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    THE UNIQUE TALENT OF GODFREY DOWSONis revealed in The Hermetic Tarot deck. U.S.Games Systems, Inc. is proud to reissue this deckin recognition of its historical and artistic impor-tance. The details and symbols in each card revealmany of the esoteric workings of the Secret Orderof the Golden Dawn that flourished around theturn of the century.

    Founded in 1888 as a secret magical fraternity,the Order counted among its members some ofthe foremost occultists and writers of the periodincluding MacGregor Mathers, Arthur EdwardWaite, Dion Fortune, Paul Foster Case, AleisterCrowley, and W.B. Yeats.

    After cessation of the Orders activities somefifteen years after its inception, Waite, Case, andCrowley went on to issue their own decksTheRider-Waite, B.O.T.A., and Thoth tarot decks,respectively. Crowley first published a descriptionof the Orders card designs in The Equinox in1912. Prior to World War II, Israel Regardieincluded a description of the cards in his four-volume set, The Golden Dawn.

    Crowleys deck was not published during hislifetime. He worked with Lady Freida Harris, theartist, for five years from 1938 to 1943 before thedeck was completed, but it was not actually pub-

  • 4lished until 1969, 22 years after Crowleys death.The early members of the Hermetic Order of

    the Golden Dawn were encouraged to preparepersonal tarot packs for their own use basedupon Mathers deck and his work. The Society setdown certain instructions for its members to fol-low, but these instructions were abbreviated atbest. Not surprisingly, as time went on and newmembers copied decks based upon previouslydrawn cards, the variances and modificationsgrew more and more pronounced.

    Since Mathers original tarot deck has notbeen handed down, todays researchers of theOrder of the Golden Dawnwhose numbersgrow and flourish in Europe and the USAoftenassign personal interpretations and modifica-tions to their own version of the tarot as it mighthave existed in the Order more than 80 years ago.

    In 1978, Robert Wang, in collaboration withDr. Isreal Regardie, prepared The Golden DawnTarot Deck which has taken its place amongimportant esoteric tarot packs of the 20th century.

    The Hermetic Tarot deck by Godfrey Dowsondraws heavily upon the work of Mathers,Crowley, Case, G.H. Soror, Q.L. [GreatlyHonored Sister Q.L.] and Elias Levi. A slightlydifferent description of the cards is found in TheBook T: The Tarot by S.R.M.D. [Mathers] and

  • 5others. Crowley included The Book T in 1912in his Equinox, Vol. I, No. 8. The public disclo-sure caused considerable friction betweenCrowley and Mathers and eventually led to anunsuccessful lawsuit by Mathers to prevent fur-ther publication.

    In 1967, a limited edition of 200 copies of TheBook T appeared in Great Britain and it wasreproduced again in 1978 by Robert Wang in AnIntroduction to The Golden Dawn Tarot.

    Godfrey Dowson's cards in The HermeticTarot reveal a combination of detail and symbol-ism that capture the mood and sense of eachpictorial image. Subtle variations exist in almostevery card. For example, fingertips touch thestem of a rose bush in the 8 of Pentacles (Lord ofPrudence) in contrast to the firm grasp of a handin the 4 of Pentacles (Lord of Earthly Power). Themangled swords in the 9 of Swords (Lord ofDespair and Cruelty) and the roses in full bloomin the 6 of Pentacles (Lord of Material Success)illustrate how skillfully the artist has created thecards. Repeated study of each card often revealsfor the first time a new dimension and scope notseen in a previous reading. One of the mostimportant features of Dowsons Hermetic Tarot ishis emphasis on the Golden Dawn astrologicalattributions of the cards.

  • 6Working prior to the turn of the century, anddrawing on a great deal of published informa-tion, library manuscripts, secret documents, andextensive personal research, Mathers assigned acomplete set of correspondences between thetarot and the zodiac. Dowson has also providedclear symbols in his card designs which help thestudent correlate these astrological correspon-dences each time he or she reads the cards.Crowley, of course, does the same in his deck, butthe symbols are frequently less clear than por-trayed here. A knowledge of astrology can greatlyaid in the interpretation of the tarot, and viceversa. It was the genius of the Golden Dawn tosynthesize these systems.

