A few lists of basic correspondences follow.
The Montreal Arrangement
0 represents the zodiac as our reference circle for the seasons and
for the heavens as a whole, more philosophically it represents the
arena in which our local cosmos or the solar system manifests.
A Graphic Representation of the Tree
1 Uranus -the shock and the creative impule that stimulates
manifestation and evolution; traditionally the Crown and the
emanation of the Will of God. In Polarity with the Sun (6) - 1 is
the rational. 6, the sensual
2 Neptune - mystery, art. illiusion, mysticism; traditionally Wisdom
and the All-Father. In polarity with Pluto (3) - 3 rational, 2
3 Pluto - fate, compulsion, force majeur, sex, power and death;
traditionally Understanding and the Great Mother (tradition places
Saturn here). In polarity with Neptune - psychic (rational) vs
4 Jupiter - law, expansion, order, the greater fortune;
traditionally Mercy. In polarity with Mars (5) - 4 rational, 5
5 Mars - energy, drive, executive ability, force and the lesser
malefic; traditionally Strength.In polarity with Jupiter
6 Sun - mind, spirit, male principle, balance, personality;
traditionally Beauty with the connotation of symmetry and harmony.
7 Venus - sensuality, art, affections, learning, the lessser
benefic; traditionally Victory
8 Mercury - communication, skill, craft, intelligence; traditionally
9 Moon - form, emotion, soul., female principle; traditionally the
10 The Earth with a connection to the Part of Fortune as well - the
body, the experience of the world in manifestation; traditionally
11 Saturn - structure, the bones, the whole mind, inhibition,
concentration, as the last visinble planet - the boundary between
the visiuble and invisible worlds; traditionally the Abyss.
12 The Dragons Tail - heredity and separativeness, a minor infortune;
no traditional correspondence but from it's nature as the shaper and
sometime executor of karma - the Forge.
13 Persephone - karma cultural millieu - this may be an actual
planet or an artefact of the interactions of other elements but as a
representative for the limit at which Sol can hold planets it works;
no traditinal correspondence - as a representative of boundaries and
the Zeitgeist - the City.
14 The Dragon's Head - association, evolution, a minor fortune; no
traditional correspondence, due to it's nature - Union.
15-21 represent an articulation of the veils 00 The Boundless (Ain
Soph) and 000 The Limitless Light (Ain Soph Aur) with 0 as the
zodiac is also an articulation of Nothing (Ain).
15 Meteors - meteor showers usually show some defficiency or
scarcity; no traditional correspondence, they are often the remains
of comets and indicate the difficulties of adjustment to new
conditions thus - Austerity, their nature is somewhat Saturnian.
16 Comets - a shakeup in the order of things, new connections, new
patterns of assocation, violent change; no traditional
correspondence; - Quake. Comets are of the nature of Pluto and due
to the shapes of their orbits suggest the the two higher veils -the
parabola and the hyperbola. Due to the location of their origens,
they bring in influences from the fringes of the system and ,perhaps
due to this, the ancient Chinese thought them messengers who brought
the decrees of heaven to the world.
17 Stars - these powerful energy sources are the building blocks of
the universe, the manufacturers of the chemical elements, they also
show the coordinates of events on Earth and the extent of influence
of any factor with which they connect. No traditional
correspondence, as the essence of personality - Persona..
18 Apparitons - ths sphere includes the mysterious and the alien -
mass visions, extraterrestrials, ufo sightings, and all that sort of
thing, while there is no physical correspondence, these things are a
part of our psyches and experience. By their nature - Phantom. Of
the nature of Neptune.
19 Novas - breakthrough, disruption, paradigm shift. The death of a
star releases it's elements and a great deal of energy thus making
the cosmos a different place; no traditional correspondence. Due to
their action - Bounty. Novas are of the naure of Uranus.
20 Pulsars, Black Holes,Quasars and such - these represent vast
energies in deep space or results of the deaths of stars, the
greatest and most raw known energy sources; no traditional
correspondence - due to their likely role in the cosmic cycle of
renewal - Phoenix.
21 Galaxy - while ours is one of many, all are aggregates of stars
and the energy sources, raw or subtle, shown by 18 and 20. This is
why it shares a sphere with 17, they are manifestations of each
other; no traditional correspondence. Due to the representation of
totality - Cosmos
This, then is an astrological Tree incorporating the discoveries of
science in an abstract model suitable for the consideration of
astrological and correspondence theory. It is far from the last word
on the matter but it has been found to be servicable.
