esotericon

The Esotericon - The 22 United Pairs of the Ancient Alphabet and the Major Arcana

by Lee Fitzsimmons

1. Magus/Aleph - 8. Justice/Chet - 15. Devil/Samech

2. Popess/Beth - 9. Hermit/Teth - 16. Tower/Ayin

3. Empress/Gimel - 10. Fortune/Yod - 17. Star/Phe

4. Emperor/Daleth - 11. Strength/Koph - 18. Moon/Tsadi

5. Pope/Heh - 12. Hangman/Lamed - 19. Sun/Qoph

6. Lovers/Vav - 13. Death/Mem - 20. Judgment/Resh

7. Chariot/Zain - 14.Temperance/Nun - 21. World/Sin

Fool - Tav

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Preface

The Conceptual Core of this Tome

It should be realized that the historical paradigm that is currently asserted by academia and the media is wrong. It is horrendously wrong. In fact, it is so stunningly wrong that it is amazing that humanity has been able to accomplish anything of value over the last several millenia.

The current civilization (beginning with ancient Sumeria in 4,000 B.C.E.) is not the first civilization that has appeared on the surface of Terra. There has been at least one civilization that has existed prior to the current civilization that now inhabits an extremely tiny portion of the Earth's surface area; there may have been many more before the previous one. Thus, the entire paradigm of reality that is expressed by academia is erroneous and should be discarded. Likewise, the methods and information used by academia should also be upgraded so that reality may become the norm that permeates the fabric of academia's essence.

The three great pyramids located at the Giza Necropolis were NOT created by the ancient Egyptians; their origin is completely unknown. They were obviously created by a civilization that had reached a much higher level of scientific advancement. When this basic concept is correctly understood, it becomes apparent that the entire foundation of knowledge upon which this civilization is built needs to be eliminated so that the truth of our planet's history may be better understood.

It will now be asserted with might and logic that UFOs, extraterrestrials, and supernatural entities DO NOT EXIST. They have never existed and they will never exist at some future time. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THERE BE A CLEAR AND DISTINCT SEPARATION BETWEEN PREVIOUSLY EXISTING CIVILIZATIONS AND IDIOTIC CONCEPTS LIKE ALIEN LIFE AND SUPERNATURAL ENTITIES. If humanity is to ever grow and evolve, then the truth about Terra's true history must be explored in a way that is unburdened by these hideous concepts.

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The Primary Assertion of this Text

The alphabet did not originate with the Phoenician civilization. Its origins belong to one or more of the previously existing civilizations that inhabited Terra. There is a definite pattern of logical design that is clearly defined when the names of the 22 characters are correctly understood and arranged in their proper order. This pattern of logical design is the core foundation of universal design that can be seen clearly throughout the cosmos. Therefore, it is highly logical to draw a conclusion stating that the alphabet contains ancient knowledge from one or more of the previously existing civilizations of Terra. The Tarot is an illustrated supplement to the ancient alphabet and this ancient knowledge.

The 22 names of the letters of the original alphabet perfectly unite with the 22 characters of the Tarot and a system of foundational logic that was known by the advanced civilizations of this planet is revealed. This lost system is easily reclaimed when these hieroglyphs and symbols are correctly analyzed. Thus, the ancient wisdom is not about discovering supernatural secrets of occult idiocy.

It is about reclaiming common knowledge of universal creative design that was once known to all.

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Introduction

The 22 Names of the Characters of the Ancient Alphabet

It will now be asserted that the most fundamental structure of human civilization is the alphabet. More specifically, it is the 22 names of the characters of the most ancient and widely used version of the alphabet that was employed by the ancient Phoenician, Greek, and Hebrew civilizations just prior to the dawn of the current Iron Age. This set of 22 named characters is still in existence and is known as the modern Hebrew alphabet sans the diacritical marks, which were a later addition to the system.

Moabite Stone (The Louvre, Paris)

The oldest known version of the ancient alphabet with its original 22 character system is found on the Moabite stone, which was discovered in 1869 in Dibon. This stone is a block of black basalt that contains thirty-four lines of an ancient inscription dating back to the ninth century B.C.E. This is the actual script that will be employed throughout this tome when referring to many of the various aspects of the ancient alphabet and many of the ancient texts (including the Masoretic texts and the Dead Sea scrolls) that used this 22 character system.

Because this structure is the basic foundation upon which modern Western civilization is built, it would be of utmost importance to unite the 22 named characters of the ancient alphabet to any other system that has direct corollaries. Such a system exists and is still in use. Variations of its most popular icons can still be found within a deck of modern playing cards. There have been many different types of games and similar types of devices that consist of iconic images placed on groups of similar display formats; these formats include cards, bones, dice, papyrus, paper, stone tablets, etc. However, one of the most popular and dominant systems to have emerged from all of these gaming and divinatory systems is the one currently known as the Tarot.

The Tarot de Marseille

The most popular manifestations of the Tarot are based on what is known as the Tarot de Marseille, which was the first known deck to feature the 22 ordered hieroglyphs of the Major Arcana as they are known today. Even though different types of incomplete and partial Tarot decks can be dated back to the fifteenth century, the ordering of the 22 icons used in the Tarot de Marseille is speculated to have origins that date back into this period as well. However, the true origin of this system is probably far older, dating back to a period before the modern Sumerian civilization that began around 4,000 B.C.E. Regardless of the true date of the creation of this set of ordered iconic images, it is inarguably the most popular version of the most popular divinatory and gaming system used by our current civilization, and that singular fact makes it the most logical target for further study, contemplation, and speculation.

The oldest known Tarot de Marseille deck is the Jean Noblet Tarot that dates back to the mid-seventeenth century and is on display at the National Library in Paris, France. Photographs of this actual deck will be the images receiving the most attention and speculation within the pages of this tome since they are the oldest known images that currently exist for this ordered system of 22 hieroglyphic icons. It will also be asserted that the Noblet Tarot is the most likely to possess the actual essence of the original design of the true and original hieroglyphs.

