Tattva vision

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Tattvas in isolation and combination

Tattva vision is a technique developed by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (probably derived from the elements, or Tattva [also known as Tattwas], of the Samkhya version of Hindu Philosophy) to aid with the development of the faculty of astral clairvoyance. It is claimed to be one of the easiest, fastest and most effective methods of exercising and enhancing the clairvoyant factor.

The tattva symbols[edit]

The astral forms of the tattvas and equivalent in Western elements:

Akasha - Spirit Akasha TattvaAkasha Tattva - Alternate black or indigo vesica piscis or egg

Tejas - Fire Tejas Tattva red equilateral triangle

Vayu - Air Vayu Tattva blue circle

Apas - Water Apas TattvaApas Tattva - Alternate purple half circle / silver crescent

Prithivi - Earth Prithivi Tattva yellow square

Constructing tattva cards[edit]

Tattva cards can be constructed by cutting the tattva symbols out of coloured paper or card, and pasting on to small cards of about 6 inches by 6 inches in size. Alternatively the tattva symbols may be painted onto the cards, or a commercial set of cards may be obtained.

See also[edit]


  • Fletcher, Ella A., Law of the Rhythmic Breath: Teaching the Generation, Conservation, and Control of Vital Force (Kessinger, 1997) ISBN 1-56459-839-X
  • Mumford, John, Magical Tattwa Cards (Llewellyn, 1997) ISBN 1-56718-472-3
  • Prasad, Rama, Nature's Finer Forces: The Science of Breath and the Philosophy of the Tattvas (Kessinger, 1997) ISBN 1-56459-803-9
  • Ramacharaka Yogi, Science of Breath (Kessinger, 1997) ISBN 1-56459-744-X
  • Regardie, Israel, et al., eds., The Golden Dawn: A Complete Course in Practical Ceremonial Magic (Llewellyn, 1989) ISBN 0-87542-663-8

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