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The Wheel of the Tarot.  A Design by Frater Achad showing Astrological and Qabalistic Attributions of all the Cards with Their True Titles.


Wheel of the Tarot




State (a): Printed on a 16 x 16 piece of paper.
Publisher: Privately printed for the author.  
Published At: Chicago, Illinois.  
Date: 1922.  
Edition: First Edition.  





Although this item was advertised for sale in the 1922 edition of Frater Achad's Q.B.L., or the Brides's Reception there is some doubt as to whether this document was ever officially published. 








     One is immediately struck by the more than ordinary lucidity and sense of construction displayed in this work.  In the Tree of Life and its Correspondences, we are told, we shall find a convenient means of classification, a sort of filing cabinet, together with much valuable material ready to file, and room for all that we may collect in our further researches.  In this filing cabinet we shall find a means of getting rid of a great many ideas which have been valueless on account of their unbalanced nature, and this not by means of suppression—which forms complexes—but by careful arrangement, thus setting our minds in order; and by balancing these ideas against their opposites, leaving the mind in a state which transcends both aspects, thus gradually regaining our lost equilibrium, which is the basis of the work. . . .  The intention of this essay is to supply a basis whereby all serious students of the occult and mystic lore may learn to obtain equilibrium on all planes.” 
     We are furthermore told that “to appreciate this essay . . . one should have a pack of Tarot cards.  Miss Colman Smith's pack, published by Rider & Son, of London, being the easiest procurable, the matter is discussed as though this were in the possession of the reader.”
     There is no escaping the depth and wisdom of the quabalistically concealed meanings, and of these Frater Achad gives many illuminating examples.  It is, however, in the appendix to Chapters 3 and 4 that the most interesting discovery is made.  We are asked how it was that the serpent who founded the paths by ascending the Tree could possibly have started at the top, and we are shown what would happen if we started onn our upward journey by the Eleventh Path leading from Malkuth to Yesod and attributed to the Tarot Trump O—the Fool—i.e., following of course, exactly the reverse order of the Paths as they were numbered in the old way, but keeping exactly to the order of the Letters from Aleph to Tau.
     As to elaborate further would take up too much space, we can only advise those who are able to do so to study Frater Achad’s essay.  Their industry will be well repaid.

E. F. W. in the Occult Review, December 1922.


      It is almost invaluable to the beginner, saving him much time and mental combustion in the endeavor to gain a mastery of the fundamentals of this complicated system.

     The Appendix will afford something new to old and advanced students of the Qabalah, since it contains hints and clues which open up a new plan of study.

     How well Frater Achad has succeeded in simplifying a complicated system can only be demonstrated by the student to himself, and only by application.

R. C. W., Occult Press Review, February-March 1923.


     This work has much more of merit than the average attempt at cabalistic revelation.  The exposition of the Ten Sephiroth alone, is one of the best we have thus far seen, and gives to the reader in simple form an excellent idea of the Sephirotic schema.  The Hebrew Alphabet and the chapter on the Twenty-Two Paths make this volume really valuable to every student of the Rosicrucian and Cabalistic Mysteries.

     We believe this work has a mission.  The  Kaballah Unveiled by the late MacGregor Mathers has long held first place among the really good works on Cabala, but the fact that it has been out of print for years, with little demand for its restoration, indicates that it did not succeed in making clear the cabalistic profundities.  Q. B. L. does this very thing.

     It is a rather expensive volume but we know of none better to offer to the student or one that we can more cordially endorse.

Mercury, Official Organ of the S. R. I. A., New York, Date Unknown.



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