    Godfrey Dowson successfully creates in TheHermetic Tarot a compelling reconstructed ver-sion of the tarot that has taken its place as one ofthe most important esoteric tarot decks pub-lished during the twentieth century.

    The Hermetic Tarot deck is collated in the fol-lowing sequence: V. The Hierophant; 0. TheFoolish Man; I. The Magician through IV. TheEmperor; VI. The Lovers through XXI. Universe;knight, queen, king and princess in the suit ofwands, followed by court cards in the suits ofcups, swords and pentacles; ace through 10 inwands followed by cups, swords and pentacles.

  • 7Readers and students of tarot may prefer tomaintain the Minor Arcana cards from TheHermetic Tarot deck in the sequence of cards asdescribed in Book T. This sequence is based onan extremely complex astronomical and kabalis-tic correspondence system which forms the basisof the astrological attributions. Briefly, the acesrule the four quadrants of the North Pole of theUniverse, and Kether on the Tree of Life. TheKnights, Queens and Kings are broadly attributedto the zodiacal signs. Each of these court cardsrepresents 3 decans (1 decan=10 degrees) of thezodiac, hence 30 degrees. The Princesses form thelink between the elemental energies of the acesand the celestial zodiacal energies of the othercourt cards. Then the tarot follows the furtherastrological division into individual decans byassigning one numbered card (210) to onedecan. As there are 36 decans and 36 numberedcards (excluding the aces) this fits rather neatly.

    The true astrological year was begun by theGolden Dawn with the star Regulus at 0 Leo,rather than the more common 0 Aries. Thus the5 of Wands, 010 Leo, is the first pip carddescribed in Book T, and the 4 of Cups, 2030degrees Cancer, is the last. The trumps then fol-low the pip cards. Refer to Book IV of IsraelRegardies Golden Dawn for a more complete

  • 8explanation of his subject. The sequence thusgiven in Book T is as follows: ace of wands,cups, swords and pentacles; 5 to 7 of wands; 8 to10 of pentacles; 2 to 4 of swords; 5 to 7 of cups; 8to 10 of wands; 2 to 4 of pentacles; 5 to 7 ofswords; 8 to 10 of cups; 2 to 4 of wands; 5 to 7pentacles; 8 to 10 of swords; 2 to 4 of cups; 0. TheFoolish Man; and I. The Magician through XXI.The Universe.

    The back design of The Hermetic Tarot deck isa rose in full bloom. Each card contains thesigilthe mark of a master craftsman. All thework by Godfrey Dowson bears this mark. Theoriginal artwork for the Hermetic Tarot deck wasexecuted between 1975 to 1977 by the artist andis now is included in the Stuart and Marilyn R.Kaplan Playing Card Collection.

    Stuart R. Kaplan

  • 9THE HERMETIC TAROT DECKby Godfrey Dowson and Stuart R. Kaplan

    revisions by Uri Raz

    The tarot is a perfect symbolic picture of thecosmos as seen through the eyes of man.Tarot also reflects the many facets of man in hisenvironment.

    The catalytic nature of tarot enables it to por-tray all possible relationships that can developwithin the human sphere and the environment ofthe cosmos. Thus, the concept of the microcosmwithin the macrocosm is fully expressed.

    The tarot is a mirror of reality. Its construc-tion, based on the four elements, the celestialphenomena, the Holy Qabalah, and a veryevolved psychology, can lead its devotees to theinner recesses of psychic and intuitive awareness.The tarot itself can be used as the basis of occultstudy, as it may be said to possess all aspects ofthe inner wisdom tradition.

    The standard tarot is composed of seventy-eight cards divided into three main groups. Thereare twenty-two Major Arcana or trump cards,and fifty-six Minor Arcana cards. The MinorArcana is comprised of two groups, sixteen courtcards and forty pip or point cards. The fifty-sixcards of the Minor Arcana are also divided into

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    four suits of fourteen cards each.The four suits are attributed to the four ele-

    ments. Wands are Fire, Cups are Water, Swordsare Air, and Pentacles are Earth. It must beremembered that these qualities are not the sameas normal fire, water, etc., but indicate broadphilosophic principles of great scope.