The tree in this form naturally lends itself to a correspondence to
the Trumps of the Tarot and to the deck as a whole. Note that the
titles of the Thoth deck are used and that the counterchanged
positions are retained to give the lemniscate view of the zodiac
which result in changing the place or attributes of IV and XVII, and
of XI and VIII. This offers additional insights into the nature of
||Portion of the whole deck
| 0 Nothing
||O The Fool
| 1 Crown
||I The Magus
| 2 Wisdom
||II The Priestess
| 3 Understanding
||III The Empress
| 4 Mercy
||IV The Emporer
| 5 Strength
||V The Hierophant
| 6 Beauty
||VI The Lovers
| 7 Victory
||VII The Chariot
| 8 Splendor
||VIII Adjustment or Justice
| 9 Foundation
||IX The Hermit
||XI Lust or Strength
||XII The Hanged Man
||XIV Art or Temperance
||XV The Devil
||Disks or Coins
||XVI The Tower
||Wands or Clubs
||XVII The Star
||XVIII The Moon
||XIX The Sun
||XX The Aeon or Judgement
||XXI The Universe
The Extended Tree of Life and the Cosmos :
It is worth noticing this one-to-one correspondence with the Tarot
Trumps and others between the 14 points of the this Tree proper with
the current batch of constellations sidereally in the zodiac and
with the cycles of the Moon.
There is a definite rationale for the correspondences based
primarily on astronomy and astrology but there are also metaphysical
and philosophical implications. One of these is a view of the tree
as a model describing the cycle of incarnation. This view has been
grealty clarified by the researches of neuroscience and the notion
of the embodied mind. It may be of interest as a first framework for
considering the principle of reflection - "as above, so below". In
its manifest portion in the main tree of 14 points, it may also be
useful in looking at correspondence to waxing and waning phases (the
Moon and Saturn have the strongest obvious correspondence with 28
days and 28 years respectively). The correspondence that comes to
mind is waxing and waning phases to the ascending and descending
spirit, and to the dexter or applying and sinister or separating
phases of an aspect series or orbital cycle. Correspondences to the
Life Cycle of a star also come to mind. It may also turn out that
this way of thinking may lead to a better understanding of the
Transpluto 'bodies' used by the Uranian school of astrology often to
The Cycle of Incarnation
This is a philosophical view of the descent of Spirit into matter
and of the spirit's entry or return to the cycles of incarnation.
There is inflence from more than one tradition.
20 Chaos, the mother of change and the beginnig of new currents. The
Cauldron of rebirth and the realms of the unembodied. Emergence of
19 The kindling of the life force with it's currents of sex and
evolution though only in potential at this point. The reaching for
the curents and resources of possibility. The birth of the Will.
18 Sense of other, identity, possibility. Sense of the limitless and
the possinilities of being and dissolution. A sense of the ocean of
17 & 21 The self begotten star, the Spirit and Will as related to
and defined by a cosmos. More particularly as an identity in a
galaxy of identities as yet without a vehicle for defined
consciousness and experience.
16 Division, violent change and the allignments of the star form a
purpose to be manifested. The struggle of the aggregate elements
that support life and the vehicles through which purpose is pursued
are sensed (often with a shock).
15 The process of differentiation, limitation and incarnation begin.
The possibilities of forms and their limitations are sensed.
0 The arena of experience and the battle of life is entered. A
starting point and the conditions of begining an incarnation are
chosen or gravitated toward. The house of evolution wherein stars
achieve awareness through union with experience. The Fool is born
and The Great Work begins.
1 The star enters the universe of circumstance and chance with only
WIll as a guide. The Will may be considered the Divine Spark or Will
of God or as the True Will of the Star. It is the seed of the
incarnation and the beginning of experience. Whether or not this
costitutes 'life' as yet is a controversial issue, clearly this is
the point at which the egg is fertilized for humans or the seed is
planted for plants. All genetic and any previous life information is
contained and is now subject to he fortunes of the cosmos it has
entered. It's utimate fate is disincarnation, it's Will and purpose
known not even to itself but to be discovered in the process of
experience. The Word has been uttered, it's meaning is not yet
known. This is also the point of being or existence in a field of
possibilities, not all of which lead to actual incarnation.
2 The star is distinguished from other and begins to blindly collect
te materials to build itself. Mathematically this is the line as
distinguished by two points, in this case, self and other. It is
also the point at which the star assumes that there is some cause
for it's existence. Traditionally this cause is associated with the
father and with god.
