Double-Sided Tarot Deck
The Enochian Skrying Tarot is the only deck of its kind to contain two separate and distinct tarot decks in one, each with its own set of imagery, card interpretations, card spreads, skrying symbols, and magical uses. One side of this non-traditional deck depicts the divine energies and angelic forces of the Golden Dawn's Enochian Watchtower system. The other side illustrates the elemental or Tattvic forces that are the esoteric building blocks of the universe. Collectively, the entire double-sided card system presented in this kit is known as the Enochian Skrying Tarot, while the two separate tarot decks represented on each side of the deck are known respectively as the “Enochian Watchtower Tarot” and the “Western Tattva Tarot.” This deck was specifically designed for ritual work, ceremonial invocation, skrying visions, astral projection, and angelic communication —in addition to divination.
The Enochian Watchtower Tarot
One important section of Golden Dawn Enochian magic deals with what are known as the “Watchtowers.” The powers of Watchtowers are centered on four grids of squares and letters known as the “Watchtower Tablets” or the “Elemental Tablets” because they relate to the four directions of east, west, north, and south, as well as the four elements of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire. A fifth Tablet, known as the Tablet of Union, is attributed to the ruling element of Spirit. These Tablets contain various divine names associated with the elements, as well as the names of numerous angels, archangels, governors, seniors, elemental beings, and spiritual dominions known as aethyrs.
The Golden Dawn developed the Enochian system into a comprehensive
system for practical magic that includes basic ritual work,
meditation, angelic invocations, evocation of spirits, consecration of
magical tools and talismans, divination, spiritual development, astral
projection, and Skrying in the Spirit Vision. Some of the highest
teachings of the Golden Dawn include skrying into the various squares
(or pyramids) of the Enochian Watchtower Tablets. The Enochian Watchtower
Tarot was specifically created for all of these magical uses.
The “front side” of the Enochian Skrying Tarot is called the “Enochian Watchtower Tarot.” The four suits of the Enochian Watchtower Tarot represent the elemental forces of the four Watchtowers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Each suit contains 22 cards which contain four different card types that relate to different levels of angelic hierarchies on an Enochian Tablet. The four card types include: (1) Godname Cards, (2) King and Senior Cards, (3) Kerubic and Sephirotic Angel Cards, and (4) Servient Angel Cards. The names of these card types reflect the rank and position of the various Divine Powers, angels, and archangels that inhabit the Watchtower.
Each card includes the various attributions that are associated with it: elemental colors, zodiacal symbols, planetary emblems, Watchtower seal, Hebrew letter correspondence, geomantic figure, tarot card association, Egyptian God or Goddess affiliation, illustrations of Sphinxes and the name of the divine Enochian powers or angels that are associated with the card.
The Western Tattva Tarot is based on five alchemical symbols, including four elemental triangles. In this deck they are called the “Western Tattvas” because they are Western equivalents of the Eastern Tattva symbols.
The Eastern Tattvas have long been used by ceremonial magicians for the purposes of meditation, skrying, and astral projection. However, the Western Magical Tradition has its own set of elemental symbols. They are assigned the Hebrew names for the elements (Aretz – Earth, Ruach –Air, Maim – Water, Ash – Fire, and Eth – Spirit). Western Tattvas that are composed of mixed elements are known as Compound Elements, and are pictured as triangles within triangles. These elegantly simple emblems are perfectly designed for use in traditional skrying rituals that employ Qabalistic godnames and Hebrew angels rather than Enochian ones.
Exploration of the astral realm is very important in magical work. Through astral work, the magician learns to contact higher spiritual realms, examine their landscapes, and bring back information. What we are talking about here is controlled astral visions—meaningful and intense experiences that are completely understandable. In these visions, the skryer maintains complete control and all of his or her powers of choice, will power, and judgment.
By using both sides of the Enochian Skrying Tarot, the magician can perform classic elemental skryings, and well as Enochian Pyramid skryings.
Divinatory meanings for each card of Enochian Watchtower Tarot were specially created for this deck using a method based on a traditional Golden Dawn formula used in Enochian magic.
Card interpretations for the Western Tattva Tarot have been developed from two Eastern magical and divinatory systems: the Hindu Tattvas and the I Ching or Chinese “Book of Changes.”
A startlingly original
Tarot deck, using a new approach to Enochian magic and alchemical symbolism.
Some of us are just
lucky, I guess.
I happen to know some of the people involved with an amazing, new Tarot deck.
Or rather, what will be a new deck as it hasn’t been published yet. Before
talking about how I used this deck to help me make a positive, important decision
in my life while learning more about myself, I want to describe this deck to
The deck is known as The Enochian
Skrying Tarot, but that’s like calling a formula one racer a “car.”
This deck is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before (and I have seen hundreds
of decks and own dozens of them). The deck was created by Bill and Judi Genaw
and two important and prolific members of the famous Hermetic Order of the Golden
Dawn, Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero. (Note: There is another deck, The Enochian
Tarot by Gerald and Betty Schueler with art by Sallie Ann Glassman. It is
fine deck in its own right, but is of completely different artistic style and
focuses on different aspects of the Enochian system.)
