Rose Recension Correspondences Codex
also affectionately known as:
Correspondences for Rose
or was it:
Correspondences from Rose
(Is that over the top? I never can tell.)

 

Another overhaul of this PreRamble, was overdue. So we put the whole thing in the PreRamble building yard, in dry-dock and are reprocessing it. This process has begun on the 16th Day of ∇êℓ 'f̅ēñüs̄, Year of the Lady 11376, Âʀ̄ṭĭṃĭṡS̅ŭℓ  ēṇH̅êк̣'к̄ŭt̄ā at 11° 54' ДēōΣǫя̇'я̄ē [8 July 2010 era vulgaris (I mean, seriously)]; and shall go on for several days, until we get through it (or give up). This is in addition to the major overhaul of this PreRamble, at the instigation of the Continuity and Clarity wing of Garden of Life, a small but powerful Glade, three and some-odd years ago, so if you looked at it before and found it unclear or disorganized, please give us another chance.

PreRamble

Well . . . here we are . . . again, at the dénouement of this particular part of the Dance, or at least some penultimate stage. We are actually finishing up Werk on a ~30 year project, or at least finishing it up to the point where we would be willing to post it, for the divertissement and/or annoyance of our community of like-minded in the world. But in the meantime, this short note of a PreRamble will serve as an introduction to the Correspondences section of our future compendium, as a part of the Garden of Life Woodland Pagan Omnibus Compendium of Everything [(that matters) from a Woodland Pagan Viewpoint]; where the Rose Correspondences Codex will join hands with the Premisses, Definitions & Info segment, and sing and dance, etc. awaiting the arrival of the rest of the troop.

It has been quite interesting in the past year, when this project has entered the ineffable "steamrollin" time, how much it's increased rate of development has helped with the other projects, the Phonetic Language Project, the Reconstituted Archaic Ægyptian Language Project, the Handbook of Ritual Celebration and others. It's been as if Werking on this part of our equations has removed a bottleneck from Werking on the others and brought it all together in some synergistic way, or perhaps synchronicitic way (is that a word? . . . not that we care! . . . as is evidenced abundantly thoughout these pages).

Purposes of the Compilation and Publication

Studying how and the manner in which: archetypes, ideas, images, and impressions from many people and in many times connect and correspond, the Garden of Life seeks to enhance the interconnectedness of all Being and encourage Conscious Spiritual Evolution wherever it might appear. We wish to share our Werk in this process with others who so wish, in order to more fully participate in that meaningful human exhange often referred to as the Great Conversation, so that the pool of information and ideas increases to that critical point, where the evolutionary question of "How Fast is Fast" is more adequately addressed. The study of Correspondences is one of the many Gnosi which we believe contributes to this effort. We wish to provide our Werk so that others may compare it to their findings and that we all may have better tools and toys to facilitate continued growth and enlightenment.

In addition to the benefit of the study itself in stretching the mind and spirit, we do believe that Correspondences can be quite helpful and efficacious in the construction of various celebratory and ritual patterns and Circle Werkings, which after all may be a becoming of the idea (NeuroLinguistically pure, at least to 93%, guaranteed! or not). Proof, Pudding, and so forth.

It is important that the intent of any Mægickal Ækt be clear. Issuing these Tables of Correspondences and the attendant components becomes a Mægickal Ækt. Thus the attempted elucidation of our intent: Garden of Life's Rose Correspondences Codex is intended as a proposal and/or as a Werking toward a Tool/Toy for future Mægicks and Traditions. Poetically, and/or at one of the deepest accessible levels of the Realities, this issuance might be considered as a flirtation of Ceremonial Mægick with Kaos, and/or a dalliance of Kaos Mægick with Organized System (Goddess Knows, but what goes on behind closed doors is . . .). The cytoplasm of this system is nourished by deep draughts of the rich and pure Waters of the Well of the Worlds, the rich red meats of applied study, and the vitamin, mineral and trace element nutrients of Trance, Vision and Dream. So . . . now it stands . . . like Phryne in front of the Tribunal, bare and rejoycing. Is it possible to be more clarified than that? The Rose Tables, like her namesake will wear the Red Dress of Consciousness, with or without provocation; and bedeck herself with the sumptuous ultramarine lingerie of Starry Wisdom shamelessly.

