The Thoth Key 4-The Emperor.The Principle of personal power and leadership
The Emperor symbolizes the the totality of fire. Aries, the Ram, behind the Emperor, is the fire sign and represents exploration, adventure, curiosity, and initiative.
The sun rises behind the
Emperor, as a symbol of the natural source of light. He is the animus--
masculine energy, Zeus, of Greek Mythology or Marduk of Sumerian, who is the father or patriarch. In the Orient, he is the yang
energy, which represents dynamic, initiatory power.
The bees on the cloak symbolize shows that he realizes that all leadership requires vision. The Fleur-de-lis, the three -petaled flowers on the bottom of this card, represent royalty and effective leadership that requires heart, mind and spirit in flowing balance.
In Shamanic and/or ancient societies, the essence of spirit has been symbolized as fiery energy.
The Babylonian Tarot, key 4, The Emperor/Marduk shows this fiery energy with solar-electric wings and lightning bolts in his right hands. Marduk, was the patron god of Babylon, and firstborn son of Ea. Roughly translated the name Marduk means "bull-calf of the sun" or "bull-calf of the storm". It was Marduk who fixed the stars and gave the gods their heavenly abodes.
In the story of Enuma Elish, Marduk, as god of thunder and tempest, served as the champion of the gods in the great cosmic battle between order and chaos; between the younger gods of light and the older gods of darkness. The epic Babylonian creation story goes on about how the gods elevated Marduk to be their ruler and defend them against the chaos dragon Tiamat. Showing, that even in the middle east, as with the Hindus, the war between the god's is a very old story, much older than the Christian war between the angels.
(Tiamat was the Sumero-Babylonian "Goddess Mother" from whose formless body the Universe was born at creation, i.e. personification of The Deep (Abyss), or Tohu Bohu. Latter, the Babylonians claimed that Marduk, Tiamat's son, divided her into heavens above and earth below. But the original division was made by the Mother herself, as the ancient Pelasgian myth of her Aegean counterpart, Eurynome.[Graves,G.M.1,27].
In derivative Hebrew myths, Tiamat became Tehom, The Deep; and this is how she appears in Genesis 1:2. The Patriarch writers forgot she was the personified womb, A Middle-Eastern version of Kali whose being before creation was "formless". The universe creation senerio also came from the formlessness of the three states of the Qabalistic Ain, Ain Soph, Ain Soph Ur. Much like the "Maid, Mother and Crone" of Kali. Which in modern science is the Space Time continuum.)
In the latter part of the 2nd Millennium Marduk absorbed the attributes of about 50 Babylonian deities (the majority of them), including the storm god Ellil. In Tablet VI of the Enuma Elish story, the gods declare the Fifty Names of Marduk. Without needing to declare all fifty here, some are:
- Asarluhi- god of incantation and light of the gods (the first name his father Anu gave him).
- Marukka- creator of the gods.
- Marutukku- supporter of the land.
- Mershakushu-the fierce yet merciful.
- Asare-creator of grain.
- Shazu- who knows the hearts of the gods
The list goes on and on, later Marduk was also often called Bel,
The planet Jupiter, Nibiru,
was attributed to his visible self.
Marduk's wife is the goddess Sarpanitu, and his symbol is the snake-dragon.
The Babylonian Emperor card is also attributed to Aries.
THE Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, EMPEROR-key 4, is the Path of Heh that
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).
Inheritance from the Demiurge Chokmah/Wisdom (Lesser Creator) and the Great
Mother Binah/Understanding (Female aspect of the Demiurge) we are all the "Shades" of
Modern psychology has called these Shades of
Consciousness, the Unconscious (Abyss), the Sub-conscious (Mind) and the Consciousness (Personality)
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 visualize and thus harmonize the shades of consciousness within ourselves and are experiencing a New Age (The Age of Aquarius or Aeon 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.
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 the first law of thermodynamics that there is only One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed (and transmitted), The Emperor represents that law and the student of the Tarot knows that all the 78 cards of the Tarot deck represent Transformations
of the One. 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 All of both is The Divine Creative.
The robes they wear, Empress and Emperor,
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) that makes all things possible.
