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Old 29-03-2015, 09:45 PM   #147
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The Hierophant..
OPINIONS of authorities differ widely concerning the origin of playing cards, the purpose for which they were intended, and the time of their introduction into Europe.. In his Researches into the History of Playing Cards, Samuel Weller Singer advances the opinion that cards reached Southern Europe from India by way of Arabia.. It is probable that the Tarot cards were part of the magical and philosophical lore secured by the Knights Templars from the Saracens or one of the mystical sects then flourishing in Syria.. Returning to Europe, the Templars, to avoid persecution, concealed the arcane meaning of the symbols by introducing the leaves of their magical book ostensibly as a device for amusement and gambling..Through the Gypsies the Tarot cards may be traced back to the religious symbolism of the ancient Egyptians...

The 5th numbered major trump is called Le Pape, the Pope, and represents the high priest of a pagan or Christian Mystery school.. In this card the hierophant wears the tiara and carries in his left hand the triple cross surmounting the globe of the world. His right hand, bearing upon its back the stigmata, makes "the ecclesiastic sign of esotericism," and before him kneel two suppliants or acolytes.. The back of the papal throne is in the form of a celestial and a terrestrial column.. This card signifies the initiate or master of the mystery of life and according to the Pythagoreans, the spiritual physician.. The illusionary universe in the form of the two figures (polarity) kneels before the throne upon which sits the initiate who has elevated his consciousness to the plane of spiritual understanding and reality.. In the pseudo-Egyptian Tarot the Master wears the uræus.. A white and a black figure--life and death, light and darkness, good and evil-kneel before him.. The initiate's mastery over unreality is indicated by the tiara and the triple cross, emblems of rulership over the 3 worlds which have issued from the Unknowable First Cause..

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The 15th numbered major trump is called Le Diable, the Devil, and portrays a creature resembling Pan with the horns of a ram or deer, the arms and body of a man, and the legs and feet of a goat or dragon.. The figure stands upon a cubic stone, to a ring in the front of which are chained two satyrs.. For a scepter this so-called demon carries a lighted torch or candle.. The entire figure is symbolic of the magic powers of the astral light, or universal mirror, in which the divine forces are reflected in an inverted, or infernal, state.. The demon is winged like a bar, showing that it pertains to the nocturnal, or shadow inferior sphere.. The animal natures of man, in the form of a male and a female elemental, are chained to its footstool.. The torch is the false light which guides unillumined souls to their own undoing.. In the pseudo-Egyptian Tarot appears Typhon a winged creature composed of a hog, a man, a bat, a crocodile, and a hippopotamus-standing in the midst of its own destructiveness and holding aloft the firebrand of the incendiary.. Typhon is created by man's own misdeeds, which, turning upon their maker, destroy him...

The 4 suits of the minor trumps are considered as analogous to the 4 elements, the 4 corners of creation, and the 4 worlds of Qabbalism.. The key to the lesser Tarots is presumably the Tetragrammaton, or the four-letter name of Jehovah, IHVH.. The 4 suits of the minor trumps represent also the major divisions of society: cups are the priesthood, swords the military, coins the tradesmen, and rods the farming class.. From the standpoint of what Court de Gébelin calls "political geography," cups represent the northern countries, swords the Orient, coins the Occident, and rods the southern countries..In its symbolism chess is the most significant of all games.. It has been called "the royal game"-the pastime of kings.. Like the Tarot cards, the chessmen represent the elements of life and philosophy.. The game was played in India and China long before its introduction into Europe..

A calling card is a particular object sometimes left behind by a criminal at a scene of a crime, often as a way of taunting police or obliquely claiming responsibility..Jack the Ripper is believed to have left two calling cards by Goulston Street, London on September 30, 1888, the night he murdered Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes..The 1968 Zodiac Killer in San Francisco would mail cryptograms to the San Francisco Chronicle made up of letters and zodiac signs, signed with a sun cross...The Washington, D.C. Beltway sniper attacks in 2002 were linked by a series of Tarot cards left by the snipers, which contained messages for the policemen investigating the crimes..In the 2000 book Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, a Hassassin uses brands representing the 4 classical elements as calling cards in a series of ritualistic murders related to each element... see, sir, a man infatuate with love, her ardent and eager slave.. So fetch the pomade and pumice stone and lend me a more seductive tone, a sprinkling perhaps of French cologne...

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