Reading this little PreRamble does take some time, however doing so saves you from wasting your time with further investigation, if our premisses seem invalid to you. And the process of your reading of the PreRamble saves our time by making it unnecessary for us to answer the same questions, numerous times since that they are answered here in the PreRamble (We hold these Truths to be self evident and so forth). Also in the event of the extreme situation that you ARE willing to consider our hypothesi under these a priori assumptions, well, it better prepares you to examine our Werk with eyes wide open, which is after all the most desirable outcome from our viewpoint.

In the public area of our website, an early version of the PreRamble is all that is available; here in the password protected area the Werk in various Categories, or rows, will be posted as they approach completion (not that any of them will ever be "finished"). We sometimes pretend to ourselves that we are very close to having a working, publish ready manuscript (so to speak). Though we do have to get over the hurdle of obtaining at least an early set of two-dimensional graphics for the 108 cards of the Garden of Life Tarot. We may be within striking distance of posting at least most of the fundamental sections of our current Werk (Many Megabits, No Blame). This Werk consist of the conversion, from more than 38 years of notes, and other near illegible sources to html, as well as much new Werk. The concepts and sortings are primarily developed from Werk that Michael Doubet has done during this period, all of it reviewed by and added to by Care Blakeslee Lengel. Many of the graphic enhancements, especially of the Flash variety are by TheDeed. If you would like to be apprised of when the next major updated posting of our recension of Correspondences occurs, please send an email to: garden@gardenoflifetemple.com.

That said, we would like to give some information which we feel has serious bearing both conceptually and in practice on: the background, processes involved, sources, premisses, and primary components in the construction of the Garden of Life Rose Correspondences Codex and the Garden of Life Tarot.

Systems and Taxonomies in General

Perhaps there would be benefit in digressing for a moment into the general concepts of Systems and Taxonomy, especially the particular specific Garden of Life views thereof before continuing to annotate the roots of the current Werk: the Rose Correspondences Codex. The concept of System includes and/or perhaps implies a plethora of axi along which components of any given system may be arrayed in a gradient range. Some of the more obvious of such axi are: Wild Systems (Isn't that a lovely and evocative phrase) through Formal Systems, Self-Organizing Systems through Externally Organized Systems, Hierarchical Systems through NonHierarchical Systems [Not to mention, Hierarchical Systems through AntiHierarchical Systems ["We advised against/forbid mention of those, ("By the White Thighs of Eris" are you trying to immanitize the reign of Kaos?")], Doctrinally Pure Systems (such as ours) through Heretical Systems (for example: theirs), Distinct Component Systems through Transitive Component Systems, and so forth. The panoply of the axi, criss-crossing, spinning and vibrating away appears so extensive that it quite possibly may be a emotional hardship for our 'work-a-day' Standard Model, Eleven Dimension MultiVerse, to contain them, without complaint and/or some crowding, pushing and shoving and whatnot.

So with a nod to Schrödinger's Kat (Dead and/or Alive, Lil Dahlink), Heisenberg's Observer and Korzybski's General Sematicastition and the derivative NeuroLinguistics, we forge on. Are the forces arrayed in opposition to heresy guilty of "Homodoxy", one wonders, inquiring minds and such.

We have included (or are in the process of including) a section on the Garden of Life take on the Concept of System, accessable from the main page of this work, so we shall not go into great detail here. Dale Pendell's wonderous Pharmako/Poeia and it's sister PharmakoDynamis contain, as an aside, a brilliant essay on systems and taxonomy, entitled "Phenomenological Taxonomy of Psychotropes", specific to the agents of altered states, but from which much may be extracted in reference to the general field and methodology of taxonomy and correspondences with relative ease. Perhaps we shall seek permission to quote the essay in full, but here we shall touch on some of the salient points raised. Probably the most important is the inherent arbitrariness of taxonomy. Also that this arbitrariness does not necessarily reduce or reflect upon the utility of any particular taxonomy. There is the importance of determination of how each component is evaluated in order to be placed, and how that may vary from row to row depending on the nature of the category. Whether the evaluation occurs in reference strictly to standard sensorary perception, how does it sound, look, smell, taste, feel, any and/or all. Whether in some cases kinesthetic issues, or 'how does it move' are included in the evaluation. What effect mentation, and reverie might have on the evaluation, separate from simple sensorary input. What modifying or in some cases determining effect do attitudes, reason, emotions, environment, context, provenance, mind, values, and/or ego have on the evaluation of any given component affecting into which cubbyhole it may be placed. Certainly no matter what category or row is being werked, it is important to determine the praxis of evaluation early in the process, in some cases the type of evaluation may call for different rows of the same category or set of components.

