The Babylonian Tarot- 4 of Disks-Security, shows the ziggurat, from the Akkadian word zigurratu, that is unique to Mesopotamian architecture. Ziggurat, means "peak" or "high place" which is often called a stepped pyramid. The 4 corners of the ziggurat pointed to the 4 cardinal directions. A shrine was placed on the top of the ziggurat, and rituals to the gods were preformed there. The top of the ziggurat, was supposed to be the abode of the visiting god. Many academics believed this to be because the Sumerian, Akkadian and Babylonian peoples believed the gods lived on mountain tops, so they made a mountain of their own believing the gods would visit. However, according to the translated Sumerian clay tablets, the Annanaki ("Those who from the sky came") The "gods who came from the sky" and created the homo sapiens as their work force, landed on the top of these structures and spoke to the people from there and lived in the shrine while visiting. They were not alone in this belief, for even Moses had to go to a mountain top, where the bushes were burning from a landing craft, and spoke to the visiting god there. The Hindus believed the gods flew about the earth, and even fought a war amongst themselves. The Dogon of Mali believe homo sapiens were created by the Nomo, who came from the area of the night sky called Sirius. The Mayans also believed this to be true, but the gods were from the sky area of Orion. All believing that we are DNA modified beings, created by the gods who visited the earth and created homo sapiens by"marrying the women of men". Men being a species of hominid . The fact that even in Australia, the aborigines have painted "space men" on their sacred rocks, such as Ayers Rock, kind of makes this more than "supposition" BY CONSCIENTIOUS ALONE. We even use the highest points beyond sea level to launch out own rocket ships, to preserve the fuel needed to break free from the force of gravity.That the "few who rule the many" wish us to not know ourselves, seems to be an obvious fact as well.
Unlike the Egyptian pyramids, built in the desert far from the populace, the Babylonians built their ziggurats in the middle of their large cities and were designed for use by the living. Believing their patron god lived among them, must have given the Babylonians a powerful sense of security.
On the Babylonian Tarot Card, we see 4 disks in the sky, 2 with the "goat fish" that represents the sign of Capricorn and 2 that bear the sign of the sun-disk. In the center is the cuneiform letters for the number 4. Below is a Sumerian depiction of a god-ship landing.
The divined meaning for the Babylonian Tarot- 4 of Disks is the same as for the Thoth 4 of Disks.
4 OF DISKS-POWER.
[Pentacles in other 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 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; 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.
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 Ryder-Waite decks) 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 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 4 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." So 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.
- Here, "nothing ventured nothing gain" is the axiom of the 4.
- Holding too tightly to what you have, and not taking risks of change.
- Blockage of creative thought due to avarice, or excessive devotion to material things.
- Material security.
- Preparing the groundwork.
- Power achieved through acquisition.
- Business obstacles removed.
If ill defined (Thoth) or reversed (Babylonian):
- Bloated bureaucracy.
- Stagnant and resistant to change.
- Business obstacles.
- Material instability and loss.
- Lack of security
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