Obatalá I see You in the Mountain
Obatalá I see You in the Sky
The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Santería-Earth-Obatalá, is considered to be the orisha (African Spirits that have made the middle passage)of the white robe. Therefore, the blazing bright white of the snow covered mountain peak bespeaks of his brilliance. It is even considered among the Voodooist, that the white clouds in the sky sing his praise names. Obatalá is considered to be the carrier of profound and enduring wisdom. As Chesed is considered to be Large in mercy and wisdom, as Jupiter is a giant among planets, so is Obatalá large in spirit. Obatalá is the ancient ancestor, the elder. Sometimes Obatalá, is both male and female, for giving birth is seen as a female act and to express force is considered a male act. Hence, he is both the mother and father of cool whiteness.
Depicted on this New Orleans Voodoo Tarot Card, is an wise elder. Snails, that are crawling on his arm, are considered sacred to Obatalá, because of their coolness. His color is white and one of his aspects is the power of the "elder male" while also he is known for his compassion and coolness.
When thrown in Divination, the 4 of Santería card implies:
- Wisdom displayed in the matter at hand.
- Fair judgment.
- Correct assessment of a situation.
- Calm mastery of a situation.
- Deliberate action.
Depicted on the Thoth 4 of Disks Card-Power, we have a fortress made by the grounding of the 4th Sephiroth- Chesed (mercy) in Assiah, the Material world. Held by constant authority and vigilance, a type of Law and order holds the 4 Alchemical Elements in balance. Air (mind), Water (emotions), Fire (Spirit) and Earth, are all centered on material security. Material security can also mean "nothing ventured nothing gained" and becomes a problem of stasis that will be removed by the Greater Spiritual Self (A Tower Moment) to keep things moving. For now things look under control and sitting back and enjoying material security seems justified. Here we also have gift, legacy and inheritance.
Astrologically we have Sun in Capricorn which assures the light and warmth of success but nothing beyond the moment.
It is representative of the Rational Mind in total control of creative energy for material wealth and intuition is seemingly silent; boundaries against change are erected and the illusion of security is enjoyed. Now this feeling of benevolent strength, is indeed wonderful but we must also invest in the motion of wealth into prosperity---so being flexible with your wealth is recommended. The 4 of Disks card reminds us that damming a river can secure water, but if we don't leave room for flow, we stifle the prosperity all around us for a false sense of security. This easily becomes Avarice, blockages of thought and action which naturally follow from excessive devotion to materialistic rewards. However, if the drawbridge of an open mind is open for "outside" traffic we can make something tangible and take concrete steps towards creating security in the physical world that actually enhances that security for others as well. So when all is examined, this card represents a positive with a caution; a kind of “good for you", that can only keep being good if you expand it to "good for others" as well. That is why the draw bridge is down and the gate open on this illustration of the 4-of Disks, we must allow flowing change in order to really stay Secure in our power (the ability to do work).
By looking at the Qabalistic Tree of Life, one can see that Chesed- the 4th Sephiroth called Mercy, is the architect of the Supernal (upper 1-2-3-triangle on the Tree of Life) whose intelligence externalizes the combined potencies of the upper Trinity. Chesed is the administrator of manifestation and the laws there of.
The 4 of Disks (Pentacles in traditional decks) is the most complete expression of the grounded Chesed forces. The 4 of Disks -Power, is also called the Lord of Earthly Power. The Angels of the Decan are Keveqiah and Mendial. The planet is the Sun and here it is in Capricorn.
The illustration of the 4 of Disks suggests a fortress implying law and order maintained by undaunted vigilance.
The Disks themselves, are square implying that revolving or motion, is opposite to this card; However, another form of Chesed is in the Key 13 card of the Major Arcana, and it is the Death or Change as stability, so that revolution can continue, 1+3=4, so the number of Chesed lays hidden in Gematria (numerology). Chesed, the Engineer of manifestation, has the power to reorganize creation through a process we call Death.
The 4 square disks each contain one of the symbols for the four elements and the walls are strong and seemingly immobile. Yet we have the Sun reborn in Capricorn so new powerful activity is present, and is best shown as the Dancing Skeleton of key 13. What hints at underlying power in the 4 of disks Tarot Card is the orange-yellow color of the card.
Like the eye of a hurricane, The 4 of Disks is the "Dead Center" of the Engineer of all manifestation. Here at the center, everything looks quite and stable, but violent activity is making it so and soon, that stability will "fly to the winds". Capricorn is the center "where the Sun turns Northward." Therefore, the turning is happening in what looks to be stable.
When the 4 of Disks is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is owning their own personal energy, physical potency and vitality. The very act of which proceeds change.
- There may be a feeling of holding on tightly to what one has, emotionally or physically.
- The enfoldment of Power. Here the Ability to Do Work (Power) is unfettered and the engineer is active.
- The querent is taking solid steps towards creating material security in the physical world.
- Holding to tightly to what you have, and not taking risks of change.
If the 4 of Disks is surrounded with negative cards, it will be implied as ill defined:
- Blockage of creative thought due to avarice, or excessive compulsivity.
- Here, "nothing ventured nothing gain" is the axiom of the shadow side of the 4.
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