Sources

It is not our intent, or even of any interest to us, to make any attempt to convince others of the accuracy of our observations. There will be no extensive documentation, certainly not early on in the process. We will try to make available notes on the development of the project in the interest of research (and for the love of the Great Conversation). But we feel no sense of obligation to do so, nor to justify any choices in any way. We welcome all feedback but make no guarantees that we will do anything with any feedback other than check it for usefullness. The Correspondences here published represent several tens of thousands of hours of Werk by a number of individuals, such Werk including but not limited to: experiential spiritual activities, standard research, intuitive leaps, trances, visions and interpolations amongst all of these and more, and then the conversion and encoding of the accumulated data into a type of database which we believe will make them as clear and usable as possible, whether on the internet, or published in standard book form.

The concept of Correspondences also resonates with the infamoose 'Doctrine of Signatures' explored in many places, both modern and ancient, such as Chronos Apollonios' Essay on the Doctrine of Signatures (don't worry if this particular explanatory essay to which we have here linked, disappears online, we've kept a copy and have posted a clean copy here). In all probability the conceptual roots of the study of Correspondences reach well back into what our culture typically refers to as "prehistory". Calling that period "prehistory" is probably correct in many simple and ironic ways. Certainly when we make the above statement our intended indication is that the idea of Correspondences goes back to before "his" story, into the human "her" story and actually "their" story. Most of you will be familiar with the most recent major Werk on Correspondences: young Alec Crowley's 777. It would be foolish to talk of Correspondences without reference to this Werk. In his references to the Werk he said that he tossed it off in a couple of weeks and would finish it later, and or someone should. The importance of Crowley's 777 seems underscored to us by the fact that we have yet to come across any metaphysical group which holds Circles and events, or even which is only involved in discussion of these ideas, which does not make use of it, regardless of their attitude toward it's compiler. Our approach and development of the Rose Correspondences Codex Tables, differs in many fundamental ways from the organization and layout of 777, but it is an important source.

The Garden of Life worldview embraces widely varied ideas and connections. When you begin to build a table of correspondences, the most basic effect is that you are putting down in words a representation of your worldview of the human consensus reality (long may it wave). For some this is a fairly simple process, for the absolutists and the fundamentalists (of any persuasion, religious and/or secular), there are really only two cubbyholes in which to sort into, for instance: Goodness and Badness, Left and Right, Yes and No, and so forth. For others reality is a more complex series of calculations, for better or worse. Obviously the finer the resolution on one's "screen", the more subtle nuances one may detect. Perhaps this brings the picture into better focus? Certainly that is our point of view. The number of columns in our tables and their raison de etres have evolved over the years to their current form, and the symbol to which we anchor them, a Caduceus, while it has remained the same symbol, has achieved massive alterations.

Primary Components

The Anchor: The Caduceus as
a Referential Paradigmal Anchoring Symbol

We have anchored the framework of our Correspondences to a particular vision of the Caduceus symbol. The Red and Blue Serpents twinning around the Winged and Ball topped Golden Staff is an image which has been with me since childhood. And it seems to unfold naturally into points which develop into each of the columns where items from each proposed category may be sorted. Each Column reflects a particular Archetypal Sorting Field, and is represented by a variety of often similar images in various systems, past, present and future. We view our Caduceus as deriving from and anchored to: these images and Archetypes.

Our thrust in presenting our recension of Correspondences will be somewhat different from most of the previous Tables of Correspondences that have been exposed to public purvue in the past. We make the columns in our Tables with the Archetypes represented in the full Tarot (and then some) and Werk from there. Each row will be produced by a particular category of phenomena. We will not relate the columns, or Archetypal sorting cubbyholes at all to the Qabalic symbol referred to as the "Tree of Life", Hebrew or otherwise (however loudly we may hear the siren call of those backward/bisected 31s and 32s). Correlations are certainly there but we feel it is more a matter of cart before horse, etcetera. In addition to book and online format, we intend to issue these Correspondences in the form of a program at some point where any end user would be able to modify the correspondences to their heart's content (In fact when I close my eyes I can see the Lady throwing that Golden Apple, . . . just watch it fly!), and revert back to the way they came if they wish, and/or keep both.

