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    Chapter 3: The Characters - Major Arcana 1 - 10

    There seem to be 11 primary archetypal characters in my
    inner universe. These are matched by the first eleven cards of
    the Major Arcana of the Tarot, as I perceive them. I have made a
    number of changes in my own personal interpretation of the deck
    as they seem to have been dictated by a combination of my dreams,
    my preoccupation with Art, my study of the Occult in general and
    the Tarot in particular, and my love of various other applicable
    sources, including Rock 'n Roll, Jung, Martin Luther King, Art, Baha'u'llah, and others.

    The unconsious being what it is, my dialogue between it and
    my consious is not certifiably consistant. Often, characters
    with strong resemblences to these major ones will appear with
    other names. There are always good reasons for these
    discrepencies, though said reasons are not always clear.
    Conversely, characters with these names will sometimes appear with
    other characteristics, or representing other archetypal energies,
    again with reasons, but these appearances are far less in
    frequency than the first type. Then too, some dreams are marked
    by the appearances of entirely new characters, though,
    since I began studying the Tarot, two and a half years ago at this
    writing, (Dec, 86), the following are definitely the ones by far most consistant:

    Major Arcana No. 0. The Addict. Reversed, called the Clown.
    Traditionally, the Fool. My proper name for him is Brian
    Quasimoto Jones. Blue eyes, blond hair, long, in a "Beatle Cut"
    with bangs over his forehead, very pale, fair skin. When
    unattractive, he apears hunchbacked, though still lovable,
    otherwise seductively beautiful as any eternal youth can be. He
    is Puer Aternus, Bacchus, the temptation of infinite
    possibilities, or else, when hunchbacked, the pathos of the
    burnt-out hippie who must continue believing himself capable of
    transcending his mortality. His charisma, when it comes, comes
    from his unawareness of this power struggle over his own
    mortality. Then he becomes truly the symbol of innocence
    continuely renewed; the transcendence of death that is at the
    source of all religion. This process correctly implemented seems
    to give him virtually unlimited power of seduction. Like all my
    characters, he bears a strong vein of symbolism in the rock
    world, a throw-back to the days before my involvement with the
    Tarot, when rock heros provided me almost exclusively with the
    archetypal material necessary for the essential Misterium
    Conjunictum. In his case especially, the parrallel is easily
    drawn. His Astrological connection is Piscies, the symbol of self
    injury as smbolic transformation from the physical realm to the
    astral. The Addict is the spiritual condition from whence we all
    come, that stage in human development incapable of honouring the
    distinction between the individual, consious ego and the total
    Self. In the sense that he is like the nothingness behind all
    somethingness, this symbol is similar to Ptah of the Egyptians,
    the god who was before all other gods, or the Ain Soph Aur of the
    Quabalists, the aethyr or original veil from whence comes the
    first emanation of god.

    Major Arcana No. 1. Dom (I believe, short for Dominion).
    Reversed, same. Traditionally, The Magus. My proper name for
    him is Dom. Marble white skin, very dark hair and eyes.
    Distinctly hetrosexual. Usually quite rockabilly. Of late he seems to have
    affected an increasingly American appearance.
    At first he was very financially poor and dressed in rags of a punk
    nature, though lately he has taken to wearing white tee shirts and black levis
    of an uban, working class bent and cleaner look.
    He is clearly the personification of the ideal self, the symbol
    of wholeness, integration and perfection on all planes. Also,
    the undisputed leader of the rest. Osiris, Appolonius, Hermes
    and Christ. The bearer of Recovery. He is, in my galaxy of archetypes,
    closest to what Aliester Crowley calls, "the Holy Guardian Angel",
    the conversation of which formed absolutely the
    cornerstone of his interpretation of Magick. He is the guide,
    the seer, and in the sense is closely connected with Jung's
    "Philemon" (the inner guide), The Hermit, who is explained at length later,
    under the number seven. In fact, were it not necessary for the Magus
    to embody the total individual, he would probably be
    indistinguishable from the Hermit, for he personifies that voice
    of wisdom within each of us, the voice that never lies.
    Unfortunate that we listen to it far too seldom. He always
    appears with tremendous cathartic energy and a great feeling of acompaning
    personal transformation, and leaves one distinctly
    wishing he would appear more often. His astrological connection
    is the Sun, the source of all light and enlightenment, growth and
    harvest. I believe Crowley was correct about his Conversation of
    the Holy Guardian Angel; the product of spiritual evolution
    should be lessons that allow us each to accept our own personal
    Magus as our true guide.

