcana in the Gnostic deck would not be compatible with the 4 suits of other tarot decks.

Remember that when working with the minor arcana of the Gnostic tarot deck, you can find the kabbalistic sum of the minor arcanum to clarify its meaning and relationship to the other arcana. For example, 24 The Weaver synthesis to the kabbalistic sum of 6 (Indecision). Therefore, when we draw card 24, we also reflect on the value that arcanum 6 plays in that card.

I have noticed that some tarot decks using the 4 suits seem to draw on the numerical value of the minor arcanum in a vaguely similar way. For example, the 10 of pentacles, cups, etc. all seem to have some commonality across them (relative to their particular element), as would the six of pentacles, cups, etc. be somehow related. However, these alternate decks vary so widely in their supposed interpretations of the minor arcana that they do not seem particularly useful in my practice.

"If thou canst not make thine own self what thou desireth, how shalt thou be able to fashion another to thine own liking. We are ready to see others made perfect, and yet we do not amend our own shortcomings."
—Thomas à Kempis

1 month ago
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From my limited knowledge, the major arcana of the Eternal Tarot correlates with the Rider-Waite Tarot except for the Fool (0 or 21: Transmutation), Justice (11, or 8 in the Eternal Tarot), 8 (Strength, or 11: Persuasion for us), and 21: The World (or 22: The Return).

I cannot comment on the minor arcana because I am not an expert in those earlier traditions.

Despite my ignorance, I do question the utility of matching, comparing, and correlating the minor arcana from the Eternal Tarot to other decks, primarily because the Eternal Tarot is a fully functioning, profound, accurate, effective, and integral system. I think that interpolating meanings from various decks is like trying to use Chinese to clarify English (sorry, for while I do not speak Chinese, I hopefully will one day. :p).

There might be some fruit to harvest from such an endeavor, but I say if the machine works, don’t try to fix it. I am not sure or saying that this is your intention. What I am saying is that the minor arcana of the Eternal Tarot are deep enough as they are without confounding variables, i.e. this minor arcanum corresponds with the Seven of Swords, etc.

Some instructors will even argue, more bluntly, that the earlier decks are corrupted and do not accurately convey the messages and laws of the superior worlds, because it was forbidden until the 1960s. Also, the original tarot were not only transmitted imperfectly and illicitly in the past, but devolved throughout centuries of abuse until becoming the cards one commonly uses to play Poker. This also explains the corruption and discrepancies between various tarot systems and the urgency (for Glorian) to publish an accurate deck.

This is not to say that there are no valuable correlations to discover between a genuine teaching and the fragments of an otherwise imperfect transmission. But I wonder whether, after having received the message, one needs to go back and search through the rubble. Perhaps there is great (or futile) work to be done there.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

1 month ago
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#28510
Accepted Answer
The minor arcana in the Gnostic deck would not be compatible with the 4 suits of other tarot decks.

Remember that when working with the minor arcana of the Gnostic tarot deck, you can find the kabbalistic sum of the minor arcanum to clarify its meaning and relationship to the other arcana. For example, 24 The Weaver synthesis to the kabbalistic sum of 6 (Indecision). Therefore, when we draw card 24, we also reflect on the value that arcanum 6 plays in that card.

I have noticed that some tarot decks using the 4 suits seem to draw on the numerical value of the minor arcanum in a vaguely similar way. For example, the 10 of pentacles, cups, etc. all seem to have some commonality across them (relative to their particular element), as would the six of pentacles, cups, etc. be somehow related. However, these alternate decks vary so widely in their supposed interpretations of the minor arcana that they do not seem particularly useful in my practice.

"If thou canst not make thine own self what thou desireth, how shalt thou be able to fashion another to thine own liking. We are ready to see others made perfect, and yet we do not amend our own shortcomings."
—Thomas à Kempis

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