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THE EMPEROR-Key 4: Sprial Tarot and Thoth Deck Tarot card comparisons.

THE EMPEROR-key 4, is the Path of Heh, the Hebrew letter that is on both the Thoth and Spiral Tarot. Heh 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).
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 Consciousness, the Unconscious, the Sub-conscious 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 consciousness within ourselves and are experiencing a New Age (The Age of Aquarius or age of Horus) of enlightenment.
The Higher we realize ourselves 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 next Five 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.
Because of Modern Physics, we know that there is only One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed (1st law of thermodynamics), and the student of the Tarot knows that all the 78 cards of the Tarot deck represent Transformations of the One.shown as the Fool-0 card. From the One, emergence the opposites, which are activating the formative, Male (Electric) and Female (Magnetic)  communion. Thus 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 rate that are either Force (male) Kether or Form (Female) Binah, and/or their intertwining of vibration (The Divine Union of Goddess/God; The Divine Creative) that makes all things possible..

The Qabalist knows that the "Big Bang" came from what is the Source, The Ternary Dark Ain (3 states of No-thing represented as Dark Unconscious, Dark Energy, &  Dark Matter)  before  the Kether or "point". Thus the ejaculation of Energy, making the Kether the Phallic singularity or male.( Male is not a sex here, but an action). The One became Two, Androgynous, whenbecame Am , which is known as Chokmah and Binah, which should be stated Chokmah/Binah, just as Yin/Yang , protons/neutrons and/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 other is Understanding (Binah)...and we can't experience one without the other! Illustrated here, Binah is the Red Neutron and Chokmah is the yellow solar Proton.

In the Tarot, THE FOOL represents the One Energy,   THE MAGUS and the HIGH 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 HIGH 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, it's your Real name any other names you choose (or that are chosen for you) are just definitions of action or inaction that you call a "me".

The mating of the HIGH 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 God; God creates, idea/thought, then the mind/understanding to hold that thought. Thus we have the concept of the Universe as a Mirror, where everything is the perception and activity of the Divine Spirit (Spiral Energy conscious) on Itself, a process which the various and varying symbols of the Tarot are attempting to suggest.

Kay Steventon depicts her EMPEROR of the Spiral Tarot,  as sitting on a mountaintop on a majestic throne, that is adorned with the Two headed Eagle. This dual headed eagle is the symbol used by the Czars and that reminds us of dominion and majesty. The Emperor is the symbol of absolute authority and ruthlessness. The sight from his throne is panoramic  and thus implies the meaning of the letter Heh, Sight-Window. as he is  overlooking all creation.
The Emperor of the Spiral Tarot is focusing on the depiction of Self Authority and self discipline; of having responsibilities and control. The White and Black checker flooring is the color of the Yin/Yang union, (Kether and Binah) that is the Divine Creative. You may not see the Goddess in this image but she is the Dark Beauty that reflects all image. She is always present as is the Union of Male Female Energy Conscious that I call the Divine Creative. She is the Dark Matter (Mother).

The reason Crowley has positioned THE EMPEROR  of the Thoth deck Tarot, so that the body forms a triangle and a cross. is because he is representing the more arcane 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 HIGH 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. Another way to see this exercise of rule, is that if the subconscious didn't send up form (idea) 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. Now all of this takes some meditation and thoughtful examination.
 
Again, in both Decks,THE EMPEROR, is the Path of Heh (meaning Window or sight) and its function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition.  The Path of Heh, is a formative path of  rational  and classifying activities. It's bright Red color is that 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 (atomic 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 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 Anima (female) in males and the Animus (Male) male in females, the neutron and proton in atoms. The Anima, means soul in Latin and the Animus is Latin for spirit. Thus we can see that THE EMPRESS is Anima  and THE EMPEROR is Animus, 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 Conscious as a Human Brain, albeit a simplistic comparison, then One has become two, female and male in One Intelligent organism the Human Brain. However, Heh is a bigger View on the Path of Heh.
 
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 (Protons)
Thus, 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.(see past blogs). This Path of Heh, could also be considered as  the "start of Time" in infinity.  

  The Path of Heh, is a formative path of  rational  and classifying activities.

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.
  • Self confidence in action.
  • Taking personal authority over all emotions and feelings. Accepting the responsibility of "if you feel it, it is because you think it". Blaming others for your "feelings" is cowardice to this state of mind.
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.
  • Having issues with a Father figure.

Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!



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