A friend requested a chart outlining directly the connection between the Major Arcana of the Tarot and Christ’s movement through the Hierarchies and Sub-earthly spheres. She inspired me to write this up as a sort of guide to the preceding article.
The above diagram is helpful in envisioning the progression of the divine name YHVH through the 22 Major Arcana. Each triangle begins at the top with Yod, down to the left with the first Hey, over to the right with Vau, and up into the middle with the second Hey. This second Hey becomes the Yod, the pinnacle of the subsequent triangle.
This results in the creation of three columns, which in the above example are named passive, active, and neutral. I prefer to call them the Abel pillar (the left), the Seth pillar (middle) and the Cain pillar (the right). If we study all of the cards in the Abel pillar, we see harmony, peace and beauty abound. This pillar calls to mind the unfallen aspect of humanity, the Nathan Jesus and Nathan Mary. As a pillar of gnosis, it remains above, pure — it never really comes to earth.
On the other hand, the Cain pillar is like a descent into the depths. The images become ever darker until at the last moment (The Fool), we break through to the other side. This pillar is that of sacred magic, and we can see that this is deeply tied up with the confrontation with Evil. Each of the “times of fulfillment” in my description of the miracles of the Etheric Christ occurs under the sign of one of these Arcana.
The middle pillar, that of Seth, bridges the gap between the two. Since it is both mysticism and hermeticism at work here, the earthly and the heavenly are always in balance. The cards here follow the path of the Rosicrucian mantra “Ex Deo Nascimur” (the first card, The Magician), “In Christo Morimur” (the middle cards, The Wheel of Fortune and Death), and “Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus” (the last card, The World): birth, death, resurrection.
Keeping the above in mind, the following is a sort of illustrated summary to contribute to an understanding of what was laid out in the three parts of “The Seven Miracles.”
Descent of Christ through the sphere of the Archai from 1896 through 1908: Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having a great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time. The stage is set for the conflict between good and evil. Rudolf Steiner begins his esoteric work. The transition into the Changing of Water into Wine.
Descent of Christ through the sphere of Archangels, 1908-1920: Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. Outbreak of WWI, Bolshevism. The seven pillars of Wisdom: stages of Cosmic Evolution, Christian-Rosicrucian path of initiation, the first Goetheanum. The stage of preparation for the Changing of Water into Wine.
Descent of Christ through the sphere of Angels, 1920-1932: But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. The lull between two world wars; humanity enters the 1st Temptation in the Wilderness. Fulfillment of the 1st Miracle: the School of Michael. This time period culminates in Christ’s Etheric return. The Empress is the Moon (related to the 1st Miracle).
Descent of Christ through the Mineral Earth/Human realm, 1932-1945: So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. World War II. The coming of the Emperor, Tomberg, and his rejection. Transition into the Healing of the Nobleman’s Son.
Descent of Christ through the Fluid Earth, 1945-1957: But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. The shell of the Earth is broken; earth forces (destructive technology) come to the aid of the woman, ending the war. Tomberg joins the Catholic Church. Preparation for the Healing of the Nobleman’s Son.
Descent of Christ through the Air Earth, 1957-1968: And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Escalation of the Cold War; humanity enters the 2nd Temptation. Fulfillment of the 2nd Miracle: Meditations on the Tarot, opening of the Christ School. The Lover is Venus (related to the 2nd Miracle).
Descent of Christ through the Form Earth, 1968-1980: Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Vietnam War; rise of USA as a global war machine; lifting of the gold standard. The youth of the vessel for Ahriman. Transition into the Healing of the Paralyzed Man. Robert Powell must achieve Self-Mastery in order to bear karmic clairvoyance (see Hermetic Astrology Vol I).
Descent of Christ through the Fruit Earth, 1980-1992: Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the USA achieves absolute global hegemony. Humanity enters the 3rd Temptation. The early career of the vessel for Ahriman. Preparation for the Healing of the Paralyzed Man: Justice as Sophia, Queen of Heaven. Her Justice is the Law of Karma; Robert Powell elaborates the laws of karma and reincarnation.
Descent of Christ through the Fire Earth, 1992-2004: And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. The mortal wound of September 11, 2001; initiation of endless war. Fulfillment of the 3rd Miracle: the School of Sophia. The Hermit=Hermes=Mercury, which is connected to the 3rd Miracle.
Descent of Christ through the Earth Mirror, 2004-2016: So they worshipped the dragon who gave authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” The time of the rulership of Ahriman. The Second Fall of humanity. The time of transition into the Feeding of the 5000. The incarnation of Kalki Avatar into the Maitreya Bodhisattva, July 26, 2014.
Descent of Christ through the Divisive Layer, 2016-2028: And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. The time in which we are now; blasphemies abound. The last Day of Temptation (megalomania). Preparation for the Feeding of the 5000 through the cultivation of Force.
Descent of Christ into the Earth’s Core, to the Mother, 2028-2040: Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. Fulfillment of the 4th Miracle: uniting the 3 Schools. The twelve streams radiating from the Heart.
Christ ascends from the Earth Core, 2040-2052: It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. The end of the Temptation in the Wilderness. Transition into the Walking on Water.
Christ ascends through the Divisive Layer, 2052-2063: All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Preparation for the Walking on Water.
Christ ascends through the Earth Mirror, 2063-2075: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. Fulfillment of the 5th Miracle. The Devil is Pluto, a higher octave of Mars, which is related to the 5th Miracle.
Christ ascends through the Fire Earth, 2075-2087: He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Transition into the Healing of the Man Born Blind.
Christ ascends through the Fruit Earth, 2087-2099: Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. The time of Sorath, of technocracy/the singularity. Preparation for the Healing of the Man Born Blind.
Christ ascends through the Form Earth, 2099-2111: And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Fulfillment of the 6th Miracle. This Arcanum deals with the cultivation of Daath (intuition), plunging into the darkness of the unknown and shedding light upon it.
Christ ascends through the Air Earth, 2111-2123: He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. Transition into the Raising of Lazarus from the Dead.
Christ ascends through the Fluid Earth, 2123-2135: And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. Christ breaks through the crust of the Earth in 2135. Preparation for the Raising of Lazarus.
Christ ascends through the Mineral Earth/Human Sphere, 2035-2045: He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. Fulfillment of the 7th Miracle. When we follow the path of the Arcana as the life cycle of the human being (to be explored in another article), The Fool walks through the Saturn Sphere after death. Saturn is connected to the 7th Miracle.
Christ ascends to the Angelic Sphere (the Etheric), 2145-2157: He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads… The ultimate accomplishment of complete technocratic dominance/mineralization of the spirit. The transition out of the time of the Miracles of the Second Coming. Seven Churches operating as one body in opposition to the Kingdom of Antichrist (Technocracy).