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Stanislas de Guaita: Table of Correspondences and Analogical Relations

Translator’s Introduction

A previous instalment provided the outline of the Tarot according to the fin de siècle occultist Stanislas de Guaita. Further continuing this series, we here present the table of correspondences given in the schematic outline to his work Le Serpent de la Genèse. This table appears on page 5 of Le Serpent de la Genèse, book 1, Le Temple de Satan, Librairie du Merveilleux, 1891.

Stanislas de Guaita (1861-1897)

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Table of Correspondences and Analogical Relations

Stanislas de Guaita

Table of Correspondences and Analogical Relations
Number Arcana of the Tarot Analogical Relations
 1  The Juggler  Unity, the Principle, the Object.
 2  The Popess  The Binary, the Faculties, the Subject.
 3  The Empress  The Ternary, the Relation, the Word.
 4  The Emperor  The Quaternary, the Cubic Base, the Potential.
 5  The Pope  The Quinary, the Will, its Instruments.
 6  The Lover  The Senary, Opposition, Reciprocity, the Mean, the Product.
 7  The Chariot  The Septenary, Triumph, Consummation, Plenitude, Riches, Superfluity.
 8  Justice  Equilibrium, Balance, Harmony.
9  The Hermit  Isolation. Power over the Astral.
10  The Wheel of Fortune  Causality, Collective Life, Becoming.
11  Force  Energy, Means of Deployment.
12  The Hanged Man  Voluntary Sacrifice, Interference between planes.
13  Death  Disintegration, Stripping away.
14  Temperance  Mutations, Changes, Combinations, Exchanges.
15  The Devil  Fateful currents of Instinct.
16 The Tower Struck by Lightning Collapse, Fall, Despair.
17  The Star  Ideality, Redemption, Hope.
18  The Moon  Trap, Constriction (Hereb)
19  The Sun  Splendour, Riches, Expansion (Iônah)
20  The Judgment  Resurrection, Restitution, Return.
21  The Fool  Subversion, Disorder, Dissolution, the Suicide of evil vanquished by its own weapons.
22 The World  Universal Syncretism, Mathesis.

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Pierre Piobb: Correspondences between Tarot, Kabbalah & Astrology

Translator’s Introduction

After providing a translation of Pierre Piobb’s structuration of the Tarot and his views on its divinatory application, we present the table of correspondences found in Piobb’s Formulaire de Haute Magie. As noted previously, although Piobb indicates his source for these correspondences to be the work of Paul Christian, only the titles coined by the latter have been retained (with some minor modifications), the astrological correspondences being those of Charles Nicoullaud, from his Manuel d’Astrologie Sphérique et Judiciaire (1897, pp. 320-321). For Paul Christian’s table of correspondences, see here.

This set of correspondences went on to provide the basis for that of Salvador Dalí’s Tarot deck, likely via the medium of Pierre Mabille, another Surrealist and himself a student of Piobb’s, and also that of the Basque Tarot of Maritxu de Güler, the Tarot de Euskalherria, through its inclusion in the Encyclopédie des sciences occultes edited by Charles Mafféo Poinsot, translated into English as The Encyclopedia Of Occult Sciences.

As Stephen Mangan has noted: “The astrological associations are not related to any traditional correspondence of such with the Hebrew letters. Frequently they appear to be matched with the imagery of the cards, e.g., Temperance is Aquarius the water bearer because of the two cups; the Sun is Gemini because of the two youths; the Moon is Cancer because of the crustacean and being the traditional sign of the Moon; extending on the logic of the Golden Dawn in that Strength must be Leo because of the lion; Justice is Libra because of the scales.”

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Excerpted from

Formulaire de Haute Magie

(Formulary of High Magic)

Pierre Piobb (1874-1942)

Adaptation of the Hebrew Alphabet to the Tarot
(sequence of so-called Major Arcana)

Number

Grammatical Designation

Signification of the Tarot

Astrological Attribution

1

aleph

The Magus

Sun
2

beth

The Door of the Temple

Moon
3

ghimel

Isis-Urania

Earth
4

daleth

The Cubic Stone

Jupiter

5

The Master of the Arcana

Mercury

6

vau

The Two Paths

Virgo

7

zain

The Chariot of Osiris

Sagittarius

8

heth

Themis

Libra

9

teth

The Veiled Lamp

Neptune

10

iod

The Sphinx

Capricorn

11

caph

The Lion

Leo

12

lamed

The Sacrifice

Uranus

13

mem

The Scythe

Saturn

14

noun

Human Genius

Aquarius

15

samech

Typhon

Mars

16

han

The Tower Struck By Lightning

Aries

17

The Star of the Magi

Venus

18

tsadé

Twilight

Cancer

19

coph

The Light

Gemini

20

reste

The Resurrection of the Dead

Pisces

21

shin

The Crown

Taurus

22

tau

The Crocodile

Scorpio

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For more on Piobb and his work (in French) see this dedicated website .

 

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