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THE EMPRESS Key 3-Thoth Deck and Spiral Tarot Card Comparisons.

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 is multiplicity.

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. 

All 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. 

She 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". 
We 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
the 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
Salt, 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.
As 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.
When this card is thrown, the querent is experiencing:
  • The principle of  wise love.
  • 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 of control. 
  • A surge of Creative imagination, as imagination is everything in our reality, this promises achievement and success in our goals.
  • The querent may experience a high dedication to healing and nurturing.
  • 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!

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