The Enochian Skrying Tarot consists of consists of eighty-nine cards. That’s more than the seventy-eight
cards of a traditional Tarot deck. To explain why it has the larger number requires
that I first explain the nature of this deck, for it is not one deck —
it is two.
Take a look at any Tarot deck you
own. If you don’t have a Tarot deck, look at any deck of playing cards.
Do you see any wasted space where you could fit an entire extra deck of cards?
The answer to this riddle, of course, is the backs of the cards. The Enochian
Skrying Tarot is the first two-sided Tarot deck.
On one side is The Enochian Watchtower
Tarot. The Watchtowers are portals between this plane and that of the Enochian
world. They are associated with the four magical elements. The deck has twenty-two
cards for each element and are filled with information. The eighty-ninth card
is a special uniting design known as the “Tablet of Union.”
The other side of the deck consists
of The Western Tattvas Tarot. This is based on the Eastern mystical tattvas
system which uses symbols such as a square and a crescent to represent each
of the magical elements. However, this deck uses the symbols of western alchemy:
triangles with one point up (representing elemental Fire) or down (Water) or
with a horizontal line across the a triangle that points up (Air) or down (Earth).
A fifth design, a circle divided into eighths by straight lines represents Spirit.
The symbols in this system can be further refined by putting them inside of
each other. Thus, a downward pointing triangle inside of an upward pointing
one represents Water of Fire. Put a third triangle inside of them (say one with
a point down and a line across it to get Earth of Water of Fire) for even more
precision. As with the other side there are four suits of twenty-two cards each.
The remaining card features the wheel of Spirit by itself.
The Enochian Skrying Tarot is so designed that the symbols and images on each side of any card are related.
You can learn more of the meaning of one side of the card by looking at the
other side of the card. The Western Tattvas Tarot is both elegant and
simple, while The Enochian Watchtower Tarot is packed with information.
Each of the latter (excluding the Tablet of Union card) includes zodiacal, planetary,
and elemental symbols as well as the traditional Tarot name, Hebrew letter and
Egyptian deity where applicable. Of course the divine and angelic Enochian names,
depending upon the nature of the card, are included. The book that will accompany
this deck is in three levels, each teaching you more about different ways to
use both sides of The Enochian Skrying Tarot, moving from beginner to
Another thing I would like to point out about this deck is that it is drawn using the flashing color system of the Golden Dawn. This system uses color opposites (such as red and green) placed in close proximity. If the colors are correct (as they are here), they seem to flash back and forth. This is not magick. It is a physiological phenomenon. For me, images drawn with this quality not only flicker and flash, but develop a three-dimensional quality similar to the posters from a few years ago where, if you relax your gaze while looking at a blur, an image in 3-D becomes obvious. Not all people see this 3-D quality, but if you look at the flashing colors for just a few minutes it can help induce an altered state of consciousness (ASC) which can help in skrying, astral travel, magick, etc.
I have used aspects of the Enochian
system with varying degrees of success. Some people have called this system
the most powerful magical system around. Although I performed numerous Enochian
rituals, I never saw the proof of this supposed superiority. Nor have I seen
any evidence of such superiority in reports I had heard from others. This all
changed when I got the advanced copy of The Enochian Skrying Tarot.
After I went briefly through the book (or rather, I went through the manuscript for what is going to be the book that accompanies this deck) and got a basic understanding of what was going on, I decided to try skrying — which is sort of a combination of divination and astral vision or even astral travel — with the Enochian side of the cards. As I wrote, I have an advanced copy of the deck. It’s not even at the “card” level yet. Rather it’s still just color print-outs with several cards on a page. First I used a scissors to cut them from the paper, then I taped the appropriate back (The Western Tattvas card) to the proper front (The Enochian Watchtower Tarot). I mixed them up (Enochian side down) and pulled one out. From the back (the Western Tattvas side) I could tell that this card was “Air of Water.” I interpreted this to mean the potential for sudden change in a new direction. When I turned the card to the Enochian side, I saw that it was card number thirty-five. The author’s refer to it as “intense force,” which certainly agrees with my concept.
At first, it appeared flat. But as
I stared at it, the edges (which are the slanting sides of the pyramid) started
to add dimension. The images on it, of a golden-haired person and the head of
an eagle seemed as if they were starting to move (surely a trick of the light
and my eye). Slowly, the card started to grow (or was it me shrinking?). I started
to chant the Enochian names on the card: AABCO, OBGOTA, HTaAd. The top of the
flattened pyramid seemed to shimmer. I experienced myself falling into it.
