Typhon, (Satan.) Why did the Egyptians include this card in the
Tarot deck? First, it should be pointed out that the Egyptians didn't. It was
a certain specific Egyptian. The Psalmist writes this:
51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles
The Psalmist, through the common Hebrew usage of parallelism, equates
people in Egypt to people dwelling in the houses of Ham, who was a son of Noah. Thus
the founder of Egypt was Ham, Noah's son. Noah was close to God and had been given
abundant revelations about the Lord and His plans. Noah followed in the tradition of
Enoch and Adam to place great truths in story book form for the use in training future
generations. Adam named many of the stars with the names they still have today in
widely varied cultures around the globe. Enoch's pictures were surely incorporated
by Noah and Ham into picture and story form to pass down to their posterity.
Thus Typhon was no Egyptian deity, nor enemy deity. He is the
representation used by the founding family of Egypt--that of Noah--to teach future
generations about their greatest enemy, the founder and president of the kingdom of evil.
Look at the representations on this card. Smoke and destruction are
always in the wake of Satans activity. Those who subject themselves to him are
chained. Since these chained beings look like Typhon himself there is a great lesson.
Those who listen to the promptings and demands of Satan, whether they be human or
fallen angel, end up looking like him and becoming like him. He loves keeping others
in subjection. He is no great fan of character development and positive human
His staff has a downward "V" surrounding a circle, indicating
that his ploy is to lead the carnal mind to believe that life on this earth is Paradise.
Through pleasures and diversions he is skilled at leading all who follow him to
destruction and eternal loss. With the apostle Paul, the righteous must always be ready to
we are not ignorant of his devices." (2 Cor. 2:11)
And it is certain that we know his future...