The Columns: The Tarot, (and then some)

It is our position that the best way to start with the Tarot, whether one's intent is primarily towards divination or spiritual growth is to spend a period of time meditating on each image in one's chosen recension of the Tarot and recording one's own impressions (whether in a few sentences or extended essays, at one's own pace) from the image, before beginning to study what other people have said about them. The importance of such process primarily deriving from the fact that approaching the Tarot in this manner allows one to firmly form one's own connection with the images before inputing what other people have said about them. Of course this assumes that one has in some way been attracted to or felt some resonance with a particular deck or recension of the Tarot. We firmly believe that each Archetype represented by a card in any given Tarot, includes both positive and negative applications of it's potential force. This applies both the normally accessed extant 78 (or so) images and the once and future, less well known ~30 that we feel we have retrieved. However, there is no damage, and there is much potential benefit from study of any of the various interpretations, in this or any field, after the original personal connection to the archetypes and images is made. Or anyway such is our belief, which has informed and enflamed this Werk. We call the results of this process: the Garden of Life Tarot.

When we say "and then some" about the Tarot, the reference is to the fact that our set of Archetypally inspired Tarot has 108 cards. The Columns of the Rose Recension Correspondences Codex are each headed by one of the Garden of Life Tarot images. The Garden of Life Tarot includes more cards than the standard 78 (or so) and the values of some of the cards have evolved into somewhat different forms. Our Archetypal representations are numbered from 000 to 93 and the count is 108. We include cards for 3 iterations or types of Zero (0, 00 and 000); six of the transcendental numbers: φ, Φ, ℯ, π, Feigenbaum's number(the Feigenbaum Number), and ℯπ (Gelfond's Constant); the square root of 189; an additional suite, called Vorti to represent Spirit and/or Æther and/or Quintessence, the way the 4 traditional suites represent the other four elements [Blades representing Air, Vessels representing Water, Rods representing Fire and Discs representing Earth], and we added a Child card to the court cards of each of the 5 suites; presenting us with the total of 108 pictoral representations. The total count of 108, and the square root of 189 being especially resonant with Ægyptian Enneads and Companies of Gods. The count of 108 (and the numbering 000 to 93), are a happy result that should not be lost on our Ægyptianish, Thelemic and/or Erisian friends (it certainly is festive for us and we have strong doses of those flavours) and we have a nice round 108 cubbyholes into which we may sort each category of our Eggs . . . er, I mean concepts.

Transcendental Numbers are as, and very likely are more solidly and extensively embedded in the local manifestations of the Kosmos to which we as Humans have probative access to, as any of the Whole Numbers may be. Thus the inclusion of the Transcendental numbers which we selected, or which self-selected themselves for us, and by implication the whole set of Transcendental Numbers, seems unavoidable in any system whereby it is wished to make pertinent observations about the nature of those local manifestations of the Kosmos, and/or the possible interactions of individual sentients therewith.

The images themselves have many things to communicate directly to each mind that perceives them that cannot be said "in writing" (Thanks to Mademoiselle Corday!), and may convey them in a much more potent manner than simple reading usually provides.

Each Archetype, the images by which they are represented, and each component correspondent may be used as a tool for growth in its own right, and each may be viewed on multiple levels of awareness. We also feel that it is rigorously important not to "mix the levels" (as always, but) especially in the Correspondences field of study (or whatever you should like to call it). For example, on one level the Tarot Images and the sorting matrix which they indicate, are totally and completely NonHierarchical, that is, they exist as termini on the spokes of a wheel, each of equal weight (so as not to tump over the bicycle, tricyle, pentacycle or whatever the hell it is or may seem to be). Contrawise, on another level they are the most emphatically Hierarchical System ever devised, one representing a phase, condition and/or modality which leads inexorably into the next in a cyclic, rhythmic yet undeniably Hierarchical pattern. Both conditions are true, and helpful and educational, but only if they are treated as such within their own frameworks. If they are treated as Hierarchical in a NonHierarchical context, or as NonHierarchical in a Hierarchical context, much distress and little benefit will ensue. It is said that at one time, the images were painted, or somehow portrayed on the inner walls of circular temples, where the seekers would come to sit in front of the images and absorb all that they could directly from them as part of a comprehensive system of Conscious Spiritual Evolution, and this is probably a handle on how to maximise the benefit to be had from this whole system.

