Articles by OT

  • King of Swords

    King of Swords Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    A Lawyer, a Man of Law, Power, Command, Superiority, Authority.

    Reversed Meanings

    Wicked Man, Chagrin, Worry, Grief, Fear, Disturbance.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    He sits in judgment, holding the …


  • Ace of Wands

    Ace of Wands Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    Birth, Commencement, Beginning, Origin, Source.

    Reversed Meanings

    Persecution, Pursuits Voilence, Vexation, Cruelty, Tyranny.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A hand issuing from a cloud grasps a stout wand or club …


  • Seven of Pentacles

    Seven of Pentacles Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    Money, Finance, Treasure, Gain, Profit.

    Reversed Meanings

    Disturbance, Worry, Anxiety, Melancholy.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to …


  • The Hermit

    The Hermit Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckThe Hermit Tarot Card from the public domain Marseilles tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    The variation from the conventional models in this card is only that the lamp is not enveloped partially in the mantle of its bearer, who blends the idea of the Ancient of Days with the Light …


  • The Empress

    The Empress Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckThe Empress Tarot Card from the public domain Marseilles tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description and Meanings

    A stately figure, seated, having rich vestments and royal aspect, as of a daughter of heaven and earth. Her diadem is of twelve stars, gathered in a cluster. The symbol of Venus is on …


  • Nine of Cups

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


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    Victory, Advantage, Success, Triumph, Difficulties surmounted.

    Reversed

    Faults, Errors, Mistakes, Imperfections.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A goodly personage has feasted to his heart’s content, and abundant refreshment of …


  • The Fool

    The Fool Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckThe Fool Tarot Card from the public domain Marseilles tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    With light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him, a young man in gorgeous vestments pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world; he …


  • Three of Wands

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


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    Enterprise, Undertaking, Commerce, Trade, Negotiation.

    Reversed

    Hope, Desire, Attempt, Wish.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff’s edge at …


  • The High Priestess

    The High Priestess Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckThe High Priestess Tarot Card from the public domain Marseilles tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands is inscribed …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Ten of Cups

    Ten of Cups Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    The Town wherein one resides, Honour, Consideration, Esteem, Virtue, Glory, Reputation.

    Reversed Meanings

    Combat, Strife, Opposition, Differences, Dispute.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    Appearance of Cups in a rainbow; it …


  • The Chariot

    The Chariot Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckThe Chariot Tarot Card from the public domain Marseilles tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    An erect and princely figure carrying a drawn sword and corresponding, broadly speaking, to the traditional description which I have given in the first part. On the shoulders of the victorious hero are supposed to be …


  • Eight of Wands

    Eight of Wands Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    Understanding, Observation, Direction.

    Reversed Meanings

    Quarrels, Intestine disputes, Discord.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    The card represents motion through the immovable; a flight of wands through an open country; but …


  • Knight of Wands

    Knight of Wands Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    Departure, Separation, Disunion.

    Reversed Meanings

    Rupture, Discord, Quarrel.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    He is shewn as if upon a journey, armed with a short wand, and although mailed is …


  • 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 …


  • Five of Cups

    Five of Cups Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    Union, Junction, Marriage, Inheritance.

    Reversed Meanings

    Arrival, Return, News, Surprise, False projects.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A dark, cloaked figure, looking sideways at three prone cups two others stand …


  • Five of Swords

    Five of Swords Tarot Card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    Mourning, Sadness, Affliction.

    Reversed Meanings

    Losses, Trouble (same signification, whether reversed or not.)


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A disdainful man looks after two retreating and dejected figures. Their swords …


  • The Wheel of Fortune

    The Wheel of Fortune tarot card from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deckThe Fool Tarot Card from the public domain Marseilles tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description and Meanings

    In this symbol I have again followed the reconstruction of Éliphas Lévi, who has furnished several variants. It is legitimate—as I have intimated—to use Egyptian symbolism when this serves our purpose, provided …


  • Six of Cups

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


    The Tarot

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

    Meanings

    The Past, passed by, Faded, Vanished, Disappeared.

    Reversed Meanings

    The Future, that which is to come, Shortly, Soon.


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    Children in an old garden, their cups …


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