    The sixteen court cards are divided into fourgroups of Knights, Queens, Kings, andPrincesses. The forty numbered or pip cards arein a sequence of ace through ten. The four acesare called the Roots of the Elemental Power. TheAce of Wands, for example, is the purest and firstradiation of the Fire element. The remainingthirty-six cards (2-10 in the four suits) are attrib-uted to the thirty-six decans of the zodiac (a 360circle). One pip card rules one decan (30).

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    The Hermetic Tarot by Godfrey Dowson is a masterpiece. The tone of the deck and Dowson’s artwork invokes the full spectrum of powers within the tarot practitioner for spiritual divinatory work. As a Golden Dawn study deck, the card images are fundamentally focused on alchemical and astrological references such as the decans in the Minor Arcana, with the deck outfitted for theurgy. It can be integrated into personal rituals, meditations, and ceremonies and in fact is probably far better suited for such work than, say, the Marseille, Rider-Waite-Smith, or even the Thoth decks.

    bellwen-Hermetic-KnightGodfrey Dowson draws heavily from elemental dignities and affinities, Western astrology as interpreted by the Golden Dawn, and the Qabalah. Corresponding alchemical symbols for the four elements and astrological symbols are embedded into each card to denote the attributions. In the Major Arcana, the Key’s corresponding Hebrew letter appears on the top left corner. In the court cards, the alchemical symbol corresponding with the classical element that the card itself represents appears on the top left and the symbol for the element corresponding with the suit appears on the top right. The Knight of Swords, for example, represents Fire (for the Knight) on Air (for the suit of Swords). For practitioners who adopt interpretive methods reliant on elemental dignities and affinities, that is a godsend. The backs of the cards are illustrated with the Hermetic Rose and hexagrams. As they are non-reversible, it may not be an ideal deck for reading with reversals. That being said, the little white booklet that accompanies the Hermetic Tarot provides the meanings of the cards in the “ill-dignified” position, as reversals are called in the booklet, which suggests that the deck is nevertheless intended for reading with reversals.

    The anatomy of the Hermetic Tarot is the same as the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) (e.g., VIII is Strength and XI is Justice or their equivalents) and there is substantial crossover of subscribed card meanings to render the Hermetic Tarot user-friendly for anyone familiar with the RWS. At the end of this deck review are correspondence tables that compare the RWS with the Hermetic Tarot. Note the card titles assigned to each card in the Hermetic deck. The essences of the cards as denoted by the titles are almost transferrable onto the RWS.



    Moreover, some imagery in the Hermetic Tarot are reminiscent of the Thoth, such as Key 12, The Hanged Man, Four of Cups, or Ten of Wands, among others. Practitioners who use the Thoth will be right at home with the Hermetic Tarot. Overall, the Hermetic Tarot combines the many practical symbolic elements of the RWS and the haute esoteric nature of the Thoth for the creation of one incredible deck that every serious tarot practitioner will want in his or her arsenal.

    While I found the deck dysfunctional when reading mundane inquiries about the prospects of a romantic relationship or whether a promotion will be given at work, the Hermetic Tarot can be consulted when a seeker needs to channel or tap into greater universal life forces for personal empowerment. Thus, if the love inquiry is more focused on what greater forces are at play in a seeker’s love life, the Hermetic Tarot can answer that better than the standard decks. Rather than ask whether a promotion will be given at work, if the seeker asks about the greater karmic threads interwoven into her career and professional development, the Hermetic Tarot will prove to be profoundly empowering.


    A reading spread that takes well to the Hermetic Tarot is the Triquetra Spread. It is a simple spread that draws on three cards only, which will keep reading with the Hermetic Tarot under control, as the deck is black and white and detail-intensive. Just try reading a Celtic Cross spread with the Hermetic Tarot and it will become immediately apparent why limiting the number of cards and keeping the message of the cards focused and intense is the better objective when using the Hermetic.

