Minor Arcana

The Suit of Artifacts


Artifacts; 1, The Star Stone

“It [the Star Stone] may… signify a new development in your spiritual understanding” (The Tarot Workbook, Nevill Drury). The Star Stone is, in Mythos religious literature, the first and most important artefact of protection, and can be used to some extent or another against all Mythos manifestation. It is shrouded in mystery, however, being pretty much a Sign of Koth drawn on a stone and consecrated. As much as it is a sign of protection (evoking Bast), little else is known of the Star Stone by contemporary systems of the occult. Even so, it can be assumed that the First of the Suit of Artifacts can be representative of protection.

 

 

Artifacts; 2, The Colour out of Space.

On a basic level, the Colour out of Space is representative of the sanctity inherent in insanity, rather than a protection against the insanity born of Worship. It here represents things strange and unknown, and this is its primary meaning when part of a Reading. The “Colour out of Space” comes from higher dimensions, and is totally outside of anything natural to Earth. The ‘Colour’ is unholy and also outside of human understanding, representing “that which cannot be”. The Colour does exist, however, as one thing which cannot be created by Man. The person depicted in this Card seems to accept the “Colour” as natural, however, and something not to be afraid of. Could this Card represent new beginnings or journeys? Things outside of human understanding are here defined as a statement.

 

 

Artifacts; 3, The Silver Key. 

The Silver Key is, to the R’Lyeh, what is seen as a “Door” to Astral Travel by other systems of the occult. It represents the portal between dreams and what is real between the Worlds of the Old Ones. It represents our dimension and those where the Great Old Ones live in their own reality, guarded by the Gates between Dimensions. These Dimensions are best travelled and viewed through dream, and this Card represents the Portal between dimensions; through occult means or through dream.

 

 

 

Artifacts; 4, The Shining Trapezohedron.                                         

Aside from very heavily being that Card of psychick energy and the human mind, the Shining Trapezohedron represents complete mystery; of powers alien to normal thinking and of Gates to Foreign Dimensions. It is not possible to further define this Card, and so it resides as the most mysterious Card to describe in this study of the Lovecraft system. This Card, therefore, represents the mystery involved with Mythos worship and occult, and the questions with the religious R’Lyeh which cannot be answered.

 

 

Artifacts; 5, The Guardian of Kadath                                                                                                

As an Artifact, the ‘Guardian of Kadath’ described here is a carved statue of that God which governs the Gate. Having one of these sculpted portrayals allows the psychick energy risen through meditation to be focused in order to contact the actual DemiGod that is its image. Without this specific focus, direct communication is difficult to obtain. So in regard to the Tarot, the ‘Guardian’ can be related to the direct power of occult meditation. The actual Guardian Herself is a Mythos creature, beautiful and ordained. But at the same time the Guardian of Kadath is inhuman. She is an entity of the Great Old Ones and, in this, is a Creature of the Dreamlands in Herself.

 

Artifacts; 6, The Yellow Sign.

The ‘Yellow Sign’ as a symbol, directly concerns the evil and destructive power of He Who Shall Not Be Named. It represents protection from this God as well, and when drawn, this Card should be assumed to be that protection. Whether this is representative of the Yellow Sign as described in the literature of the Cthulhu Mythos system, or specifically designed as part of this Tarot as a sign of protection against “The King in Yellow” is not clear. But ‘The Yellow Sign’ should also be seen as a sign of protection against the higher astral forces of insanity.

 

Artifacts; 7, EOD Vestments.

 

The image depicted here is of people within the Esoteric Order of Dagon, who have influence in society and a position of serious power. In so many circumstances our future situation is dictated by the position of others in society, and the ‘EOD Vestments’ Card represents this in the situation now in play. The Esoteric Order of Dagon are a highly powerful cult situation in our religion, and they come into the picture now. The interesting thing about the drawing depicted here, is that it shows the EOD symbol; and the robes themselves depicted symbolize the authority and power of the person who wears them; obviously a member within this Cult religion who has power in society as the illuminati.

 

Artifacts; 8, Resonator.

