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The Tarot of Eli: The Erotic Tarot- Key 4-The Emperor & The Thoth Tarot-ATU 4- The Emperor

Hermetic Qabalah-Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Erotic Tarot of Milo Manara, depicts a scene of mystery and water. Here we have a woman at the edge of a river, with a misty figure of an Emperor rising out of the foaming waters. He represents security, fecundity, authority and order. He is Aries who is I AM Authority. Hence, we have Milo's rendition of Aries rising out of the Water, the water also representing the mysterious female element here. For their is no Emperor unless the Empress calls him Emperor. So one might suggest, that Milo Manara illustrates the Empress, while bathing, invoking the Emperor from the Magnetic element of the Universal-Water, which is Her element of Form. Magnetism invoking electricity.

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life-The Emperor- is the Path of Heh that runs between Tiphareth (Beauty-the Solar Logos)-the 6th Sephiroth to Chokmah (Wisdom-Lesser Creator who rules over manifestation) the 2nd Sephiroth and is known as the Constituting Intelligence (Dr.Paul Foster Case).

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 Unconscious, the Sub-conscious 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) of enlightenment. For to be enlightened is not to have any separation of the Unconscious, sub-conscious (instinctual mind)-or consciousness-Just one Conscious I AM ME -A collective of One.

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 mind cannot otherwise grasp in words.

By beginning to understand the next Five 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-Whole and Complete-ONE MIND.

Because of Modern Physics, 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-Self. From the One-Self, emergence the opposites of Selves, 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, 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!

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.

The mating of the HIGH 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 creates, idea as Self-Identity, then the mind/Understanding, the Vessel of Womb to hold that idea, where it gestates until birth into Measurement and/or Form. Thus we have the concept of the Universe as a Mirror of Self-Reflection , where everything is the perception and reflected activity of the Divine Spirit on its Dark Energy/ Matter Self, a process which the various and varying symbols of the Tarot are attempting to suggest. Each of us, as a persona (Greek for-Mask) of our Soul, are Self-Reflections on the Mirror of the Soul/Psyche.

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 HIGH PRIESTESS (Pure Consciousness) and by Union they are transformed into THE EMPEROR (Sulfur-Fire) and THE EMPRESS (Salt-Ocean), 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 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.

As I have stated, THE EMPEROR, is the Path of Heh and not the path of Tzaddi as errantly shown on the bottom left of the Thoth Emperor card, for his function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition. The Path of Heh, is a formative path of rational and classifying activities. Here, the Empress forms the idea, for She is Imagination and the Emperor than gives the form Measurement. That is why he is 4 and the Ruler of Material Manifestation-He gives the measurement to all things. That is why we don't have 6 ton Ants and minuscule elephants. The Path of Tzaddi is the Star Card. For She is the "hook" that attaches the Above and the Below. Tzaddi means-hook, where as the Heh means "window or sight".

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 verse. 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 spirit in Latin and the Animus is Latin for soul. Thus we can see that THE EMPRESS is the Spiritual Womb and THE EMPEROR is Animus/Soul/Phallus (it ejaculates personality), 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. The Tree of Life on the Path of Heh is such a union.

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.

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. (See: blogs on eli-lsmerchantile.com). This Path of Heh, could also be considered as the "start of Time" in infinity. 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 (Earliest 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. Hence, the letter Tzaddi is in error on this card. For the Star Card represents the Garden of Personality, as She is the Spiritual connection between the Soul and Spirit. Therefore, the 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. 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.
  • Security, order. 
  • Dignity. 
  • Fecundity.

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.

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