Numerological and Archetypal Counterparts: A Visual Tableau

I decided to turn my previous post on trump-card counterparts into a graphic display. In addition to visually aligning the cards according to their numerical and archetypal values (both natural and derived), this tableau allows for drawing more imaginative correlations between cards that answer to the same number. In the case of the court and minor cards, all four of each are stacked in the column for the associated trump, with the card of the same element as the trump on top. Note that I assign the numerical values of 11 through 14 to the unnumbered court cards.

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The Fool has no direct numerological counterpart, although by “casting out nines” one can arrive there from the Hermit and the Moon. I find it interesting that both human figures are pictured on a height; the Fool is “walking on air” with no safety net, and the Hermit is “standing in quicksand” as it were, with the treacherous Moon beneath his feet symbolizing the next step into the unknown with the Wheel of Fortune. Paul Foster Case has said that the Hermit is about to descend the mountain bearing the wisdom he has acquired in solitude; my advise would be “Watch that first step!’

The Magician corresponds to the Wheel of Fortune, Judgement and the Tens, since all reduce to “1;” in addition it is an archetypal expression of the Aces, which occupy the first sephira of the Primum Mobile on the Tree of Life. (The Wheel of Fortune is also an archetypal expression of the Tens, which occupy the tenth sephira of the Earth on the Tree of Life.)

The High Priestess corresponds to Justice, Judgement and the Pages, since all reduce to “2;” in addition it is an archetypal expression of the Twos, which occupy the second sephira of the zodiac on the Tree of Life.

The Empress corresponds to the Hanged Man, the World and the Knights since all reduce to “3;” in addition it is an archetypal expression of the Threes, which occupy the third sephira of Saturn on the Tree of Life.

The Emperor corresponds to Death and the Queens since both reduce to “4;” in addition it is an archetypal expression of the Fours, which occupy the fourth sephira of Jupiter on the tree of Life.

The Hierophant corresponds to Temperance and the Kings since both reduce to “5;” in addition it is an archetypal expression of the Fives, which occupy the fifth sephira of Mars on the Tree of Life.

The Lovers corresponds to the Devil since the latter reduces to “6;” in addition it is an archetypal expression of the Sixes, which occupy the sixth sephira of the Sun on the Tree of Life.

The Chariot corresponds to the Tower since the latter reduces to “7;” in addition it is an archetypal expression of the Sevens, which occupy the seventh sephira of Venus on the Tree of Life.

Strength corresponds to the Star since the latter reduces to “8;” in addition it is an archetypal expression of the Eights, which occupy the eighth sephira of Mercury on the Tree of Life.

The Hermit corresponds to the Moon since the latter reduces to “9;” it is also an archetypal expression of the Nines, which occupy the ninth sephira of the Moon on the Tree of Life.

In the realm of the court cards, I previously posted that the Pages appear to be “acolytes” (and perhaps ceremonial “cup-bearers”) to the High Priestess; the Knights serve as the “honor guard” for the Empress; the Queens represent the Emperor’s “consorts” and “power behind the throne;” and the Kings act as the “secular enforcers” for the Hierophant, the arbiter of “cosmic law” on Earth.

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