Although there may be some who are not convinced that the Noblet Tarot is the nearest to the true original design of the hieroglyphs, there is enough striking evidence to draw either one of two conclusions: Either the Noblet Tarot is the closest to the original design that was corrupted to various degrees in all of the later versions (including the Dodal and Conver Tarot decks, which were published in the 18th century and are also on display at the National Library in Paris), or the Noblet Tarot is a deck filled with very unique features that are corruptions of the original unlike any of the later decks, which are actually closer to the original design. However, many observations will be given that support the concept that if the most logical and systematic interpretations of these hieroglyphs are considered, then it becomes far more apparent to most that the former of the two speculations given in the previous sentence is true.

The key pieces of evidence for the bold assertion presented in the last paragraph include shocking features that are unique to the Noblet Tarot and do not appear in any of the later decks. These features include the exposed feminine genitalia of the two smaller female daemons of The Devil trump and the exposed male genitalia of The Fool. These features are not present in any of the later Marseilles Tarot decks. There are also dozens of similar examples such as these that will also be presented in the appropriate sections of this tome that deal with each trump individually.

The exposed genitalia of Dodal Tarot

The genital region of the central subject of the Fool card is not only exposed but is also the obvious item of attention of the creature in the lower portion of the image. This unique feature is found only in the Noblet Tarot. This feature should be enough evidence to convince most individuals that the Noblet Tarot is not only the oldest of all the known Tarot decks that use the twenty-two numbered trump system but also the one that is the closest to the actual essence of the original hieroglyphs. All other versions have either obscured or omitted this graphic detail. Without this most crucial element, the vital essence of the entire Tarot deck is lost and can never be understood; the entire symbolic essence possessed by the Tarot system is rendered completely and utterly useless. Unless the perceiver understands the true symbolism of The Fool, the entire philosophical foundation of the Tarot crumbles like a castle made of sand.

The Rider-Waite Tarot

Photos of A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith

However, regardless of the true essence and origin of the Tarot, one of the main problems with using the entire 78 card Tarot de Marseille for fortune telling purposes is the lack of picturesque detail in the cards of the Minor Arcana. Card readers are often at a loss when attempting to explain any type of relevant or symbolic meaning when one of these cards shows up in a spread. However, the Rider-Waite Tarot that was released in 1909 (the most popular Tarot system currently used in the English-speaking world) remedied this situation. Its artistic features include unique illustrations on every single card of the Minor Arcana. Because of this enhancement, this deck is often preferred by many fortune readers, who have difficulty pulling meaning out of the Minor Arcana of the Tarot de Marseille that primarily displays either numbers or royalty on the hieroglyphs of its four suits.

Although the Rider-Waite system is a later development, its symbolically rich illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (shown in the left photograph above) have withstood the vital test of time and have remained vastly popular for over a century. Its enormous popularity and massive influence on 20th century culture merit its inclusion for both study and symbolic speculation. The written descriptions by A. E. Waite (shown in the right photograph above) included in the accompanying text of this deck will also be presented so that further ideological expansion of the basic interpretations of the Tarot de Marseille can be made. Even though the pictures and text are fairly recent creations, the massive saturation of this deck into the world's culture cannot be denied and makes this deck an absolutely vital element that should most definitely be considered in the forthcoming discussions.

Other later versions of the Tarot de Marseille will also be examined. A random representative Tarot de Marseille of the 20th century that features very bright colors and starkly contrasting lines will be displayed next to the what are arguably the three most historically significant versions of the Tarot de Marseille. These three versions are (in order of both age and importance) the Noblet, Dodal (published in the early 18th century), and Conver versions (first published in the middle 18th century and continuing well into the 19th century). These four versions will be shown together in order of their respective dates of publication in order to show how the basic design factors of the Tarot de Marseille developed over the last few centuries.

Division of the Heavens

This chart displays the seven levels of the Alchemical Septenary; it is the core structure upon which the text of The Esotericon is based.

Master Chart of the Stairway to Heaven

The Correct Translation of the Phrase "Gate of Heaven"

(All Hebrew and Chaldean etymology can be confirmed with the Lexicon Manuale Hebraicum et Chaldaicum in Veteris Testamenti Libros published in 1833 by Wilhelm Gesenius.)

שער
השמים

It will now be boldly asserted that the most correct translation of the last three words of Genesis 28:17 is "division of the heavens." The original letter combination that was translated into the word gate (in the King James Version of the Bible) near the end of the verse consists of the letters Shem, Ayin, and Resh. This triliteral stem has the basic meaning of "division" or "separation." Thus, when this letter combination is found in other areas of the ancient scriptures, it is sometimes given the derived meanings of "measure" (to divide into equal amounts), and it is sometimes given the meaning of "entrance" or "gate" (a division in something that allows entrance). In addition, the original letter combination that was translated into the word heaven at the end of the verse is actually plural because it ends with the suffix created from the letters Yod and Mem. Thus, the most accurate translation of the original letters found at the end of Genesis 28:17 (which is translated into the phrase "gate of heaven" in the King James Version of the Bible) is "DIVISION OF THE HEAVENS."

Therefore, the alchemical septenary and its seven components are the seven divisions of the heavens. This scientific system of classification defines the creative design of the universe in a very precise and logical manner that can easily be observed on many microscopic and macroscopic levels. On a microscopic level, this pattern of creative design can be seen in the seven chakras of the human anatomy. On a macroscopic level, it can be seen in the seven heavenly bodies of the solar system that are easily visible to the naked eye.

The various components of the alchemical septenary are discussed in far greater detail in the second major section of The Esotericon entitled "The Astronomical and Biological Spherical Energy Centers." If one desires this specific information, then this section of this online tome should be studied; the metals, planets, and chakras associated with these divisions are examined with great detail so that they may be better understood. However, this first section of The Esotericon deals with the ancient alphabet and the Tarot and how they align together.