    Major Arcana No. 2 The Sorceress. Reversed, the Carousel Girl
    (In reference to the first dream I had of her, a script dream).
    Three proper names, in order of acompaning cathartic power:
    Ricky, least powerful, a very attractive young girl; Erin, more
    powerful and sophisticated - also more grown up; and Raleigh my
    cosmic twin - extremely powerful. Occasionally changing her age,
    she appears sometimes as a very young girl, sometimes as an old
    woman, but usually seems to be in her early twenties. She is
    always thin, with blond hair, usually long, and very pale skin,
    often to the point of transluscency. This figure I believe is
    what I call the inner anima, my female ideal, having two poles;
    the Sorceress is the guardian of the inner door on the path
    between my inner and outer self. (The other pole is explained at
    length in Major Arcana No. 6.) She is the bringer of messages
    from the Mother Goddess, my vision of ideal womanhood entirely
    untainted by my experience with females in the actual, physical
    world. A mysterious, complex and potentially dangerous figure,
    she can be terrifyingly seductive when viewed in her purest
    forms. Her astrological connection is the Moon.

    Major Arana No. 3 The Fanatic. Reversed, same general name, I
    think. Traditionally, this card is called the Hanged Man and
    occupies number 12 in the Major Arcana. But through a series of
    dream connections and occult meditations, it became apparant
    to me that this card belongs here. Numerologically, 12 reduces
    to 3, and 3 is a number of great energy and thrust, it's ruling
    planet having been assigned by me to Mars. For a male such as
    myself, I will relate the following information concerning this
    card. I'm not sure how it relates in a woman's psycie, I have a
    feeling it might be quite different. It would be interesting to
    hear such an opinion. However, for a man, when this card is
    right-side up (in other words, well aspected) it is male, and can
    represent an energy of great help, particularly in times of
    extreme need, or in times of great stress or trial. He also
    seems to come with a strong feeling of competition or challenge.
    He is the feeling of obsession that is directly connected to
    one's sense of one's own greatness. He is of fairly small
    stature, extremely high energy, quite adolescent but not
    particularly homosexual, always has bright, red hair which is
    usually cut quite short and rather punk, and usually wears
    glasses. His name is often Blaine, but I'm not yet clear on
    this. In reverse aspect, this card appears as a woman, and has
    very much the same appearance except is quite tall (though fairly
    thin), is quite androgynous and always dresses like a man, or
    boy. The same short, red, punk hair, glasses and high energy
    level. She is still sometimes called Blaine, though more often
    Kwinn, and frequently refered to as the Mannequinn. She
    represents the agressive, forceful aspect of the anima or woman
    stretched or pushed beyond a healthy level into a disticntly bi-
    sexual and usually perverse sadistic realm. I must say in her
    defense, however, that she occasionally exhibits a side which is
    very conducive to a chummy, warm, strictly platonic relationship
    which is invariably quite revealing of esoteric knowledge,
    particularly about oneself. It is a shame that her blessings so
    often seem inextricably connected to her connotations of extreme
    self injury. (Not to herself, to yourself!) Astrological
    connection is Mars.

    Major Arcana No. 4, The Protector. Also called the Thegn, after
    the Saxon witches. Proper name, the Moose, reversed, the Mule.
    Traditionally, the Emperor. A sort of perennial roomate, he
    usually goes by the given name of Daryl. He has two distinct
    incarnations, one very large and potentially frightening,
    completely heterosexual and working class, with a strong feeling of
    the biker club world. In his other role his is much smaller
    and quite thin, though with very much the same implications
    symbolically. His massive form is by far his most frequent incarnation. If
    he kept in better shape he'd be a perfect candidate for big
    league football or hockey. He is Jupiter, Zeus, Thor. Entirely
    self taught, he is very bright under a deceiving slowness. Daryl
    is a hard core biker, of the Harley Davidson variety, and I dare
    say in his more diminutive appearance he has a strong James Dean
    streak, though not as quick or bright. These "thin rebel" connotations connect
    him somewhat in physical appearance with Major Arcana No. 1.
    Stubborn and tenacious either way, with a fair share of bodily tatoos and a
    warmth that obstructs the term "macho". He is generally good-natured
    and slow to anger, but when his temper starts to smoulder he is positively
    terrifying. This is his "Moose" aspect. For a man, integrating and
    individuating a healthy and satisfying relationship with Daryl represents a
    challenge of absolute paramount difficulty, the consumation of
    which is supremely satisfying and essential to a successful
    passage into adulthood. His astrological connection is Jupiter.

