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The Tarot of Eli-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot- ATU 4-The Emperor & Tarot of The Ages-Key IV- The Emperor

Western Tantric and Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Tarot of The Ages- Key IV-The Emperor, depicts an Egyptian Pharaoh, wear the combined crown of the Upper and Lower Nile. The Aries Ram decorates the background and the arms of his throne. The Vulture of the Goddess Maät and the Cobra-The Uraeus, symbolised the Genetrix and/or Goddess as Creator and it stood for royal spirit, healing, and wisdom. It was usually shown on the forehead covering the third eye area. The Power of the Pharaoh, consists of the fire and air of the White Nile and the water and earth of the Blue Nile. His royal flail and hook are crossed as is done in royal burials and is the symbol of the union of opposing forces and/or the simultaneous creation of opposites.

The author and artist use the Hebrew letter Daleth- meaning door, on the bottom left of card, which is attributed to the Empress in the Thoth Tarot. The symbol for the sun is on the bottom right.

The divinatory meanings of this card are those of the Thoth Tarot, and are shown at the end of this blog.

The Emperor-ATU 4 is the Path of Heh 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). He is the Intelligence that applies "measurement" to Forms.

Because of our Divine Inheritance from the Demiurge (Lesser Creator) and the Great Mother (Binah) we are all the "Shades" of the Universal Collective Unconsciousness. Modern psychology has called these Shades of Higher Consciousness, the 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 and/or Age of Horus) of higher thought, where the Mind is One, with many aspects that contribute to creation as we see it. Binah , the 3rd Sephiroth understands the "ideas" of the 2nd Sephiroth, Chokmah, which becomes In-form-action (information) born of the Priestess, while Chessed the 4th Sephiroth, applies measurement to these forms, so that they all fit into a nice ordered pattern of the Universe.

Because of Modern Physics being taught in many schools, we know 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, 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 they wear, represent tie different planes and/or dimensions of our mufti-verse Collective Unconscious, 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; therefore, the ejaculation of Energy, making the Kether male ( Male is not a sex here, but an action). The One became Two (0=2), Androgynous, when I became Am, which is known as Chokmah and Binah, which should be stated, just as Yin/Yang or Time/Space are known to be inseparable and established at the same moment*, as are all opposing forces in our universe. 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!

In the Tarot, THE FOOL represents the One Energy, THE MAGUS and the HIGH 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 HIGH 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, of which you begin every declaration of Will to Force and Form. such as: I Am happy, I Am sad, I Am rich, I Am impoverished, I Am Well, I AM ill, etc.

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; The Divine Creative creates, idea/thought, then the understanding to measure that idea or thought. Therefore, 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 abyssal Self, a process which the various and varying symbols of the Tarot are attempting to suggest. In planer terms, Light is a reflection of Energy Self-Awareness. Energy and Mind are now inseparable as data and electricity are inseparable in your computer or IPhone.

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 knowledge) 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.

As stated in the previous blog: 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 and/or measure. 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 subconscious (mind of the Empress) 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.

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. 

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 soul in Latin and the Animus is Latin for spirit.** Using this analogy, we can see that THE EMPRESS is Anima/Soul/Psyche and THE EMPEROR is Animus/Spirit/Will, making the perfectly developed male type on the Paths: THE EMPEROR and the perfectly developed female type, THE EMPRESS, together compose the Divine Creative. These are the pure intelligent forces that we meet and actually converse with on the Paths. If we think of the One Mind as a Human Brain, albeit a simplistic comparison, then 1 has become 2 in the whole brain, female left and male right in One Intelligent collective organism. The Tree of Life on the Path of Heh is such a union.

**Anima

Anima originated from Latin, and was originally used to describe ideas such as breath, soul, spirit or vital force. Jung began using the term in the early 1920s to describe the inner feminine side of men.[2]

Animus

Animus originated from Latin, where it was used to describe ideas such as the rational soul, life, mind, mental powers, courage or desire. In the early nineteenth century, animus was used to mean "temper" and was typically used in a hostile sense. In 1923, it began being used as a term in Jungian psychology to describe the masculine side of women.

Anima and animus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For the album by The Creatures, see Anima Animus.

The anima and animus are described in Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology as part of his theory of the collective unconscious. Jung described the animus as the unconscious masculine side of a woman, and the anima as the unconscious feminine side of a man, each transcending the personal psyche. Jung's theory states that the anima and animus are the two primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind, as opposed to the theriomorphic and inferior function of the shadow archetypes. He believed they are the abstract symbol sets that formulate the archetype of the Self.

In Jung's theory, the anima makes up the totality of the unconscious feminine psychological qualities that a man possesses and the animus the masculine ones possessed by a woman. He did not believe they were an aggregate of father or mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, or teachers, though these aspects of the personal unconscious can influence a person's anima or animus.

Jung believed a male's sensitivity is often lesser or repressed, and therefore considered the anima one of the most significant autonomous complexes. Jung believed the anima and animus manifest themselves by appearing in dreams and influence a person's attitudes and interactions with the opposite sex. Jung said that "the encounter with the shadow is the 'apprentice-piece' in the individual's development … that with the anima is the 'masterpiece'".[1] Jung viewed the anima process as being one of the sources of creative ability. In his book The Invisible Partners, John A. Sanford said that the key to controlling one's anima/animus is to recognize it when it manifests and exercise our ability to discern the anima/animus from reality.

Since the Sun/Son 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.

Hence, 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. This Path of Heh, could also be considered as the "start of Time" in infinity. In the Thoth 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 2 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. Pursuant to the garden theme, it is time to note that Crowley poses and interchange of The Emperor with the Star which myself and most Western Qabalistic Scholars believe is a mistake. As stated, The Emperor is "the fiery aspect of the Garden of Eden", to which the Higher Self relates, while The Star is the Eden of Personality. Each unto itself is a specific pristine point where consciousness can look both forward and back upon itself. Hence, sight is attributed to Heh, which is the Self -observation of the 1. Being that it is the 1st path of which sensation and/or sensory function is attributed in the Sepher Yetzirah, implying that sight is the first of the senses as Aries is the first house in the Zodiac sequence. Therefore, as the first sign, Aries/Emperor, emerges directly from Chokmah, The Sphere of the Zodiac. Therefore, the Constituting Intelligence is understood as the first phase of a natural cycle. All in all, the letter Tzadeh (Tzadde) which is errantly applied to The Emperor in the Thoth Tarot, should be applied to The Star, and the letter Heh (He), applied to the Emperor.

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 2 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 as does the Sun/Son, the "golden child" symbol behind his head. There is a similar eagle on THE EMPRESS card that refers to the Moon and Silver.

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.
  • Confidence.
  • Wealth.
  • Stability. 
  • Authority.
  • Indomitable spirit.
  • Leadership. 
  • Father.
  • Brother.
  • Husband.
  • Male influence. 
  • Domination of intelligent reason over emotion and passion.
  • Attainment of goals.

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.
  • Immaturity.
  • Ineffectiveness.
  • Lack of strength.
  • Inability. 
  • Weakness of character.
  • Failure to control petty emotions.

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