Early Occult Tarots: Images and/or Descriptions
These Tarot trump descriptions were published in the books, 


A Manual of Occultism 
London: William Rider & Son, 1911, 


The Kabala of Numbers 
Part 1 
London: William Rider & Son, 1914
by Sepharial  
(Walter Gorn Old, 
(Colors in the card titles added by me.)
 Note that while Sepharial uses Waite's imagery (see cards 6, 13 and 19) he does not follow the Golden Dawn order of cards (Justice = 11, Fool = 0). His order is that of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor (Justice = 8, Fool = 22), examplars of which are the Tarots of Saint-Germain, C.C. Zain and Jesus Iglesias Janeiro.
1. The Magician — represented by a figure of a man holding a baton or wand over the three symbolical forms: the Cup, the Sword and the Denier. Around him are springing up roses and lilies. Over his head is a double nimbus in the form of the figure 8. This is the magician, he who is master of the four worlds, the four elements and the four principles, who is capable of exercising the creative will — an adept. 
In the Spiritual world he stands for the Creative Will.
In the Intellectual world — The pure volition. Transformation; resolution; the ability to propound and to resolve a problem; to control the mind. 
In the Psychic world — Desire, which is the lower expression of the will; the ability to generate and to destroy; the control of the psychic forces and the mastery of the passions. 
In the Physical world — The control of the elements; the mastery of physical forces; the power to acquire and to dispose of the material benefits of life. A great inventor.
I. The Magician. Symbol of the Creator, who produces the universe apparently by the magical power of thought. The adept. 
Symbol of the creative will, volition, desire, mastery of physical forces.
2. The High Priestess. — The figure of a woman seated, her head surmounted by a solar disc between horns. On her breast is a cross, and on her lap the Tora or Book of the Law, while at her feet is the lunar crescent. She is seated between the pillars of the temple called Jachin and Boaz — Security and Strength. It represents Isis, Maya and the Virgin Mother of the world. This Arcanum is also called "The Door of the Hidden Sanctuary." 
In the Spiritual world it denotes the Divine Sophia, the creative imagination, the universal matrix, in and through which the supreme will is manifested. 
In the Intellectual world. — The Binary or reflection of Unity, the law of alternation, the pairs of opposites, positive and negative, etc.; the reason, which weighs and balances, discerning by comparison of known things. 
In the Psychic world — Attraction and repulsion; the relations of the sexes; love and hatred. 
In the Physical world — Chemical affinity (as acids and alkalis); trade, commerce, interchange, barter. The woman related to the man for the furtherance of the ends of destiny.
II. The Priestess. Symbol of the divine Sophia, creative imagination (allied to the creative will), Isis or Maya. 
Symbolises the Gnosis, the creative power, attraction and repulsion, the law of the sexes, chemical affinity, imagination.
3. The Empress, otherwise Isis-Urania. A female figure reclining. She holds the symbol of Power in her hand, and at her feet is the Ankh or symbol of life — Venus. At her feet the corn springs full-eared and plentiful. She is surrounded by the beauties of nature. She represents Nature in association with the superior world, or Super-nature. She is the first product of the Supreme Will and Imagination, the progeny of Divine Wisdom and Love, and unites in herself intelligence and power in their highest manifestation. 
In the Spiritual world this Arcanum denotes the knowledge of the two worlds, the manifest and unmanifest; the past and future united in the eternal Now. 
In the Intellectual world — Ideation, the productive power of the mind, discrimination. 
In the Psychic world — The art of generation, fecundity, parentage. 
In the Physical world — The power of expansion, of multiplication; growth, development; wealth, plenty.
III. The Empress. The first product of the divine will and imagination, Urania. 
Symbolises   ideation,   production, growth, riches, plenty.
4. The Stone Cube, also known as the Emperor. A man of mature age seated upon the Chair of Initiation, the Masonic Cube. In his right hand is the sceptre of deific power, the ansated cross; and in his left the globe, the symbol of possession. 
In the Spiritual world this figure represents the realization, successively and continuously, of the Divine Virtues in oneself. 
In the Intellectual world — The realization of the idea of related and dependent existence; affirmation; negation; discussion and solution. 
In the Psychic world — Attainment of happiness by the satisfaction of desires; the realization of the dual nature in male and female successions. 
In the Physical world — The realization of material effects. The reward of effort and correct judgment. The concrete. Foundation, establishment.