The 22 Components of the Seven Divisions of the Heavens

The seven divisions of the heavens are divided into three parts. These three parts can be clearly seen in the index of the first section of The Esotericon (shown below). The first column is the active masculine portion of the seven divisions; the last column is the passive feminine portion. The center column is the balanced state of the other two columns that represent the polar extremes of reality that lie within the seven divisions of the heavens.

1. Magus/Aleph - 8. Justice/Chet - 15. Devil/Samech

2. Popess/Beth - 9. Hermit/Teth - 16. Tower/Ayin

3. Empress/Gimel - 10. Fortune/Yod - 17. Star/Phe

4. Emperor/Daleth - 11. Strength/Koph - 18. Moon/Tsadi

5. Pope/Heh - 12. Hangman/Lamed - 19. Sun/Qoph

6. Lovers/Vav - 13. Death/Mem - 20. Judgment/Resh

7. Chariot/Zain - 14.Temperance/Nun - 21. World/Sin

Fool - Tav

The Fool trump of the Tarot is unnumbered. It is paired with the name of the final character (Tav) of the alphabet. This final symbolic element of the 22 parts can be viewed as the eighth component that allows for the entire cycle to be repeated in an infinite number of octaves. Eight is the sign of infinity; eight is the number of the octave. The planet of this dimension is Uranus; this planet is sometimes visible to the naked eye, but only to the trained observer.

The Fool is the only card that has survived the transition of the Tarot into the modern deck of playing cards; it is now known as the joker. The fact that this card is wild and can represent any other card in the deck enforces the theory that this card does not have a permanent or fixed place but instead can assume the place of any other icon. The name of the letter Tav has the literal meaning of "sign." It is the sign that means "sign." This ancient letter can be seen in the modern letter X and the lower case letter t. X marks the spot. X is also the default signature of illiterate individuals.

The Progression of the 21 Numbered Trumps

The 21 numbered trumps have very definite positions and follow very logical progressions. The first progression is that of combination; the two polar extremes tend to migrate to the center. The active masculine currents seek the balance of the passive feminine and vice versa. The two extremities help to define the basic essence of the centered currents that exist in the trumps of the middle column. It is within the seven trumps of this middle column that pure balance is found.

Thus, the masculine energies of The Chariot balance with the feminine energies of The World, and the centered energy of Temperance has its extreme boundaries very precisely defined. This same pattern progresses throughout all of the trumps in the seven divisions of the heavens. Therefore, the trump of The Lovers and the trump of Judgment define the trump of mortality (Death). This progression creates a spiral design that is expressed in the definitions of the 11th (arch), 10th (circle), and 9th (twist) trumps.

The other progression that is found in the seven divisions of the heavens is ascension from the lowest realm of lead to the highest realm of gold. This notion is found in the basic alchemical concept of turning lead into gold. Lead ascends to tin; tin ascends to iron; iron ascends to silver; silver ascends to copper; copper ascends to mercury; mercury ascends to gold. It is also interesting to note that all of the trumps of each column ascend to the next higher trump in the column as well as the outer columns progressing towards the center. Thus, a type of multi-dimensional design is created that allows for a more complete understanding of reality.

Once this pattern of progressions is understood, it becomes clear that the most important trump in the Tarot is the trump of Justice. This trump features Astraea; she is the character from Greek mythology that is immortalized in the constellation Virgo. She is the ruler of humanity's golden age. However, if silver is the most desired metal instead of gold, then the 8th trump (Strength) becomes the most important trump. It is because of this dual nature of reality that many Tarot decks will move the 8th trump to the 11th position and vice versa; the Rider-Waite deck does this.

The Reality of Kundalini Energy

The Actual Meaning of the Allegories of Genesis

It should be realized that the text of Genesis is an account of humanity's history. A more detailed version can be found in the Sumerian texts. It should also be realized that the more popular translations of the Sumerian texts that assert the presence of aliens and UFOs are wrong. No more will be said about this matter other than these fantasy tales are erroneous and have corrupted numerous minds that seek to find the truth.

It should also be realized that the current translations of Genesis are also mistranslated and misunderstood. The word that is translated as the word God is actually plural because it uses the suffix created by the letters Yod and Mem. The plurality of the word is often justified by biblical scholars as being "the Lord and his heavenly host." However, it is more accurately translated as the biologically real species known as the "creator gods." This more accurate translation becomes quite obvious when one compares the text of Genesis with the texts from ancient Sumeria. Thus, the correct translation of the first verse of Genesis is...

In the beginning, the creator gods created the sign of the heavens and the sign of the earth.
הארץ׃ ואת השמים את אלהים ברא בראשית

It should be noted that the letter combination for the word sign is created from the biliteral root that is created from the letters Aleph and Tav. The two occurences of this biliteral root in the first verse of Genesis are omitted from the English translation. However, they are present in the original text and should be translated like every other letter combination; there is no reason for this omission of data. The entire meaning of Genesis dramatically changes when these errors in translation are corrected.

Thus, the beginning phrase of Genesis 1:26 makes perfect sense when it is correctly translated:

And the creator gods said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."

The Allegories of the Serpent and the Trees of the Garden of Eden

The serpent is a metaphor for Kundalini energy. The creator gods did not want their newly created species of slaves to become powerful, so they suppressed the knowledge of Kundalini and the seven chakras. However, the females of the species realized that Kundalini energy would benefit mankind, so they stimulated the males of the species by using the seductive powers of their gender, and the males became civilized creatures. A similar version of this tale appears in the ancient text known as the Epic of Gilgamesh, which predates the book of Genesis. The creator gods realized that if the human slave species were to acquire the wisdom of Kundalini ascension, then they would be able to destroy their creators. This was unacceptable to the creator gods, so they suppressed the knowledge of Kundalini.