The actual form of the Garden of Life Tarot requires some elucidation. If reference is made to the Garden of Life Tarot Deck that would be the set and/or series of multimedia graphical moving vignettes. At this time, within the current framework of technology to which we have access, the Deck will only be able to be made accessible either online or as a computer program. This is certainly no hardship as this will enable us to have movement within the images and we believe that this adds as much to information and ideas conveyed as the changeover from written discription to still images may have at an earlier time. Each of the 108 Cards will contain auditory, visual and kinesthetic components. And although it is not yet possible to add smell, taste and texture directly to the cards, certainly some of those things will be possible to indicate through sound, sight and/or movement clues. Actually the tools to create Virtual Reality and/or Hologrammic versions of the Deck that could be activated from a physical, card containing deck, may already exist and be available within the context of mass publication in the not too distant future, but we are not going to wait for that to happen to release Garden of Life Tarot and once those tools are available, a fairly seemless transition should be possible.

In addition to the official Garden of Life Tarot Deck described above, we do plan on releasing two levels of "placeholder" decks. One extremely simple deck which is made of the designs used early as the column headings in the Garden of Life Rose Correspondences Codex in which each card contains only the Garden of Life Phonetic Language phoneme symbol, the Reconstituted Ægyptian hieroglyph and the name of the card will be released and should be useful primarily for linguistic purposes. Also a second deck of interim complexity which contains all or part of the central image that will be in the actual moving vignette official Garden of Life Tarot Deck. The images from this second deck will also serve as a portal to each card in the online or program version of the deck.

It should be a simple enough matter to develop a shuffling, choosing and layout-filling component for the online and computer program version of the Garden of Life Tarot Deck based on the methods that we currently use with physical decks. Once the layout is produced and navigation of the cards has begun, in an order of the end users choosing, each card will be shown to the prospective sitter and/or reader. The view will go first to the above-mentioned portal image for that particular card and then to a moving-through of the image according to our original concept. However there will also be the ability for the end user to go back through the card, either then or later and explore the peripheries of the images with 'clickable' access to more information and explanations of many of the image components.

Another extremely important component of the concept of Garden of Life Tarot Deck is the individual cards ability to interact with each other in a reading. The programming will have to allow for the cards to 'know' what cards have landed around them and modify themselves to adjust and/or add to themselves in accord with that interplay. Hopefully no actual brawls among the cards will ensue, but qué será, será.

The Rows: The Categories

We picked the conceptual categories which we would include, and/or leave space for, in a surprisingly practical manner (for us anyway). We designed the Tables keeping in mind the different sets of things that we had utilized in Circle and Ritual Werkings over the years. We have formed them with an eye toward creating the type of reference work we would have liked to come across in our early seekings, or our middle seekings, or at any time really. And we made a concerted effort to bring the process and it's constantly changing results into the present, post modern, quazi space-faring Humanities World.

General Note

We do not intend to seek a one-to-one correspondence in every row, except where the category lends itself to such. It seems to us that the additional Atu and Suite of Vorti do tend to make the assignations more natural both in specific and general. Some categories will have more than one correspondence in some columns and none in others. For one thing, the variations and crossovers between columns and rows make tables of correspondences so imminently utilizable in Natural and Ceremonial Mægickal Traditions, and for Traditions which draw from both currents.

Premisses

We will make several other observations here, in an attempt to clarify our reasons for constructing these correspondence tables, and various items about our approach to same.

Frame of Reference Effects

We do concur with the idea that the complexity of one's chosen "Frame of Reference" has a direct bearing on the depth and bredth of the infinite Sea of Possibility that one is able to experience. So having a high resolution grid through which to view existence is in delightful counterpoint to another, perhaps more mainstream choice, best delineated by the oft heard reference to the limitations of living in a black and white universe, with the implication of a world view that only gives you one switch and two positions for that switch (usually on and off) We've tried to stay within the limits of the complexity of matrix which is possible to hold in one's mind, with as few limits as possible and no unnecessary consolidation.

Ancient Life and Contemporary Experience

We base our observations primarily on 30 someodd years of Circle Werk and other spiritual and metaphysical activities in this lifetime. We are usually coming from what we call an ÆgyptoSumerian frame of reference (with some Arcadian flavourings). That is perhaps best considered as our Ground of Being. We have built many strange and fanciful structures, including bits and snippets, flavours and chunks, from many Cultures and Traditions, there in Durative Garden of Life Land; and we've built some stolid and simple ones too, but they all rest on that basic Urth, and/or float above it and/or something.

