Tarot: Types A et B
by Occult Fan
For some time I’ve been meaning to set this down for this is how it has come to be proven to me to be how it is.
In our Tarot tradition handed down from Visconti thru Marseilles thru the ‘great divide’ (great brewery!) between Crowley’s use of and AE Waite’s* use of the eight (VIII) and eleven (XI) cards has been distinguished across the landscape of commonality differences one finds.
Not so great is the confusion some have in their tradition of using wands as the wrong element in using it as aire, but that is true that if it works for their tradition just because it is not right in my tradition that does not make it untrue for them just for me and mine.
That said what I have come to find is that the proper way to use the numerology in tarot is not to switch the star and the emperor but rather to just observe the practice of setting the primary numerology of VIII to Justice/Adjustment and XI to Strength/Lust.
I use Waite names first in direct example abouve but numerologically I use Crowley first and indeed I find that this is the 8 = Justice / 11 = Strength to be the official Type A deck ordering.
That means Type B tarot decks are Strength = 8 / Justice = 11 makes a Type B. This is also seen in my personal collection of decks. While I have only two (II) Lenormand decks, I have eleven (Strength!) tarot decks.
Up until recently, not only my experience and channeling awarens me that Type A is 8 for Justice et but so too did the sheer popularity of using 8 for Justice et bourne out over my collection of what was prior to this Autumnal Equinox/My Birthday/Hobbit Day only nine decks but now is (suitably) eleven.
Let’s give a quick has to prove the point that before it was massively outnumbered to use the one Type A system but I happened to add two Type B decks to my collection at one time, still not equalling the amount which use A tarot Types.
Suffice to say without naming all the names, Crowley/Thoth decks, Sacred Rose Tarot, Wild Wood Tarot, Masonic Tarot, and Cosmic Tarot all use VIII as Justice and XI as Strength.
Three decks that use the Type B ordering are of course AE Waite (I use the Radiant edition), the Alice in Wonderland Tarot (which follows closely off of the former down to some strange details) and thirdly the Morgan-Greer is Type B in using Strength as VIII and Justice as XI. I’ll add a bonus I, a fourth, which is the Arthurian Tarot.
But bonus II, a sixth, is the Gareth Knight Tarot, my first real deck which I used to pray to Thoth before using is another reason why Type A is Justice as VIII and Strength as XI. So that’s just how it is! HaHA!
*(Rider/Smith’s as well)