Numbers, Tarot, Kabbalah

Quick history…

It seems that nobody created the Tarot de Marseille, one thing is certain, it is very old. I am tempted to say that modern Tarot decks are an emanation of the Tarot de Marseille. Is the Marseille Tarot is the origin of Tarot ?

There is no actual facts about the Tarot and its creation, only hints of information. Some source are saying: the Tarot de Marseille comes from the first century, which I tend to believe, thought the Tarot de Marseille could be even older. I do believe that it has been created to bridge some of the art of astrology into a more accessible medium. Not to forget that astrology is a very old craft but also very difficult without computers.

Many symbols from the Tarot are coming from different religion. Therefore the Tarot has to originate from a time where religion were not segregated, but instead, helped each other to build the foundations of modern society.

I would imagine that it is the very essence of the Tarot de Marseille, to create itself within itself, but, as much as this idea is seducing, the world does not work with spontaneous creations (even thought some religion would have you believe).

Arithmetic or Numerology?

Numbers are playing a very important role in our universe and likewise in the Tarot. The universe is not measurable but since we identify everything with numbers, numbers became part of the human experience.

To put it unto another perspective, numbers are as old as 35’000-20’000 BC, some evidences were found in Africa.

The world’s oldest known measuring device: ‘the Lebombo bone’

Numbers are another language that transcend understanding to a universal expression. It is indeed very powerful and old.

Numbers in the Tarot de Marseille

Numbers are playing a very important role in our universe and likewise in the Tarot. The universe is not measurable but since we identify everything with numbers, numbers became part of the human experience. Because nobody can understand the unmeasurable it was very natural to identify all natural laws with numbers. This helped civilisation to extricate ourselves from the natural order and to elevate further as an evolved specie.

On the evolution scale, mathematics are the only way to move forward, from the Nomadic ways of the hunters and gatherers to the modern city folk, we keep evolution going on the edge of numbers with the digital age and technology.


From the beginning of written history (over 4000 years ago) to perhaps the mid 7th century, we can find traces of the Chaldean numerology also known as mystic numerology. This comes from the cradle of civilization, the Chaldean were settlers who arrived in the 10th century BC in Mesopotamia.  Chaldeans or the Chaldees were Semitic; meaning descendants of Shem, one of Noah’s three sons.

We can see that planning, preparing for the future is and was very important to human beings. Inherently future foretelling is uniquely human as no other species are worrying about tomorrow nor do they really care about their own expectations.

It was natural for numbers to become relevant in the foretelling of the future but also to become a dimension on their own. There is a parallel between life’s dimension and the mathematical universe. This dimension can be easily explored with the Tarot de Marseille. 

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Convergence table

Hebrew language, western culture and esoterism

Sounds have unparalleled properties and tend to give life. As soon as anything is named, it becomes a living entity.

Since the beginning of time, religion has been very influential in the foundation of civilisations. Our brain is flourished by vivid images of all mythologies, stories and prophets. Those powerful archetypes are rooted in our conscious and subconscious, but the expression of those archetype has changed in modern society.

Nevertheless the primal energies of all archetypes are still expressed throughout daily life. It is a natural law that is unchangeable and permeate all things.

Similar vibrations have converging qualities.
There is a deep connection between the base of language, religion and the universe. Archetypal meanings and symbols are woven into sound, even in modern languages. A name is therefore a true manifestation of universal energy. It is impalpable yet true.
Here is a table of relations between numbers, alphabet, Tarot and astrology.

Number Hebrew letter Alphabet letter Tarot Card Planet or Zodiac sign
1 א A
– Sun –
2 ב B
– Moon –
3 ג C,G
– Jupiter –
4 ד D
– Uranus –
5 ה E,H
– Mercury –
6 ו U,V,W
– Venus –
7 ז Z
– Mars –
8 ח F
House of influence
– Saturn –
9 ט
– Neptune –
10 י I,J,Y
– Virgo –
11 כ K
– Leo –
12 ל L
– Taurus –
13 מ M
– Scorpion –
14 נ N
– Libra –
15 ס X
– Aries –
16 ע O
– Sagittarius –
17 פ F,P
– Aquarius –
18 צ
– Cancer –
19 ק Q
– Gemini –
20 ר R
– Capricorn –
21 ש S
– Pisces –
22/0 ת T
Mark, Sign, Cross
– Pluto –

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Demystifying the Tarot, the science of analogy

The Tarot rule of analogy 

Symbolism in the Tarot is everywhere; It represents every archetypal principles we can find in life:  Death, birth, love, etc… just like planets are archetypal, Saturn, Moon, Venus.

Those archetypes are so powerful, they’ve became ingrained in our subconscious. Our understanding of life is based on symbols and archetypes.

The Tarot gives a window in this process, making it a very powerful tool for introspections. It enables us to unfold a map of symbols and archetypes with very detailed descriptions.

Deepening our understanding, Universal laws of analogy

The rules of analogy apply to everything that is life.
We measure something with a ruler but the length is not the object itself. This is a difficult point to grasp. We throw ourselves in the sizeable and then we try to reduce everything to our measurement tools, like sizing the universe with centimetres.

For we are like rail-tracks
Never meeting
And if we incline towards each other
The wagons of the heart will overturn.

Sherko Bekas, Kurdish poet (1940-2013)

This wonderful quote from the movie “The Human Flow” realised by the artist Ai Weiwei.
Art is an analogy to what is bigger than us. Beauty is a reminder. When it touches us, taking our breath away, we connect to a higher power and we forget ourselves for an instant, we become silent.

There is no analogy in true beauty, it just touches us.

Those two examples are painting on the Sistine chapel ceiling, painted by Michel Angelo between 1508 and 1512. This shows very well the analogy rules within all things. This rule is known for ages by religions and by mystics. This rule has been used since the beginning of time.

There is a deeper connection between our psyche and behaviour, language, religion, the alphabet and numbers. All those seemingly different things are part of a greater intertwined scheme

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