3 – Qliphothic Tarot cards and how to understand the deck as an algebraic equation through the formula of 100 = 0.

Qliphothic Tarot cards and how to understand the deck as an algebraic equation through the formula of 100 = 0.

After making this discovery, I started researching old rules from the game of Tarot in order to see if I could find clues as to new ways to understand the cards.

There was an obscure rule that I learned of called “irrational ranking” which assigns half of the minor arcana a negative value. For example, one suit of cards would be ranked from Ace, Two, Three … Nine, Ten. Whereas the irrationally ranked suit would be ranked from Ten, Nine … Three, Two, Ace; With the Ace being the high card.

The rules for this are archaic, so it isn’t easy to get information about, but it’s mentioned here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AMinor_Arcana#Different_Ranking under “Different Ranking”. I will talk more about the historicalTarocchi in a minute, but what I’m connecting here has a historical precedent going back hundreds of years.

I thought to assign some negative values to the cards, and noticed that some significant numbers jumped out. For example, consider the following sequence of formulas:

  • 16+40+22=78
  • 8+-8+20+-20+22=22
  • 16+40+44=100
  • 8+-8+20+-20+22+-22=0

 

16 + 40 + 22 = 78

This is the currently known formula of the Tarot, 78 cards.

8 + -8 + 20 + -20 + 22 = 22

Once we add in this “negative” element to the cards and make half of the minors and court negative, you’re left with only a “positive” Major Arcana.

16 + 40 + 44 = 100

Since the Court and Pips balance each other out, I thought to myself, lets add another negative 22 cards to balance out the positive 22 of the Majors. If you add these missing 22, end up with an even 100 cards.

8 + -8 + 20 + -20 + 22 + -22 = 0

After adding another 22 cards, but then counting them negatively, it balances out the Tarot, like an algebraic formula, down to 0. Even though the courts, minors and majors have a different amount of cards for each area, they still then end up with a perfect balance and symmetry.

So what then are these extra 22 cards? They are Qliphothic cards, which counterbalance the 22 positive cards. By adding this missing piece, we can, we can balance the entire Tarot back to a zeroed out formula.

100 = 0

Once we add those extra cards, we can give each half a positive and negative value. In a certain way, each card is it’s own unique identity, but it’s also just a reflection of another card that energetically cancels it out.

“100 = 0” is a new extension of Crowley’s “0 = 2” formula: http://hermetic.com/crowley/magick-without-tears/mwt_05.html

In fact, a new updated way to understand the 0 = 2 formula is as follows:

(((1 + 2 + 1) * 2) + ((-1 + -2 + -1) * 2)) + (((1 + 2 + 4 + 2 + 1) * 2) + ((-1 + -2 + -4 + -2 + -1) * 2)) + (((1 + 2) + (4 + 8) + (4 + 2 + 1)) + (-1 + -2 + -4 + -8 + -4 + -2 + -1)) = 100 = 2 = 0

As an example, check it out with the positive and negative values when computed in Wolfram alpha:

(((1 + 2 + 1) * 2) + ((-1 + -2 + -1) * 2)) + (((1 + 2 + 4 + 2 + 1) * 2) + ((-1 + -2 + -4 + -2 + -1) * 2)) + (((1 + 2) + (4 + 8) + (4 + 2 + 1)) + (-1 + -2 + -4 + -8 + -4 + -2 + -1))
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=%28%28%281+%2B+2+%2B+1%29+*+2%29+%2B+%28%28-1+%2B+-2+%2B+-1%29+*+2%29%29+%2B+%28%28%281+%2B+2+%2B+4+%2B+2+%2B+1%29+*+2%29+%2B+%28%28-1+%2B+-2+%2B+-4+%2B+-2+%2B+-1%29+*+2%29%29+%2B+%28%28%281+%2B+2%29+%2B+%284+%2B+8%29+%2B+%284+%2B+2+%2B+1%29%29+%2B+%28-1+%2B+-2+%2B+-4+%2B+-8+%2B+-4+%2B+-2+%2B+-1%29%29

Same formula, just without the negatives:

(((1 + 2 + 1) * 2) + ((1 + 2 + 1) * 2)) + (((1 + 2 + 4 + 2 + 1) * 2) + ((1 + 2 + 4 + 2 + 1) * 2)) + (((1 + 2) + (4 + 8) + (4 + 2 + 1)) + (1 + 2 + 4 + 8 + 4 + 2 + 1))
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=%28%28%281+%2B+2+%2B+1%29+*+2%29+%2B+%28%281+%2B+2+%2B+1%29+*+2%29%29+%2B+%28%28%281+%2B+2+%2B+4+%2B+2+%2B+1%29+*+2%29+%2B+%28%281+%2B+2+%2B+4+%2B+2+%2B+1%29+*+2%29%29+%2B+%28%28%281+%2B+2%29+%2B+%284+%2B+8%29+%2B+%284+%2B+2+%2B+1%29%29+%2B+%281+%2B+2+%2B+4+%2B+8+%2B+4+%2B+2+%2B+1%29%29

This not only proves Crowley’s formula, but also gives each individual card a specific energetic value. While the math above might seem strange at first, if you understand Crowley’s formula of “0 = 2”, which is another way of saying “0 = 1 + -1”, does the same thing as balancing balancing the positive and negative; except we are splitting the 2 into a group of 50 positive cards, and a group of 50 negative cards.

While there isn’t a historical precedent to rank the court cards negatively, it doesn’t mean there wasn’t one. This negative ranking goes back centuries, so there is a strong case to view some of the cards in a negative sense.

After I made this change though and added these missing 22 cards, and saw that if you did with the negative value, it added up to zero, I started looking around for information to connect that to. I realized that this formula matches the information in Liber 231, which has 22 positive and 22 negative spirits. I’ve seen other people who have made decks that have 22 qliphotic cards, but none that had 44 trumps or understood the entire thing as a formula.

This new formula proves the necessity of this missing group of cards, and also proves that the Tarot is indeed a true symbol of the entire universe, since it can show any type of spiritual information and now be understood as being perfectly balanced to Zero.

 

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