Correspondence theory and the reflection of the whole in its
parts is the foundation of astrological theory grounded in
cosmology. The cosmological models used are typically an
abstract representation of the cosmos that associate planets,
numbers and concepts with and among one another. These models
are an abstract of the features and functional principles of the
cosmos. Originally these models were used in the context of
mysticism and language. While they are still useful in that
regard, our focus here will be the astrological and tarotic
correspondences. In other words on their use for philosophical,
predictive and magical purposes.
In the West, there are four main models for correspondence
theory with many variants and derivatives. There is the Hebrew
version known as the Tree of Life, a primarily Greek view based
on spheres or Aeons - neoplatonist and gnostic models are good
examples, a Thelemic view known as the Trees of Eternity, and
the fusion view which is based on the Hebrew tree but extended
with modern discoveries and adapted especially to astrology.
These are all, after a fashion, variants on the theme of the
known physical and metaphysical universe. There are also Taoist
and Vedic views, but here we focus on the western conceptions.
Of course, it must be recognized that over time these systems
have affected each other and all refer to the same reality from
The view used here is Fusion, for a
presentation of that view see The Fusion Tree.
Visit the Astrology and Qaballa page for more details and for
notes on polarities and related topics.