Articles by OT

  • Microcosm

    Senses, Mind, Soul, & Passions of Will

    Agrippa. Of Occult Philosophy. Book 1, Chapter 61.—Of the forming of Man, of the external Senses, and also the Inward, and the Mind: of the threefold appetite of the Soul, and passions of the Will

    Forming of Man’s Body

    It is the …


  • Page of Swords

    Page of Swords from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    A Spy, Overlooking, Authority.

    Reversed

    That which is unforeseen, Vigilance, Support.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A lithe, active figure holds a sword upright in both hands, while in the …


  • Five of Pentacles

    Five of Pentacles from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Lover or Mistress, Love, Sweetness, Affection, Pure and Chaste Love.

    Reversed

    Disgraceful Love, Imprudence, License, Profligacy.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    Two mendicants in a snow-storm pass a lighted casement …


  • Two of Wands

    Two of Wands from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Riches, Fortune, Opulence, Magnificence, Grandeur.

    Reversed

    Surprise, Astonishment, Event, Extraordinary Occurrence.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A tall man looks from a battlemented roof over sea and shore; he holds …


  • Six of Wands

    Six of Wands from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Attempt, Hope, Desire, Wish, Expectation.

    Reversed

    Infidelity, Treachery, Disloyalty, Perfidy.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A laurelled horseman bears one staff adorned with a laurel crown; footmen with staves are …


  • Queen of Swords

    Queen of Swords from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Widowhood, Loss, Privation, Absence, Separation.

    Reversed

    A Bad Woman, ill-tempered and bigoted, Riches and Discord, Abundance together with Worry, Joy with Grief.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    Her right hand …


  • Ace of Pentacles

    Ace of Pentacles from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Perfect Contentment, Felicity, Prosperity, Triumph.

    Reversed

    Purse of Gold, Money, Gain, Help, Profit, Riches.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A hand—issuing, as usual, from a cloud—holds up a …


  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Arrival, Approach, Advance.

    Reversed

    Duplicity, Abuse of Confidence, Fraud, Cunning.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    Graceful, but not warlike; riding quietly, wearing a winged helmet, referring to those higher graces …


  • The Devil

    The Devil from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckLe Diable from the public domain Marseilles tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Fatality for Good.

    Reversed

    Fatality for Evil.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    The design is an accommodation, mean or harmony, between several motives mentioned in the first part. The Horned …


  • Nine of Swords

    Nine of Swords from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    An Ecclesiastic, a Priest, Conscience. Probity, Good Faith, Integrity.

    Reversed

    Wise distrust, Suspicion, Fear, Doubt, Shady character.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    One seated on her couch in lamentation, with …


  • Ten of Swords

    Ten of Swords from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Tears, Affliction, Grief, Sorrow.

    Reversed

    Passing Success, Momentary Advantage.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.

    Meanings

    Whatsoever is intimated …


  • Justice

    Justice from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckJustice from the public domain Marseilles tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Equilibrium, Balance, Justice.

    Reversed

    Bigotry, Want of Balance, Abuse of Justice, Over-severity, Inequality, Bias.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    As this card follows the traditional symbolism and carries above all …


  • Queen of Wands

    Queen of Wands from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Woman living in the country, Lady of the Manor, Love of Money, Avarice, Usury.

    Reversed

    A good a virtuous Woman, but strict and economical, Obstacles, Resistance, Opposition.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published …


  • Four of Cups

    Four of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Ennui, Displeasure, Discontent, Dissatisfaction.

    Reversed

    New Acquaintance, Conjecture, Sign, Presentiment.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A young man is seated under a tree and contemplates three cups set on the …


  • Ace of Swords

    Ace of Swords from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    Triumph, Fecundity, Fertility, Prosperity.

    Reversed

    Embarrassment, Foolish and Hopeless Love, Obstacle, Hindrance.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A hand issues from a cloud, grasping as word, the point of which …


  • Eight of Pentacles

    Eight of Pentacles from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    A dark Girl, Beauty, Candour, Chastity, Innocence, Modesty.

    Reversed

    Flattery, Usury, Hypocrisy, Shifty.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    An artist in stone at his work, which he exhibits in the …


  • King of Pentacles

    King of Pentacles from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    A dark Man, Victory, Bravery, Courage, Success.

    Reversed

    An old and vicious Man, a Dangerous Man, Doubt, Fear, Peril, Danger.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    The figure calls for no …


  • Page of Cups

    Page of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

    by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, originally published 1888.

    Meanings

    A fair Youth, Confidence, Probity, Discretion, Integrity.

    Reversed

    A Flatterer, Deception, Artifice.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A fair, pleasing, somewhat effeminate page, of studious and intent aspect, contemplates a …


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