the Manara erotic tarot- 4 of earth- ( Terra )
The Erotic Tarot, 4 of earth, depicts a scene of avidity and the power of illusion. Here a groupie is going after her star-Idol. To the shock of the man and the crowd, she is ambitiously pursing her heart throb, completely living in her own world of lascivious ambition. With the clothing rack, in the left side of the image, one could deduce that he is a celebrated clothing designer. Whatever media-charged personality he is, she is going to have him come "hell or high water". With the Sun in Capricorn, (signs on bottom right of card) there is a need to live life intensely and in an ambitious manner. This is also a metaphor that provides an image of the disturbing nature of the illusion of power that the media bestows on the suggestible.
Milo Manara assigns to this card the meanings of:
Thoth- 4 of disks-Power
4 OF DISKS: Power
[Pentacles in traditional decks]
...condition of assured material gain, and earthly power completed but nothing beyond. (Waite).
Here we have a fortress made by the grounding of the 4th Sephiroth, Chesed (mercy) in the world of Assiah, the Material world. Held by constant authority and vigilance, a type of Law and order exists to hold the Four Alchemical Elements in balance. Air (mind), Water (emotions), Fire (Spirit) and Earth, are all centered on material security. Material security also often means "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. However, for now things look under control and sitting back and enjoying material security seems justified. Here we also have gifts, legacy, and inheritance.
Astrologically we have the Sun in Capricorn which assures the light and warmth of success but nothing beyond the moment. This is representative of the Rational Mind in total control of creative energy for material wealth; 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. Therefore, 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 to "outside" traffic we can make something tangible and take concrete steps towards creating security in the physical world that enhances that security 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 to really stay Secure in our power.
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.
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 thereof.
The 4 of Disks is the most complete expression of the grounded Chesed forces. This card shows the influence of Chesed in the material world, or the World of Assiah as our material world is called in the Qabalah.
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 word Power means the ability to do work. Hence, the Lord of Earthly Power is working on the material plane.
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 of 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 immobile. Yet we have the Sun reborn in Capricorn, so a 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 quiet, 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." So, the turning is happening in what looks to be stable, just like all the spinning atoms in your stable body.
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.
- Here, "nothing ventured nothing gained" is the axiom of the Four.
When ill defined:
- Blockage of creative thought due to avarice, or excessive devotion to material things.
- Holding too tightly to what you have, and not taking risks of change.
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