    Major Arcana No. 5 The Nymph. Reversed, the Queen, or
    Darlequinn. Proper name, Lorien. Traditionally, this card was
    number 10, the Wheel of Fortune, but through a series of psychic
    meditations, dreams and revelations, I came to the realization that cards
    number 5 and 10 should be reversed. Numerologically, the number 5 is
    indicative of the never-ending fluctuations of desire and
    retribution, a karmic outpouring of the human attempt to
    intervene in the forces of nature and truth, and unfortunately an
    all too familiar constellation in human archetypal experience.
    Lorien is the personification in my life of Set, Loki or Lucifer.
    Quabalistically, this is the working out of the lesson of Geburah
    and Chesed, the balancing of ones moral wisdom. Transcending
    this situation leads to number 6, the resolution of one's natural
    need to understand the phenomenon of Love. The mechanisim by
    which this granite is worn away is called Temptation, and it
    seems to take two forms. In one aspect, Lorien appears as a
    blond girl with very dark eyes, indeed, difficult to distinguish
    from the Sorceress, and of course if we examine the situation
    numerologically, we can easily see a sublimation, or dilution of
    the forces of number two, the Sorceress, the full, untainted
    power of the anima, working through the energy of the Fanatic
    (Kwinn, number three), because two plus three equals five.
    Lorein usually appears in her female form with a very simple,
    transluscent, one-piece-little-girl dress, and nothing else.
    Noticably absent are shoes and make-up, without exception. She
    is very waif-like and silent, also very inert, in fact barely
    percievable. She is the incarnation of mischief, and her
    enigmatic smile betrays no motives. In her opposite aspect she is
    the drag queen, and always with black hair, usually eyes that are
    so light blue as to be virtually colourless, and wearing silk
    stockings, high heels, leather mini-skirt, etc. everythng black,
    including black make-up, and is the very dangerous seemingly
    omnipotent eternal adolescent, also an addict, and bears a great
    deal in common with a much more volatile and much less
    charasmatic Major Arcana No. 0. This figure seems generally
    accompanied by a volcanic desire of daemonic magnitude. The
    Astrological significance is the planet Uranus.

    Major Arcana No. 6. The Companion. Reversed, same.
    Traditionally, The Lovers. Proper name, Lindsey. Actually, her
    full name is Lindsey Louise Cerlwzie, as was specifically
    revealed to me in a dream. Lindsey first unveiled her true
    identity to me in a very powerful dream in the Spring of 86 in
    which she read my Tarot, and told me she would always be with me.
    Without a doubt she has appeared far more frequently than any
    other character I have ever dreamt about, before or since. She
    always appears with black or very dark brown hair, light skin and
    usually with very dark eyes, although occasionally she will
    appear with very light blue eyes, and I am convinced this
    descrepancy (and resemblence to No. 5!) bears great significance but I haven't
    yet unraveled it. She represents exactly what her title implies. She is the
    Companion, the perennial support, eternal comforter; can also be
    construed as the female ideal, the eternal girl friend, literally
    the dream girl, with no pun intended. She is the alter ego of
    Major Arcana number two, and guards the outer door to the pathway
    between the inner and outer self. She is the Mother Godesses
    first gift to me, and the prime medium through which I may
    converse with Her. She is my unconsious image of the female
    after having mingled with the reality of life and digested a
    soul-interpretation of its lessons. A very flexible, complex
    creature of far reaching implication, her degree of
    attractiveness varies greatly, depending on my emotional and
    spiritual climate as she seems to be the most accessable mirror
    of my soul. An encyclopedea of information, or far better yet,
    poetry, can and has been written about her infinite variety of
    appearances in human experience. She is represented
    astrologically, of course, by the planet Venus.
    These first seven seem to be the most important, and the ones
    that appear the most. In a seperate, secondary catagory then,
    lie interpretations of the next four.

