Court Cards

liber 777

The Court cards in Liber 777 are primarily related to  the three Mother letters, Paths 11, 23 and 31, and 32bis (earth, Princesses), with 31bis for the Aces in Table 2.

  • Knights – Chokmah – Fire or Atziluth – Father
  • Queens – Binah – Water or Briah – Mother
  • Princes – Tipareth – Air or Yetsirah – Son
  • Princesses – Malkuth – Earth or Assiah – Daughter

The structure of the sixteen court can be confusing, as there are more than one way of presenting them. As a 4×4, it is easy to see the permutations of the four elements, presented in the YHVH order of fire, water, air and earth as in the list above. AE Waite deliberately misrepresented the nomenclature in order to confuse tarot students, and teachers of Waite’s ideas continue his methods.

Since Earth is not present in the Sepher Yetsirah, the Princesses may be seen as outside the system – read Crowley’s deep analysis of the Fool in the Book of Thoth for more information.

The Golden Dawn has a complex macrocosm where the Princesses are intimately connected with the Aces around the quadrants of the North Pole.

There is also an argument for including the Aces with the Courts, for the Aces represent Spirit – the elements appear in their purity with the Twos. The Twos to Tens of the Minor Arcana number 36, which corresponds to the decanates of astrology. While the Ace to the Tens relate to the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, Kether as no elemental attribution.

While there is no Hebrew letter attributed to Earth, there is also no spirit, unless we use the dual combination of Fire/Spirit with the letter Shin, which is why we have 31bis  and 32bis in Liber 777. If we include the Aces with the sixteen courts we have 20, 5×4, which corresponds to the Tablet of Union in the Enochian system.

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Attributions of the Court cards in Liber 777
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The Court cards in Liber 777 are primarily related to the three Mother letters, Paths 11, 23 and 31, and 32bis (earth, Princesses), with 31bis for the Aces in Table 2.
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