The Suit of Disks and the Tree of Life

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Having written on the subject of the Suit of Cups, I have since decided to make another post, talking about the suit of Disks, since there are some interesting spins on the Tree here also.

NOTE: in order to avoid any sort of copyright infringement, I am unable to provide pictures of the cards. Finding high-quality scans of them is straightforward enough: just Google “thoth [name of card]”.

We begin with the Ace – pretty straightforward, the card shows us a spinning disk with wings. Obviously Kether.

The Two is a bit more complicated. Colours suggest that we have to do with Kether and Binah, however it’s still a Two. Therefore, we have to do with rapid change, as evidenced by the Ying-Yang symbols. Alternatively, one could suggest that we have to do with Kether and Malkuth. Although not an orthodox interpretation, Crowley does suggest it by mentioning a link between the Princess of Disks and this card.

having got to the bottom, one immediately comes out again at the top.

In the Three we see the standard supernal set-up. Kether, Chokmah, Binah. Not much happening here.

The Four is the first card where we lose sight of Kether, again. We see the various elements represented where Chokmah, Binah, Chesed and Geburah are, as well as the first hint at Tiphereth, where the light descends.

The Five of Disks is a very unstable card. We now see that Kether is lost to us, and even though Tiphereth is formed, the whole structure is very much unstable – the system is closed, and Tiphereth seems to hang far too low below the center of balance.

Success, the Six of Disks is an interesting case. We have all the planetary Sephiroth except for Tiphereth. This is also the layout of the points of the Hexagram in the Golden Dawn rituals.

The seven is a horrid case of what happens when Saturn gets involved. I am strangely unable to define what happens in this card. One interpretation is that we see Tiphereth in the place of Da’ath. This makes little sense as far as the middle pillar goes, however we do see that we have both side pillars involved. An interesting graphical fact we can see is that the lower “branches” which surround the disks come on “top” of the ones higher and higher on the card. If we take them by importance, we can see that the cards which are lowest seem to “encompass” the cards which are higher.

Now, by reversing the card, we can see that every set of sephiroth from the top to the bottom is an emanation of the ones above it. Thus, we clearly see that the whole idea this card gives us is up side down.

The eight, prudence, is a nasty case. I can’t seem to be able to reconcile this particular card with the Naples arrangement, so highly esteemed by Crowley. Thus, I leave this issue for somebody else to solve. Perhaps it has to do with this:

There is yet another point which complicates this card. The Eight of Disks represents the geomantic figure Populus, which is an easy-going figure, and at the same time stable. One thinks of Queen Victoria’s time, of a man who is “something in the City” rolling up to Town with Albert the Good advertized by his watch- chain and his frock-coat; on the surface he is very affable, but he is nobody’s fool.


Gain is the title of the Nine. Again, the arrangement is the same as in the Six, however it has been stretched out. The focus is no longer on Tiphereth (in it’s triple nature), but on Yesod.

The Ten is the most straightforward card, save for the Ace, in the Suit. In essence, this suit is almost as easy to work out as the Cups are, save for the Eight, in which the geomantic figure seems to be dominating.

Love is the law, love under will.

–Surgo

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