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The Empress, by Pamela Coleman Smith [1910] (Public Domain Image in US)

General Book of the Tarot

by A.E. Thierens


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There have been numerous attempts to construct systems of correspondence between the Tarot and the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah. Another fertile ground for this activity is to try to match the Tarot cards with astrology. This book was one of the first to try to make this connection. Beginning with a theoretical section, it then discusses each card. Another feature of this book is a comparison of characteristics attributed to each card by some of the previous writers such as Waite and Papus.

Originally published in 1930 under the title General Book of the Tarot, it was reprinted in paperback by Newcastle in 1975 under the much more germane title Astrology of the Tarot. The Newcastle edition is long out of print but not hard to find used. More recently Kessinger has added it to their print on demand inventory under the original title.

Production notes: the original book is a bit difficult to use as a reference because it does not have running headers in the Lesser Arcana section. To remedy this, we have added descriptive titles for each of the files in that section. We have also inserted images of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck of each card for additional context. These titles and images are not in the original book.

Title Page

I. The Doctrine

The Doctrine
The Lesser Arcana
The Greater Arcana
The Method of Divination

II. Significance of the Cards

The Greater Arcana

The Greater Arcana
I. The Magician. Aries
II. The High Priestess. Taurus
III. The Empress. Gemini
IV. The Emperor. Cancer
V. The Hierophant. Leo
VI. The Lovers. Virgo
VII. The Chariot. Libra
VIII. Justice. Scorpio
IX. The Hermit. Sagittarius
X. The Wheel of Fortune. Capricorn
XI. Strength. Aquarius
XII. The Hanged Man. Pisces
XIII. Death. Saturn
XIV. Temperance. Mercury
XV. The Devil. Mars
XVI. The Tower. Uranus
XVII. The Star. Venus
XVIII. The Moon
XIX. The Sun
XX. The Last Judgment. Jupiter
XXI. The World. Neptune
0. (Zero) The Fool. Our Earth

The Lesser Arcana

The Lesser Arcana


Ace of Wands
Two of Wands
Three of Wands
Four of Wands
Five of Wands
Six of Wands
Seven of Wands
Eight of Wands
Nine of Wands
Ten of Wands
King of Wands
Queen of Wands
Page of Wands
Knight of Wands


Ace of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles
Three of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles
Six of Pentacles
Seven of Pentacles
Eight of Pentacles
Nine of Pentacles
Ten of Pentacles
King of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles
Page of Pentacles
Knight of Pentacles


Ace of Cups
Two of Cups
Three of Cups
Four of Cups
Five of Cups
Six of Cups
Seven of Cups
Eight of Cups
Nine of Cups
Ten of Cups
King of Cups
Queen of Cups
Page of Cups
Knight of Cups


Ace of Swords
Two of Swords
Three of Swords
Four of Swords
Five of Swords
Six of Swords
Seven of Swords
Eight of Swords
Nine of Swords
Ten of Swords
King of Swords
Queen of Swords
Page of Swords
Knight of Swords