IV. The Cube, or the Emperor. 
Realisation of the virtues, affirmation and negation, discussion and solution. Happiness by attainment. Material effects. The concrete. Establishment, foundation.
5. The Hierophant, or Master of the Secrets. On his head is the Mitre, in his left hand the triple Cross. His right hand is uplifted with the sign of the Benediction. At his feet are the Keys of the Kingdom, which unlock the Gates of Life and Death, of Heaven and Hell. He is the symbol of the Grand Master. 
In the Spiritual world it denotes the Universal Law, by which the infinite manifestations of the Divine Being are regulated. 
In the Intellectual world — Religion, the connection between the Infinite and the Finite, the One and the many. 
In the Psychic world — The regulation of the passions; self-control; discipline. 
In the Physical world — Liberty within the limits of the law; direction and control of natural forces.
V. The Hierophant or Master. Denotes the universal law, religion, discipline, precept and teaching. Liberty, regulation.
6. The Two Ways, or The Lovers. Beneath the outspread hands of a flaming Cherub stand a man and woman, with the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge upon either hand. Around the Tree of Knowledge the Serpent is coiled. 
In the Spiritual world this Arcanum symbolizes the knowledge of good and evil; the conscience. 
In the Intellectual world — The laws of Necessity and Liberty, of Duty and Privilege. 
In the Psychic world — The choice between denial or consent to the promptings of the lower nature. The determination of conduct. The experience of indulgence and abstention. Instinct. 
In the Physical world — The antagonism of natural forces; dissociation; disintegration; fractures, divorce, parting.
VI. The Two Ways, or the Lovers. Denotes discrimination, knowledge of good and evil, conscience. Privilege and duty, instinct, sex relations.
 7. The Chariot of Osiris. The figure of the Sun-God stands in a car drawn by two sphinxes, the one black and the other white. It represents the illumination of the lower nature by the Higher Self, of the earth by the solar orb, of the soul by the Spirit. 
In the Spiritual world — The sacred Septenary; the ascendency of Spirit over Matter; the penetration of the mysteries by the light of Divine Intelligence. 
In the Intellectual world. The dispersal of doubt and error by the light of the intellect. Mental acumen. 
In the Psychic world. The dissemination of vital energy by magnetic vigour; geniality and warmth of nature; vitality. 
In the Physical world — The gamut of the seven senses. Radiation; energy; force. The fulfilment of ambitions.
VII. The Chariot of Osiris. The knowledge of the seven principles, magnetic power, intellection, sensation, fulfilment of ambitions. 
8. Justice, or the Sword and Balance. Justice is seated and vested in the robes of the judge. In the left hand she holds the scales evenly balanced, and in her right the sword uplifted. She represents the impartiality of Heaven, and proclaims that God is no respecter of persons, that Heaven has no favourites, but always rewards virtue and punishes vice. 
In the Spiritual world — Divine justice. 
In the Intellectual world — Pure reason, correct judgment, comparison, equity. 
In the Psychic world — The attainment of peace and happiness by moderation, temperance and impartiality. 
In the Physical world — The balance of forces. The law of equilibrium. Attraction and repulsion. Compensation. Sense of Value. Rewards and punishments.
VIII. Justice. The sword and balance. Denotes retribution, judgment, reason, moderation, temperance, impartiality.
9. The Veiled Lamp, or the Hermit. The figure of a sage or philosopher carrying a lamp in one hand and a staff in the other. He represents the pilgrim soul, the seeker after truth. 
In the Spiritual world it denotes the realization of the Divine selfhood by manifestation or embodiment. 
In the Intellectual world — Prudence and circumspection, discrimination of true and false, of right and wrong; classification. 
In the Psychic world — Selection, choice, likes and dislikes; morality. 
In the Physical world — Molecular construction; science; discovery; distinction of caste; order and arrangement; carefulness, caution.
IX. The Hermit or Veiled Lamp. Denotes incarnation, prudence, circumspection, classification, selection, science, discovery, carefulness.
10. The Sphinx, or Wheel of Fortune. The Rota or Wheel on which is seated the Sphinx upholding the sword. Around the wheel are the letters of the law as defined in the Tarot, and the four fixed signs of the Zodiac, the man, lion, bull and eagle. It represents the law of correlated succession. 
In the Spiritual world — The Law of Karma; spiritual cause and effect; spiritual selection. 
In the Intellectual world — The rational faculty; induction and deduction; connectedness; perception of relativity and time intervals, progression. 
