Thoth-ATU 4-The Emperor
4. From the exhaustless riches of its limitless substance, I draw all things needful, both material and spiritual.
Attributed to The Emperor-ATU 4 is the Hebrew letter He'; the Path of He' that runs between Tiphareth (Beauty-the Solar Logos) to Chokmah (Wisdom-Lesser Creator who rules over manifestation) and is known as the Constituting Intelligence (Paul Foster Case). When one looks at the Emperor card they see the Hebrew Letter Tzaddi rather then the Hebrew Letter He', they will find the letter He' on the Star Card. Confusion reigns here, as even Crowley seemed uncertain about the Path of Tzaddi and the Path of He'. He wrote: "It is finally to be observed that the white light that descends upon him indicates the position of this card in the Tree of Life .His authority is derived from Chokmah, the creative Wisdom, the Word, and is exerted upon Tiphareth, the organized man".[page-78 of the Book of Thoth]. This puts the Emperor on the 15th Path of Tzaddi.
Then there is the amalgamation of multiple states of the One Energy (upper triangle), known as the Garden of Eden. Here again Crowley proposes and interchange of the Emperor (Tzaddi) with the Star (He') which most Tarot Scholars of Qabalah disagree. In dealing with the Star, the scholars describe the Emperor as the "fiery aspect of the Garden of Eden", to which the Higher Self relates, while the Star is the Eden of personality. Therefore, the Emperor is the Self-Observation of the One (Self-Awareness) and therefore, Heh/He', meaning "window or Sight", becomes He'-The Window that reveals the Light of the Father. It is also the first path to which a sensor function is attributed in the Sepher Yetzirah (primary book of Qabalah), suggesting that "I" sight is the first of the senses as Aries is the first house in the sequence of the Zodiac. Aries, as the first sign, emerges directly from Chokmah, the Sphere of the Zodiac.
Rider-Waite-Smith-Key 4-The Emperor
Also, as shown on the Rider-Waite-Smith ,Golden Dawn and most traditional Tarot cards, the Emperor sits on a grey granite throne, the color attributed to the sphere of Chokmah, and the Aries Rams decorating the throne. Because of our Divine Inheritance from the Demiurge (Lesser Creator-Chokmah) 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 awake Self-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/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 mind cannot otherwise grasp.
By beginning to understand the Top 5 Trumps/Paths, [THE EMPEROR, THE EMPRESS, THE PRIESTESS, THE MAGUS, THE FOOL], the initiate will be developing the consciousness of the Sun/Son of The Divine Creative- Horus----the 22nd century human.
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. From the One, emergence the opposites, which are activating the formative, Male (Electric) and Female (Magnetic) communion and/or the original High Mass. Therefore, 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 rates 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. Therefore, 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 PRIESTESS, are the Macrocosm transforming into Microcosmic, creating the 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. Hence the term I Am, is understood as the intercourse of consciousness and will. Like I've said before, it's your Real name.
This 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; He creates, idea/thought, then the Mother Binah and her Ocean of mind/understanding to mold that thought into information. Now 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 Self, a process which the various and varying symbols of the Tarot are attempting to suggest.
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 alchemical attributes of our own consciousness.
From the previous blog one should be familar with THE EMPRESS as the 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 set measure to. On the Path of He', 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 and giving it measurement in the Universal Collective Unconscious. Another way to see this exercise of rule, is that if the Imagination (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. Therefore, THE EMPEROR, albeit a potent masculine force, functions as determined by THE EMPRESS. Hence as I have stated, THE EMPEROR, is the Path of He' and its function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition, making The Path of He', a formative path of rational and classifying activities.
The Thoth Card’s bright Red color is that of Fire/Aries/Mars-and the Blood 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 Hebrew 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 Latin word- Anima (female) in males and the Latin word Animus (Male) male in females. The Animus means courage, vivacity, bravery, will, spirit, soul. and the Animus is Latin and in the English translation, anima, means life, breath, vital energy, (sex energy)and Soul. Thus we can see that THE EMPRESS is Anima/Soul/Psyche/Breath 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. These are the pure intelligent forces that we meet and actually converse with on the Paths. Both exist as one in the Soul, and If we think of the One Soul as a Human Brain, albeit a simplistic and artificial comparison, then one has become two in the brain, female left and male right in One Intelligent collective organism and/or 0=2. The Tree of Life on the Path of He' points to such a union. Since the Sun of Tiphareth is also linked to the sign of Aries, which is the sign of this Path fo He', indicates that THE EMPEROR exercises some control over the solar forces of the Higher Self. Therefore, we justify jthe term Constituting Intelligence ( Coined by Dr. Case) meaning that THE EMPEROR assists in the building up of Golden Sun /SonLight in Tiphareth from the utter-darkness of Limitless Light of the Supernal Triangle. This Path of He', could also be considered as the "start of Time" in infinity.
In the Thoth Emperor card, this importance of Tiphareth to THE EMPEROR is illustrated by the Sun behind his head and the overall 2 colored scheme of Martian-reds and Sun-yellows. These two colors also suggest a furious/"divine frenzied" rush of often short-lived activity-Vital Life Force and/or "sex energy". This Path of He', 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/Soul/Psyche. 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 also shown as the lamb at the Emperor's feet is a young non-agressive Aries and the Ram headed wand is the symbol of the aggresive nature of Aries. 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.
Haindl Tarot- Key 4- The Emperor
The Haindl Emperor Card, displays the Hebrew Letter He' (Heh) in the upper left, and the Rune-Ansuz often represents the Stag or Ansur- the mouth:
Jul 05, 2008 · Thorsson aptly states that Ansuz is the “rune of ancestral sovereign power of the mind consciousness, inspiration, enthusiasm and the power of the use of symbols for transformation of consciousness.” The spirit takes up its residence in the human body when the babe breathes its first breath. It leaves the body with the last breath.
Behind the Haindl Emperor is the Norse WorldTree called Yggdrasil, rooted in the mystery of life's origins and it branches reaching the stars and beyond. Above the Emperor's head is the Macrocosmic/Microcosmic diamond symbol representing the "As above, so below" axiom of metaphysics. The rod in the hand of the Emperor, symbolizes the authority he has received from the Empress, while the golden sphere in his other hand, represents the material world. Hence, his authority to measure and catagorize the forms created by the Creatrix. The meanings of the ATU-4 Thoth card apply here.
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.
- Influence of society.
- Resurgence of energy
- Sexual potency.
- If ill-defined by attending cards (reversed if Haindl), the querent is:
- up against a dominant boss, or authority figure (s) who sets rules, boundaries, definitions and analysis.
- Blocked possibility.
- Development of sensitivity.
- High handedness.
- Rationality as a prison.
- The restriction of reality.
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