    Major Arcana No. 7. The Philosopher. Reversed, the Beat
    Philosopher. Traditionally, the Hermit. This card was situated
    at number nine, but through a series of meditations, dreams and
    psychic experiences, it was revealed to me that this card's true
    position is actually number seven. Seven is the largest prime
    number among the original nine digits, and that gives this card a
    peculiar relationship to the number one. Seven has always been a
    number of great magical significance historically, and is
    invariably associated with hidden wisdom revealed, hidden magical
    power, imagination, mystery, transcendence, intuition and the
    spiritual realm generally. I believe that with the Piscian Age
    drawing to a close and the Aquarian Age drawing near, it's
    important to shed the notion of the Sage as the one who is
    vaulted away from society at large and pursuing some near-
    impossible spiritual quest on some distant mountaintop or secret
    monastary. So, in the name of pursuing at least my own better
    attitudes, I perfer to think of him as the Philosopher, rather
    than the Hermit. In my astral journeys, this archetype has
    fairly short, curly, blond hair and a short beard, a markedly
    receeding hairline, dark blue eyes, a very soft spoken manner,
    wears loose fitting clothing, is a vegetarian. Contrary to what
    one might think, he generally appears as a fairly young man,
    perhaps in his early thirties. He is the revealer of hidden
    knowledge, the voice inside that never lies, the Magus' closest
    ally. He is that aspect of the Magus that functions as spiritual
    guide. He is Merlin, a symbol of wisdom in the collective
    unconsious that predates Christianity. He is therefore a
    personification of the Watcher, the one who, as opposed to
    expecting an active God who maniuplates history to save man,
    rather, is continually present in myriad forms; a God, therefore,
    whose appearance is dependent on our own continued vigilance.
    Badly aspected, his penchant for esoteric thought can imprison
    one in the mire of meaningless details. In essence, this is only
    a colourful and complicated mask for a selfish need for escape.
    His astrological connection is the planet Neptune.

    Major Arcana No. 8. The Driver. Reversed, the same.
    Traditionally, The Chariot, or Victory. This card is very
    important in that it's symbols are the ones that actualize
    spiritual lessons in the day to day experiences of human life.
    This card has been placed at this number because eight has always
    invoked the forces of oganization, status, analysis, higher
    mental faculties and wordly esteem, and this is what the Driver
    teaches. The Driver is the last of the original ten archetypes
    to concern himself with the experiences of the physical world.
    It has been revealed to me that Numbers 1 to 10 of the Major
    Arcana are all archetypal beings as exemplified by the ten
    planets. The remaining twelve cards of the Major Arcana, 11 to
    21 plus 0 are representative of archetypal experiences, and their
    astrological connections are with the twelve zodiac signs.
    Therefore the name of this card has been changed from the Chariot
    to the Driver, as this card invokes the form of a being rather
    than a place. The Driver is fairly small in stature, with short,
    dark hair, muscular, masculine, with a bearing of great dignity.
    He has dark eyes, a peculiar accent and wears an as yet
    indecipherable uniform. His Astological connection is the planet
    Mercury. It has always been the custom for the victorious army
    or team, upon returning home from the battle or tournament, to
    drive the chariots through the streets of the city, the crowds
    showering them with tributes, cheers and flowers. This is no
    different from the ticker tape parade that we use today to honour
    Olympic teams, Astronauts, anyone whom we feel captures our need
    to express great worthiness, esteem and exaultation. These are
    the aspects of human experience that the Driver gets us in touch
    with. He is the driver, as one says, "So and so is driven"
    meaning, "filled with great ambition". Also the driver connotes
    the aura of the chauffer, the helper, the valet, the one who
    provides aid to one's sense of ambition and worldly esteem.
    There are many subtle and not so subtle approaches to this
    archetype. Which one you use can have far reaching implications
    in your worldly fortune and karma. I believe it's important that
    the power of Number 2, the Sorceress, is mediated through the
    influence of Number 4, the Protector, for a healthy approach to
    the Driver (2 x 4 = 8). I also believe it is very important that
    as the ideal self is invoked through the power of Number 1, the
    Magus, that it should be mediated through the thoughtful wisdom
    of Number seven, the Philosopher, in order to establish a healthy
    esteem and karma (1 + 7 = 8). These numerological patterns
    deserve meditation in that they provide clues to many others that
    may be helpful in arriving at a personal and accomplished
    approach to one's spiritual program.

