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Symbol of the Great Work

Post  neutralrobotboy on Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:44 pm

In Godfrey Dawson's Hermetic Tarot deck, he uses a symbol which he says represents the Great Work. It's a superimposition of the symbols of Libra and Saturn. I was wondering if anyone knows where this symbol originated? I'm curious about it.

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Re: Symbol of the Great Work

Post  Khephra on Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:42 am

Which card(s) is it on?

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Re: Symbol of the Great Work

Post  neutralrobotboy on Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:52 pm

Khephra wrote:Which card(s) is it on?

I think it's on every card (I haven't double-checked this. Very nearly so if not). Have a look, for example, at The Hanged Man, underneath the water symbol on the left.

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Re: Symbol of the Great Work

Post  RChMI on Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:50 am

The symbol in question is a sigil that Godfrey Dowson uses as his maker's mark, which functions as his signature for all his works... as opposed to a symbol of the Great Work. See page 6 of the Hermetic Tarot LWB (Little White Book) for reference.

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Re: Symbol of the Great Work

Post  neutralrobotboy on Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:42 am

Hmm... I seem to remember reading that it was a symbol of the Great Work accomplished? I must have a different version of the booklet, because I see no reference to it on page 6 of mine. Anyway, I guess it would make sense if it was a personal symbol of his.

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