The Tarot deck is a perfect example of the power of symbols, man has been using symbols since before recognised speech to represent meaning & document and understand his environment. I have always been fascinated by symbolism & talismans, magical formulas and esoteric meanings. Recently I have noticed people are asking me about other forms of focus, most frequently chants & also formulas hidden in the Tarot, especially the sacred word. Whenever I find myself in a challenging or stressful environment I mentally run through a sequence that has served me well over the years. I first discovered chants many years ago when I did a course in the mindfulness of breathing. This technique is designed to filter out all distractions & enable you to focus on whatever it is that important in that specific moment. I have a page on my site that illustrates the Tibetan Buddhist chant or mantra OM MANI PADME HUM the Dalai Lama’s definition of which is the path that symbolises “the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha”. The second mantra I employ is NAM-MYOHO-RENGE-KYO, which the 13th Century Japanese priest called the realisation of the Lotus Sutra, or greatest teaching of the first recorded buddha. However, the most powerful of my daily routines is I believe, the sacred word Yod – He – Vau – He.
The Sacred Word – The Tetragrammaton
While I go about my day merrily chanting in my head or occasionally out loud, I also mentally invoke Yod – He – Vau – He, The sacred hebrew word of Kabbalah that corresponds to the four suits of Tarot, the four elements and has been studied by all of the adepts & related to all mystery systems. This formula, the Tetragrammaton, representing the divine & the unrepresentable, has many correspondences to the Major Arcana in Tarot & is said to release all knowledge to those who can learn to correctly pronounce its name.
In the ancient script Tarot of the bohemians by Papus, the many correlations of the sacred word are explored for example this excerpt relating to numbers : “A number is attributed to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. We must look at those which relate to the letters we are now considering.
י Yod = 10
ה he = 5
ו vau = 6
ה he = 5
The total numerical value of the word יהוה is therefore 10 + 5 + 6 + 5 = 26.”
For more on the power of numbers visit my Numerology page.
The almost endless links of these magical symbols never cease to fascinate me, I have used the central diagram of kabbalah for many years, notably in my Tree of Life Tarot spreads which are available as a static Tarot reading or in an animated talking Tarot reading. Free spoken Tarot reading
I am re-reading The Tarot of the Bohemians again as I am rediscovering the relationship between the hebrew letters as I travel through the Tarot deck & add a page for each card to the new format of my site. It is not an easy read, but fascinating & highly recommended for anyone interested in the hidden mysteries of The Tarot. To study the symbolism of the Tarot & unravel the secret language of the initiates is an exciting journey that unlocks endless levels of understanding. Though the Tarot appears in it’s simplest form as a pack of cards, it is an always changing story that can ignite the intuition of those who come under it’s spell.