    The Triquetra Spread is based on the triquetra symbol, a symbol that is significant to many philosophies and religions. It represents a trinity of forces that combine into a unity. For instance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in Christianity; the Triple Goddess in Neopaganism; or the three promises of a relationship: love, honor, and protection in the Irish tradition. It can also represent the three parts of the Freudian psychic apparatus, the ego, superego, and the id. Here, the triquetra symbol is invoked to draw out the trinity of cosmic forces that the seeker must command in order to stay in control of his or her situation at hand. The spread reveals to the seeker what forces are crucial for turning his or her luck around.

    After shuffling, three cards are drawn and placed around the significator or signifier card (“S”). The cards are set down in the formation of a triquetra in the order illustrated above. Card 1 represents the ego, the self, or the seeker’s own subconscious. In a Holy Trinity attribution, it corresponds with the Son. Card 2 represents the superego, the order of the universe, or the collective unconscious. It corresponds with the Father. Card 3 represents the id, the Holy Spirit, or the final part of the trinitarian force. Of the 3 forces, it is likely the most challenging one for the seeker to master.


    The trinitarian force, like the mystical concept of the Holy Trinity, represents three distinct bodies that are one. The Hermetic Tarot lends itself well to the Triquetra Spread because the card titles are immensely helpful in indicating to the practitioner what universal forces have influence over the situation at hand. The three selected Lords, Magis, or Dignitaries from the Hermetic Tarot represent the trinity of forces that will empower the seeker to change his or her outcome for the positive. These are the 3 facets of 1 solution to the seeker’s problem. Using the Hermetic Tarot with the Triquetra Spread is effective when reading for yourself because the reading is introspective. You can ruminate over the three drawn cards in solitude and use them to think on the problem at hand.


    Inevitably there will be comparisons between The Hermetic Tarot and the Golden Dawn Tarot by Israel Regardie & Robert Wang (1977) or the Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn by Giordano Berti & Patrizio Evangelisti (2008). For me there is no comparison. Dowson’s Hermetic Tarot prevails over all as the preeminent instructive tarot deck on the Golden Dawn interpretive system. The detailing, the angelic references, the 10 sephirots of the Tree of Life, the astrological, numerological, and elemental symbolism challenge me to advance my own scholastic studies of tarot and related metaphysical sciences. It is a must-have for any tarot practitioner subscribing to the Golden Dawn system.

    All that said, the Hermetic Tarot is better used for spiritual reflection and meditation than everyday tarot readings to the public. It is an introspective deck, one that aids indispensably in harnessing your personal power or tapping into the universal unconscious, but I cannot imagine how exhausting it would be on the mental faculties to do a tarot reading party with the Hermetic.



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    RWSHermeticHermetic Card Title


    The FoolThe Foolish ManThe Spirit of Ether.