    Major Arcana No. 9. The Judge. Reversed, same. Traditional
    name, Justice. This name has been changed from Justice to Judge
    for the same reason as is explained in Number 8 above, namely
    that this card represents an archetypal being rather than an
    archetypal experience. His true number is, indeed nine, for nine
    is the number of completion, of supreme spiritual awareness, of
    worldly compassion, of integration on a third octave of the
    energy that begins as obsession with Number 3, the Fanatic and
    reaches it's first resolution in Number 6, the Companion. Nine
    is the number of the one who has arrived at the knowledge of the
    true essence of things, it is the number of universality, of
    intergration, of the awareness of the total whole. This is a
    very important number in the Baha'i faith, in that it signifies
    justice, which by their description is "the appearance of unity
    among all people". The Judge has for his astrological
    significance Pluto, the guardian of the gate to the land of the
    dead. This has been greatly misinterprited in recent years, and
    it is best to understand the Egyptian interpretation of Anubis,
    who was much more than simply the lord of the underworld. He was
    not a devil at all, in the Christian sense, he was the one who
    watched over the soul while it was out of the body, whether
    between incarnations, during astral projections or even simply
    under the influence of anasthetics. The Egyptians were very
    preoccupied with the issue of morality, in fact the rise of their
    empire has been described as synonymous with the rise of human
    awareness of morality itself. They did not see the land of the
    dead as some kind of horrible, foul smelling land of eternal
    fire. Their spiritual value system having formed long before the
    connection of Greek rationalism with the dualistic thesis of the
    Christians, the Egyptians saw reward and punishment as something
    far beyond the simple "you're either good or bad" routine. In
    this sense the Judge is an incarnation of Thoth, the scribe of
    the soul, who placed one's soul on a balancing scale at the time
    of one's death. Thoth then read aloud to the other gods what
    that soul was proported to have absorbed through it's experiences
    on Earth this time around. At the other end of the scale was a
    feather. If the soul weighed more, it had absorbed too much bad
    karma. Osiris stood as apologist, to defend the deceased in
    light of his or her finer points. This number can be seen as a
    pinacle position in one's ability to surmount the realm of human
    morality, or the Geburah, Chesed plane on the Quabalistic Tree of
    Life. The concept of the Judge is a very subtle and
    sophisticated one, and it takes much spiritual work to come to a
    true understanding of it's implications.

    Major Arcana No. 10. The Yogi. Reversed, same. Traditional
    name, The Heirophant. This card is switched with Wheel of
    Fortune. This is partially explained in number 5, the Nymph.
    Here we come to the first double digit number, being a
    combination of 1, the Magus, and 0 the Addict. And indeed, we
    find that the number is a representation of the all-important
    link between the the individual concious ego, or ideal man, and
    the all-encompassing Self, the nothingness that preceeds all
    existance. The Hindu interpretation of the word Yoga means
    "link", and the study of Yoga is, in its totality, the study of
    the relationship between the individual and the totality of the
    cosmos. Attainment on this plane is the perfect understanding
    of the nature of God, or at least as perfect an understanding as
    is probably possible in human form. So, whereas in the number 8 we have
    reached the zenith of accomplishment the physical world, and in
    number 9 we have reached the zenith of wisdom on the moral plane,
    here with number 10 we have reached the zenith of understanding
    in the spiritual realm. We have joined the beginning with the
    end, the one with the zero, the something with the nothing, and
    as the Malkuth of one plane is the Kether of the next, so may our
    journey start all over again. In my dreams and revelatory
    experiences, the Yogi comes as more of a presence than an actual
    physical embodiment. One could say that whenever a dream is felt
    to have that transpersonal aura to it, a feeling that what
    has been communicated is certainly beyond simply intellectual processes,
    that feeling that one has just witnessed something really true,
    then the Yogi is present. This experience seems capable of
    taking an unlimited number of forms and often comes in unexpected
    times and places. I believe it is behind all true artistic
    inspiration, and of course behind all spiritual revealation.
    Perhaps it is best then, that the details of the Yogi's true face remain
    hidden in its details, for we should always keep in mind that there is
    no single religion that has the exclusive rights in the interpretation
    of God's will. In our era, to be spiritually prejudiced is a
    dangerous thing. As wonderful as the Tarot is as a
    representation of the universality of the archetypes of the
    collective unconcious, the simple fact is that no one else can
    really describe God's face to you. The human race is rushing
    relentlessly towards a vision of unity, and we are quickly becoming
    members of the same community. It is important that we already
    begin to think and act as if that goal has been accomplished, for
    in our era it is inevitable that events on one side of the world
    have repercussions on the other. The Yogi's face then, like the
    beard of the Macroprossopus in the Quabala, is at once a
    universally recognizable form to all people of all times and
    places, and yet takes a truly personal form to each individual.
    One's relationship with God is, ultimately something that no one
    can really interfere with. This is why the genuine spiritual
    quest is so terribly difficult, and why we all have such an
    overwhelming urge to simply resign from the burden of human
    choices and let some prefabricated nonsense drag us into an
    apathetic situation in which political organizations get mistaken
    for spiritual movements. My experience has been that the key to the
    understanding of life involves a serious attempt to grasp on a spiritual level
    what the number ten implies, with it's illustration of the relationship between
    the idealization of the conscious self (No. 1), and the expression of
    the limitless totality (Number 0).

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