"Four Circles and a Point?"
The approach that is being taken by this particular study of tarot is a little different than most. A lot of people study the symbols, and icons of tarot from a historical, mythological, or religious perspective. The problem, in my opinion, with these approaches is that they often carry with them heavy amounts of cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic or religious bias that tends to focus more on superficial expressions than transcendental essence. The Numerical Tarot, on the other hand, approaches the study of tarot from a less utilized perspective, choosing instead to employ a detached, abstract mindset that is as free as possible from such bias. Thus, in this study of tarot, the simple juxtapositioning of intangible abstract concepts into patterns of nature, is considered to be a more trans-cultural form of exploration. History, cultures, mythology and religion are all interesting subjects to study, but for me, they only cut to the bone, and not the marrow. This, to me, was an unacceptable conclusion to my study of tarot. So I created The Numerical Tarot, as an alternative... for those who want to look deeper.
On this page is a painfully brief and horribly incomplete description of the approach this study of tarot takes, regarding the proposed model of 4 circles and a point, and how such a model could be used in the creation of a tarot deck, or tarot-like wisdom system. In this approach, the icons of a tarot deck are considered anthropomorphized representations of primordial patterns that are seen everywhere in nature - regardless of culture, religion, day and age in history or galaxy far far away. While at the same time, the proposed model of 4 circles and a point is considered a relatively universal, trans-cultural blueprint, from which human-made symbols and icons evolve into consciousness. This study of tarot attempts to traverse this "threshold of objectivity/subjectivity" between patterns and people with an analysis of universal, transcendental concepts, and in doing so, create an "etymological" link between the relatively objective patterns of nature and the totally subjective icons of tarot.
In trying to establish a reasonably believable link between universal patterns and human-made icons, the goal is to never loose sight of the proposed model of 4 circles and a point, upon which ALL archetypal icons of humanity are based. Like leaves on a tree, individual, human-made symbols and icons are numerous and plentiful, and in my view, they all connect through stem, twig, branch and trunk to a single root system of, common sense, trans-cultural patterns that are indeed transcendental. In other words; as far as this study of tarot is concerned, tarot absolutely IS anthropomorphized (and otherwise embellished) patterns of nature - i.e. invisible lines of force made visible by humans for the sake of humans. In this study of tarot, EVERY symbol and icon offered will be traceable to the proposed model of 4 circles and a point, or part thereof - IF one takes the time to follow the path of etymology backward, from leaf, to stem, to twig, to branch, to trunk, to fundamental, elemental root patterns.
Here's the way this study of tarot approaches the multiple levels of abstraction required to propose a believable link between transcendental patterns and anthropomorphized icons: