The Prime Number Cross and The Tarot
Paul Bevan and Roz Polden.
The french occultist Gerard Encausse,writing as ‘Papus’ in his book ‘Tarot of the Bohemians’ presents us with an unusual ordering of the 22 tarot trumps,one which does not follow any of the widely accepted systems of tarot attribution,yet on closer examination we found that his schema falls quite conclusively into this same 147,258,369 modelling we have shown to be present both within the 24 reduced Fibonacci numbers and the prime number cross.
Some time back we came across an ancient Persian Alchemical text by name of;
‘The mystic rose from the garden of the king’
Upon studying this document and brooding over its somewhat arcane and allegorical content,we felt that there could be a hint of a suggestion that it might offer some very intriguing possibilities and might likely provide further illumination in terms of our current understandings of this ‘forgotten’ knowledge.
The narrative of the book describes and follows an ascent through the levels of a tower;
”A temple built like a tower…”
The tower contains seven levels,each level has three chambers.
And goes on to state that;
”At the top is one singular chamber.”
Arranging Encausse’s tarot attributions,which he divides into what he refers to as being ‘terniaries’-groups of three,by placing these into the form suggested by the tower mentioned in this alchemical text we arrived at the following arrangement;
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Surprisingly,by way of its integral allegorical structure and the numeric values ascribed to each individual card by Papus, this arrangement appeared to invoke our precise same 1,4,7-2,5,8-3,6,9 sequence by applying reduction.
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Following the Hebrew letter values attributed to each card in Papus’ system,we arrive at the above construct.
Using the Mod. 9 formula,we noted that each of the seven levels of the tower were depicted as triangles,
The ascribed letter value of each of the three cards within each triangle adds up repeatedly to 6.
7 times 6
Life,the universe and everything.
The one exception is the eighth level which is comprised of the card ‘The Universe’ which has a letter value of 400 and is represented by the letter ‘Tav’-The final letter of the Hebrew alefbet.
What is interesting here is that on the left-hand side of the tower,the sequence of 147 is visible via base 9 reduction.Similarily on the right hand side,we note the 258 sequence is also present.
In the middle,as always,we have the 369 vector.
This same sequencing we see here also mirrors the given values of the 22 Hebrew letters;
In the 2nd degree of freemasonry,the steps taken by the candidate fall into 3 groups of 3,5 and 7-
Might this be representing a knowledge of something that might well fall in with our above arrangement?
As a final thought;
The Masonic Dictionary refers to a ladder of Seven rungs,not entirely unlike our Tarot tower;
”Thus, in the Persian Mysteries of Mithras, there was a ladder of seven rounds, the passage through them being symbolical of the soul’s approach to perfection. These rounds were called gates, and, in allusion to them, the candidate was made to pass through seven dark and winding caverns, which process was called the ascent of the ladder of perfection Each of these caverns was the representative of a world, or state of existence through which the soul was supposed to pass in its progress from the first world to the last, or the world of truth. Each round of the ladder was said to be of metal of measuring purity, and was dignified also with the name of its protecting planet.”