I felt as if I was flying, or rather
floating, on big, puffy clouds. “Clouds are water and air,” I thought,
“a perfect example of this card.” I floated pleasantly and peacefully
for what seemed like hours. Of course, there was nothing to compare to so it
may have only been seconds. I had been sitting in my chair, but it felt like
I was laying down on the cloud. Without moving, I realized that I was now standing
in a land filled with fertile trees and trickling streams. At first the sensation
was like being in an M.C. Escher drawing: my sitting down was also my laying
horizontally and also standing vertically. For a moment, I felt confused, but
this quickly passed with the feeling of mist blowing past my face (air and water
For a time I wandered this beautiful
place, never wanting to leave. I sat by a stream until I heard enormous wings
flapping. I stood to see a magnificent eagle land before me. Its wingspread
must have been nine feet and it stood curiously upright, on human legs. It was
about seven feet tall. It looked at me, but I could not determine what it was
thinking. As I looked into its eyes, they changed into human eyes and the head
took on the shape of a young, virile man with skin and hair that was yellowish-gold.
Somehow, I knew that it wanted me to ask it questions.
“What is the true, inner meaning
of this card,” I asked, “and how can I make use of it to improve my
After landing, the creature had kept
its wings tucked. Now it raised its left one, making a huge background, like
a movie screen, for me to view the answer. On the right side of that screen
I saw an image of a waterfall. From within it a hand thrust forward, carrying
a blue pitcher covered with orange gems. It began to pour water from the ewer
and had an inexhaustible supply. To the left side of the screen a whispy cloud
formed. It was constantly moving and changing shapes as it was buffeted by breezes.
A hand reached out from it and held an enormous, curling, ram’s horn that
reminded me of pictures of a cornucopia. But instead of food, it produced an
inexhaustible supply of air. The air from the horn blew into the water from
the pitcher. Bubbles formed in the water, growing to an enormous size, only
to fall apart as they popped.
The newly-freed air from the popped
bubbles was changed from when it came out of the horn. It had been combined
with elemental Water and produced a balance that could actually help to stimulate
life. But this meant little to me. “How can this help me?” I asked.
From out of the woods, a strong,
healthy woman came walking. She came to a fork in the road and her temperament
changed. She seemed tentative, as if she didn’t know which way to go. For
a moment, the combined water from the pitcher and the horn washed over her.
Her wavering tentativeness was replaced by an image of confidence. “I can
go either way and get to where I’m going,” she said. Then, with a
look of firm concentration on her face, she strode off down one of the paths
without looking back.
I smiled at the eagle/human creature,
thanked it for its message, and blessed it. Then I closed my eyes and focused
on the feeling of floating on the cloud. Once I had that feeling, I focused
on the feeling of sitting in my room facing west. When I knew I was firmly back
in my starting position, I opened my eyes. I was home. Finally, I repeated the
WHAT IT MEANT TO
But, and this is a big “but,”
how do I know this wasn’t just my imagination? One of the things I had
always liked about the Golden Dawn system is that they had a “trust but
verify” attitude. How, I wondered, could I verify that what I experienced
was not just my imagination?
I went through the book that accompanies
this deck, a book which I had just skimmed, for clues. There just didn’t
seem to be anything. So I went more slowly though the book and had a shock.
A century ago, an original member of the Golden Dawn, Mrs. H. M. Rand (known
as “Vigilate”), had skried into the same area while using the truncated
pyramid on the Water Tablet. Although there were differences in details, the
main message was so similar that I was amazed: “...it seemed to affect
the brain, producing a vague waving motion which prevented fixity of thought
and definiteness of idea, loss of the power of concentration.”
PUTTING IT TO PRACTICE
So before going to sleep that night
I looked at Card 35 and chanted the names on the card. I closed my eyes and
continued calling the names as I drifted off to sleep. That night I had a remarkable
dream. I found myself running through the same fertile land as in my skrying.
But everything was different. It was dark, and a powerful lightning storm had
come upon the land. I was getting drenched by the rains and pushed by the winds.
The pushing forced me to walk, and then run through the trees. I saw a huge,
ancient oak in front of me. Now, even though I know that being under a tree
during a lightning storm was unsafe, for some reason that old oak meant safety
to me. I ran toward it as fast as I could.
Suddenly, the figure from my skrying
landed in front of me. It was surrounded by a pure golden aura that lit up the
sky. Its wings were spread wide, blocking my way. “Why did you stop me?”
I asked, while panting and bent over with my hands on my knees from the run.
For an answer it merely gave me a look which I knew meant “stay there!”
and lowered its right wing. At that instant, a lightning bolt came down and
hit the tree. The trunk split exactly in two, as if it had been cut by a fine
When I awoke, I first wrote down
the dream in as exacting detail as possible, so I would never forget it. But
the meaning was quite plain to me. The wind and rain forcing me to run was the
card’s way of telling me that I had to move fast. Up until this time, I
had thought that I would have to make the full deduction from my pay or nothing.
The split tree made clear that I had become fixated on that idea and that it
was not true. In fact, I could simply split the deduction in half, put one part
into my retirement fund and keep the other the normal way.
The next morning, that is exactly
what I did. As a result, I still have enough money to live on comfortably and
I’m starting to build up a nice retirement nest egg. I have no doubt that
my work with this card has changed my life. Now I just have eighty-eight more
cards to work with, not to mention the other side.
All quotes used by permission.