A Note About the Tarot Cards

The original deck that Don Elkins used for questioning was the work of C.C. Zain, founder of the Church of Light.

C.C. Zain’s first deck was released in 1918. It was subsequently revised in the 1930’s, and issued as a monochrome deck in the 1960’s. It is the 1960’s deck that Don, Jim, and Carla used for questioning Ra about the archetypal mind. That deck is listed as the “BOL II” design on this website.

This website features the first seven arcana in the series that were re-drawn by L/L Research according to Ra’s responses in Book IV.

Because L/L Research did not receive permission to publish the tarot images from the Church of Light deck, the remaining images, Arcana 8 – 22, come from a very similar deck made by George Fathman.


Tarot images used for The Law of One and Ra Contact books

Law of One: Printed in the front of the printed and PDF versions of Book IV - The entire Arcana 1 – 22 George Fathman tarot deck.

Law of One & Ra Contact: Printed in the back of the PDF and printed versions - The first seven images of the Church of Light deck, re-drawn according to Ra’s responses. - Followed by Arcana 8 – 22 of the George Fathman tarot deck.

Actually used for questioning but unable to be printed - C.C. Zain’s deck available from the Church of Light

Formerly featured in the PDF version on LLResearch.org - The “Comte de Saint-Germaine” version.

Predecessor - Both the Zain and the Fathman images are descended from the “Comte de Saint-Germaine” version.


Full Explanation

C.C. Zain images The original deck that Don Elkins used for questioning was the work of C.C. Zain, founder of the Church of Light. 1

C.C. Zain’s first deck was released in 1918. It was subsequently revised in the 1930’s, and issued as a monochrome deck in the 1960’s. It is the 1960’s deck that Don, Jim, and Carla used for questioning Ra about the archetypal mind. That deck is listed as the “BOL II” design on this website.

The Church of Light has since updated the black & white 1960’s deck with color, using computers to create the images instead of hand drawings. Consequently, there may be discrepancies between the current deck the Church of Light offers through their website, and the one Don used for Book IV in the early 80's.

Lawofone.info has a gallery of the Church of Light images that Don originally used for questioning, except that the first seven cards are those that L/L Research had redrawn as a result of Ra’s responses in Book IV.

George Fathman images Because L/L Research did not receive permission to publish the tarot images from the Church of Light deck, a very similar deck from George Fathman was printed in the front of the hardcopy and PDF versions of Book IV.

Also, in the back of the PDF version of Book IV is printed Arcana 8 – 22 of the Fathman deck.2


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    We recommend “The Sacred Tarot”, a book which studies the C.C. Zain deck that Don Elkins used and was the book most helpful in the L/L group’s research of the tarot.

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  2. [footnote start]

    The Fathman images originally come from George Fathman’s book: The Royal Road: A Study in the Egyptian Tarot, Key to Sacred Numbers and Symbols

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