Elemental Dignity

Elemental Dignity is a system of tarot divination created by the Golden Dawn using the interaction of the four elements to see relative strength and weakness.

Rules of Elemental Dignity

  • Fire and Water are opposites
  • Air and Earth are opposites
  • Fire and Air are friendly and active
  • Water and Earth are friendly and passive

Cards are interpreted in groups of three.

Elemental Dignity Summary

Elemental Dignity Summary

The meaning of a single card will depend on what the reading is about, not necessarily what the standard divinatory is. The true secret of interpretation is that there have to be a minimum of two cards, using Elemental Dignities. Twins Twins have a relationship...

A New Theory of Elemental Dignities

A New Theory of Elemental Dignities

The theoretical understanding of Elemental Dignities has been sadly lacking so far. That Elemental Dignities is by Adepts of the Golden Dawn is proven - we have documented readings by Annie Horniman for the Head of the Golden Dawn, W.B. Yeats, and we have various...

Elemental Dignity and Spirit

Elemental Dignity and Spirit

For those of you who are comfortable with using Elemental Dignities and feel the need to be stretched, here is one way the system can be developed. The truth is, there may well be five categories of Tarot not four. The Golden Dawn hints at such but does not give...

Traditional elemental dignity – three card readings

Traditional elemental dignity – three card readings

Analysing three Tarot cards at a time is the basic skill in Elemental Dignities. Use the  building block of three cards many ways as you work through the system. We will start with a traditional reading of Three Cards. Please note that this method is an example -...

Elemental Dignity Rules for Tarot

Elemental Dignity Rules for Tarot

Now that you are familiar with the Tarot cards, you have some knowledge of the individual cards, and you can see various patterns made by the four elements, and variations in the ratios between the Major, Minor and Court cards. You can make some judgements about what...

OOTK Example Annie Horniman Pairing

OOTK Example Annie Horniman Pairing

Pairing the Cards The last stage is pairing the cards in the Abbey Theatre Tarot tarot reading, starting from the extremities and working to the centre. Taking into account the Elemental Dignity rules: the Air cards are excessive in the Air position, therefore...

OOTK example – Annie Horniman

OOTK example – Annie Horniman

Abbey Theatre Tarot Reading for W.B. Yeats One of the most famous Tarot readings is by Annie Horniman for W.B. Yeats, head of the Golden Dawn, documented on October 9th, 1903. Annie Horniman used the Opening of the Key Spread to analyse the first stage of the Opening...

Opening of the Key Tarot Spread Introduction

Opening of the Key Tarot Spread Introduction

Introducing the Opening of The Key Spread The Opening of the Key Spread lies at the heart of the Golden Dawn system, and using Elemental Dignities really brings the whole system to life. This spread really is the greatest, the most powerful of all Tarot spreads. If...

Elemental Dignities Explained

Elemental Dignities Explained

Elemental Dignities is a very simple and powerful method of tarot divination. I love elemental dignities. I use the system in every tarot reading reading I do for clients. Court cards can be scary for tarot students and some tarot teachers, but with ED’s the court...

Elemental Base

Elemental Base

Divinatory technique: Add base element to three card tarot readings