In order to justify the above transliteration of Genesis, it is necessary to correct the phrase with the current translation of "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." First the biliteral root for the word tree is composed of the letters Ayin and Tsade. This root is also translated in other areas of the ancient scripitures into the concepts of "wisdom" and "counsel." The biliteral root (Teth and Beth) that is translated into the word good has the basic meaning of "to be gentle." Finally, the biliteral root (Resh and Ayin) that is translated into the English word evil has the basic meaning of "to be loud or uncivilized." Therefore, the forbidden fruit is the wisdom of knowing civilized (gentle) and uncivilized (loud) behavior.

The current English translation suggests that the wisdom of the tree of knowledge of good and evil is about moral values. However, it is not about morals at all. It is about humanity's ability to cease acting like wild beasts and to begin acting like intelligent creatures capable of clothing themselves. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, a female performs sex with the wild Gilgamesh, who runs with the animals. After the coitus is over, Gilgamesh is capable of clothing himself and acting in a civilized manner.

The Seven Chakras of Kundalini

The seven divisions of heaven are also paired with the concept espoused by certain ancient Eastern texts (most notably the Kundalini Yoga Upanishad) as the seven chakras of true Kundalini energy. This knowledge of true Kundalini energy is the same concept that is also expressed in the ancient text of Genesis as the Tree of Life; the most correct translation of this phrase is "the wisdom of things of heat" or "the wisdom of the Kundalini chakras." The biological locations of the chakras are the areas of the human anatomy that have the highest temperatures (especially the crown chakra). The letter combination (Chet, Yod, Yod, Mem) that is translated as word life in the phrase the tree of life has the basic meaning of "heat" and is in plural form.

This wisdom of the Kundalini chakras is expressed in later Greek writings (some of these writings are found in the official cannon of the New Testament) and are usually referred to as the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven. These concepts of Kundalini are also found in writings of the Medieval and Renaissance Eras that refer to the the concept of the Holy Grail.

Thus, when all of the ceremonial draperies, cultural embellishments, and religious biases are stripped away, the core essence of this simple truth shines through. The occult alchemical imagery, the Judeo-Christian symbolism, and the Eastern mystical lore all express the same thing. This thing is Kundalini. This thing is found in every single human being that has ever lived or will live.
 
It lies within everybody and is not some elusive or mysterious treasure as portrayed in numerous tales throughout the millenia. It is an internal feature already present in the human body and not an external object. It is present within each member of the human species, and its ascension can be activated by all. This golden chalice of the Holy Grail is a treasure already possessed by every child, woman, and man. It need not be found because it is a treasure already present within everyone. All that is needed is to pick it up and drink deeply.

The Difference Between True Kundalini and Emotional Kundalini

It is now relevant to point out the difference between actual biological Kundalini and the other forms of mentally perceived kundalini (lower case is intentional) that are merely emotionally-based energies that lack the actual physical substance that is present within true Kundalini. It is very important to note this distinction because emotional kundalini is the sensation that is aroused with various yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditative techniques. This type of kundalini is a safe energy to manipulate. However, real Kundalini is an actual physical reality that is aroused from its dormant state in the root chakra ONLY by extended periods of celibacy and can be very dangerous because it is very, very real and may have unknown consequences.

However, most individuals need not worry about true Kundalini because nocturnal emissions are like safety pressure valves of the body that will prevent most individuals from ever achieving a sustained period of approximately 40 days of abstinence (abstinence being defined as a total cessation of ALL sexual activity--either with or without a partner). Most people will never be able to achieve such a feat. Therefore, this very real phenomenon has never been any type of threat to humanity because only worthy individuals that are prepared both physically and emotionally are capable of summoning the will power required to endure such a challenge.
           
Unlike most of the former presentations of this forbidden serpentine knowledge that have been effectively used for centuries to innervate this invaluable data with misinformation  and fallacy, this work will present this vital information in a completely logical way that is devoid of any poetic or obfuscatory veils of allegorical glossolalia and metaphorical gibberish. All terminology used within the pages of this tome will be arranged so that the concepts can be taken literally and understood by any reader. There will be NO allegorical secrets, hidden passages, or mystical codes introduced within the pages of this text.

Only pure and simple knowledge will be presented.

Thus, the first basic foundation of this pure knowledge is the idea expressed in the Hermetic axiom “As Above, So Below.” This connection is best expressed as the direct link between the seven heavenly bodies of the solar system that are easily visible to the naked eye. They are virtually identical in many ways to the seven chakras found within the human body.

The Color Spectrum and the Nine Muses of Hesiod

1. Kleio/White - 2. Euterpe/Magenta - 3. Thalea/Blue.

4. Melpomene/Cyan - 5. Terpsichore/Green - 6. Erato/Yellow

7. Polyhymnia/Red - 8. Urania/Black - 9. Kalliope/Grey

Nine muses are listed by Hesiod in writings that are believed to have originated somewhere in the eighth or ninth century B.C. These nine maidens can be seen as possessing the different attributes and devices that are delightfully peculiar to each one’s realm of expertise; Kleio poses with her scrolls; Euterpe dances with her flute; Kalliope wears her golden tiara as her trusty tablet of writing rests firmly within her hands. Cascading throughout the nimbus of humanity’s collective consciousness, these maidens nine both embolden and embody the true creative aspect of our multi-dimensional reality. Thus, it only makes sense–both rationally and aesthetically–to give each of these maidens her own unique colour (the British spelling of the word colour is deliberately being used) in the creative spectrum so that they may be ever present in the current psyche of humanity’s collective whim.

First of all, the basic selection and ordering of the colours of this system of spectral analysis must be explained so that the merits of this particular system can be more thoroughly justified. First, all colours of light can be expressed with the three basic (or additive) colours: red, green, and blue. Next, all colours of pigment can be expressed with the three intermediate (or subtractive) colors: magenta, cyan, and yellow. White is the presence of all colours of light as well as the absence of all colours of pigment; black is the absence of all colours of light as well as the presence of all colours of pigment; grey is the intermediate of black and white.