Directional Perception

One of the important effects that our general ÆgyptoSumerian frame of reference may have for some is that we follow a North-Earth East-Fire South-Air West-Water path which differs in some important ways from our fellow Pagans who follow North-Earth East-Air South-Fire West-Water paths. Once the Correspondences are released as a program it should be easy to set up a toggling between those two, but for the time being we wanted to mention it as this will cause some anomolies for Frame of References which follow the other widely known path. One of the primary reasons that in Ægypt, the Element of Earth was North and the Element of Air was South, was that in Ægypt, the headwaters of the Nile were always and instintively thought of as up, e.g.: "I will go up (almost invariably South) to the Source of the Nile" or "I will go down (almost invariably North) to the Delta". And perhaps this is something that should be adjusted within each Cultural context.

Pagan Perspective

Everything here is completely from a Pagan WorldView. We do not discuss, nor are we interested in any of the patriarchal traditions, particularily the Abramic ones (Including but again not limited to: Judaism, Christianity and/or Islam and their derivative traditions). Other persons may or may not find benefit in these traditions, but really we are not interested in hearing about it ever. Not interested, really not interested, . . . less interested than anyone might ever think. We do however include information from traditions that some sometimes include in that Abramic bundle such as for example most varieties of Gnostic, Grail Christian, Unitarian, all Mystery Schools and Occult Traditions.

Asyncretic Eclectic

We are not "Syncretists" (who try to distill concepts down to their smallest common denominators), in fact if anything we are near total "Asyncretists". Too much is lost through syncretism in our view. Like all types of linear thinking, it has it's utility in making things easier to grasp initially but in the field of spirituality so much is in the ambiance and gradations of thought, that the loss of nuance and detail limits it's usefullness. We are Eclecticists certainly and draw from many Pagan traditions, both ancient and modern (and a few traditions that we would consider like-minded, or fellow travelers, that are not necessarily Pagan and/or do not consider themselves to be), but we do not try to act as if they are all the same thing. For example among deity forms: Ast may have similarities to Inanna, and Utu to Heru Behudet, but we are not under any remote type of impression that they "are" each other (We have an essay further elucidating this idea, however it seemed excessive, and not in the "good" way to include all that here, we are already, after all, running off at the mind to a great degree). In fact teasing out the various threads that have long been lumped together for convenience and shall we say, for . . . less savory motives, seems to us to be of extreme value and validity.

Inspirational Recensions of the Tarot

The synergistic strength of the collaboration between the artistic vision of Lady Freida Harris and the conceptual genius of Aleister Crowley to create the Book of Thoth Tarot is probably the most significant addition and clarification of the system of Tarot since it's inception. Thus the Thoth Tarot that resulted from this happy Mægickal Werk is one of our main inspirations, mainly in the Atu, and referring to those positions which it addresses. It is our feeling that the only difficulties in these interpretations resulted from the attempt to correlate everything to the Hebraic Tree of Life and their Tetragrammaton, and that such framework proves not to be comprehensive enough to give standing room to this rich and riotous crew, no matter what amount of shoehorning and heel cutting off is applied, to mix another metaphor. The difficulties that ensued from this attempt is more evident in the Suites, and particularly in the small numbered cards. Also being that it seems that the Hebraic Tree of Life and system of Cabala are derived from more original Werk from the Sumerians, the Ægyptians, the Persians and so forth (Please note, this is an opinion which we will neither defend nor document, other than incidently, as it comes up in the discussion of particular images. But it is a basic assumption of this Werk. We want to broach this subject early on so as to not waste our time or that of those who would be troubled by it). We also draw inspiration from the MotherPeace Tarot, The Daughters of the Moon Tarot, the Cosmic Tribe Tarot, the Grand Etteilia Tarot, the Nameless One Tarot and others, especially those that we feel have information to consider in addtion to the visual input from their graphic interpretations of their selection of Archetypal Images themselves. We are particularly taken by systems in which the traditional lineup of cards has been "shaken up" in some way, whether recomposed or adjusted.

