Tattwa Cards

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Tattwa cards were a vision technique created by the Golden Dawn (a western magickal tradition) which was inspired by Hinduism to help its members psychically develop astrally whilst scrying.  They are used in a pathworking sense and cover the elements contained in magick: earth, air, fire , water and spirit.

I first got into the Tattva cards when I was about 20 years old and had joined my first Wiccan coven. It was a requirement that after my crafting and as part of my year and a day training, I use them in path-working exercises. I worked with them as directed by my HP at the time but I also worked with them, the same way I worked with the tarot in my mid teens. I conducted my own research and study on each card, assigned my own instinctual meanings to each card and worked and meditated on each card for a certain time frame. I would finish off by placing each card under my pillow to stimulate dreams which would assist in this path working. One lesson I learned quite quickly was to work in ascending order instead of picking a card out of the deck randomly, which was quite unlike and rash of me in hindsight (since I NEVER did that with the tarot) and especially since the first card I pulled and therefore my first attempt of the dream incubation lesson involved me sleeping for two days straight because I had drawn the Ether of Ether card! That was NOT a good idea and I should of had a physical guardian looking over me (along with my astral ones) since I was so green with this tool.

With that said it is a great system and I would suggest starting with making your own deck.  Creating your own deck gives you more of a connection to your cards. I would start with white cardboard cards which are about 6 x 6 inches and draw/paint on the symbols. Alternatively you can purchase a deck but I would ensure you have cleaned them properly with all the elements.

Details of Tattva Cards

Tattva cards are divided into five categories Akasha, Tejas, Vayu, Apas and Prithivi.

Each category has a card for the main tattva symbol, plus 4 additional cards containing smaller images of the remaining tattvas.

ie for Akasha:
Akasha (main card)
Tejas within Akasha (Fire of Spirit)
Vayu within Akasha (Air of Spirit)
Apas within Akasha (Water of Spirit)
Prithivi within Akasha (Earth of Spirit)

You can use this chart showing all the tattwa cards to create your own:

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This is a link which shows you how to scry using the tattwa cards from the Golden Dawn Research Ctr:

Golden Dawn Tattwa Cards

 (c) T. Georgitsis 2016

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Spirit of Place: Bali

I’ve been to Bali quite a few times in my life due to the beauty I’ve witnessed. Most times there I havent taken images but others have and here are some of my favorite memories.

The stunning sunset view from the Potato Head beach:

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The lush rice fields seen all through rural Bali:

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The active volcano Mount Batur:

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Temple of Death in Monkey Forest:

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This temple was dedicated to Rangda – the witch in Balinese Hinduism  who is the one whom presides over the temple of death which is also known as the destruction temple.  She is shown in the pillars above with big curves, long hair and petruding tongue. Apparently she is a very beautiful woman when she is in a good mood and turns into an ugly bitch when pissed off. This temple was near the end of the complex and was fairly deserted but it resonated with so much power and I felt Hekate there too.

Sari Restaurant Temple overlooking active volcano:

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The shrine above was attached to a restaurant that sat on one of the edges/tops of another volcano across from the active one.  We were so high up the views were spectacular.  There was nothing much else to see this high up except for the farm land on the way up and down the volcano but you could definitely feel the power of the place.

Local village temple:

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This is the first temple we visited in a local village not frequented by tourists at all.  Its their creation temple and in the Balinese Hindu traditions each village has 3 temples.  A creation temple (birth presided over by Brahma) and a protection temple ( to preserve existance/life presided over by Vishnu) which are localed on the NE corner of the village and then a death temple (destruction presided over by Shiva or Rangda) which is located outside the village and also serves as a cemetary as villages have a cremation ceremony once every 15 years due to cost.

Coolman (our driver and guide) was a practising Hindu so he told us in depth about his practice and what the symbolism of certain things meant and answered all my questions.  He was surprised about how much I knew about his faith but I explained that I’d grown up with a Hindu friend  and I’d been to Bali several times before as well as researching the Hindu faith out of curiosity.

The minute we crossed over the thresshold to the temple above Coolman said that we were in a place of power and said that he knew that as his hair stood on his arms and he had goosebumps (its his sign that he is in a liminal place).  My finace and I both felt it as well and it was quite magickal.

After that we ended up having a quite interesting coversation on Kharma and the rest of the day which followed was probably the best tour I’ve done in Bali 😀

All images (C) S. Altman 2011