By Paul Foster Case

Paul Foster Case (1884-1954) was once some of the most revered of the yank occultists within the early twentieth century. ''An creation to the examine of Tarot'' used to be initially released in 1920 and has been a number one introductory consultant for all with an curiosity within the Tarot.

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The title of this last card is “The World,” and its symbolism in many respects is the exact reverse of that of the Hanged Man, even as its number, 21, reverses the figures that form 12. This final Key symbolizes the totality of manifestation, and the Perfect Law at work therein. ” What this means will become a little clearer when it is known that the geometrical basis of the Hanged Man is also the ancient occult symbol of Personality. ” To exemplify this truth, and to demonstrate it, the Logos becomes incarnate – not once only, but in various ages of the world’s history.

The corollary of this doctrine is that the Perfect Law Affords adequate support for personal existence. ” This symbol, closely identified with the Christian secret doctrine, denotes life in water. In the Tarot sequence this is life in Mem, or life dependent upon other modes of existence. It is ever-changing and temporal. In contrast to eternal Life, therefore, it is Death. The Qabalistic Path assigned to Nun is Imaginative Intelligence, or knowledge that takes form in mental images. The letter Nun is also said to be derived from a hieroglyphic representing a fruit of any kind.

It is the universal feminine principle, Prakriti. Sometimes it is called “The House of God;” that is. “The abode of Spirit,” or Prakriti conceived as the vehicle of Purusha. When we see that Prakriti is a vehicle, and not a separate entity, we perceive that, from moment to moment, throughout all time, it is always being transformed. Hence the sixteenth trump represents a process that continues during the entire course of manifestation. ”8 The falling figures correspond to the chained prisoners of the fifteenth card.

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