Because of the complement of 25 Major Arcana cards in the Dreams of Gaia Tarot, rather than the normal 22 (The Fool is both 0 and ATU 22) of Traditional Tarot, we have Major Arcana cards that are comparable to more than one traditional tarot card. Here, The Youth key 3 is a "young emperor" and in his later stages he is the Father-Key 5. Just as the Child-Key 1 is both Maiden- Key 2 and the Youth- Key 3. Which all makes sense, if you understand that the Fool, is the foundation of all the Tarot Cards in the Tarot Deck, traditional and otherwise.
The Dreams of Gaia Tarot-Key 3-The Youth, is a young man who is out on adventures of discovery. He has left the security of his home life, without a backward glance. He is, along with his traveling companion the dog, confident in the fact that he is supported by a loving and understanding family who will be there for him if needed. Much like the tradition Fool card of Rider-Waite-Smith tarot, he carries a wooden staff, a bag of possibles, and a traveling map all scrolled up. His past is behind him, and the future is just in the moment of the next discovery. The world becomes ever greater knowledge as he journeys.
As with most youth, he believes himself infallible and immortal. Therefore, he doesn't listen to sage advice while he takes risks with a spontaneousness that only the inexperience of youth can provide. He believes that the greater the risk, the greater the reward. His loyalty is only applied to those companions that journey with him, hence the dog. Those who seek to resist or curb his zeal, will be met with resistance in turn. To the youth, there are no gray areas, there is only 'right' and 'wrong; black and white, for all who agree with him are right and those who don't are wrong. He lives in an uncomplicated 2 dimensional world, himself and others. To him, life is too short to do things "their way", so tradition be damned. He isn't concerned with tomorrow, for it can take care of itself. Only today will rate any concern he has. This is the traditional quest of the Champion, or Hero who later becomes the King or Emperor after receiving the considerable education he gets from his quest, if he survives it.
When thrown in divination, the Youth implies:
- New horizons.
The Dream of Gaia Tarot- key 5-The Father, is comparable to the Thoth Emperor card. Here he is the ideal Father figure, who is provider, protector, teacher, leader and disciplinarian. He is confident, strong man, who knows the world doesn't revolve around him, the youthful journey taught him that, yet he is the center of power in the family as he provides the core strength. He is the "safe port in the storm", and is an active leader; a decisive man of action.
As a teacher, he teaches by example. His integrity and honesty are unshakeable, as he keeps his promises and takes responsibility for his actions. He keeps the family ordered, and sets the rules for the family and applies the same rules to himself. Therefore, providing constants of safety and peace within the home, allowing the family the space in which to flourish. Full of humor, and lover of play, he is supportive and encouraging. His positive influences and interests, encourage curiosity and creativity.
He wants to know his children, their likes and dislikes; their loves and fears are important considerations to him. He is above all else, affectionate and interested. Always showing that he cares. By doing all that he can, he provides a home atmosphere that help his child leave the family home as confident and happy adults. Like I said, he is the Ideal Father; who makes the Ideal Emperor.
When the Father-Key 5 is thrown in a divination it implies:
- Fatherhood, and/or issues with fatherhood.
- Or the lack of all the above.
The Emperor-ATU 4 is the 15th Path of Heh (The Window) that runs between Tiphareth (Beauty-the Solar Logos) to Chokmah (Wisdom-Lesser Creator who rules over manifestation) and is known as the Constituting Intelligence ( Dr.Paul Foster Case).As I have stated, THE EMPEROR, is the Path of Heh and its function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition. The Path of Heh, is a formative path of rational and classifying activities. You may notice that on the Thoth Emperor card, the Hebrew letter Tzaddi is shown, and not the letter Heh. There is a mix up of understanding here. The Star card represents the hook that connects the Above and Below. In the Sepher Yetzirah (Qabalistic text) the letter Heh is a simple word meaning, sight. This is well represented in THE EMPEROR, since he is the "Fiery Aspect of the Garden of Eden" of which the Higher Self relates as a Self-observation of the One. It is the first path that is attributed to a function, suggesting that sight is the first of the senses, as Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac. This Path of Heh, THE EMPEROR, is what I call the First "I" sight, while the EMPRESS is the "Am" of understanding (an inner sight I call a "Womb with a view").Together they are the "I AM", the Counter Sexuality of the One Mind/Energy. The Star card, is the Watery aspect of the "Garden of Eden" where the personality begins.
