Originally Posted by kwaw
Being my usual perverse self I devised a different method I call 'squaring the circle':
divide a square into 9 cells:
7 8 9
4 5 6
1 2 3
Discard the fool and I goes in 1, II in 2, etc; discard X then return so XI goes in 9, XII in 8, etc and discard the last two [XX and XXI].
The two cards in each square hence add up to XX:
1 = I Bateleur and XVIIII Sun
2 = II Papesse and XVIII Moon
Each row and each column thus adds up to 60, and 6x60=360, hence 'squaring the circle'.
The ascending trumps you can use with the ascending suits, swords and staves; the returning trumps with the descending suits cups and coins [though you can obviously swap them around to your own preference]. The three discarded trumps and fool with the 4 X's [again, choose as you feel fits best].
Atttributions the tree of life
There are many ways in which the squared circle generated pairs can be applied to the tree of life. For example.
1 – Bateleur / Sun – The second sefirah Chokmah
2 – Popesse / Moon – Binah
3 – Empress / Star – Daath
4 – Emperor / House of God – Chesed
5 – Pope/ Devil – Geburah
6 – Lover / Temperance – Tifareth
7 – Chariot / Death – Netzach
8 – Justice / Hanged Man – Hod
9 – Hermit / Strength – Yesod
The four discarded cards:
0 – Fool / Judgement – The first sefirah Kether
10 – Wheel of Fortune / World – The last sefirah Malkuth
Numbers 1, 4 and 7 of the square of nine thus corresponds to the right hand pillar and the letter Yod in the divine name;
Numbers 2, 5 and 8 of the square of nine thus corresponds to the left hand pillar and the letter Heh in the divine name;
Numbers 3, 6 and 9 of the square of nine thus corresponds to the middle pillar and the letter Vau in the divine name.
On the principle that fire rises, water descends and air comes between them [SY] the numbers 1, 2 and 3 may correspond to the letter Shin, 4, 5 and 6 the letter Alef and 7, 8 and 9 to the letter Mem. Alternatively, according to the alchemical model the letters 7, 8 [the bottom horizontal] and 9 may refer to the fire and thus to the letter shin, 4, 5 and 6 to Mem and 7, 8 and 9 go Alef ([ShMA - listen to he whose [ShM] name is one [A] YHV [IAO]).