Raven's Tarot Site mediates a good overview about the Tarot, covering the basics regarding the four worlds of the Kabbalah (Kaballah, Qabala) and their corresponding levels of the soul, as there are Chiah and Atziluth as the highest level, followed by Neshamah and Briah, Ruach and Yetzirah and finally the material level Nefesh and Assiah. Of course, Yechidah as the universal plane is also mentioned.
Narrowly related to the structure of worlds and souls is the Tree of Life as the universal symbol of the Kabbalah (Qabala) showing the Sephirot and paths of the tree. The site offers insight into each Sephira - Kether, Chokmah, Binah, Chesed, Geburah, Tiphareth, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malkuth - and a beautiful diagram of the Tree of Life itself.
The Sephirot correspond to the Numbers (Numbered Cards) in Tarot which are also dealt with on the site, showing the fine and clear structure of the Minor Arcana.
The Court Cards in the Minor Arcana are described in an overwiew, additionally there is an interactive page where you can find the place of a Court Card in the Zodiac as determined by Crowley, showing the places of the Court Cards within the decans of the Zodiac and under the influence of the astrologogical planets.
The site also deals with the Elemental Dignities in Tarot in form of a walk-through, explaining to see the elemental dignities in pairs and in triads, as in other layouts. We also look at the Court Cards which embody elements within elements, have a short look at the Majors and of course explore the elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth in particular.
The history section deals with the History of the Tarot, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance upwards, it looks at the society of those days, at the customs and beliefs to explain how the Tarot was born.
A large section is dedicated to the Tarocchi di Mantegna, often called the Mantegna Tarot. The E-Series as it was copied and engraved by Johann Ladenspelder is fully introduced, each of the cards colorized by the Raven - that's me. The Mantegna cards provide a good look at the days of the Renaissance, and we find many hints to the traditional Tarot as we know it today.
There is a short look on how to read Tarot cards, especially dealing with the negative aspect of the cards. It becomes clear that there is no real 'positive' and 'negative' in Tarot, it all depends on the viewpoint and everything has two sides at least.
Being in esoteric and occultistic realms it is of utmost importance to not fall for any Creeds an Beliefs but stay sober and openminded. Logic, as
un-occultistic as it might sound, is the only level on which you can thrive and develop - even in
Therefore, socalled Tarot Spells have to be taken with a grain of salt, but the site shows that they can make wonderful mandalas.
Raven's Tarot Site offers the chance to play with the cards on an interactive level. First, you can determine your essential card, find out your personality card and finally use my exclusive Taroscope to do an actual 'Tarot Horoscope' for you. You can then get the card's interpretations in the Card Window.
You can also lay out the Raven's spreads on the site and see the cards in front of you.
Raven's Tarot Site offers detailed explanations and interpretations about all 78 cards of the Tarot deck, covering the meaning of the 22 trumps of the Major Arcana as well as information about the cards of the Minor Arcana, their qabalistic interpretation and the coherences to the Tree of Life.
While the Thoth Crowley Tarot cards are taken as examples, the information about the cards is general enough to cover all related decks with a Hermetic touch to them, for example the Rider Waite Deck, the Hermetic Tarot and many more.
The Trumps of the Major Arcana:
XI - Lust (Strength)
This part of the site contains a number of Tarot spreads or layouts that have proved valuable over the years. Each spread is demonstrated and can be laid out right on the computer, doing a kind of online reading for yourself.
The cards can now all be laid out with the classic Gumppenberg Tarot of 1835, to provide an interestingly different view to the usual Thoth deck.
Since my focus is on reflection and consideration quite a few of my spreads are reflection
spreads. My alltime favorite still is the good old Newton
Spread, designed after Isaac Newtons Laws of Motion. It reminds us that we are just
another part of a most physical nature.
Another one of these reflection spreads is the Raven's Eye, albeit with a little less physics in it. The little Blind Spot is a rather simple layout and the only 'stranger' on the site in so far that it isn't one of my own spreads.
