The Starman Key 4-The Emperor, artistically seems to represent a fantastical space Emperor kind of like the Flash Gordon or Dune series of Science Fiction books and movies. His face is a combination of David Bowie and Abraham Lincoln. He is the Universal Architect, that lays down the rules of all that is created, including the Patriarch rules of culture and society. This is a scientific mind, as can be seen by the sextant and books at his feet. His navel or Muladhara Chakra, his power center, is a gathered pattern of neutrons, representing his knowledge combined with physical power. Surrounding him is the architecture of man-made cities, alien calligraphy, sacred geometry of space and the solid ground of rocks/minerals. All of which he sets down the rules for. The idea of a thing, sets no measurement in the vastness of immeasurable Mind. However, to manifest this "idea" as a living form, measurement must be set. That is why bees are such and such a measurement and elephants are such and such a measurement. Everything must fit together according to law, reason and rule. He is Chokmah, will to Force, and Chessed-Mercy, enacting both accordingly. He assures leadership, authority, stability, security and protection. He is a strict disciplinarian, sometimes making our dealings with him uncomfortable. However, his enforced righteousness, harshness and punishment, are the stern necessary methods of tough love that teach us more self-discipline and to think logically and rationally rather than succumb to rampant emotionalism.
He is the window through which the Above can be seen from the below. Hence, the great diamond patterns of energy, representing the Above and Below, that are seen in the upper left of this card. In the fantastical city scape are also the electric patterns of brain neurons, showing the rational thought of measurement. The meanings ascribed to the Starman Tarot are those of the Thoth Tarot.
The Thoth Tarot Emperor Card is the Path of Heh on the Qabalistic Tree of Life that runs between Tiphareth (Beauty-the Solar Logos) to Chokmah (Wisdom-Lesser Creator who rules over manifestation) 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 Sub-conscious, the Unconscious 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. The Universal Collective Unconscious of Carl Jung, is the One Mind Collective, within which all "self-reflections", are reflected upon. The Universe resonates to the sound of I AM.
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 small ego of the brain cannot otherwise grasp.
By beginning to understand the next 5 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 ego.
Because of Modern Physics, we know that there is only One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed, and transmitted 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. 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 the 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 Dancing 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. Hence, the ejaculation of Energy patterns into limitless space , making the Kether male (Male is not a sex here, but an action). The One became Two, Androgynous, when I became united with 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 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 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, I AM is your Real name.
The 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; I Am creates, idea/thought, then the Will to Form/understanding of imagination is needed to hold that thought in suspension long enough for the Emperor to set measurement. Thus, 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 of limitless 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 and pure Will) 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 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 its function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition. The Path of Heh, is a formative path of rational and classifying activities. You may notice that on the Thoth Emperor card, the Hebrew letter Tzaddi is shown, and not the letter Heh. There is a mix up of understanding here. The Star card represents the hook that connects the Above and Below. In the Sepher Yetzirah (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. This 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. The Star card, is the Watery aspect of the "Garden of Eden" where the personality begins.
The Thoth Card’s bright Red color is that of Aries and The Great Mother-Geburah, 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 O twisted upon itself to view itself. We call this the lemniscate and/or infinity symbol of the magus/magician. Now we have 2 of 1. The male and female. The Divine Creative.
Carl Jung 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 Anima/Spirit/Imagination and THE EMPEROR is Animus/Soul/Rationale, 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 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.
Because of the works of Dr. Paul Foster Case, 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. This Path of Heh, could also be considered as the "start of Time" in infinity. In the Thoth 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.
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.
- Ground yourself and believe in the concrete world around you.
- Walk your talk.
- The Emperor implies that you no longer have to prove yourself, your expertise and experience are unquestioned, it is time to lead by example.
- Your presence is enough to succeed. Be Present!
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.
- There is a reluctance to take responsibility to your own life circumstances and excuses abound.