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Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet and Tarot Trumps

Below are the most common attributions between the trumps of the tarot and Hebrew letters (I have used variations of the common card titles for ease of reference).

Sitsky and Cohen, on the right, show yet how developments lead to diverse ways of making correlation: in Sitsky's case, the correlations come from his piano concertos written in the mid-1990s, for which he appears to have used a standard ordering (including the Fool as final) save that he also appears to have adopted the interchange introduced by the Golden Dawn [G.D.] for Justice and Strength; Similarly Cohen tends to follow the standard pattern, save that he too allows for the interchange introduced by the GD of VIII and XI, yet maintains the Fool as Shin (in his case with justification from Manly P. Hall). Gray, on the other hand (far right), is simply included as an example of the vast variation that exists, and for which, of course, he argues in his own way.

The C. de. M[ellet] dates from the late 18th century, which I have translated and included as part of an earlier Association for Tarot Studies Newsletter (#56). This page and the table below also form part of another subsequent ATS Newsletter (#74).

For the sake of making my own views clear, Filipas exemplifies my preference. Though he is not the first to make those corellations (others had made it for over a century), his justification is the reason for which I attach his name to head the list. I should also point out that the Noblet is used only in order to display the trump images – it is unlikely that Noblet himself made or was aware of such attributions.

Letter

Filipas

Noblet

 

de Mellet

 

Levi

Marteau

 

G.D.

Crowley

Sitsky

Cohen

Gray

Bateleur

 

World

 

Bateleur

 

Fool

Fool

Bateleur

Bateleur

Pope

Popess

 

Judgement

 

Popess

 

Bateleur

Bateleur

Popess

Popess

Hermit

Empress

 

Sun

 

Empress

 

Popess

Popess

Empress

Empress

Star

Emperor

 

Moon

 

Emperor

 

Empress

Empress

Emperor

Emperor

Judgement

Pope

 

Star

 

Pope

 

Emperor

Star

Pope

Pope

Temperance

Lovers

 

Tower

 

Lovers

 

Pope

Pope

Lovers

Lovers

Emperor

Chariot

 

Devil

 

Chariot

 

Lovers

Lovers

Chariot

Chariot

Hanged Man

Justice

 

Temperance

 

Justice

 

Chariot

Chariot

Strength

Strength

Death

Hermit

 

Death

 

Hermit

 

Strength

Strength

Hermit

Hermit

Justice

Fortune

 

Hanged Man

 

Fortune

 

Hermit

Hermit

Fortune

Fortune

Strength

Strength

 

Strength

 

Strength

 

Fortune

Fortune

Justice

Justice

Empress

Hanged Man

 

Wheel

 

Hanged Man

 

Justice

Justice

Hanged Man

Hanged Man

Tower

Death

 

Hermit

 

Death

 

Hanged Man

Hanged Man

Death

Death

Devil

Temperance

 

Justice

 

Temperance

 

Death

Death

Temperance

Temperance

Lovers

Devil

 

Chariot

 

Devil

 

Temperance

Temperance

Devil

Devil

Sun

Tower

 

Lovers

 

Tower

 

Devil

Devil

Tower

Tower

Chariot

Star

 

Jupiter

 

Star

 

Tower

Tower

Star

Star

Wheel

Moon

 

Emperor

 

Moon

 

Star

Emperor

Moon

Moon

Popess

Sun

 

Empress

 

Sun

 

Moon

Moon

Sun

Sun

World

Judgement

 

Junon

 

Judgement

 

Sun

Sun

Judgement

Judgement

Bateleur

World

 

Bateleur

 

Fool

 

Judgement

Judgement

World

Fool

Fool

Fool

 

Fool

 

World

 

World

World

Fool

World

Moon

 

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