    The MagicianThe MagicianThe Magus of Power


    The High PriestessThe High PriestessThe Priestess of the Silver Star


    The EmpressThe EmpressDaughter of the Mighty Ones


    The EmperorThe EmperorSon of the Morning


    The HierophantThe HierophantMagus of the Eternal Gods


    The LoversThe LoversChildren of the Voice Divine


    The ChariotThe ChariotLord of the Triumph of Light


    StrengthFortitudeDaughter of the Flaming Sword


    The HermitThe HermitMagus of the Voice of Light


    Wheel of FortuneThe Wheel of FortuneLord of the Forces of Life


    JusticeJusticeDaughter of the Lord of Truth


    The Hanged ManThe Hanged ManSpirit of the Mighty Waters


    DeathDeathChild of the Great Transformers


    TemperanceTemperanceDaughter of the Reconcilers


    The DevilThe DevilLord of the Gates of Matter


    The TowerThe Blasted TowerLord of the Hosts of the Mighty


    The StarThe StarThe Daughter of the Firmament


    The MoonThe MoonRuler of Flux and Reflux


    The SunThe SunLord of the Fire of the World


    JudgementThe Last JudgmentThe Spirit of the Primal Fire


    The WorldUniverseThe Great One of the Night of Time


    RWSHermeticHermetic Card Title
    Ace of WandsAce of WandsLord of the Root of the Power of Fire
    Two of WandsTwo of WandsLord of Dominion
    Three of WandsThree of WandsLord of Established Strength
    Four of WandsFour of WandsLord of Perfected Work
    Five of WandsFive of WandsLord of Strife
    Six of WandsSix of WandsLord of Victory
    Seven of WandsSeven of WandsLord of Valour
    Eight of WandsEight of WandsLord of Swiftness
    Nine of WandsNine of WandsLord of Great Strength
    Ten of WandsTen of WandsLord of Oppression
    Page of WandsPrincess of WandsPrincess of the Shining Flame
    Knight of WandsKnight of WandsLord of Flame and Lightning
    Queen of WandsQueen of WandsQueen of the Thrones of Flame
    King of WandsKing of WandsPrince of the Chariot of Fire


    RWSHermeticHermetic Card Title
    Ace of  CupsAce of  CupsLord of the Root of the Powers of Water
    Two of CupsTwo of CupsLord of Love
    Three of CupsThree of CupsLord of Abundance
    Four of CupsFour of CupsLord of Blended Pleasure
    Five of CupsFive of CupsLord of Loss in Pleasure
    Six of CupsSix of CupsLord of Pleasure
    Seven of CupsSeven of CupsLord of Illusionary Success
    Eight of CupsEight of CupsLord of Abandoned Success
    Nine of CupsNine of CupsLord of Material Happiness
    Ten of CupsTen of CupsLord of Perfected Success
    Page of CupsPrincess of CupsPrincess of the Palace of the Floods
    Knight of CupsKnight of CupsLord of Waves and Waters
    Queen of CupsQueen of CupsQueen of the Thrones of Waters
    King of CupsKing of CupsPrince of the Chariot of Waters


    RWSHermeticHermetic Card Title
    Ace of SwordsAce of SwordsLord of the Root of the Powers of Air
    Two of SwordsTwo of SwordsLord of Peace Restored
    Three of SwordsThree of SwordsLord of Sorrow
    Four of SwordsFour of SwordsLord of Rest from Strife
    Five of SwordsFive of SwordsLord of Defeat
    Six of SwordsSix of SwordsLord of Earned Success
    Seven of SwordsSeven of SwordsLord of Unstable Effort
    Eight of SwordsEight of SwordsLord of Shortened Force
    Nine of SwordsNine of SwordsLord of Despair and Cruelty
    Ten of SwordsTen of SwordsLord of Ruin
    Page of SwordsPrincess of SwordsPrincess of the Rushing Winds
    Knight of SwordsKnight of SwordsLord of the Winds and Breezes
    Queen of SwordsQueen of SwordsQueen of the Thrones of Air
    King of SwordsKing of SwordsPrince of the Chariots of the Winds


    RWSHermeticHermetic Card Title
    Ace of PentaclesAce of PentaclesLord of the Root of the Powers of Earth
    Two of PentaclesTwo of PentaclesLord of Harmonious Change
    Three of PentaclesThree of PentaclesLord of Material Work
    Four of PentaclesFour of PentaclesLord of Earthly Power
    Five of PentaclesFive of PentaclesLord of Material Trouble
    Six of PentaclesSix of PentaclesLord of Material Success
    Seven of PentaclesSeven of PentaclesLord of Success Unfulfilled
    Eight of PentaclesEight of PentaclesLord of Prudence
    Nine of PentaclesNine of PentaclesLord of Material Gain
    Ten of PentaclesTen of PentaclesLord of Wealth
    Page of PentaclesPrincess of PentaclesPrincess of the Echoing Hills
    Knight of PentaclesKnight of PentaclesLord of the Wild and Fertile Land
    Queen of PentaclesQueen of PentaclesQueen of the Thrones of Earth
    King of PentaclesKing of PentaclesPrince of the Chariot of Earth