In the Psychic world — The regulation of the emotions and passions and the application of the psychic forces by the moral law. Regime, training, orderliness. 
In the Physical world — The law of action and reaction; good and bad fortune; the cyclic law of events; periodicity; rise and fall; revolution; circulation. 
N.B. — This symbol is that of the aspirant to Occult Initiation. The symbols of the man, bull, lion, and eagle or serpent denote the four maxims: Know, Will, Dare, Keep silent, which are imposed on all neophytes. These are the keys to the attainment of power.
X. The Sphinx, or Wheel of Fortune. Cause and effect, the moral law, periodicity, revolution, circulation.
11. The Muzzled Lion, or Strength. A woman closing the mouth of a lion by a strength which demands no effort. 
In the Spiritual world — The omnipotent. 
In the Intellectual world — Moral and intellectual force ; the determination of energy to the accomplishment of things by knowledge of the law. 
In the Psychic world — The use of the psychic forces in the process of development; the conquest of the animal nature. 
In the Physical world — The conservation of energy; control and direction of force; mastery of the elements; vitality; rejuvenation.
XI. The Muzzled Lion. Denotes power, force, determination, conquest, direction of force, determination, mastery, vitality.
12. The Sacrifice, or the Hanged Man. A man with a golden halo is suspended by one foot from a tree; the free limb being placed so as to form an inverted figure 4. It represents the Divine Giving-forth, the revealed law. 
In the Spiritual world — The sacrifice of the spirit to matter for the ends of evolution. 
In the Intellectual world — The law of repression; antagonism; inversion and self-sacrifice. 
In the Psychic world — Madness, offensiveness, misanthrophy.
In the Physical world — Depolarization; reversal; penalty; reaction; loss and undoing.
XII. The Sacrifice. Spiritual debasement, reversal, overthrow, inversion, madness, depolarisation, loss, undoing.
13. The Reaping Skeleton, or Death. The figure of a skeleton riding upon a horse, to whom even the great ones of earth do homage. It represents the Divine Law of reversion, the going back of things to their source; inbreathing. 
In the Spiritual world — It denotes manifestation of the Divine activity and life. Creation and transformation. 
In the Intellectual world — The law of action and reaction; introspection ; inductive reasoning ecstasy. 
In the Psychic world — Disappointment; denial of affections ; reclusiveness; deprivation of psychic force; catalepsy. 
In the Physical world — Death; ruin; paralysis; collapse; nullity.
XIII. Death the Reaper. Change, reaction, disappointment, denial, catalepsy, collapse, ruin and death.
14. The Two Urns, or Temperance. An angelic figure pours pure water from one vessel to another. On his forehead is the symbol of Life, and on his breast the ineffable name, Adonai, and the triangle within the square. It represents the Divine life in activity. 
In the Spiritual world — The eternal movement of life. 
In the Intellectual world -The combination of ideas; friendship; sociology. 
In the Psychic world — The interplay of the emotions; reciprocal affection; intercourse; social life. 
In the Physical world — The relations of the sexes; chemical combination; amalgamation; public intercourse.
XIV. The Two Urns. The vital forces, friendship, social obligations, reciprocal affection, chemistry.
15. Typhon, or The Devil. The Evil One seated upon a throne in the Inferno, his footstool an iron cube to which male and female devils are chained. It represents the spirit of Discord. 
In the Spiritual world — The principle of evil, the refractory will opposed to the predestined order of things. 
In the Intellectual world — Magic, mystery; the unknown; controversy; freethought; fatalism. 
In the Psychic world — Anger; passion; hatred; malice and fear. 
In the Physical world — Antipathy; discord; strife; repulsion; riot and lawlessness.
XV. Typhon or Satan. Evil, wilfulness, mystery, controversy, fatality, passion, malice, riot and lawlessness.
16. The Blasted Tower, or the Lightning Flash. A tower struck by lightning. A crown is seen falling from the pinnacle, and also two men. It denotes the Divine visitation. 
In the Spiritual world — The overthrow of spiritual pride; the descent of Typhon; the fall of the angels. 
In the Intellectual world — The pride of intellect and its consequence; the law of retribution; insanity. 
In the Psychic world — Psychic repercussion; ostentation; the humbling of the autocrat. 
In the Physical world — Cataclysms; earthquakes, storms; overthrow; reversal; ruin; fatality; sudden death; catastrophe; accidents.