The Dark Star is a layout examining a process, a
changable situation or a journey. It can be a reflection spread but it will always look at
the movement, a development.
In the same reign stands the Raven's Bridge, yet it is simpler and not so demanding as the Dark Star. Also in this line is the Raven Tree, which asks for success or failure of a growth, looking at the roots and the crown of the matter and since it is a tree, at the connection between them.
As for relationship layout, the Four Knights Defense comes in handy, when you sure will agree that a relationship is just like chess.. ;)
Lastly there is the little Quick Croax, asking 'yes' or 'no' and 'why' without much fuzzing around. However, Tarot cards have a way to answer in their own right and you'll soon learn that the smallest spreads are not always the easiest.
If you cannot wise up on a card at all you could use a Monocle to give it a harder and more thorough look.
The Suit of the Wands
Ace of Wands - The roots of the power of fire
Two of Wands - Dominion
Three of Wands - Virtue
Four of Wands - Completion
Five of Wands - Strife
Six of Wands - Victory
Seven of Wands - Valour
Eight of Wands - Swiftness
Nine of Wands - Strength
Ten of Wands - Oppression
Knight of Wands - Lord of Flame and Lightning
Queen of Wands - Queen of the thrones of flame
Prince of Wands - Prince of the chariot of fire
Princess of Wands - Princess of the shining flame
The Suit of the Cups
Ace of Cups - The root of the powers of water
Two of Cups - Love
Three of Cups - Abundance
Four of Cups - Luxury
Five of Cups - Disappointment
Six of Cups - Pleasure
Seven of Cups - Debauch
Eight of Cups - Indolence
Nine of Cups - Happiness
Ten of Cups - Satiety
Knight of Cups - Lord of waves and waters
Queen of Cups - Queen of the thrones of water
Prince of Cups - Prince of the chariot of waters
Princess of Cups - Princess of the palace of the floods
The suit of the Swords
Ace of Swords - The roots of the powers of Air
Two of Swords - Peace
Three of Swords - Sorrow
Four of Swords - Truce
Five of Swords - Defeat
Six of Swords - Science
Seven of Swords - Futility
Eight of Swords - Interference
Nine of Swords - Cruelty
Ten of Swords - Ruin
Knight of Swords - Lord of the Winds and Breezes
Queen of Swords - Queen of the thrones of Air
Prince of Swords - Prince of the chariot of the winds
Princess of Swords - Princess of the rushing winds
The Suit of the Disks
Ace of Disks - The root of the powers of Earth
Two of Disks - Change
Three of Disks - Works
Four of Disks - Power
Five of Disks - Worry
Six of Disks - Success
Seven of Disks - Failure
Eight of Disks - Prudence
Nine of Disks - Gain
Ten of Disks - Wealth
Knight of Disks - Lord of the wild and fertile land
Queen of Disks - Queen of the thrones of Earth
Prince of Disks - Prince of the chariot of the Earth
Princess of Disks - Princess of the echoing hills
The Hermetic Principles are of some importance for the understanding of the Tarot, in so far as
they embody universal wisdoms deeply rooted in esoteric thinking.
We have here
The First Hermetic Principle of Mentalism
The Second Hermetic Principle of Correspondence
The Third Hermetic Principle of Vibration
The Fourth Hermetic Principle of Polarity
The Fifth Hermetic Principle of Rhythm
The Sixth Hermetic Principle of Cause and Effect
The Seventh Hermetic Principle of Gender
If you like to do an online reading the site won't pop out some random cards for you, but rather
let you shuffle the cards almost as in real.
Using the prepared layouts in the Spreads-Section and the Card Explanation Window to get the meaning of the cards the querent can get an idea about the fascination of exploring the Tarot.
However, never take anything without consideration - if you're fond of online readings, have a look on my thoughts about the matter.
I truly hope you'll enjoy your visit!