My interest in numerology started after my interest in the Tarot. After buying a deck I found myself memorizing the cards one by one.
Why is numerology so important?
I believe that the ancients concealed their knowledge in the numbers of the cards. When I created my deck, “The Tarot of Creativity,” I was determined to reveal this knowledge directly on each card in the form of words that described the energy of the number as modified by the energy of the suit. I spent over a year with a spreadsheet: the numbers headed the columns and the five suits of the Tarot as the rows. I was looking for single words to express the energy in each card. In my study of the Tarot, I have learned that the cards reflect the energy of their number first and then the energy of the suit.
My knowledge of numerology is one of the cornerstones of my understanding of the Tarot system.
For instance, in the Tarot the six is always about love. This is especially true in both The Rider Waite Smith Tarot, and The Tarot of Creativity. The Major Arcana card, The Lovers, as the first row in my spreadsheet, headed up all the other sixes in the suits. Each six card represents love according to the wisdom of the suit (each suit is a particular path of knowledge). The Six of Wands is about adulation or recognition; the Six of Swords is about surrender/peace/renunciation; the Six of Cups is about nostalgia/romance; the Six of Pentacles is about generosity/altruism.
I see numerology as one of the main forms of ancient esoteric knowledge. It’s an amazing study, that like the Tarot, seems endlessly fascinating. You can never get to the end of this knowledge, so for the esoteric querent, the study of numerology is a must. In my opinion, you cannot truly understand other mystical traditions like the Tarot without at least a basic knowledge of numerology.
Here is a quote from my book, The Tarot Key:
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Numerology and the Tarot
Numerology is one of the cornerstones of the Tarot. Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher and mathematician (569-470 B.C.), is said to be the father of modern numerology, but it is speculated that he got his information from the “Mother” numerology system, called “Chaldean numerology” which originated in the part of the world that anthropologists have identified as “the cradle of civilization,” Mesopotamia.
The Chaldean and the later system developed by Pythagoras were both alphanumeric systems that assigned meanings to numbers and numbers to letters. Pythagoras believed that there is a direct esoteric relationship between numbers and the creative nature of the universe. Each number in both systems is believed to possess a unique signature vibration; the system includes the base numbers one through nine, with two Master numbers, 11 and 22, which are never reduced.
The Strength Versus Justice Argument
There is a long-standing argument about the numbering of tarot cards. Early tarot decks did not have numbers on any of the Arcana cards, while later decks placed the Justice card after The Chariot as the eighth card of the Major Arcana. In The Tarot of Marseilles, Justice was the eighth card and Strength was the eleventh card, but the influential Rider-Waite-Smith deck switched the position of these cards in order to make them better fit astrological correspondences, or so some people believe. Waite is said to have had a vision that these two cards should be switched though he apparently never said why.
If you are new to tarot, you may be surprised at the vehemence of the various factions that support each numbering system. Those who argue for the “traditional numbering system of the Tarot” are referring to the practice started by the Tarot of Marseilles which is not the earliest version of the Tarot. The earliest decks were unnumbered; when the decks started to acquire numbers there were many transposed cards, not just the eight and the eleven.
Many people who believe that the Tarot outlines very esoteric knowledge conjecture that these two cards were deliberately transposed in order to confuse non-practitioners and protect secret knowledge that was hidden inside the cards. This was called a “blind” and if true, it means that the readers of tarot with the knowledge of numerology had to get used to transposing the numbers of the cards in their heads in order to render an accurate reading.
In my own exploration of the Tarot. I have found that the RWS numbering system seems to follow the rules of numerology that I use. Numerology within the Tarot reveals the path of creative manifestation and what I see as the esoteric path of personal development, and this is why my deck, ‘The Tarot of Creativity,’ follows this system.” ~ The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul
~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul by Aliyah Marr
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