XVI. The Stricken Tower. Sudden calamity, pride of intellect, ostentation, cataclysms, earthquakes, storms, overthrow, accidents.
17. The Star of the Magi, or the Star. A female figure pouring water from one vessel into a lake and from another upon the dry land. Above her are the seven stars, among which there shines the great Pole Star of the Magi. It represents the Divine Expectancy. 
In the Spiritual world — Faith, the realization of Hope. The manifestation of the unrevealed. The beatific Vision. 
In the Intellectual world — Absolute knowledge; the evidence of experience; illumination; astrology. 
In the Psychic world — Expectancy; geniality; sympathy; charity; optimism; confidence. 
In the Physical world — Birth; success; relief; sustenance.
XVII. The Star. Faith, assurance, hope, illumination, intuition, birth, success, expectations.
18. The Twilight, or the Moon. A night scene, the luminary distilling dew upon the earth, while a dog and a wolf are baying the moon and a crab is crawling from the water. It denotes the Great Infinitude. 
In the Spiritual world — The abysm of the Infinite; the womb of Time; the Divine amplitude; infinity; spiritual darkness. 
In the Intellectual world — The darkness of negation; imbecility; lunacy; vacuity; time and space as distinguished from duration and distance. 
In the Psychic world — Doubt; despair; hesitancy; vacillation and inconstancy. 
In the Physical world — Darkness; emptiness; denial; enemies; snares and ambushes.
XVIII. The Twilight or Moon. Darkness, doubt, hesitation, negation, imbecility, lunacy, an adverse change.
19. The Resplendent Light, or the Sun. A child with the banner of Life seated upon a white horse. The child’s head is adorned by a chaplet of flowers, while above him shines a brilliant sun. It represents the Divine Effulgence. 
In the Spiritual world — It is the supreme Heaven; the Presence of the Divine Being; the Kingdom of Heaven; the angelic life. 
In the Intellectual world — The first principle; the origin and source of things; the laws of being. 
In the Psychic world — Vital energy; magnetic power; radiant joy; happiness; benevolence. 
In the Physical world — Life; energy, force; success, honours; elevation, attainment.
XIX. The Great Light or Sun. Vital energy, magnetism, joy, happiness, strength, success, honours, elevation, attainment.
20. The Resurrection, or the Judgment. The Angel of Life sounding the Trumpet, while the dead rise from their tombs. It represents the Great Vocation. 
In the Spiritual world — Spiritual awakening; the call to the Divine Life and Presence; the Divine Consciousness. 
In the Intellectual world — Revelation of genius; aspiration. 
In the Psychic world — Responsiveness; activity; conversion; moral regeneration; new regime. 
In the Physical world — Response to stimulus; reflex action; elective affinity; elevation; mission; office; utility; work.
XX. The Resurrection. Spiritual awakening, genius, aspiration, activity, new regime, utility, work, occupation.
21. The Crown of the Magi, or the World. In the centre of a circle is seen the figure of a woman, representing Nature. The circle is variously a serpent with its tail in its mouth, representing eternity, and a wreath of laurels denoting conquest or attainment. At the four corners are seen the four fixed signs, denoting stability and endurance, the four quarters of the world and the four "elements." It denotes immortality. 
In the Spiritual world — Divine continuity. Immortality. 
In the Intellectual world — The mystery of the ages. Adeptship. The law of continuity. Supreme knowledge. 
In the Psychic world — Patience; endurance; steadfastness; fidelity; morality; integrity; perfect satisfaction; the virtuous enjoyment of all delights. 
In the Physical world — Position; power; honour; distinction; wealth; long life; happiness; inheritance.
XXI. The Crown. Long life, power, adeptship, steadfastness, endurance, position, honours, distinction, wealth, inheritance.
22. The Blind Fool, or Folly. A vain and bedizened youth, carrying a staff and bundle upon his shoulder, holds in his hand the flower of dalliance. With haughty mien he walks blindly to the verge of a precipice. It is the symbol of the Divine Inscrutability. 
In the Spiritual world — The law of Divine Necessity. 
In the Intellectual world — Fatalism; egotism; blind credulity; ignorance; error. 
In the Psychic world — Unrestrained passions; selfishness; vanity; speculation. 
In the Physical world — Inconsequence; blindness; danger; ruin; detachment, isolation; conspicuous folly.
XXII. Folly. Necessity, privation, egotism, credulity, error, vanity, blindness, ruin, insanity.
 Early Occult Tarots: Images and/or Descriptions