Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-key 3, The Empress & The Babylonian Tarot key-3, The Empress/ Aruru
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-key 3, The Empress & The Babylonian Tarot key-3, The Empress/ Aruru

The Tarot of EliI am the love of being, that creates being so I can be love...I Am the love of you.
It can never be overstated that these cards or keys, represent states of conscious energy that comprise our Psyche of whole-self.

In The Thoth key 3, and The Babylonian Tarot key3, The Empress,represents the symbol of the universal principle of love with wisdom. She is a symbol of our ability to extend love and receive love. In Jungian psychology, she is the anima, the feminine nature.

The moon is a western symbol for the feminine magnetic nature that is receptive to the male electric nature, usually symbolized as the sun. In the Babylonian Tarot, the sign of the Planet Venus (lower right) an ancient symbol, used to represent this feminine nature of the Divine Creative.

The blue lotus is the Eastern symbol for wisdom. She is the yin energy of the orient.
The Babylonian Tarot key 3, represents the ancient Sumerian/Babylonian wisdom. Aruru (Sumerian- Ninhursaga) was the creative goddess of many names. As the goddess of earth she was thought to be named Ki, meaning earth. By merging many separate goddess characteristics into one divine feminine, Aruru developed such names as, Ninhursaga (queen of the mountains), Ninmah (exalted lady), Ninsikila & Damkina (Sumerian- Damgalnuna), Mami or Mama (Mother), Nin-ziznak (lady of the embryo), Nin-bahar ("lady potter", probably because she made Enkidu out of clay) and Nintar (the lady who gives birth). Because she was said to place the crown on the Babylonian kings, she was also called "the lady of the diadem"-Ninmena. 

As the wife of the Male Creative Principle, Anu, Aruru being the Divine Feminine Creative Principle, she parented many gods and goddess. Aruru was also the consort of Ea and assisted Ea in the creation of mankind from clay and also created eight new trees in the land of Dilmun.  Dilmun was a pure-holy place which was previously devoid of water, plants, animals and humans and became the Sumerian garden of Eden, long before the authors of Genesis existed. For this creative reason she was also named Nin-Dilmun (lady of Dilmun). Ea, blessed the paradisaical land of Dilmun, to have plenty of water and palm trees.

As the story of Dilmun goes, Ea and Aruru gave birth to the goddess Ninsar (lady plant). Through Ninsar Ea sires Ninkur. Then with Ninkur, Ea sires Uttu, the goddess of vegetation. Then Uttu bears eight new species of trees for Ea.  Ea, the god of wisdom (Chokmah-2nd Sephira in the Qabalah) then consumes the tree offspring, an act that Aruru cursed him for by giving him eight wounds, one for each eaten child.  As the story goes, Aruru eventually relents and mates with Ea again, producing eight new tree off-spring, one each to healed his eight deadly wounds.

Therefore the Key 3-The Empress, 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 on the Thoth Card represent the mental realms of consciousness ( The Tree of Life) as do the Eight Trees of Dilmun (symbolizing the Eight Auric Bodies of Tantra Yoga). 

The Qabalistic Thoth EMPRESS, is the Path of Daleth-meaning-Door, and Her planet is Venus, the planetary sign also shown on the Babylonian card.

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 Divine Creative and the creations). The effect of this transition, is from One into many, (all the goddesses and gods in the Babylonian legend) so the key to this card is multiplicity.

If one looks at THE HIGH PRIESTESS card of Thoth, they'll observe a simple diaphanous robe; However, 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/Divine Creative. Yet the pictures of tarot, unconsciously communicate a great deal of information, that words can only flail at and therefore must be skried.

The images represented in THE EMPRESS card, both of Thoth and Babylonian Tarot, 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 Aruru, and/or THE EMPRESS, who is the Illuminating Intelligence or Birth Mother  of Ideas through transitional state of Understanding.  She is Mother Nature. 

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-Aruru,  the Goddess of Love. Love is the Law.

The Luminous Intelligence of Chokmah (wisdom), becomes the Illuminating Intelligence Understanding) of THE EMPRESS, 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 this god was stated by the Romans, to have presided over communications and the affairs of men.

Here then, as THE EMPRESS, as 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.  Anything that can be said about Janus can be said about THE EMPRESS  as well, even though she is anthropomorphized as Venus-Aphrodite or Aruru.

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".

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 the Thoth and Babylonian cards, looks to be all nurturing and light, however, the darkened crescent of the Moon (Thoth Card), as does the background Mountain in the Babylonian Tarot, 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). For to pass beyond the veil is to cross into a completely new level of conscious energy, where her physical laws no longer apply. The veil is a dramatic separation of imagined reality and what is Real.

By arriving at this Qabalistic Path of the Empress, the able initiate knows that God is the 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 concept maybe 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, which is the inactive principle that 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 a Dual faced process called Yab Yum, illustrating the Tibetan word that means , Goddess God, face to face, as well as, the activating activity. 

The twisted blue shapes on the Thoth Card represent flames and her birth from Water, which we know to represent consciousness. The Living Holy Grail, is the Lotus like chalice in the Thoth Empress's hand. At her waist is the  Zodiacal girdle or belt, above her head are the dove and sparrow, both are representative of the "birds of Venus". 

At the Thoth Empress's 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, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, 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,  Me 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 Me" of us all.

When the Thoth or The Babylonian Empress, 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. 

For more information about the Tarot cards and/or a reading  of either Tarot or of the human aura, email Eli,<info@eli-lsmerchantile.com> Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!

2 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-key 3, The Empress & The Babylonian Tarot key-3, The Empress/ Aruru:

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Dbr on Monday, April 13, 2015 6:09 PM
it is curious to me that alchemicaly Mercury is sulfur (atu 1) Emperor is sulfur (atu 4) Empress is salt (atu 3) The Magus is married to the priestess (atu2) then why is she not salt Or another component of the alchemical equation ? I am the love the love of you
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Eli on Monday, April 13, 2015 10:57 PM
Good question! True be told, the High Priestess represents the source of all water. Water, and Fire are also combined in Alchemical equations. Especially the making of the "Philosopher's stone". The High Priestess supplies "solution". Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper! I am the love of you.

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