3 The star senses forces beyond it's control. Patern, fate, parent -
the mother or the Great Mother from which the star recieves the
substance to become ( or in some cases is denied it). Sex and
destiny in terms of the systems of the body are set. The future
natural development of the embryo is determined. Mathematically this
gives us three points - here : child, father, mother - which
describe a plane. A plane surface gives the image of a map or a
table or a stage and returns us to the idea of fate.
4 The vehicle of the star with it's symmetries and solidity take
form, the pattern set in 3 is filled out. The rules of organic
function peculiar to this particular combination of flesh and spirit
are developed. Mathematically, the addition of a fourth point to a
plane defines a solid form in three dimensions. This also is the
idea of expansion into three dimensions and expansion in general.
Growth is the alternative to death.
5 The star experiences independent energy and motion. The foetus
kicks. Time and desire begin subjectively. Strength is aquired. The
union of matter and energy in a potential form is complete. The
struggles of life may begin.
6 The star accepts existence in a body (or not - the Sun is also
sudden death) and aquires self awareness or at least an awareness of
it's needs (Leos yoju know). Harmony and dsisonance, balance and
imbalance become sensible. .
7 The star develops sensory organs,. Pleasure and pain become
meaningful and thereby the possibility of learning and curiosity.
Affection and aversion develop. Later this will be refined to
include Love and Hate.
8 The star aquires the ability to manipulate itself and begins to
develop an appreciation of cause and effect and logic which will
later develop into the skills of the intellect and craft. Later this
will develop through imitation and exposure.
9 The chemical balances of the body are established and with them
the emotions and the astral form and aura. These are the fondation
of habits, tastes, and inclinations - more the urges than the
emotions but with 7 these develop. These also form the basis of
memory with 8.
10 The star is embodied and birth gives it independent existence. It
is not qjuite a tabula rosa but it doesn't really have much access
(in most cases) to any past expeience and confronts the world as a
new being to benefit or not from the experience and to become. .
11 The body of the star continues to mature and the embodied mind
develops. The star develops or srtciualates a personality and
discovers the Mind as well as access to information hat is not,
strictly speaking, the result of embodiment. The bomes and the brain
continue to grow to maturity and through the mind, the star
percieves the actuality of life and death, of the gap between the
Ideal and the Actual, and the visible and the invisible. If so
inclined and equipped the star explores philosophy, religion,
science, magick, etc. It learns to continue growing in non-physical
ways - t lkearns the principle of magickal expansion. It also
aquires a personality based on all this.
12 The star becomes aware of hereditary factors and the it's own
heredity, a sense of history and of separateness. It attempts to
build on it's strengths and compensate for it's weaknesses. It may
also experience the conflict of dogma with purpose which often leads
to separation even from kin and lovers.
13 The star aquires an appreciation of the world which it did not
create and of culture and society. The point aquires will ( no
necessarily spiritual), vision, imagination, and rebelliousness.
(This partly based on 13 as the first unity after 1). Karma and
convention and the limitations of the social system as well as how
to deal with them are aquired.
14 The star experiences other stars, more or less on their own
terms, and becomes aware of the possibility of union. Sex,
friendship, enmity, partnerships, cooperation and opposition and the
myriad other possible relationships among stars are experienced or
at least known. (If we experienced everything in a single
incarnation, we would most likely dissolve in the boundless - it is
a limitation of our form.)
0 After completing an incarnation (or having it cut short by chance
or another's action), the star returns to the beginning shedding all
accretions but memory in the process. Depending on many factors this
process may take more or less time with the star eventually
returning to the cauldron ready to begin another journey of becoming
and experience. Whether or not there is an exit point from this
cycle is not known. Some (the Bhuddists come to mind) sugest that
there is, some suggest that there is no cycle but that one
incarnates only once and is judged ( the Christians are fond of this
view), others suggest that one is judged after each life before
going on to the next ( some neo pagans and some Egyptians appear to
hold this view), and yet others suggest that one lives here once and
then persists in an underworld until the spirit fades which may be
forever (the Sumnerians were fond of this idea). We all have our
opinions and beliefs on the mater but none of us has much in the way
of solid verification . Our proofs and evidence may satisfy us but
none that is objectively convincing has been found to date.
This view of cyclic development or descent is modeled on several
spiritual traditions and the neuroscience notion of the embodied
mind. The notion of the embodied mind suggests that, although we may
well have memories from past lives - even at birth, we lack the
biomachinery to coherently organize them and so tend to lose acess
to them until later in life when the biomachinery needed for the
task has (re) developed.