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    This black & white Tarot is unsurpassed as a study deck or teaching deck. It empowers the reader to make full use of all aspects of interpretation at a glance. QUALITIES OF ASTROLOGY This deck is one of the few that easily reveals the planetary influences at work in a matter, or the overall spread and thus lends itself to shades of meaning relevant to the seeker's own elemental nature and birth sign. Each card is visually identified with corresponding planets, aspects, and elements. These qualities alone improve the student's ability to grasp the possibility of deeper levels of understanding in the book of Tarot ... and to expand the readers' scope of divination. QUALITIES OF IMAGERY The symbolism used is powerful and intricate ... a review of any Major Arcana reveals many influences at work. Further, the imagery is intriguing, drawing the eye and the mind into infinite possibility and facilitating psychic placement in the vast expanse of the Astral. The imagery in the Hermetic Tarot facilitates study of the Tree of Life and the Cabalistic perspective. Concepts of Force, Form and Equilibrium are graphically depicted. The Hebrew letter associated with the Major Arcana is clearly visible on each card. The names of the angels of the decans of the heavens by day and by night are included on all the Minor Arcana. Cabalistic and Hermetic symbols that lead one into deeper understanding of the Tree of Life and the Golden Dawn appear on many Tarot. This is one of the few decks that offers two male and two female images in the Court card, in keeping with the balanced view of reality offered by the Tree of Life model. QUALITIES OF INSTRUCTIONAL BOOKLET With constant referrals to SEPHIRAH on the Tree of Life, this booklet makes it clear that the study of Tarot is a deeply spiritual process. Terse, yet thorough, each card is clearly described. Reference to the interpretation of the symbols used is clear. Interpretations of the cards are given as "Dignified" and "Ill-dignified", which in my opinion is far more freeing to the reader than the standard "Reversed" interpretations given by so many decks. Reference is made to the Four Worlds, and the Paths of the Tree of Life in the instructional booklet ... leading the student to a deeper consideration of the expansive nature of accurate interpretation. The cards are printed on sturdy stock, and have born up well after 3 years of regular use. They are of normal size, which make shuffling easy, and it is easy to determine both suit and number of each. I highly recommend this deck to all students of Tarot and use it consistently in all Workshops offered at the Studio.

    -- Ann George, Aeclectic Tarot

    This is, without question, one of the most beautiful and intricately illustrated decks I've ever encountered. What's more, it is an excellent tool for learning Hermetics and moreover expresses the planetary and zodiacal associations with particular cards and in many cases provides the Hebrew numbers and name translations. The cards reference Kabbalistic elements and in some cases, geomantic patterns. There is a great deal to be gleaned from this deck, as it is not "simplified" and thoroughly challenges the novice to become well versed in Hermetics.

    -- "Apocryphal Raven", on

    Complex and stark, the black-and-white images are jam-packed with alchemical, astrological and Qabalistic symbols easily recognized by those familiar with those and other esoteric systems. Revealing many of the workings of the Secret Order of the Golden Dawn, this deck draws heavily upon the work of Mathers, Crowley, Case, Levi and others.

    The Hermetic Tarot comes with a 70-page LWB, which is thicker than most, which details astrological attributions for the cards and the numerological correlations of the Minor Arcana with the Tree of Life. The LWB also has a handy chart of elemental and astrological glyphs, as well as an illustration of the Tree of Life. However, Hebrew letters rather than actual card names depict the paths on the Tree.

    If you're looking to enhance your magical practice or further your knowledge of Golden Dawn esotericism and Qabalistic associations, this would make a fine deck for your studies. The intricacies of the Hermetic Tarot almost serve as a meditative scrying mirror -- and if you enjoy the art of M.C. Escher, you may very well feel an affinity for this deck.

    -- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot

    Though the pictorial symbols on these cards may not be the most colorful, the images hail to ancient Gnosticism and all the mysteries that have tormented the minds of men since the dawn of time. These cards house a myriad of symbolic keys which allows just as many interpretations; lending themselves perfectly to divination, since one truly reads the cards from the soul. These mixed and varied symbols allow the reader to draw inspiration from any number of religious schools of thought, the very fact that attracted me to purchase this deck. I am most highly joyed by the fact that these cards are now in my life.

    -- Alvin Dale Green "Tarot Gnostic"

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    The Hermetic Tarot by Godfrey Dowson

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