Golden Dawn Temple Tarot Deck: Aquarian Edition
The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot is a modern deck resulting from the collaborative working of a triad. Occult author and Golden Dawn magician and researcher, Nick Farrell, worked alongside artist, adept and experienced meditator Harry Wendrich in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, before establishing the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea. His decades of experience and research of Golden Dawn ritual and symbolism illuminated the specifications laid out in Book “T” of the Golden Dawn manuscripts, upon which this deck is based.
Harry and Nicola Wendrich used meditations specifically developed to engage and communicate with the archetypal forms and forces within the Tree of Life. They then pictorially translated and incorporated the material received to build upon the framework provided in the traditional documentation, which included revising and updating traditional colour assignments.
A unique feature of this deck is the vivid borders that connect each card with its placement on the Tree of Life glyph with a visionary updating of colour attributions to include the primary colour Magenta, which was unavailable as a non-fading pigment at the time the original Golden Dawn colour theory was recorded. The inclusion of Magenta in this deck brings an exciting, evolutionary step to the colour magic of the Tarot, and also brings an increased accuracy and vibrancy to the flashing colours used in both borders and images.
Thus the archetypal frequencies had their own input regarding the composition of the images, both from that which has been recorded and referred to since the earliest days of the Golden Dawn, to that which is communicated within our modern Temples. For the Golden Dawn is a living and vibrant tradition, developing and enlarging, as our consciousness expands, our visual capability increases, and modern technology enhances and facilitates the revelation of things perhaps known since the dawn of antiquity… perhaps even now just coming to light.
The Aquarian Edition
The reverse of the cards of the first edition, published in 2013, was originally coloured in a plain dark (racing) green. This colour had been shown to Nicola in a dream and verified in Harry’s subsequent meditation to be the colour best suited to the reverse at that time. The colour held an energy of a high intelligence while generating a grounding (earth) energy. This revised ‘Aquarian Edition’ brings the introduction of The Star upon the cover, pulsing through a synthesis of the colours indigo, purple, violet and magenta, in acknowledgement of the Cosmic Gateway which opened at the auspicious conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius upon the Winter Solstice of 2020. The reverse of the cards has also been redesigned to facilitate an enhanced attuning to this great energetic shift of our time. The main images and borders of the cards remain unaltered, and the booklet is only slightly modified.
In this new edition, we have striven to produce a deck of the highest quality and by the most ecological methods available. The cards and booklet are beautifully packaged in a sturdy lidded presentation box, and all components of this deck have been printed using 100% solar energy, upon highest quality recycled card stock with improved flexibilty, using food-grade inks, with a natural gloss finish using no additional lamination. A bespoke die was manufactured to create a large card format of a size comfortable for the smaller hand to handle. Each of these changes and decisions were initiated by the Spiritual Overseer of our work and verified in meditation.
Specifications: The set comprises of a boxed 80-card deck with accompanying booklet (Note that this booklet is not the handbook which accompanies the Meditation Set). Size of cards is 88mm x 134mm, with curved corners.
PLEASE NOTE: Printing without the use of ecologically damaging laminations makes the box and booklet cover paper stock susceptible to minor surface marking throughout the cutting and assembly process. We stand by our choice of environmental benefit over ‘polished perfection’ of the packaging. The cards themselves are protected with a natural gloss lamination, and have been checked and sealed with a recyclable paper tape by Wendrich artHouse.
Please follow these instructions when opening your deck for the first time, as the new box lid fits snugly to the base:
- To remove lid, gently grip the sides of the lid and pull slightly outwards and shake the lower half of the box free. Once the box becomes more frequently opened, the lid will slip off with ease.
- Remember to remove one of the Temperance Keys (No. 14) from the deck before use.
The Tarot: Major Arcana Study Page displays many more images from this deck, with accompanying articles written for Hermetic Virtues Magazine.
Reviews of the Deck
The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot has been reviewed by the following (click on link to read online review):
Tarot Press.com: http://www.tarotpress.com/decks/golden-dawn-temple-tarot/
My Kind of Magic by Brian Cormack Carr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0Q3MJoxXYo&feature=youtu.be
The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot images are now available to order as A3 and A2 Posters, from the Gallery Shop.
Printed onto high quality 190gsm paper, these heavy-weight posters with a silk finish bring the full impact of the archetypal images into your room.
Posters cost £25 and £35, which includes UK shipping. For international destinations, a separate shipping option must be puchased from the same page. Up to 2 posters of your choice from the full deck of images may share the same shipping purchase. Due to COVID-19, an additional tracking fee may be required on international poster orders.
Posters may take up to 28 days to be printed and delivered.
*A SEPHIROTHIC ODYSSEY: A Journey in Consciousness with the Golden Dawn Temple Tarot*
CLICK ON THE COVER IMAGE TO VIEW EXCERPTS:
The book A SEPHIROTHIC ODYSSEY: A Journey in Consciousness with the Golden Dawn Temple Tarot by Harry and Nicola Wendrich, is available from here. Orders of multiple items to be shipped to the same address will be refunded a portion of the shipping cost, where applicable, depending on weight.
The book explores the Path of Return, examining each Path and Sephira, and investigating Ain Soph and the Court Cards, including an explanation of the Elemental Signatures used within the painting of the deck, the updated Colour Theory, and additional insights gleaned throughout an odyssey of painting, writing and meditating upon the archetypal forces of the Tarot. The Vault of the Adepti is also considered in the light of this updated colour theory.
A companion to the Golden Dawn Temple Tarot deck, this study is relevant to all students of Tarot and Kabbalah.
From the back cover:
A Sephirothic Odyssey takes us on a journey upon the Tree of Life with the Tarot Cards. As we climb the Tree on the Path of Return, we meet the archetypal forces which shape our life experiences, and learn how their balance enables the kundalini serpent fire to rise within us in preparation for entry into deeper levels of consciousness.
The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot is examined in terms of its archetypal and astrological symbolisms. Harry and Nicola also share the updated colour theory developed within their painting of the deck and insights gleaned through meditations, including teachings from the devic realm regarding the creation process from within Ain Soph.
Through completing the journey, we perceive the link between love, light, and consciousness which enables humanity to partake in Universal Consciousness and explore extra-dimensional awareness.