Because of our Divine Inheritance from the Demiurge (Lesser Creator) and the Great Mother (Binah-Female aspect of the Demiurge) we are all the "Shades" of consciousness. Modern psychology has called these Shades of Higher Consciousness, the Universal Collective Unconscious, the Subconscious and the Consciousness which just about every elementary school child has heard of. However, hearing of a thing is not knowing the thing. Because of the evolution of subjective thought, from Mythology, to fundamental Religions, and now to the modern science of Psychology, we are beginning to easily deal with the shades of higher consciousness within ourselves and are experiencing a New Age (The Age of Aquarius/Age of Horus) of enlightenment.
The Higher we realize ourselves in consciousness or on the Self Tapestry of the Tree of Life, the more the student understands that the Trump or Cards of the Major Arcana, only point the way towards understanding concepts that the brain has no images for and therefore, cannot otherwise grasp.
By beginning to understand the next 5 Trumps/Paths, [THE EMPEROR, THE EMPRESS, THE HIGH PRIESTESS,THE MAGUS, THE FOOL], the initiate will be developing the consciousness of the Horus----the 22nd century human (god mind).
Because of Modern Physics, we surmise that there is only One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed, and the student of the Tarot knows that all the 78 cards of the Tarot deck represent Transformations of the One. From the One (the Fool), emergence the opposites, which are activating the formative, Male (Electric) and Female (Magnetic) communion. Thus it is accurate to state that all Male figures are Chokmah (Jah) and Binah (YHVH Elohim) is that of all female. The robes the Empress and Emperor wear, represent tie different planes and/or dimensions of our mufti-verse, which are actually vibratory rate that are either Force (male) Kether or Form (Female) Binah, and/or their intertwining of vibration (The Divine Union of Goddess/God) that makes all things possible.
The Qabalist knows that the "Big Bang" came from what is the Source of Will and Energy-Kether, thus the ejaculation of Energy, making the Kether male.( Male is not a sex here, but an action). The One became Two, Androgynous, when I became Am, which is known as Chokmah and Binah, which should be stated Chokmah/Binah, just as Yin/Yang or Time/Space are known to be inseparable and established at the same moment. Thus, with some authority we can say that the “I “is male and the “Am” is female, for one is Wisdom (Chokmah) and the latter is Understanding (Binah)...and we can't experience one without the other nor can data (Chokmah) become form unless it is Understood (Binah), thus making it In-Form-Ation! Understood data becomes form in this Universe.
In the Tarot, THE FOOL represents the One Energy, THE MAGUS and the PRIESTESS, are the Macrocosm into Microcosmic, first differentiation of Male and Female energy polarity. Pure Consciousness, known as the "root of Water" is represented by the PRIESTESS and her consort, THE MAGUS, is considered psychologically as the Will. Thus the term I Am, is understood as the intercourse of consciousness and will. Like I've said before, it's your Real name. Just as the word *Hu Man means god mind, so does I AM mean your inherited god name.
*[Hu- is Mandarin for "god" and Man comes from the Hindu word Manas, meaning "mind".]
The mating of the PRIESTESS, to the MAGUS, is described in Robert Wang's book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT as, ".....the activity of the directing Will of the One on the Great Ocean of undifferentiated consciousness which It has Itself projected” [Big Bang] ( The bracketed words are my own). Here we think of the reflexive qualities of the Divine Creative;Father creates, idea/thought, then the Mother provides the understanding to hold and form that thought. Thus we have the concept of the Universe as a Mirror, where everything is the perception and reflected activity of the Divine Spirit on its Dark Energy/ Matter and/or the infinite dark space of Self, a process which the various and varying symbols of the Tarot are attempting to suggest. Visible light, being the first conception of Self; all invisible and visible self concepts are made of light. Invisible self, is known as microwaves, cosmic rays, x rays etc. Hence, it is all called Spirit. Spirit being the Invisible Will behind conception.
The reason Crowley has positioned THE EMPEROR, so that the body forms a triangle and a cross, is because he is representing the alchemical symbol of Sulfur. This representation is because of the Alchemical explanation of the Divine-Self Interaction in terms of Sulfur, Salt and Mercury. In Tarot, Mercury is THE MAGUS, THE EMPRESS is Salt, and THE EMPEROR is sulfur. This may seem as little more than obscure abstraction: However, when we consider that THE MAGUS, (Philosophic Mercury) acts upon THE PRIESTESS (Pure Consciousness) and by Union they are transformed into THE EMPEROR (Sulfur) and THE EMPRESS (Salt), we are actually considering the quite basic attributes of our own consciousness.