Thus, there are nine basic colours with which all other colours and hues can be formed or fashioned. They are (in descending order as they naturally appear in the spectrum) white, magenta, blue, cyan, green, yellow, red, black, and grey. This ordering assumes white at the top of the spectrum since it is the culmination of all colours of light; thus, black is at the bottom of the spectrum since it is the absence of all light. Therefore, grey is positioned after black so that it may cycle back into the next dimensional octave of white, so a rational recycling of infinite energy manifestation can be maintained. The nine muses are then placed in perfect alignment with this system in the precise order in which they were named by Hesiod in ancient antiquity.

This system scientifically accounts for all of the basic colours that comprise the totality of human existence and sets their correct number at nine, and then sets them in perfect alignment with the nine muses named by Hesiod. The muses were the children of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the embodiment of memory. The name of this mother goddess is the source of the word mnemonic. The pair slept together on nine consecutive nights and produced these nine offspring.

Mnemosyne was also associated with a body of water in Hades. This river was the counterpart to the river Lythe. Souls that drank from the river Lythe forgot about their past lives while souls that drank from the river Mnemosyne remembered. Thus, all of the muses’ inspirations can be seen as a type of remembrance. This theme is very obvious with the first muse listed by Hesiod; her name is Kleio.

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Uniting the Twin Zodiacs of the East and the West

1. Aries/Rat - 2. Taurus/Ox - 3. Gemini/Tiger

4. Cancer/Rabbit - 5. Leo/Dragon - 6. Virgo/Serpent

7. Libra/Horse - 8. Scorpio/Goat - 9. Sagittarius/Monkey

10. Capricorn/Rooster 11. Aquarius/Dog 12. Pisces/Boar

Since ancient antiquity, humanity has used twin sets of twelve star signs to designate movement along the ecliptic longitude. They are the twin zodiacs: one developed and used in the Far East and one that is believed to have been created in the ancient Near East. For clarity’s sake, the terms Eastern zodiac will be used when referring to the former, and the words Western zodiac will be employed when referring to the latter. Since both of these systems of twelve have been used by both sage and scholar as methods of divination and aesthetic contemplation, a combining of these two sets of star symbols could prove to be an experience both intellectually substantive and emotionally fulfilling. One of the simplest and most obvious ways to group these twin sets of twelve would be to pair the first symbol in the Eastern zodiac with the first symbol in the Western zodiac and then continue in this manner until the two final symbols are paired together. This method of pairing the twin sets of twelve would appear to be the most simple and logical, especially since the order of the symbols within each of the zodiacs has been exactly the same for at least three millennia.

Before the examination of the twin zodiacs begins, it would seem prudent to examine the very origins of the word zodiac so that a more certain aesthetic and logical foundation may be constructed upon which more contemplative musings may be attempted. There exist at least two possible etymological theories to explain the origins of the word zodiac. The original Greek term from which the English word is based is the word ζωδιακος (zodiakos) and is spelled with the Greek letters: Zeta, Omega, Delta, Iota, Alpha, Kappa, Omicron, and Sigma. The traditional etymological explanation is that the Greek term zodiakos is a combination of the word ζωδιον (zodion), which is a diminutive form of the word ζωον (zoon) that means “life,” “animal,” or “zoo,” and the term κυκλος (kyklos), which means “circle” or “cycle.” When this method of etymological reasoning is followed, the word zodiakos possesses a meaning of “circle (cycle) of little animals” or “circle of tiny living things.”

An alternative etymological theory that could be proposed for the term ζωδιακος (zodiakos) is a combining of the word ζωον (zoon) with the word διακω (diako), which means “to pursue” or “to run.” All of the letters are now present in the etymological structure – not just the some of the consonants. With this new etymological reasoning applied to the word zodiakos, it could now possess the meaning of “a race (in the sense of a competitive running event) of the animals” or “animal race,” which coincides perfectly with many of the ancient tales regarding the origin of the Eastern zodiac.

Regardless as what may or may not be the correct etymological origins of the word zodiac, the overall concept behind these twin sets of star symbols is the key sentence written on the Emerald Tablet of Hermes and one of the primary themes echoed throughout the various concepts expressed within the pages of this tome: as above, so below. This concept of the heavenly bodies possessing qualities that are similar to our biological bodies is an idea that is universally resonant with almost every individual in every culture around the globe. By giving the stars in the heavens the names of earthly life forms, the microcosmos of our biology is united with the macrocosmos of our cosmology.

The Eastern Zodiac

The first set of twelve signs that will be examined is the Eastern zodiac. It is a multi-dimensional system composed of three intertwining layers. The first, or outermost layer, is a twelve year cycle that is based on the orbit of Jupiter, which is known as the “year star” in the Eastern traditions and has an orbit of precisely 11.82 years. This macro-dimensional feature of the Eastern zodiac is also the most popular aspect of Oriental astrology and is often used as cultural garnishment on numerous products in numerous venues. In this outer layer of the Eastern zodiac, each animal is representative of one year in the orbit of Jupiter. This use of animals in the Eastern zodiac’s macro-dimensional layer is often referred to as the “outer animal” and is supposedly indicative of an individual’s social behavioral patterns. A person’s outer animal is determined by year of birth. Thus, the position of Jupiter along the ecliptic longitude would be the actual scientific factor brought into play when dealing with this outermost layer of the Eastern astrological system. This grouping of twelve animals is also commonly referred to as the “twelve earthly branches.” The order of the twelve animals is rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

There are two popular ancient folktales describing the origin of this ordering of animals. Both tales have numerous versions that are filled with many discrepancies in detail; however, there is a basic essence and structure that seems to permeate most of the renderings. In the first, the Jade Emperor (the ruler of heaven and earth) holds a banquet and asks the animals of the earth to visit him in heaven so that he might observe all of the various traits of each. The Jade Emperor was pleased with the animals and gave each one of them their place in the heavens. However, the rat misinformed the cat as to the actual time that the banquet was to be held, and the cat was late. Therefore, the rabbit was chosen instead.   

