I am the love of being, that creates being so that I can be love.
can never be overstated that these cards or keys, represent fragmented states of
conscious energy that complete our whole-self.
In the Thoth Tarot key 3, The Empress,is
the symbol of the universal principle of love with wisdom; she is a
symbol of our ability to extend love and receive love.
, she is the anima
, the feminine nature. The moon, shown on the card, is a
western symbol for the feminine magnetic nature that is receptive to the
male electric nature, usually symbolized as the sun.
The blue lotus is
the Eastern symbol for wisdom. She is the yin energy of the orient. Key 3 reminds us that love
with wisdom is the capacity to nurture and support ourselves in equal
proportion to how we nurture and support others.
All the birds represent
all the mental realms of consciousness ( The Sephiroth on The Tree of Life).
THE EMPRESS- key 3,
is the Path of Daleth-(emerald green path between 2-Chokmah and 3-Binah) meaning-Door, and Her planet is
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, they'll
observe a simple diaphanous robe, that of THE EMPRESS 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 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 Universe.
that is Life on Earth is also 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, becomes the Illuminating Intelligence of THE EMPRESS, 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, that is stressed in the Shadow Tarot. 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 this god was stated by the Romans, to have presided over
communications and the affairs of men. Here then, as THE EMPRESS, 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 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.
When entering this path the pyschonaut experiences the Luxurious Proliferation
of Nature with each facet so compelling, being both beautiful and
hypnotic, 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 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. There is also a Shadow side to lust, desire and intense sensuality, as expressed in The Shadow Tarot card 14-Dagdagiel.
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 of love 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
Mind that created the Universe by dreams of Self- 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; sex.
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
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 Wants" 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 Am of us all.
The Shadow Tarot of Linda Falorio14/Dagdagiel (remember you must subtract 11 from The Shadow Tarot number to get the comparable Light Tarot card number), displays the Dark side or Shadow side of this 3rd state of the Collective Unconscious. She has fashioned the Tunnel of Dagdagiel (tunnels are paths) as an oyster shell, representing the masculine sexual prowess. Yet we all know that oysters not only represent the shape of the female sexual organ but also smell of sea salt, that is a very feminine sexual scent. Thus, the inseparable maleness and femaleness of the Supernal Triangle is also represented here.
Without is depicted the chaos of a spider-web, where the web becomes a network of "infinite corroding light", whose interstices are black holes in interstellar space or trans comic vortexes in the void of the Dark Unconscious that suck us unawares into the "Twilight dream time", as the author calls it. It is obvious the awe of entering this dark desire tunnel has permeated the consciousness of Linda Falorio. For she goes on in throws of awe, dashing words about almost chaotically, trying to describe this extremely sensual experience, that defies description.
You see, Dagdagiel is the sensually debauched aspect of the Dark Venus. The ancients called her the white sow or the Tibetan Phagmo Dorje. This state of the unconscious is a type of wallowing, mired in erotic orgasmic delight and insatiable; constantly consuming, her own creations, that erupt from her desires. That is why I cautioned the initiate who enters the inner Path of Daleth (the door) they must be free from desire, or she will consume the desire personality.
But to go on, Linda Falorio compares this shadow side of the Empress, to Maat (and many other destroyer goddesses) or "the gate of the aeon of Maat, and High Priestess of the Mysteries that bows to no man". She seems to be overcome with awe of this Great Feminine Principle of the Unconscious Womb of consciousness. I too felt great joy here, and she called me Husband and treated me to her orgasm, but in truth, we bowed to each other--Face to Face. This is the place of the "Big Bang" (no pun intended) where insatiable desires lite up the universe. This state of deep inner dark Unconscious, left me clean and "keeper of her property" (the meaning of the word Husband).
This goes to show you, that each of us has our own sensual experience here, and each of us must return to rational states of being, as Crowley warned.
In a ring of fire, are shown the crawling images of a scorpion, snake and spider (not easily seen) which are symbols of Serker (Egyptian Lord of Death), caster of the first circle and weaver of the first web (first ejaculation). The Egyptian-Serk or Serker, was considered the "Black Sun enclosed in the Earth's Womb", at the bottom of the underworld, in a secret pyramid filled with "the blackest darkness". Interestingly Serker is also the title of the phallus at the point of "dying", sending forth seed into the dark. Again supporting the lust-filled sexuality of this psyche-Tunnel of Dagdagiel. Somewhere, the word beserker was formed from this and describes one who has lost his mind to a furious insatiable desire to kill.
These shadow cards of Linda Falorio are splashed about with ancient god/goddess names in an awe filled attempt at description. I would recommend that one separate one mythology from the many here, so that they don't get lost in the swirling dance of too many descriptions.
One seeks the powers of Dagdagiel, in order to experience drunkenness of the senses (Bacchus) where the world is aglow with colored lights (Aura seeing). When one is seeking mastery of the green ray of nature (the colored path of Daleth) with the possibility of communication with and co-operation with the Deva's, (Ka-Dro-Mah, of the Tibetans). These "serpent headed" deities ( the divine feminine that is of many faces and in charge of Vibration or Spiral flow) are not for the lust-filled child, that most men are. Here degradation of Womb-man, is not tolerated and the "seed" belongs to her darkness. Here also, are sexual prowess and fecundity ( I had to get a vasectomy!) placing one within communion with all life (I called her Grand Mother River, the serpentine flow of all life), the ability to expand and liberate life from self imposed limits. Here is the power to merge with all life, peoples, races and cultures. The mind floods with the realization of the Divine She as "Everything I see is another way to be me." becomes conscious reality.
You know you need to enter the realm Dagdagiel, by skrying this card, when you feel joyless inside, and where life's simple sensual pleasures allude you.
the Thoth Empress or The Shadow Tarot-Dagdagiel 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.
- There is an opening to all sensuality and
delighting in luxury of the senses, as does a child, before they are
taught to fear them.
- One finds 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
nurturing. All in all, THE EMPRESS, represents happy, stable, relationships, growth and fertility. We are reminded that the power to give love
and receive love comes from deep within us and is our natural
inheritance from the Divine She.
- The negatives here are generated unconsciously by seeking oblivion "when seeking the kisses of Nut" (Egyptian Great Mother, a personification of the Night sky):
- Lack of discernment and judgment.
- Physical and moral dissipation.
- One ignores danger, when seeking sensual desire, such as not wearing a condom, ignoring the danger of AIDS. Or over drinking, eating etc.
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