The First Systematic Integration
of Tarot and Astrology: Etteilla�s
Correspondences and Divinatory Method

1Kaplan, Stuart R.  The Encyclopedia of Tarot.  Stamford,  CT: U.S. Games Systems, 1986, vol. 2, p. 398.

2L�vi, �liphas.  A.  E.  Waite, trans.  Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual.  Killa,  MT: Kessinger, n.d.  Originally published as Dogme de la haute magie (1854) and Rituel de la haute magie (1855).

3L�vi, �liphas.  A. E. Waite, trans.  The History of Magic.  Kila, MT: Kessinger, n.d.  Originally published as Histoire de la magie (1860).

4Waite, A. E.  The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition Under the Veil of Divination).  New York, NY: Barnes & Noble, n.d.  First published 1910.

5Decker, Ronald, Theirry Depaulis, & Michael Dummet.  A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot.  New York, NY: St. Martin�s, 1996.

6Waite.  The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, pp. 49, 321.

7Giles, Cynthia.  The Tarot: History, Mystery, and Lore.  New York, NY: Fireside, 1992, p. 26.

8Decker, Depaulis, & Dummett, p. 99.

9Revak, James W.  The Influence of Etteilla and His School on Mathers and Waite.  World Wide Web:, 2000.

10Decker, Depaulis, & Dummett.

11Halbronn, Jacques.  L�Astrologie du livre de Thot: suivie de r�cherches sur l�histoire de l�astrologie du tarot [Astrology of the Book of Thoth: Followed by Research on the History of Astrology of Tarot].  Paris: �ditions La Grande Conjonction, 1993.  This work includes a facsimile of book four of Etteilla�s Mani�re de se r�cr�er . . . tarots.

12Etteilla.  Mani�re de se r�cr�er avec le jeu de cartes nom�es tarots [How to Have Fun With the Deck of Cards Called Tarot] Amsterdam & Paris: Segault & Legras, 1785.

13Decker, Depaulis, & Dummett.

14Decker, Depaulis, & Dummett.

15Mathers, S. L. MacGregor.  The Tarot: A Short Treatise on Reading Cards. York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser.  Originally published as The Tarot: Its Occult Signification, Use in Fortune-Telling, and Method of Play (1888).

16Papus.  Le Tarot divinatoire: clef du tirage des cartes et des sorts [The Divinatory Tarot: Key to Reading Cards and Fortunes], 17th ed. St-Jean-de-Braye, France: �ditions Dangles, 1998.  Originally published 1909.

17Waite.  The Pictorial Key to the Tarot.

18Revak, James W., ed. & trans.  Tarot Divination: Three Parallel Traditions.  World Wide Web:, 2000.

19Waite.  The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, p. 42.

20Waite, A. E.  A Manual of Cartomancy and Occult Divination, 3d ed. Kila, MT: Kessinger, n.d., p. 5.  Originally published under the author�s pseudonym, Grand Orient, in 1909.

21Dummett Michael.  The Game of Tarot: From Ferrara to Salt Lake City.  London: Gerald Duckworth, 1980.

22Revak.  The Influence of Etteilla.

23Waite,  A. E.  A Manual of Cartomancy and Occult Divination.

24Lh�te, Jean-Marie, ed.  Court de G�belin: Le Tarot pr�sent� et comment� par Jean-Marie Lh�te [Court de G�belin: The Tarot Presented and Commented Upon by Jean-Marie Lh�te]. Paris: Berg International, 1983.  This work includes a facsimile of G�belin�s and Mellet�s essays on Tarot, which originally appeared in the former�s Monde primitif.


26Decker, Depaulis, & Dummett.

27For a discussion of the Pymander, see Brian P. Copenhaver, The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, With Notes and Introduction.  Cambridge: Cambridge University, 1992.

28Decker, Depaulis, & Dummett.

29For example, Mathers; Waite; and Papus, The Tarot of the Bohemians and Le Tarot divinatoire.