In another similar tale, the Jade Emperor held a race in order to decide the order and placement of the animals in the heavenly zodiac. This is the tale that fits the alternate etymology and definition of the word zodiac that was asserted in previous paragraphs. The animals were required to cross a river in order to finish the race. However, some versions of the ancient folktale involve numerous other aspects, as far as the overall length and breadth of the contest are concerned.

The ox (water buffalo) was the first to cross; however, the rat rode upon its back and finished first. Some versions of the tale have the cat and the rat riding on the back of the ox with the rat pushing the cat into the river while some versions are similar to the first tale with the rat not informing the cat about when the race was to be held; the ox finished in second place. The tiger placed third thanks to its powerful strength while the rabbit jumped from stone to stone in order to cross the mighty river. The rabbit fell into the river but grabbed a floating log and was washed ashore thanks to the assistance of the dragon, who would have finished the race sooner but instead chose to assist the rabbit and thus received fifth place. The horse finished sixth, but the snake was wrapped around the horse’s hoof and startled the beast when they came ashore, so the snake was given sixth place, and the horse took seventh. The goat, monkey, and rooster took eighth, ninth, and tenth places, respectively because the rooster spotted a raft and the three animals crossed the river together. The goat and monkey cleared some weeds and finally pulled the raft ashore. The dog, who was one of the best swimmers in the group, decided to take a bath in the river as he was crossing and finished in eleventh place; the pig was lazy and finished last.

In almost all versions of the tale, the primary notion of interest is the friendship of the rat and the cat, the rat’s deceit of the cat, and the cat losing its place in the zodiac. According to the majority of the folktales, this trickery of the rat is the main reason why the cat and the rat are now mortal enemies. There are, however, many other explanations as to how the events of the various narratives occurred. Some of the tales also replace the Jade Emperor with either the Buddha or a dragon. It is also interesting to note that the cat is given the place of the rabbit in the zodiac used by the Vietnamese traditions.

In addition to the twelve animals and their mythological connection to the twelve year orbital cycle of Jupiter, another factor is brought into play when considering the astrological classification of an individual. This additional factor is based on an elongation of the twelve year cycle into a sixty year macro-cycle that incorporates a classification of the five Eastern elements into ten parts by assigning yang and yin properties to each element. These ten parts are commonly referred to as the “ten heavenly stems.” Therefore, the overall sexagenarian cycle contains pairings of five repetitions of the twelve earthly branches and six repetitions of the ten heavenly stems.

When examining the overall design of this Oriental astrological system, it is interesting to note that it bears a striking similarity to the five to two orbital resonance that exists between Jupiter and Saturn. First, and most obvious, if one were to divide the six repetitions of the ten heavenly stems in half, then a most definite five to two ratio emerges between the two determining factors of the sexagenarian cycle with the five repetitions of the twelve earthly branches being representative of the five orbits of Jupiter (which they are) and the six repetitions of the ten heavenly stems being representative of the two orbits of Saturn. This division of the six repetitions of the ten heavenly stems into two parts naturally occurs in the cycle’s design when it is separated into its yang and yin elements. Thus, it would appear as though the natural orbital resonance of five to two that exists between Jupiter and Saturn in the heavenly music of the spheres also exists in the basic design pattern of the Eastern astrological system.

The next level of the Oriental zodiac is the use of the twelve animals as divisions of the agricultural calendar, which only has a one day variance with the traditional Gregorian calendar of the west. Each animal is assigned to two solar terms, which are each composed of two week segments. Thus, every animal has its own month, more or less. However, while the order of the animals remains intact, the tiger is given the role as the first animal in the cycle, while the rat and ox assume the last two positions. This use of the twelve animal symbols in Oriental astrology is known as the individual’s “inner animal” and is determined by the day and month of the individual’s birth. This particular dimension of the Eastern zodiac runs parallel with the design and scope of the more linear Western zodiac. Both systems are based on the ecliptic longitudinal position of the Earth as it revolves around the sun.

The innermost dimension of the Oriental zodiac utilizes the twelve animals in relation to the twenty-four hour rotation of the Earth. Each animal is assigned two hours of the day. This use of the twelve animal symbols is commonly referred to as the individual’s “secret animal” and is determined by a person’s hour of birth. The two hours of the rat begin at eleven in the evening, which is also the same time that the two hours given to the pig come to an end.

Thus, there is an outer, middle, and inner dimension to the overall complexion of the Oriental zodiac’s design and scope. This three-layered complexity makes the Eastern system quite a bit more thorough and allows for more specific aesthetic contemplations that contain far more astronomical configurations within their essence. This additional complexity is even further enlarged when one factors the addition of the five elements into the overall equation.

The Eastern conceptualization of elements is somewhat different from that of the West. In the Eastern elemental paradigm, the order of the five elements is wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. However, these five elements are not representative of the basic states of matter and energy like the four elements of the Western elemental paradigm. Instead, they are the five most prominent changes of reality that occur within the natural ecosystems inhabited by the human species. Many scholars claim that the actual character for the word element is more accurately translated as something similar to “change” or a “state of change.”

These five phases of elemental change are incorporated into the design spectrum of the Eastern zodiac in two different ways. First, each animal sign has its own particular “fixed element.” That is, each animal has a permanent elemental designation assigned to it. They are as follows: tiger, rabbit, and dragon are wood; snake, horse, and goat are fire; monkey, rooster, and dog are metal; pig, rat, and ox are water. The ordering of the fixed elements begins with the tiger, which is the first animal of the zodiac’s annual cycle that consists of the inner animals. The other use of the five Eastern elemental dimensions is in the sexagenarian cycle of the outer animals where each of the five elements is assigned alternating yang and yin attributes and then paired with an outer animal of the zodiac. The last sexagenarian cycle began in 1924 with Yang wood rat and ended in 1984 with Yin water pig.    

