Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers

Tarot Correspondences: Ancient Secrets for Everyday Readers

by T. Susan Chang


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ISBN-13: 9780738755120
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 10/08/2018
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 194,717
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

T. Susan Chang bought her first tarot deck in New York, where she moonlighted as a reader while working in academic publishing. After leaving the city, she took her practice underground for many years, re-surfacing in 2015 and taking up the systematic study of esoteric correspondences in tarot. Along with deck creator Mel Meleen, Susie hosts theFortune's Wheelhouse esoteric tarot podcast, which explores imagery and symbolism in the Rider-Waite-Smith and Thoth decks. She is the creator of the Arcana Case® for tarot decks, which can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/tarotista, along with her line of esoteric perfumes. She reads tarot weekly at the Inspirit Crystal shop in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is developing an online tarot course, which will be offered through her website, www.tsusanchang.com. Her interest in tarot is wide-ranging and passionate, and has included: setting up 78 Spotify playlists for those interested in card-appropriate music, memorizing astrological correspondences for the minor arcana while swimming laps, writing tarot haiku and spells, and maintaining a sprawling Card-of-the-Day-tracking database (complete with elemental, astrological, and kabbalistical frequency and percentage pie charts). She attempts to learn Hebrew approximately once every 15 months and has been known to spontaneously arrange her pancakes into a Tree of Life formation. When not engaged in tarot-adjacent activity, she teaches writing at Smith College and Bay Path University, and writes occasionally about food and cookbooks. She lives in western New England with her husband, two children, and a variable number of chickens.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part One: Correspondence Tables
Correspondences for the 22 Major Arcana 9

  • Table 1—Conventional, Historical, and Hermetic Titles 10
  • Table 2—Astrological Correspondences 15
  • Table 3—Tree of Life Correspondences 18
  • Table 4—Alternate Astro-Alpha-Numeric Correspondences 32
  • Table 5—Color Scales of the Golden Dawn 37
  • Table 6—Natural, Magical, Mythical Correspondences 40
  • Table 7—Numerological Reduction 57

Correspondences for the 4 Suits 59

  • Table 1—Nomenclature and Physical Correspondences 60
  • Table 2—Astrological, Spatiotemporal, and Mythical Correspondences 61
  • Table 3—Natural Correspondences 63

Correspondences for the 40 Numeric Minor Arcana (Ace–10) 65

  • Table 1—Nomenclature, Astrology, and Decans 66
  • Table 2—Associated Major Arcana by Planet and Sign 91
  • Table 3—Combined Aces 93
  • Table 4—Sabian Symbols 94
  • Table 5—Geometry, Kabbalah, and Symbolism of 1 through 10 122
  • Table 6—Color Scales of the Golden Dawn 127

Correspondences for the 16 Court Cards 129

  • Table 1—Nomenclature, Astrology, and Corresponding Minors 130
  • Table 2—Astrological Correspondences in Chronological Order 140

Part Two: The Reader’s Guide to Using Correspondences
One—Using Elemental Correspondences: Head in the Clouds, Mud on Your Boots! 147
Two—Using Astrological Correspondences: “The sign of life eternal is writ on earth and sky.” 167
Three—Using Numeric Correspondences: A Tale of Ten Great Mysteries 199
Four—Using Kabbalistic Correspondeces: Climbing the Tree of Unknowable Fruit 215
Five—Putting It All Together: Interpretation, Creation, Magic 229
Six—Creative Techniques: The Power of the Pen 239
Seven—Magical Techniques: So Mote It Be! 253

Part Three: Individual Card Tables

The Hermit’s Epilogue 369

Bibliography 373

Books 373

Art Credit List 376

About the Author 384

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