 

We have described our definition of this Card as, most importantly, the differentiation between the Cosmic reality of technology, and the infinite existence of the occult. The Father, technology, merges with the Mother, the supernatural. The Resonator Card represents a Cosmic pivot between humanity with conscious understanding, and the further world of the supernatural; something that is often the result of years of work in studying the Mythos and its elements. The Eight of Artifacts depicts the merging of Technology and the supernatural, as it is the case when the TV and radio are seen monitoring thought. This has become an established part of its own manifestation as created by humanity for the purposes of those who cannot accept that other dimensions may enter through technology, as is the manifestation of the R’Lyeh, at that Time when the Stars once more are Right!

 

Artifacts; 9, Pickmans Model.

 

“Sometimes referred to as the ‘Wish Card’, the Nine… represents material success, abundance, and emotional and intellectual contentment” (The Tarot Workbook, Nevill Drury). The Nine of the Suit of the Minor Arcana quite often portrays luck and achievements in our lives as influenced by luck. The Lovecraft Deck is, however, very different from the classical Tarot for various different reasons, and in our interpretation is symbolic, usually of material gain through manipulation and evil. Pickmans Model is, on the first level, a creature created as art by the human hand, which took on a self-animated life of its own. So we should look at this Card as something that has been established, which assumes a life of its own through evil. It is representative, in this manner, of the evil that people can create, and of plans made by people that are manipulative, evil and destructive.

 

Artifacts; 10, Mi Go Brain Cylinder.

 

In Oriental philosophy, all things are balanced as is the case with the Yin / Yang. This Card is, therefore, also a sign of opposing forces being unified into a single thought. The definition of this Card is also about the positive aspects that technology brings as part of a Universe that is largely a phenomenon that is natural. In descriptive terns, this Card portrays the intellects and understanding of an organic brain, preserved as a possession for an alien scientific race. This, to me, seems to represent the point at which the Lovecraft Tarot leaves the realm of all previous understanding of the occult, and where other intercosmic races influence our human understanding of religion. Science and the natural Universe are here united.

 

Artifacts; 11, Bokrug.

 

The overriding idea of this Card is that of religious icons, and of the religious meaning held by so many world religions, towards sculpted depictions of the Gods of our religious interpretations. In this sense, then, Card 11 of the Suit of Artifacts can be seen as representing a religious worship that has little substance in Ceremonial Magick. Bokrug is a beautiful carved idol, sculpted with love as something relative to the Worship of Cthulhu and His lesser minions, maybe representing one of the smaller creatures that can be manifest with the Worship of the Great Old Ones? Worship in its manifest form is represented with this Card in terms of interpretation.

 

Artifacts; 12, Hound Amulet.

 

The definition of this Card in the Lovecraft system, is dramatically different from its equivalent with every other Deck. With my notes I have defined this Card as the direct manifestation of ritual, and as being worn by the decomposed corpse of a dead Mythos entity. Questions raised are, who could have made such an amulet to be worn by such a creature? What power, exactly, does this Amulet possess? Who made the Amulet of the Hound? Maybe these are questions that should be asked when this Card is drawn as part of a Reading? This Card is representative of magick created by man becoming manifest as reality in the occult.

 

Artifacts; 13, Stone of Nepemiah Derby.

 

The Stone of Nephemiah Derby is, in the HP Lovecraft Tarot, a Card of subvert operations and subterfuge. However, before going on to define this meaning within the context of the Tarot, the imagery of the Card has a defined meaning that should be explained before this. The death ‘stone’ itself is a Tomb Stone, and represents the dead; of both people past and dead ideas. But these memories are dedicated to Nephemiah Derby, as the Tomb Stone is his. So, this Card stands as the statement of those who have worshipped the Necronomicon Gods and have now gone to the afterlife, and of the memory of such practitioners of magick that remain as the memories kept by their families and friends…

 

Artifacts; 14, Liao, the Plutonian Drug.

 

Liao, the Plutonian Drug, is that Card which represents altered states of awareness and inebriation. But in the context of this Tarot the idea goes further. In the HP Lovecraft Deck, the Plutonian Drug is symbolic of a psychedelic frame of thinking, which enables the mind itself to actually travel back in time (which is what the Plutonian Drug does in Mythos fiction). This frame of mind integrates with a space of time before human logic, where the Elder Gods ruled the Cosmos and the Earth long before the beginning of our race. Care must always be taken with a mind frame that can effect time, as mistakes in Time Travel cannot be put right. Everything that is thrown backwards in time must therefore be ignored, but at the same time considered in its relevant context as the act of Worship within dimensions that only make sense in the context of Liao, the drug that makes this possible as integration into the occult.