It is interesting to note that the element of earth is absent from the ordering of the fixed elements with the inner animals of the annual zodiac cycle. This omission is supposedly due to positioning of earth as the central element of balance in the ordering of the five elements, and therefore its traits are available to all of the animals. Another interesting omission from the elements of the Orient is the element of air. While this element is the most highly favored element in the Western paradigm, as represented by the suit of spades (the ace of spades in particular) generally considered to be the most popular of the elemental suits in the Minor Arcana, it is curiously absent from the Eastern elemental order. This could very well be due to the role of Eastern civilization as the Yin aspect of humanity’s global consciousness, and thus, the overemphasis on elemental traits associated with Yin qualities and the lack of emphasis on the Yang qualities. Of the five Eastern elements, earth and metal would both be considered to be part of the Western system’ s earth elemental dimension, and wood would be considered to be at the intersection of earth and water. Since water is also a Yin element in the Western paradigm, the Eastern elemental paradigm would contain four Yin elements with the only Yang element being fire. This could definitely be viewed by some as an overemphasis on the Yin as it is understood by the Western elemental paradigm.

However, since the concept of elements in the Orient is based on the states of change and not the basic composition of matter and energy, it might be prudent to develop other alternative theories about the omission of the air element in Eastern philosophy. One of the more easily concocted rationalizations for the air element’s lack of inclusion in the Eastern dimensional paradigm would be that since air is a state of change that so thoroughly saturates humanity’s existence, it would be pointless to include it. It would be so overused that it would naturally dominate the pantheon and cause the other five states of change to be relegated to the realm of the unimportant inferiority. Since the vast importance of air over the other elements is acknowledged in the Western elemental paradigm that focuses on states of being and not states of change, it would seem rather logical for the Eastern paradigm to deal with this philosophical issue in such a way so as to preserve the integrity of its own unique approach. Thus, the Eastern system would see no need to incorporate the element of air into its system of the five states of change, since it is assumed that air always permeates all of the states and therefore does not need to be analyzed in the same manner as the other five states because of its sheer universality.

There is also a Yin and Yang aspect to the Eastern zodiac that is expressed in two different manners in the overall design of the Oriental system. The first is the designation of each of the elements in the ten heavenly branches as having either a Yang quality or a Yin quality. This facet of the Eastern astrological system has already been presented and discussed in the previous paragraphs. The other use of the yin/yang aspect is connected to the four trines that separate the twelve animals into four groups of three. The first four animals (beginning with the rat) are the first members of each of the four trines, the second set of four animals are the second members of each of the four trines, and the third set of four animals are the last members of each of the four trines. The first and third trines are Yang, while the second and fourth trines are Yin. A more simplistic way of viewing this division of the twelve animals into their permanent or “fixed” states of Yang/Yin designation is that the odd numbered animals (rat, tiger, dragon, horse, monkey, dog) are Yang, and the even numbered animals (ox, rabbit, snake, goat, rooster, pig) are Yin.

The Western Zodiac

The other set of twelve signs that will be examined is the Western zodiac. It is the system used in the Western and Indian cultures for measuring movement along the ecliptic by dividing it into twelve equal sections. The version used in India is more commonly known as the Jyotish or sidereal zodiac and employs a fixed starting point for the zero point on the ecliptic that aligns with the constellation Aries. It is this version that this text will focus upon because it allows for direct correlations to be drawn between the two systems since the twelve symbols align naturally with the constellations. The Jyotish system is also used by some astrologers in the West; however, the tropical zodiac is the system that is by far the most popular in Western culture and places zero point in alignment with the vernal equinox of the Northern hemisphere. Thus, the actual position of Aries in the tropical zodiac lies near the beginning of the portion of the ecliptic that is associated with Pisces. So if a switch to the tropical zodiac is desired when analyzing or contemplating upon any portion of this text, then all that would need to be done in order to accomplish this shift would be to move the Jyotish symbols backwards by twenty-five degrees along the ecliptic.

The Western zodiac is fundamentally the same as the annual cycle of the Eastern zodiac that employs the circle of “inner animals” and is likewise based on the day and month of birth for the individual or event in question. The twelve signs used in the Western zodiac are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. They are often depicted as symbols and/or pictures in a circle and are listed in their proper order either clockwise or counter-clockwise. The four cardinal points of direction are often placed in various positions in conjunction with the twelve ecliptic coordinates.

Unlike its Eastern counterpart, the Western system utilizes a method of grouping its symbols in three groups of four each. This system is called “the three qualities.” This system assigns the traits of cardinal, fixed, and mutable to four symbols apiece. The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn; the fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius; the mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. The logic behind these groupings is that the cardinal signs occur near the beginning of each season and are therefore more conducive to change than the others while the fixed signs occur at the middle of each season; therefore, they are more permanently entrenched in many of their qualities. Finally, the mutable signs lie at the end of each season when the change to the next season begins to occur; thus, these signs are more conducive to change.     

However, the four elements of the Western alchemy are also incorporated into the Western zodiac in a manner similar to the Eastern tradition. While the Eastern tradition places its elemental designations in groupings of adjacent symbols, the Western elemental placement system known as the triplicities places its four elemental qualities in the same manner as the four trines of the Eastern system. Thus, the fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius; the earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn; the air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius; the water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

In addition to this elemental placement of the signs, the odd numbered signs of fire and air are also thought of as having positive (Apollonian, diurnal, male) characteristics in exactly the same way as the odd numbered Yang signs of the first and third trines of the Eastern zodiac. Likewise, the even-numbered signs of water and earth are also thought of as possessing negative (Dionysian, nocturnal, feminine) attributes in precisely the same manner as the even-numbered Yin signs of the second and fourth trines of the Oriental zodiac. This exact alignment of the yin and yang of the twin zodiacs would seem to indicate that these two traditions are merely parallel manifestations of the same essential ideals. It is very likely that there was a good deal of interaction between practitioners of both systems over the millennia.