30L�vi.  Transcendental Magic.

31Papus.  A. P. Norton, trans., A. E. Waite, ed.  The Tarot of the Bohemians: Absolute Key to Occult Science, 3d ed. North Hollywood: Wilshire Book, 1970.  Originally published as Le Tarot des Boh�miens: Le plus ancien Livre du monde (1889).

32Papus.  Le Tarot divinatoire.

33Regardie, Israel, ed.  The Golden Dawn: A Complete Course in Practical Ceremonial Magic, 6th ed.  St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn, 1989.  Most of the contents was originally privately circulated and dates to the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries.

34Bayard, Jean-Pierre.  La Pratique du tarot: symbolisme, tirages et interpr�tations [Practical Tarot: Symbolism, Readings, and Interpretations].  St-Jean-de-Braye, France: �ditions Dangles, 1987, p. 131.  Translation by Revak.



37Revak. The Influence of Etteilla.

38For example, Eden Gray, A  Complete Guide to the Tarot, New York: Bantam Books, 1970; Mary Greer, Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation, West Hollywood, CA: Newcastle, 1984; and Regardie, The Golden Dawn.

39Christian, Paul.  James Kirkup and Julian Shaw, trans., Ross Nichols, ed.  The History and Practice of Magic. New York: Citadel, 1963.  Originally published as Histoire de la magie, du monde surnaturel et de la fatalit� � travers les temps et les peuples (1870).

40Papus.  The Tarot of the Bohemians.

41Papus.  Le Tarot divinatoire.

42Wirth, Oswald.  The Tarot of the Magicians.  York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, 1985.  Originally published as Le Tarot: des imagiers du Moyen Age (1927).

43K�ntz, Darcy, trans. & ed.  The Complete Golden Dawn Cipher Manuscript.  Holmes: Edmonds, WA, 1996.  The manuscript probably dates to the mid-nineteenth century.


45See Mathers� contributions to Book T�The Tarot in Regardie, The Golden Dawn.  Book T was originally privately circulated c. 1888.

46Crowley, Aleister.  The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians. York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser, 1969.  Originally published in Equinox 3(5) in 1944, under one of the author�s pseudonyms, The Master Therion.

47Case, Paul Foster.  The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages.  Richmond, VA: Macoy, 1947.

48Grand Etteilla: Ou Tarots �gyptiens [Grand Etteilla: Or Egyptian Tarot].  Paris: Grimaud (France Cartes), c. 1975.

49The six steps are extracted from Etteilla, Mani�re de se r�cr�er . . . tarots.  See also Revak, The Influence of Etteilla.

50The spread described by Etteilla places the zodiac cards in a clockwise order, with the first house card at 9:00; the second house card at 10:00, etc.  To avoid confusion and to remain consistent with other 12-house spreads and horoscope charts familiar to modern Tarotists, the familiar, modern horoscope form has been utilized here.  This form moves in a counter-clockwise direction (1st house at 9:00, 2d house at 8:00, etc.).

51The spread described by Etteilla places six cards in every other house (not including the zodiacal cards) beginning with six in the first house; the remaining houses have five cards each. To the extent that the spread presented in the text places six cards in the first six houses, it is a variation on Etteilla�s method.

52See Etteilla or Halbronn.

53Divinatory meanings for individual cards are in Etteilla.  See also meanings espoused by his students and other occultists (Papus, Le Tarot divinatoire; Mathers, The Tarot, Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, and Revak, Tarot Divination).

54On Thursday, sent an e-mail notice to me that my books were being shipped.  The books actually arrived six days later, when the Moon was in the axial-opposite 10th house (and thus the timing indicator was, again, in a powerful energy exchange with Venus and Mars in the 4th).

55Although unplanned, I did a product inventory that day.  This is a duty of business management (Saturn), requiring an analytical, mathematical skills (6th house), and centers on a venue of personal creativity (the Sun).

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