THE EMPRESS is on a Path of Daleth (meaning door) which is above the Path of THE EMPEROR, simply because without her manifestation of form, he would have nothing to rule. On the Path of Heh, the Emperor is a transformation of the MAGUS (Will). Basically, when we are classifying images according to color, subject, or other criterion, we are calling THE EMPEROR into play. As does THE EMPEROR, we are acting upon form via perspective/observation. Another way to see this exercise of rule, is that if the unconscious (mind of the Empress/Intuition) didn't send up form from its depths, as a stream of images to be classified by the differentiating exercise of reason, Will would have nothing to control or transform. Thus THE EMPEROR, albeit a potent masculine force, functions as determined by THE EMPRESS.
As I have stated, THE EMPEROR, is the Path of Heh and its function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition. The Path of Heh, is a formative path of rational and classifying activities. The Thoth Card’s bright Red color is that of Binah (The Great Mother) in the World of Pure Spirit known as Atziluth. Albeit, that the male and female forces are seen as more interwoven in the lower levels as we go down the Tree of Life, the assumption that Chokmah and Binah are the only "Pure" states of Male and Female force is in error; As Chokmah(Wisdom), meaning the primary quality of maleness, is a female noun. Taking the point of view that whatever gives birth is exercising a primary female quality at the moment of birth, then all that is inherent in the male is inherent in the female and visa versa. We can mentally see this by understanding that the Creation of Chokmah, gave birth to maleness, and femaleness simultaneously.
The students of Carl Jung know that he stated the "male harbors the perfect female image in his unconscious, as the female harbors the perfect male image in her." unconscious", these being the "counter sexual component" necessary for the transformation of force and form. Jung also called the "counter-sexual components", the Anima (female) in males and the Animus (Male) male in females. The Anima, means spirit in Latin and the Animus is Latin for soul. Thus we can see that THE EMPRESS is Anima/Spirit/Creatrix/Will to Form and THE EMPEROR is Animus/Soul/Creator/Will to Force, making the perfectly developed male type on the Paths THE EMPEROR and the perfectly developed female type, THE EMPRESS. These are the pure intelligent forces that we meet and actually converse with on the Paths. If we think of the One as a Human Brain, albeit a simplistic comparison, then one has become two in the brain, female left and male right in One Intelligent collective organism that is usually shown in Western Qabalah as the figure 8; where 0=2.
The Path of Heh , along with the Path of Zain and the rest of the Tree of Life, all connect to Tiphareth, the Fulcrum of Manifestation and/or the Soul/Sun of the Divine Creative's self-conception of I AM ME.
Since the Sun of Tiphareth is in the sign of Aries, which is the sign of This Path, indicates that THE EMPEROR exercises some control over the solar forces of the Higher Self/Soul.
Thus, we have the term Constituting Intelligence meaning that THE EMPEROR assists in the building up of Light of Tiphareth from the utter-darkness of Limitless Light of the Supernal Triangle. Therefore, the Path of Heh, could also be considered as the "start of Time" in the infinity of Space. In the Thoth Tarot card, this importance of Tiphareth to THE EMPEROR is illustrated by the Sun behind his head and the overall two colored scheme of Martian reds and Sun yellows. These two colors also suggest a furious/"divine frenzied" rush of often short-lived activity.
In the Sepher Yetzirah (Qabalistic text) the letter Heh is a simple word meaning, sight. This is well represented in THE EMPEROR, since he is the "Fiery Aspect of the Garden of Eden" of which the Higher Self relates as a Self-observation of the One. It is the first path that is attributed to a function, suggesting that sight is the first of the senses, as Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac. This Path of Heh, THE EMPEROR, is what I call the First "I" sight, while the EMPRESS is the "Am" of understanding (an inner sight I call a "Womb with a view")...Together they are the "I AM", the Counter Sexuality of the One Mind/Energy.
All this contributes to the understanding that the Constituting Intelligence is the first phase of a natural cycle, such as Aries bringing forth Spring. This understanding is shown as the lamb at the Emperor's feet and the Ram headed wand. Paternal Power is shown by the bees and Fleur de Lys. The two-headed Eagle in front of a crimson disc that is on the Emperor's shield, symbolizes the Alchemist's red tincture related to the Sun and Gold (the golden child/Soul). There is a similar eagle on THE EMPRESS card that refers to the Moon and Silver (flowing intuitive consciousness).
When THE EMPEROR card is thrown during a reading it emphasizes:
- The Principle of Personal Power and Leadership.
- Building a pure base of Knowledge while remaining open minded.
- Pointing towards success, authority, stability and ambition in gain or achievement.
- Self-realization of Life Force and Personal Power.
- Sense of responsibility.
- Courage and leadership.
If ill-defined by attending cards, the querent:
- Is up against a dominant boss, or authority figure (s) who sets rules, boundaries, definitions and analysis.
- High Handedness.
- Cleverness without intuition.
- Rationality as a prison.
- The restriction of reality.
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