Position of Terra

With most expressions of astrology, the positions of the various heavenly bodies in the heavens at a certain date are taken into consideration for the basic speculation that will be performed. While this type of logic is valid and useful to a certain extent, it misses the most important point of all: the position of the subject herself/himself. The actual position of Terra itself in the heavens is the most important information that is needed when determining any type of speculative deduction or posing any type of metaphysical quandary about any astrological aspect of existence. However, Terra is the only heavenly body of the solar system that is not included in a standard astrological chart. What this means is that astrology as it is currently practiced is focusing on matters that are only somewhat relevant while completely ignoring the most important data point of all.

It is because of this great travesty of logic that astrology has fallen into disrepute over the last few centuries and is now barely considered to be a valid pseudoscience at all. This assertion is reinforced when it is realized that astrology is even ridiculed by many dilettantes of the occult world. Its detailed minutia was once studied with diligent fervor by a high percentage of intellectuals. Also, when one considers the fact that Pluto was actually considered to be a planet and used to make calculations alongside the massive energies of Jupiter and Saturn is another example of the fallacy and lack of scientific logic present in this system that is now the realm of idiots, pranksters, and charlatans.

However, despite the vast amounts of idiocy and illogic that have been heaped upon this speculative branch of the cosmological realms, there does exist some basic rational logic underneath all of the irrational speculation and assertions made by those seeking to exploit others in order to gain privilege. This rational logic would be that the actual position of Terra itself along the ecliptic would be of utmost importance and would be far more important than the positions of any of the other heavenly bodies of the solar system. This is because the position of Terra is also the position of subject who is inquiring about whatever notion that is being formulated or asserted. For instance, if the Earth is closest to the constellations found on the ecliptic longitude of 120 degrees, then it would make logical and rational sense that the energy from these stars found near this longitude would play a role in determining the outcome of the actions while Terra is in this particular position–at least more than any of the energies from any of the other stars that are not anywhere near this portion of the ecliptic longitude.

Having pointed out the primary error plaguing this belittled pseudoscience, it would now be prudent to realize that the solution for this problem is quite easy to realize. It would also be prudent to note that the basic tools now used by most astrologers would not only retain their efficiency but also be vastly improved by only a few small adjustments to the majority of the systems that are currently in place right now. Therefore, the following pages of this tome that describe each thirty degree position of the ecliptic longitude and unite both of the zodiac symbols of the Eastern and Western systems will also include the adjustments necessary to turn an idiotic pseudoscience into a far more pragmatic method of making far more worthy speculations that might have a true bearing on actual reality and not merely be the pseudo-intellectual play toys of an overactive imagination with little or no grounding in actual physical science.

The most important adjustment would be calculating the position of Terra itself along the ecliptic for the time of the event for which the speculation is to be made. This calculation can be done with the current tools used in astrology right now. All that needs to be done is reverse the position of Sol by 180 degrees. That is all. Thus, the position of Terra can easily be calculated by any of the tools that are currently used by modern astrologers. Thus, the most important data point of all can be easily gleaned and immediately employed by anybody seeking to add scientific validity and rational logic to their astrological speculations without needing any new astronomical tools for calculations.

Also, it should be realized that although the position of Terra is the most important data point in any astrological speculation, the positions of the other heavenly bodies–especially the planets visible to the naked eye–are still relevant to a certain degree and can still be factored into the overall equation as well. This assertion is especially true of Jupiter and to a lesser extent, Saturn. That is why these two planets play such an integral part in the astrological speculations of the Orient. In fact, the actual radio frequencies emanating from Jupiter that are detectable on Earth are greater than the radio frequencies that are emitted from the sun when Jupiter's moon Io is exposed to Terra. This empirical scientific data supports the overall theory that the literal cosmic energies from the heavenly bodies do make an impact on the actions that occur on the surface of Terra.

Zygote Formation

All of that having been said, there is still one vital flaw that needs to be addressed. This is a critical issue that needs to be raised with the natal charts that are often created to determine the personality and overall essence of an individual. These charts are based on the date of birth. While the date of birth is an important event in the life of an individual, it is pale in comparison to the most important event of an individual's lifetime. This event is not birth. It is the exact time and date of zygote formation. Period. There is no more important time for an individual than this exact moment. The exact location of Terra along the ecliptic at the precise moment of conception is the primary factor to be considered when a true “birth chart” of an individual is to be created.

However, in a manner similar to the first problem addressed in the earlier paragraphs of this section, the solution to this problem is quite easy. Obviously, all that would need to be done is subtract approximately nine months from the time of birth and factor in all relevant issues  (such as Cesarean section, premature birth, or late delivery) that would logically apply, and an approximate time of conception can easily be calculated. Also, the date of birth would still be a factor in calculating a natal chart and might contain relevant data and would not need to be completely discarded. In fact, with the primary speculation centered around the position of Terra along the ecliptic at the moment of conception, all of the other data points that are typically found in the average natal chart created by most modern astrologers would now have more actual scientific validity now that they have this most relevant data as a true foundation based on scientific logic.

The other data points of the typical astrological chart can now supplement this foundational information in a complimentary manner. In fact, the data points of which house a planet is in at the time of birth now rightfully adds new whimsical fancies and notions that were not possible when these lesser data points had to provide the basic core of a chart's readings. With the primary foundation built upon the true soil of Mother Earth's position within the realms of the Heavenly Father at the exact moment of conception, all of the other speculations of the typical natal chart can now dance far more playfully on this solid ground composed of truth and logical reason.