Authority and Lineage

In one of his most astute observations, Master Crowley said (We're paraphrasing here) "If the forms, techniques and methodologies that I develope, don't work for you then no amount of "background", "documentation" and/or miscellaneous "HooHa" is going to change that; and controversly if they do work for you, then the same applies" (We are paraphasing, and I think it possibly may have been clearer in the original, but I can't find it right now.) We do ascribe to Aleister Crowley's thesis that no one should accept anything (metaphysical or otherwise but particularly in the field of metaphysics) just because someone else (who may or maynot have whatever credentials) put it forward. That if some form, technique, idea, etc. does not work for a particular individual that they should find some other one that does, and never have to consider whether anyone else shares the concept or not.

The Beginnings of this Werk

Somewhere in the haunts of Year of the Lady 11338, (~1972-1973ev) in those first few hundred hours pouring over the Dallas Public Library's enviable copy of the Hieroglyphic Dictionary by Budge (enviable more for the recording of Hieroglyph combinations in words than the supposed pronunciations) and our copies of Aleister Crowley's 777, among hundreds of other works available to us, we were struck by the seeming lack of Natural Mægick categories and assignments. Some were there or could be easily interpolated, however many seemed to be missing or incomplete. This provided practical difficulties in our utilization of the then extant Correspondence Tables, since those were the very categories and assignments with which we were chiefly concerned. Our then emerging Tradition, like most of today's Pagan groups always combined Ceremonial and Natural Mægickal aspects in Circles and Celebrations. However, especially in our beginnings, the Natural Mægick was closer to our hearts and thus our Werk was proportionally greater on that side. Our first Werk was ferreting out and delineating our assignments of the Ægyptian Netjers and concepts to the directions for Salutation purposes. Followed closely by Werking out a pattern for our version of an annual cycle of HolyDays, with the inclusion of the seasonal Celebrations of the vegetative cycles.

These first things were accomplished and led to a very productive period during which we were doing Circles for all the seasonal and Solar HolyDays and every Full and New Moon for about 5 years. Many more explorations came up and led to their own ritual cycles and so forth. Much of what we learned and/or discovered is recorded here. At least the parts that can be put "in writing" and/or pictorally represented. Ciao, Love and Kaos.

Further Ado, With or Without?

The actual links to the Tables, Arrangements, Garden of Life Tarot, and accoutrements are not available from here as this is just a general information page. If you are interested in previewing and providing feedback on the ongoing project, eMail us at corresps@gardenoflifetemple.com with details. So, without further ado, if you are interested in checking out the Garden of Life's Rose Recension of Correspondence Tables or the Rose Correspondences Codex, we recommend checking out: Helpful Navigation Tips and Information, before checking out Rose Correspondences Codex Tables. The Garden of Life Referential Caduceus is the primary symbol that we use in this arena, and which unfolds into the framework for our Correspondence Tables. It is a lovely simple design, layed out in 108 primary pieces upon a 47 vertical level field of moebius and staff and wings and twining serpents and spinning DNA heli, with additional areas of interest, enveloped in a triple layered field.

We had an early version of our Paradigmal Caduceus which was very large, some would even say somewhat unwieldly. Happily we have been able to lure, seduce, coopt, convince, instigate and/or otherwise induce one (or more) of our more Artistically endowed Sisteren and/or Bretheren to create a cooler version of our Referential Caduceus which is now on display. Yes, we have gotten someone to do "TheDeed", so to speak. We won't tell you their name (and/or names) but a hint, for the assiduous may be found here.

One should note that the early version of the Referential Caduceus was very primative (and large), although the effect of flying over it in one's browser was somewhat amusing. It may still be reviewed by looking here for the archivally minded.

The Further Ado (of which you were so hoping to do without): The original plan was to put up just the basic rows and get feedback and input and then continue. Alas, like Topsy, the project took on a life of it's own, . . . again as it has in the past during concentrated [and concatenated] periods of Werking. So at the moment we are dividing the Tables of the Rose Correspondences Codex into eight basic Tables: Primary Existence Categories; Gaean Planetary Lifeforms; Overall MetaPhysical Categories; Herbal and Healing Metaphysical Categories; MetaPhysical Categories for Werkings; Human - Sensation and Sensory Perception Categories including Language; and two Culturally Originated Categories. As ever, and as you may have noticed in our copious disclaimers elswhere: None of these Categories are concrete, if they help with navigation or location of particular information, then they will have fulfilled their purpose. Doubtless the observant will notice much slipping and sliding into one another amongst them. Such is the fate of Linearity in a Wholistic Cosmos.




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