Minor Arcana

The Suit of Tomes

Tomes; 1, The Necronomicon


The Necronomicon is the single most important issue in this study of the Tarot. Its teachings can be the insight held by the religious R’Lyeh, or can be ignored by many who oppose our cause. In this Card the author of the ‘blasphemous book’ stares blindly outwards; it was said that Al Hazred lost his sight after committing the book to religious parchment. Like his sanity it had been taken by his lifetimes study of The Gods. Many others have lost their sanity through studying Its secrets, whilst others have ignored It at the expense of ignoring religious truth. The Necronomicon is a book of dark secrets; and in this It is the only complete statement of the truth involved with the religious R’Lyeh. The Necronomicon Card can be seen in this context, of secrets and religious truths slowly becoming apparent.



Tomes; 2, De Vermis Mysteriis


Although Des Vermis Mysteriis has its many statements, it represents a single religious truth. This Card visually portrays a symmetrical religious symbol dedicated to its name. It says no more, however. It is an occult religious symbol, and portrays nothing more. The statement here is that the religious secrets of the R’Lyeh will stay religious secrets, although the truth is there to those who seek it.



Tomes; 3, Unaussprechlichen Kulten


A statement of truth. This is the ‘Black Book’ as written by the scholar von Junzt. Unaussprechlichen Kulten represents the truth behind the actions of humanity and the forces of darkness, otherwise described as the ‘Nameless Cults’, and the rituals they set out to perform. As a statement of the Tarot, the Three of Tomes reveals the true purposes of groups or individuals, sects or religious “cults”. Further to this the Third Card of Tomes represents insight into the actions of the Cults who Worship the Necronomicon Gods, as the Great Old Ones. To summarize, Unaussprechlichen Kulten reveals the true meanings behind the actions of people, groups, and the cults that worship the Gods described in this study.



Tomes; 4, The R'Lyeh Texts


The ‘R’Lyeh Texts’ are one on the second most important books to our religion; the information they hold is something that everybody involved with the religious R’Lyeh would like to be aware of. Portrayed as an image within the Tarot, the words on its pages seen to have been drawn in some strange, and alien tongue. Further, the characters on the page look to have been perfectly drawn over a long period of time, presumably by somebody dedicated to the Worship of a strange system of Gods that is religious to the R’Lyeh. A reader is turning a page of this book, but this is not a human reader. It is not a human hand that turns the pages, but looks to be something more eldritch. Is this reader to be considered something from Above, then, or otherwise from Beyond? The R’Lyeh Texts are a book of secrets discovered.



Tomes; 5, The Dhol Chants


It is interesting that this Card should be so visually descriptive, as The Dhol Chants is the Card in the Minor Arcana that relates to issues of poetry, song, music and melody. Being a fragment from one of the Tomes of Mythos knowledge (the exact one here not being clear), they are depicted with this Card as being read by some mystical creature of the Astral, as if in contacting a greater force of either Astral or Terrestrial domain. This could be in trying to find a Gateway between Worlds; but again, this also is not clear. The manuscript which is the Dhol Chants is inscribed in some strange and astrological form of writing, this itself a depiction that the ‘Chants’ are written in the tongue of a greater Mythos power.



Tomes; 6, Libre d' Eibon


Another of our religious books, The Libre D’Eibon is not portrayed as with the other books of the R’Lyeh. It depicts a fragment of some religious writing, presumably being something to do with the occult, but the text itself is obscured by some creature of Mythos manifestation, something who is depicted as stretching towards the sky. A second Mythos entity is depicted toward the bottom of the Card, who is further depicted as being inside some sort of ceremonial magick circle. In being so, therefore, it is by no means easy to interpret exactly what this Card tells us, whilst the definition given to us by the Lovecraft Deck of the Tarot tells us that it describes secrecy and interpretation of things which are unknown.



Tomes; 7, The King in Yellow


The depiction represented in this Card is different from the obvious description given by the definition of the Minor Aracana, as given in the guide to the HP Lovecraft Tarot Deck. And another point to make regarding this Card is that it is depictive of a play that concerns the communication between the Gods, whilst the other books in this Suit depict books of the Mythos occult. Here we have another Card relating to ‘He Who Should Not be Named’, and ‘The King in Yellow’ relates to a play that was written to His honour, where the audience who watched went insane. Despite the meaning given to this Card by the Deck, The King in Yellow can also be seen as relating to theatre, the media (where they should be involved), and things relating to theatre and intervention by Higher Forces.



