Below is a beta version of a customized tarot reader that uses Christos Beest’s Emanations deck (Major Arcana only for now, used in accordance with a Creative Commons license). There are still some bugs to iron out, but the reader is fully functional. While we believe that tarot is best conducted physically in a sacred space rather than in a digital medium, this is meant to be both an introductory tool for those not familiar with how to use or interpret the Sinister Tarot, in addition to being a fun way to familiarize oneself with the various correspondences of the Septenary spheres, the Dark Gods, and the Tree of Wyrd.
Click an individual card to flip it. Once flipped, click it again for more information about the card.
There are two types of tarot spreads typically employed in the Order of Nine Angles: a "Septenary" spread and the traditional Celtic Cross spread. The one employed here is the Septenary spread, which is structured according to the following diagram:
Each card in this layout corresponds to a Septenary sphere on the Tree of Wyrd:
As written in NAOS: A Guide to Modern Magick, these relations should be considered with respect to the energies and correspondences of each sphere. Additionally, it notes the following:
1 are unconscious factors
2 and 3 are the past
4 is the present
5 and 6 are the immediate future
7 is the outcome
In turn, 1-2-5 are negative elements/energies, while 1-3-6 are positive. 1-4-7 are what needs to be done to either bring about 7 or prevent it from arising.
Finally, NAOS notes: "In both this and the Celtic pattern all combinations should be seen as how energies flow and change, or become altered through the other influences present. Intuition should enable the practical manifestation of these energies to be understood - e.g. a particular influence/energy might represent an actual person or event in the client's life."
ATU XII Opfer / 18 Vindex
Vindex is the mercury/ego-level Dark God of the Sun and is associated with the eighteenth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from the Sun to Saturn.
Fight within a circle of trees
(The Sun at Night)
Laughing in a room of sacrifice
In a haze of gold
Beyond the Door
Entrance/transition to the Lands of the Dark Immortals. The individual becoming that which s/he created – a transferral of consciousness to the acausal to be in essence part of the greater Wyrd. A reverberation across Aeons of the causal acts of an individual, gradually leaving the essence behind the appearance to haunt the psyches of others. The altering of the astral shell; that which ultimately cannot and need not be described. The deliberate removal of that which is detrimental to Wyrd.
ATU XX Aeon / 21 Naos
Naos is the sulphur/self-level Dark God of Saturn and is associated with the twenty-first path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from Jupiter to Saturn.
The woman beneath the water
The temple within
Of War torn landscapes, black hills
Grab the lightening and hold it
The Giving within Her arms …
A nexion fully opened: greater Wyrd causally fulfilled now dynamically giving expression to new forms of itself via Physis; new challenges, new expressions of a continuing ethos – the Chaos of birth: the Dark Gods returned, shape-shifting, creating new possibilities. An ethos that is alive and evolving, defying all that challenge its vision; to constantly redefine limits, Prometheus-like and insatiable. The cycle of creative evolution. The Aeon of Fire.
ATU XV Defoel / 1 Noctulius
Noctulius is the mercury/ego-level Dark God of the Moon and is associated with the first path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from the Moon to Mercury.
The Moon wraps itself
Around the Savage God;
Impaled on a throne
As the wheel of skulls turns.
The jewelled Lady
The crone …
Winter in the wildest of woods.
Sinister awakening – Nature as it is, raw and unaffected. That primal awareness of the vibrance of life that possesses and creates the ‘accuser’, that provokes acts that challenge the existence of the ‘sacred’. The real meaning of liberation unchained by temporary abstract ideas; the laughter of the savage, wild god. Terror to the uninitiated.
ATU V The Master / 17 Atazoth
Atazoth is the sulphur/self-level Dark God of the Sun and is associated with the seventeenth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from the Sun to Jupiter.
The depths of the sea
A tunnel of knives
There is a union here
While he directs the Chosen
Rage in the Eye
Of the Goat –
The golden triangle
Stands against a sky of fire
Manipulation – actions based on a knowledge of the Sinister Dialectic as revealed by practical experience: a rational, to some ‘cold’, observation beyond the stage of Adeptship/Individuation. Control of all the many and varied factors within a situation – in other words, the achievement of a stage in individual evolution that goes beyond the personal, and thus implies the ability to initiate Change on a large-scale, perhaps of a civilization.
ATU XVI War / 11 Abatu
Abatu is the sulphur/self-level Dark God of Mercury and is associated with the eleventh path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from Mercury to Saturn.
In a dungeon, a bed of fire
From an exploded sphere
With a look
The war is begun
A sexless mask
In the caves of the sea.
Conflict; the clashing of vision and destinies. The attempt by others to wrest away the Destiny of one individual and thus disrupt the greater Wyrd. A clouding of vision that creates doubts, lack of direction, susceptibility to outside forces and possibly, if insight is lost, the renouncing of a quest. The hardship imposed by the consequences of actions, but by the suffering such striving imposes, Wisdom – and Destiny – may be attained. Awareness of those factors – such as other people – that may fulfill Destiny, and the hard practical realities of striving to create this fulfillment. Sadness and wisdom and creativity through loss.
ATU III Mistress of Earth / 19 Davcina
Davcina is the mercury/ego-level Dark God of Jupiter and is associated with the nineteenth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from Mars to Jupiter.
From a mountain of skulls
A rose garden cracks
Two women walk through;
The corpse in a wedding dress
No longer guides
Four waterfalls flood the Earth
And books become ash …
Empathic manipulation (such as ‘enchantment’) to create Change via causal structure – amoral acts that may conventionally be seen as ‘evil’. Actions provoked by unfettered passions and a reveling in the physical pleasures and challenges of life. “Ruthless ambition”. Creativity and Change via destruction – i.e. War, culling.
ATU IX The Hermit / 20 Sauroctonos
Sauroctonos is the sulphur/self-level Dark God of Mars and is associated with the twentieth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from Mars to Saturn.
A crippled boy
A tunnel of bone
A Star descends into a forest
Faces are removed
And She sits in the stone house
Withdrawal and a revealing; the lying between two stages of alchemical Change. Intimations of the Abyss. The culmination on a personal level of energies created by Change – the surfacing of individual factors hitherto only known on an unconscious level. A process of discovery that will lead to insight, (further) knowledge of wyrd; or madness, death.
ATU XVII The Star / 13 Nemicu
Nemicu is the sulphur/self-level Dark God of Venus and is associated with the thirteenth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from Venus to Mars. Along with those of Azanigin and Lidagon, Nemicu’s path is one of three hidden paths on the Tree.
The blue statue
His red eyes survey the maze
Bringer of wisdom
The perfect child
And the tetrahedron
Bathing hair in the Dark Pool
The maturity and bringing to fulfillment of that promise re-presented by atus VI and VIII. Knowledge of identity, of Wyrd and what needs to be done. A coming of age; the seed of Change blossoms. Domination: the successful establishment of a causal structure; a process, the effects of which are irreversible once the cause is triumphant on whatever level. The beginnings of Imperium.
ATU VII Azoth / 4 Satanas
Satanas is the salt/unconscious level-Dark God of the Sun and is associated with the fourth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from the Moon to the Sun.
The ruby is the password
She of the white robe
Rides the transparent horse
The maiden closes.
On broken legs he steps forth
He becomes the Dragon …
The Menstruum – the Sinister aspect implicit within the ‘homogenous metallic water’: the explosive factor in the delicate balancing of life-enhancing elements. Change by adversity – the ‘Accuser’. The brutal realities that threaten to devour the abstract, the romantic. Insight and control via the understanding of the Primal – or destruction by it.