THE EMPRESS, is the Path of Daleth-meaning-Door, and Her planet is
Venus. THE EMPRESS, is also called the "Gate way to Heaven", as She is
the transitional state of energy between the Above and the Below. The
effect of this transition is from One into many, so the key to this card
If one looks at THE HIGH PRIESTESS card of the Spiral Tarot, they'll
observe the Hebrew letter Daleth in the upper left corner and the planetary sign of Venus in the Upper right. The Tree of Life is also represented in the image just below the sign of Venus. Venus is also represented in the dove flying above her head. Her robes of red and green represent fertility, which is also expressed in the fruitful garden surrounding her. Her foot is placed upon a crescent moon, another symbol of the goddess and a reminder of her "dark side". This Spiral Card is focusing on a fruitful creative period in life.
The Thoth Deck Empress is dressed in a simple diaphanous robe, which is appropriately
covered with all the jewels of creation. As a Qabalist, I am painfully
aware of the inadequacy of anthropomorphic symbolism when describing the
Supernal Triangle, the 'As Above"; yet Tarot pictures unconsciously
communicate a great deal of information, that words can only flail at.
The images represented in both Spiral and Thoth Tarot of THE EMPRESS card, are an attempt to convey the
concept of pure fruition. As an exercise towards this goal of understanding, the initiate must try to conceive of pure emotion., which
is a feeling which has no subject or object, neither love nor hate, but
which is the raw material of both; a kind of Lust without need of
result. Armed with such an understanding, the initiate may begin to
understand something of the Great Binah, The Great Mother, THE EMPRESS,
who is the Illuminating Intelligence or Birth Mother of Ideas through transitional state of Understanding. She is Mother Nature of the Cosmos.
that is Life on Earth is the providence of THE EMPRESS, as she builds
life forms around the Spirit of Life, establishing the Laws of the
Universe that have to do with restriction and formation. She is the
Supernal Female Force. She is also Venus-Aphrodite. the Goddess of Love.
Love is the Law.
The Luminous Intelligence of Chokmah (2nd Sephira-WISDOM), becomes the Illuminating Intelligence of THE EMPRESS (3rd Sephira-UNDERSTANDING), inferring filling up and emitting Light, thus bestowing the title of Mother of Light on the Great Mother.
is a Door, and one may pass through a door in any direction, to pass
through Her on the Return Path, is to pass into Supreme Darkness. The
dual dynamic of the Door, has often been shown as Janus, the Roman Two-Faced god,each face looking in opposite directions. In fact the Latin word janua
means door and before this god was made male by revisionism and stated by the Romans to have presided over
communications and the affairs of men. Janua Coeli, "gate of Heaven", was the goddess Juno and her "yoni gate" veiled in the hymen in her own Temples. Her "yoni gate" was where one passed through in life and again in the opposite direction, in death. Thus She faced life and death, with two faces. Here then, as THE EMPRESS, Janua/Janus
resided over the passage of ideas. Originally, Janus was a Solar
Entity, and THE EMPRESS is the Mother of the Sun, so the comparison is
not only still viable but pertinent as well, so anything that can be said
about Janus can be said about THE EMPRESS as well, even though she is
anthropomorphized as Venus-Aphrodite. (For further info on the Goddess Janua/Janus, see: The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myth and Secrets, by author: Barbara B. Walker)
Noting both Tarot Cards, the Luxurious Proliferation
of Nature with each facet so compelling, being both beautiful and
hypnotic, when skrying, it is possible for the student to lose sight of the Overview
of the Path of Daleth. This point was acknowledge by A. Crowley in his
Book of Thoth, where he warned,"..the student who is dazzled by any
given manifestation may be led astray. In no other card is it so
necessary to disregard the parts and to concentrate upon the whole".
know that the Venus-Aphrodite is the "Goddess of Love' but many forgot
that She is also named the "Goddess of Desire". Desire, being born with
the most abstract principle of Form, holds a very specific meaning for
the Student of the Mysteries, as to feel is to desire, but to unite
wholly with the Universe, requires the "want of nothing". Thus, the
coming to or the leaving of desire is another aspect of the Door Way
that is THE EMPRESS-- Path of Daleth.
THE EMPRESS as shown in both the Spiral Tarot and the Thoth Deck card, looks to be all
nurturing and light, however, the darkened crescent of the Moon suggests
transformation or change and to Qabalists She is known as the Mother of
Life and Death. Growth and destruction are concurrent Empress-
activities, just as old cells die and new cells are born in a daily
cycle in your physical body
The transparent bubbles shown in
front of the Thoth Empress image, represent the veil that we must pass through
to realize the Path of Daleth (Door), to pass beyond the veil is to
cross into a completely new level of conscious energy, where her laws no
longer apply. The veil is a dramatic separation of imagined reality and
what is Real.
By now, the able initiate knows that God is the Energy-
Mind that created the Universe by thought. We do the same thing, as
"images of god", we create reality by imagining it. Whatever we create
in our personal minds, becomes. This is an often ridiculed
concept or precept of both metaphysics and the mysteries. However,
ridicule does not an understanding make, and as a Personality attains
greater Self=Awareness, the implications of responsibility for what
one thinks become most profound!
The Thoth Deck Empress, is illustrated in the alchemical image of Salt, that is the inactive principle which is activated by the alchemical Sulfur (Emperor), maintaining
whirling (Spiral) balance of the Universe. The design of the Alchemical
symbol of Salt, is , a circle with a line bisecting it horizontally, as
is shown in the positioning of her arms and if you put the Empress and
the Emperor, side by side, her on the Left and Him on the right, there
faces are looking at each other. This is Yab Yum, illustrating the
Tibetan word that means , Goddess God, face to face, as well as, the
activating activity.. The twisted blue shapes represent flames and her
birth from Water, which we know to represent consciousness. The
Living Holy Grail, is the Lotus like chalice in her hand. At her waist
is the Zodiacal girdle or belt, above her head are the dove and sparrow, both are birds of Venus. At her feet is a white pelican that is
feeding her own young with her own flesh which is a common symbol of the
Great Mother, for even "not so great mothers", build the young from their
own flesh.. The white eagle shield corresponds to that red eagle shield
of the Emperor.
To reiterate,The alchemical references for the
Supernal Triangle are, THE MAGUS is Mercury, THE EMPRESS is
THE EMPEROR, is Sulfur. Thus Kether is Mercury, Binah is Salt and
Chokmah is Sulfur, the Sephiroth united on the Tree of Life that turn
our leaden consciousness into the Golden Intelligence of the Son (Sun),
i.e. the Divine Child. The only blocking veil to this end, is Desire
consciousness. We must lose the reality of the "I Want's" known as
"Wanna-Be's" and become the I AM's of our original inheritance.
always, words make the reality of their meanings seem so simple, but in
truth, the simplest words are the most subjective, such as IT, or I .
One must cross the emptiness of want, of sense, of sight, before one can
visit the Great Mother, who creates the "I Am" of us all.
this card is thrown, the querent is experiencing:
- The principle of wise
- The power of owning your own inherited maternal and loving
nature that resides within.
- An opening to all sensuality and
delighting in luxury of the senses, as does a child, before they are
taught to fear them.
- Comfort among the natural, having no need
- A surge of Creative imagination, as imagination is
everything in our reality, this promises achievement and success in our
- The querent may experience a high dedication to healing and
- All in all, THE EMPRESS, represents happy, stable, relationships, growth and fertility.
The negatives of this card can be "smother" love, but this aspect is shown in the surrounding cards.
Thank you for your interest and comments. Much appreciated! May you live long and prosper!