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  • IsleVue Tarot-Zodiac-Element-Sephiroth Wheel of the Golden Dawn Notes p. 1

    SEP 23 – OCT 2 ☽ Moon


    DEC 22-30 ♃ Jupiter Chokmah

    MAR 21-31 ♂ Mars


    JUN 21 – JUL 1

    ♀ Venus Chokmah

    Ace of Cups

    Ace of Swords Ace of

    Pentacles Ace of Wands

    Vernal Equinox Autumnal


    Summer Solstice

    Winter Solstice

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at mailto:[email protected] This is beta version 0.3 John Iacovelli

    Zodiac Wheel with Tarot, Astrological, Qabalistic and Elemental Divinatory Meanings

    Based Upon Writings of the Golden Dawn

    IsleVue Tarot-Zodiac-Element-Sephiroth Wheel of the Golden Dawn: Notes for Use v. 0.1 2019-07-21

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    IsleVue Tarot-Zodiac-Element-Sephiroth Wheel of the Golden Dawn

    Visio, SVG Document How To and Licensing Notes

    This document will help you customize the “source” file, for the Zodiac/Elemental/Qabalah Wheel. If you have a copy of Visio (I used Visio 2016, but it appears that 2013 or higher should work) and a Spreadsheet program, you should be able to edit the Visio file. If not, you can still edit the scalable vector graphics (SVG) file.

    Concept: External Data -- The Text is Stored in the Spreadsheet

    There is just one key concept to know. All the text you see when you look at the SVG, with the excep- tion of the “tool tips,” is stored in an Excel (XLS) file. You can change every bit of text, except the tool tips, by editing that file and pressing a button in Visio. But you have to make sure it all fits. More on that later.

    First, the Excel file:

    Notice that the top row and left column are frozen in place, and have a light gray background. That is a signal to you to NOT edit them. Visio is looking in those cells for IDs with which to identify the data. The contents of the Item column do not appear in the wheel. When you open that file, you’ll notice that to its right is another column called ItemName (not pictured above... it’s scrolled out of view. Right

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    now, evertying in the ItemName column exactly matches the Item column. Whatever you change in the ItemName column will update in Visio, so long as you don’t touch the Item column. In general, the ItemName is the first part of any shape. In the graphic above, you’ll see the names of the minor arcana.

    Notice the other columns: Title, Meaning1 and Meaning2. In the Decan shaps, for example, we “build” the text you see by joining the columns. Take the 2 of Wands for example. We create text in this way:

    ♦ We start with the ItenName (2 of Wands)

    ♦ We add two blank space

    ♦ We add the contents of the Title column (Dominion -- this is the GD Esoteric name, not including “Lord of”)

    ♦ We add a carriage return

    ♦ We add the Meaning1 column (Harmony of rule, etc -- this is taken from the explanatory text of the GD)

    ♦ We add a carriage return

    ♦ We add the Meaning2 columng. This is a paraphrase of the GD cabalistic meaning

    So as you can see, we build up the contents of each shape from the individual cells of the spread- sheet. If you substitute too much text, you may run over the shap borders. You’ll have to either cut your text, or resize the font for that shape manually. But the key here is that if you’re careful, and keep all your words short, you’ll be able to customize the text in any way that you want. We’ll show you how to do that shortly. The Visio Document

    Visio makes it too easy to edit items by accident if they overlap. Therefore everything is arranged in layers. All the layers are protected. We recommeond you edit only one layer at a time. In Visio, shapes have a habit of ending up in multiple layers if you’re not careful.

    The screen below shows the layers in this document. They were named carefully so as to be self explanatory:

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    Data Refresh

    Once you’ve edited and saved your Excel file, Open Visio, and go to the Data Tab. Press the Refresh External Data button. Most likely you’ll see an error stating that Visio can’t find the previously linked data file. That will because the folder name that you’ve placed it in on your machine will very likely be different than min. There’ll be a button to find the file and relink. Press that button, navigate through your files as necessary to find the right folder, then choose that file. If none of the “Titles” in Column A were changed, it should say “Complete” and all your data will update. it should look like this:

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    Adding Additional Data or Changing Title Rows

    If the Items in the Excel file don’t fit your needs, you’ll add new rows. For instance, we used the seven planets known to the Golden Dawn. You may wish to change the “duplicates” so that they incorporate Uranus, Neptune, etc. For those planets, by the way, there are already rows in the spreadsheet... they’re just not linked to Visio. But the concept applies. You’ll notice that when the External Data window pane is open, the data that is linked has a chain-link mark in the left column. Anything unused has no mark.

    If you want to replace the “Item” in a shape, just unprotect its layer, click on it with the text tool, and delete. Then drag and drop your row into its place. Visio is smart enough to ask you if you want to replace the previous link. But it won’t display anything till you take another step after confirming you want to replace the link.

    With that shape still selected, on the Insert tab, you’ll want to Insert a Field. You’ll be prompted to choose the columns from the spreadsheet. You can, for instance, just choose one. But if you recall, we explained before that in most cases, we’re “building” the text for most of those shapes by taking the contents of more than one cell in the row (called concatenation). If you wish to follow the format that we used, it will be very simply, because I’ll give you the concatentation formula by type of shape below. If you want to do something different, but still concatenate... you’ll have to look at my example, and figure out how to implement the variation you want.

    In any case, the process of inserting that field will look like the screen shot below:

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    As you can see, the row that is highlighted in the right hand pane (the external data) is being dropped into one of the “calendar” shapes. We’ve selected custom formula from the upper left hand list box, and then pasted in a formula in the edit box below it. It’s the type of formula we described above, in the section on concepts.

    Here, then, are the text formulas used and where they’re used:

    ♦ Just the ItemName and Title (most of the outer wheels such as the Zodiac and cards; just the first two columns separated by a space character): =Prop._VisDM_ItemName&” “&Prop._VisDM_Title

    ♦ The calendar/decan shapes and the minor arcana shapes (The Itemname, a carriage return, which is the CHAR(10) function, the title, which is usually just a symbol or a very short phrase, then the two meanings, with another carriage return between them): =Prop._VisDM_ItemName&CHAR(10)&Prop._VisDM_Title&” “&Prop._VisDM_ Meaning1&CHAR(10)&Prop._VisDM_Meaning2

    ♦ Kings, Queens, Knights (only the ItemName and first meaning, no carriage returns): =Prop._VisDM_ItemName&” “&Prop._VisDM_Meaning1

    ♦ The Pages (same as the other court cards, but with a carriage return): =Prop._VisDM_ItemName&CHAR(10)&Prop._VisDM_Meaning1

    The Tool Tips

    Unfortunately, the tool tips, the little pop up text boxes you see when you hover over a shape in the

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    SVG file can’t be imported from an external data file... at least not in any way that I could find or search the web for. So, we kept those very simple. If you need to change them, unprotect your layer, select your shape, then go to the Developer tab, and press the Shape Name button. It’s the first high- lighted box there. If you don’t have a Developer tab visible, go to your Visio preferences to enable it.

    Export to Different Formats

    If you wish to export your Visio file to SVG or other formats, open the File tab, choose Save As, then select for format. There is an Export to PDF command, but the Microsoft export generally leaves a bit to be desired... you’re on your own there. But there are so many alternatives, you’ll be able to get the file in the destination format you wish, I’m sure.

    Editing the SVG Directly

    If you don’t have a copy of Visio, you can edit the SVG file with Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, which is free. Neither is particularly easy to use, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.


    You probably already know the Visio file is provided to you as per the Creative Commons 4.0 Attribu- tion license. If you use the graphic as is, you attribute it to, and l