Babylonian Zodiac and Hebrew Alphabet in Tarot

Do you know that astrology, including twelve constellations of the Zodiac, originated in Babylon, and the Hebrew language had Babylonian roots?  Religion in that period was not divorced from everyday life. On the contrary, in Babylon, the rational and the irrational were forming the whole pattern of the Universe, and faith in gods was embodied in social life. The cosmic order ruled by gods and goddesses was a great pattern for earthly life. Priests applied patterns of god’s behavior after which planets and constellations were named to recommend political decisions to Kings. In those times divination helped to rule states and every person’s life.

Astrology, tarot, Zodiac

Carl Jung, an author of the synchronicity theory, the scientific foundation of divination, once discovered that mythologies and sacred scriptures of different nations embrace the same core meaning: descriptions of the cosmic order ‘as above, so below.’ We will unveil ancient wisdom embodied in the Tarot system, universal laws that are in force both in the cosmos and in our earthly life. For many years Tarot followers have been looking for a Tarot secret code, and now you will find it in ‘The Secret Code of Tarot’ – visit Amazon

Do you know that the Hebrew alphabet had a profound inner sense of the cosmic order? Sure, but what does this have to do with Tarot? Oh, there are strong connections:
• Each Hebrew letter corresponds to one Major Arcana card.
• Hebrew letters have numerical values, determining the cosmic order.
• Each Major Arcana card has a deep meaning within the cosmic order’s model (see article ‘The Bible and Tarot’
• Hebrew letters and cards together drive meaningful metaphorical stories in the Bible.

The Old Testament of the Bible contains Babylonian astronomical knowledge that was the primary source for twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and Zodiac signs are also associated with Hebrew letters. There is one more important association: every letter of Hebrew alphabet matches the appropriate number. The correspondence of 22 letters and figures in the Hebrew alphabet is shown below in sequence: serial number – numerical value – lettering in Hebrew – designation of the letter in English.


Letters of the Hebrew alphabet correlate with the Zodiac signs. As we see in two examples below, there is a similarity even in glyphs, representing letters and Zodiac signs. The first letter Aleph is an image of an ox head with the meaning of “primordial air” and it is translated as a bull. The letter Gimel is an analog of the Greek letter Gamma, Zodiac sign Aries, and number 3.

Aleph Hebrew

Gamma Hebrew Alphabet

There are three Hebrew letters, representing primordial elements – Aleph for Air, Mem for Water and Shin for Fire. We can put Major Arcana cards together with their corresponding Hebrew letters into the elemental representations of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge (see ‘The Bible and Tarot) to show the process of energy transmutation within the Major Arcana.

Hebrew Letters and four elements

The Tree of Life symbolizes a harmony of the Universe “as above, so below.” In the model of the Tree of Life, thirteen constellations of Zodiac (including Serpentarius) and the first thirteen Hebrew letters with their numerical values are placed. The Old Testament described the period when Vernal Equinox was in Taurus, and Autumnal Equinox was in Eagle (Scorpio). The Sun’s zigzag descending starts from the letter one (ALEPH, 1), which means a bull (Taurus) and follows the letter twelve (LAMEDH, 30), which has a meaning of a rod to urge a bull to move forward.

In spite of the end of the sun’s path when it reaches the twelfth point, the Autumnal Equinox, there is an additional thirteenth way to the constellation of Serpentarius. This position is indicated with the Hebrew letter MEM, with the meaning of primordial water, chaos, or flood. MEM is located in the “wilderness,” out of the circle. Once, the Tarot card Death was the card without a name, as well as the Serpentarius is the sign without a place. Symbolically, it is the Global Flood out of the MEM position, washing out humanity sins and entering into a new stage: a circular movement along the tree of knowledge. The Hebrew letter MEM with numerical value 40 drive a couple of metaphorical stories in the Bible: 40 years in the wilderness when Moses lead his people out of Egyptian captivity, and 40 days of Jesus in the desert when he struggled with Satan.

The Hebrew letter NUN is the first letter of many words that relate to water – flood (nachal), river (nahar), Noah. Its numerical value is 50. According to the Bible, Noah’s ark was fifty cubits wide. In the Leviticus book of the Bible, we can find information about a sacred fiftieth year as a time of freedom and celebration: slaves would be freed, and debts would be forgiven, marking the beginning of new life. “Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan… In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own property” (Leviticus 25:10-13). The letter NUN signifies the beginning of new circle after the flood and a symbolic liberation of the sun from slavery.

We continue reconstructing Biblical symbolism with Tarot as a key to expand your understanding of Tarot. Beyond the pictographic elements of cards’ images, you will see a universal formula, which is rich with connotations and deep meanings. (by Victor Paul, PhD)

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