By Paul Foster Case
Paul Foster Case (1884-1954) used to be some of the most revered of the yank occultists within the early twentieth century. ''An advent to the research of Tarot'' used to be initially released in 1920 and has been a number one introductory consultant for all with an curiosity within the Tarot.
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Waite’s version of the twentieth Key seems less happy than any of his other departures from the ancient symbolism. The three figures in the background are particularly confusing, and I shall ignore them in my interpretation. Since it corresponds to Shin, the letter of Fire, this Key symbolizes the occult doctrine about that element. The Supernal Creative Fire manifests itself in the Divine Breath, Ruach Elohim, and Qabalists call attention to the fact that the total of the letter values in Ruach Elohim (RVCh ALHIM) is 300, the number of Shin.
Dionysos was known in the Eleusinian mysteries as Iacchos. He is represented in the Tarot by the Fool and the Hermit. Aphrodite, as we know, is the Empress. Hence we may say that the Devil, as Priapus, is the projection of the ideas represented by the Fool, the Empress, and the Hermit. All these trumps correspond to the letter Yod in the Tetragrammaton, and, with the exception of the Fool, they all bear numbers which are multiples of 3. Furthermore, the number of the Devil is 15, which is the extension of 5, the number of the Hierophant; and the reduction of 15 is 6, the number of the Lovers.
By its correspondence to Vau in the Tetragrammaton, the Star is related to the High Priestess, the Hierophant, Strength, Justice, and Temperance. It corresponds particularly to Strength, because the reduction of 17 is 8. The great star is Sirius, the star of Isis-Sothis, and the seven smaller stars are the seven planets of ancient astronomy, which are also the seven metals of the alchemists, and the seven great centers of Prana in the human body. The kneeling figure is a synthesis of Isis, Nephthys, and Hathor.