Tomes; 8, Cultes des Gouls


The Cultes Des Gouls is a less important book in the scheme of the Mythos occult, but the esoteric knowledge within this book is a knowledge of what is grotesque. The Card itself does not actually portray a book, as such, rather a rising; something that could be best described as ‘some sort of evil’. Whilst the drawing in this Card is done to portray this book in the context of the Tarot, it can be seen to represent either things obvious or things unexpected, rather than anything which is actually bad.



Tomes; 9, The Pnakotic Manuscripts


Being another book that relates to the esoteric knowledge of the R’Lyeh, this Card – more than others – represents clarity and enlightenment; even if this is through the learning gained through use of psychedelic drugs. Whilst most of the Suit of Tomes is described as representing what the book means according to the Tarot, the Pnakotic Manuscripts are about the psychedelic interpretation of knowledge on a level of the mind. This Card therefore portrays this book as being translated by some sort of strange alien tongue. They are therefore something foreign to humanity, and should be seen as being something that can only be properly understood by the most serious student of the R’Lyeh (whilst possibly being interpreted through psychedelics).



Tomes; 10, The Eltdown Shards


The Great Old Ones have governed our Planet since long before the dawn of the Human Race. It is interesting to note, therefore, that the cave drawings and culture of Stone Age people can be seen as relating directly to the Worship of These Gods. The main definition relayed to us with this Card in a Reading, can primarily be seen to represent that which is old or now useless, passed by the memory of time, or of something which is no longer of use to the situation in hand.



Tomes; 11, The People of the Monolith


As a book relating to the Necronomicon Mythos occult, The People of the Monolith is slightly different. Being a Volume written by Justin Geffories, The People of the Monolith is a serious work of fiction. It is probable, therefore, that this book comes into the Tarot, here, due to its acceptance and insight into the truth of the Mythos in this context. Card 11 portrays the corner of the book, whilst drawn on its cover is an elaborate portrayal of some obelisk or astral column, probably of some other Planet. Some sort of an alien Tentacle crawls across the cover of the book, this making the statement that The People of the Monolith has been reclaimed by the Mythos of Cthulhu.



Tomes; 12, The Ponape Scriptures


The ‘Scriptures’ were found in the late 19th Century on a Ponapean Island by one of the scholars of Mythos religion. The Creature who reads from this book is not human. It is some arcane, daemonic Creature, reading to itself by the light of a candle. The Ponape Scriptures are a human book, written in a human hand, to be read by people. Does this Card represent, therefore, something reading into the dimensions of man? Maybe some Creature of Mythos lore can read the ‘Scriptures’ on some sort of mirror level, possibly on the dimensions understood by humanity? This Card should make a statement into the learning of the primitive societies of our race, and the social structures therefore involved if we can account for how they were originally found?



Tomes; 13, Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan


The Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan are, in Card 13 of the Lovecraft Tarot, portrayed as seven decaying oriental scrolls. In the past of the orient, scrolls, particularly religious scrolls such as these, were regarded as being precious; this aspect making the Cryptical Books of Hsan important. On first impression, Card 13 seems to have no obvious meaning. But on reading into this Card, however, this is deception. If reading into a Card that says nothing, the cryptical meaning it has becomes obvious. In the manner of the orient, something that initially has no meaning, can have the most direct meaning when given understanding.



Tomes; 14, The Black Book


Despite the definition in the Lovecraft Tarot seeming to have one direct and specific message, I read Card 14 as representing the Witch Trials of the Middle Ages and the persecution of minority religious or esoteric beliefs. Whilst any book can represent a beginning, an opening or an end, the Black Book (as represented here) is the book that persecuted the Witches. Without books there could be no law, but the Black Book represents a system of law that persecuted the Witches to end the Worship of Nyarlathotep. So, despite any meaning with the Lovecraft Deck or any other Tarot, my interpretation of this Card is “bad”; representing authority and occult persecution of the liberty of free thought and free expression of religion.