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 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.
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 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 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 XIV Hel / 5 Aosoth
Aosoth is the mercury/ego-level Dark God of Venus and is associated with the fifth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from the Moon to Jupiter.
The Bleeding Earth
From the throats of fools,
From the Gate
A red bird
This, the corn needs
Containment of Winter:
The Maiden is ready
Self-possession; knowledge that allows one to consciously improve/evolve and use natural abilities (or ‘gifts’) – such as sexual charisma – to the advantage of personal Destiny and Wyrd, and to confront and resolve those qualities within character which are detrimental. Self-honesty. In early stages of development, such an individual causes unforeseen disruption and resentment amongst others. Beginnings of that which is re-presented by atu III.
ATU I The Magickian / 9 Binan Ath
Binan Ath is the salt/unconscious-level Dark God of Mars and is associated with the ninth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from Mercury to Mars.
The white angel impaled
Seven bells rung,
The cortege from a black hill
Passed the squatter’s cottage.
Black flame engulfed
Black flame ate the ‘holy’.
Empathy; a flowing with natural forces that are consciously understood. An integration becoming (part of) a greater Wyrd; an awareness that spans Aeons. Actions that prepare the way.
ATU VIII Change / 7 Nekalah
Nekalah is the mercury/ego-level Dark God of Mercury and is associated with the seventh path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from Mercury to Mars.
Their Name …
Inside the room of Sacrifice:
A garden, dry, of dead roses.
The masked lady
Holds Her new child.
The earthing and spreading of energies. The hard truth of Nature – the dying time of one form to give way and birth to another. A causal form created to act as a focal point/channel for the fulfillment of Wyrd – the beginnings of a practical realization of strategies and aims. The Sinister Dialectic in action: by its dynamic nature a prelude to – and when realized a creator of – insight.
ATU II The High Priestess / 14 Mactoron
Mactoron is the sulphur/self-level Dark God of Jupiter and is associated with the fourteenth path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from Venus to Jupiter.
She rows a boat in a black pool
From Her steps:
The body drowned.
The Planet of Them
And the first drop
In a white desert
Into clear waters
Beyond the Abyss: the crossing over and Initiation (in terms of awareness whilst still partaking of a causal existence) into the Lands of the Dark Immortals. A self-awareness that transcends temporal understanding – becoming the essence; beyond opposites.
ATU XIII Death / 2 Nythra
Nythra is the sulphur/self-level Dark God of the Moon and is associated with the second path on the Tree of Wyrd, which leads from the Moon to Venus.
A canal route lined
By white Griffins.
A vortex of grey starless space.
The chalice spills its
And the Herdsman’s light shines
In the Chamber of the Sphinx.
That which follows hubris; the consequence of attempting to escape that which is ill-fated by Destiny. Personal destruction from self-delusion and the cessation of self-evolution. Energy vortex in the Abyss. The stripping away of the self-image that, if successful, will produce a genuine Master/Mistress; confronting the Chaos within and without.