The Qabalist knows that
the "Big Bang" came from what is the Source, Kether, thus the ejaculation of Energy, making the Action of Kether
-male ( Male is not a sex here, but an action) and therefore defining
the Divine Feminine as "Formless"
(from which action came) in the three formless states of Ain,
Ain Soph and Ain Soph Ur ; likened to the three states of Kali, as Kali-ma, Kali-Ema and Kali-Uma. Both the Babylonian Tarot and Thoth Tarot Emperor cards support this "From formless" came action. The Babylonian Tiamat was formless before she became action when in "war" with Marduk and then Form through the interaction with Marduk.
The One became Two, Androgynous, when I became Am ,
which is Qabalistcally known as Chokmah and Binah, which should be stated
Chokmah/Binah, just as Yin/Yang or Time/Space, Marduk/Tiamat 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!
In the Tarot,
THE FOOL represents the One Energy, THE MAGUS and the HIGH PRIESTESS,
are the Macrocosm into Microcosm; first differentiation of Male and
Female electromagnetic 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, i.e
"existence". Like I've said before, I AM is your Real Psyche Birth name.
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).
we think of the reflexive qualities of the Divine Creative; The Divine
Feminine/Masculine 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, reflecting on Itself, a process which the various and varying
symbols of the Tarot are attempting to suggest.
The reason Crowley has positioned
THE EMPEROR , so that the body forms a triangle and a cross. is because
he is representing the 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/Water) 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 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.
As I have stated
, THE EMPEROR, is the Path of Heh (Window)
and its function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition; she decides image, be it mirror or panorama.
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 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. Thus relegating action to masculine-force and receptiveness to feminine-form.
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 Anima, means soul
in Latin and the Animus is Latin for spirit.
Thus we can see that THE EMPRESS is Anima/Spirit and THE EMPEROR is Animus -Soul, 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 and forms of the Divine Collective that
we meet and actually converse with on the Paths. If we think of the Divine Collective
as a Human Brain (Tree of Life), albeit a simplistic comparison, then
One has become two, female and male, in One Intelligent organism (The
Tree of Life or human brain) on the Path of Heh.
Since the Sun of Tiphareth (Soul Psyche) is
in the sign of Aries, which is also the sign of This Path, indicates
that THE EMPEROR exercises some control over the Solar forces of the
Higher Self, which is a collective of the personality- forms that the Soul forced into being.
Thus, we have the termConstituting 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. In the Thoth Deck card, this
importance of Tiphareth to THE EMPEROR is illustrated by the Sun behind
his head and the overall two colored scheme of Martian reds and Sun
yellows in both Thoth and Babylonian Tarot cards. These two colors also suggest a furious/"divine frenzied" rush
of often short-lived activity.
In the Sepher Yetzirah
(Qabalistic text) the letter Heh is a simple word meaning, sight (Window).
This is well represented in THE EMPEROR, since he is the "Fiery Aspect
of the Garden of Eden" (Archangel Michael) of which the Higher Self relates as a
Self-observation of the One and/or the origin of "I". It is the first
path that is attributed to a function, suggesting that "I" sight (often shown as the "All seeing Eye") is the
first of the senses, as Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac.
Therefore this Path of Heh, THE EMPEROR, is what I call the First "I"
sight, while the EMPRESS is the "Am" of understanding (an inner sight I
call a "Womb with a view"). Together they are the "I AM"; the Counter
Sexuality of the One Mind/Energy.
All this word
manipulation contributes to the understanding that the Constituting
Intelligence is the first phase of a natural cycle, such as Aries
bringing forth Spring. This understanding is shown as the lamb at the
Emperor's feet and the Ram headed wand. Paternal Power is shown by the
bees and Fleur de Lys. The two headed Eagle in front of a crimson
disc that is on the Emperor's shield, symbolizes the Alchemist's red
tincture related to the Sun and Gold. There is a similar eagle on THE
EMPRESS card that refers to the Moon and Silver. The Babylonian tarot shows this Aries power as Mars (ruler of the Aries sign), or Marduk, as god of war.
- When THE EMPEROR of Thoth or Babylonian Tarot is thrown during a reading it emphasizes the Personality Characteristics:
- The Principle of Personal Power and Leadership.
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.
- It mirrors to you- your own creativity, leadership and able responsibility.
the element of fire, you are warm, nurturing, electric, dynamic and
vital in those activities that appeal to you as well as challenge you.
is an important symbol to meditate on in order to visually implant a
model of how to use power and leadership in ways that expand and
liberate yourself and others from self-perceived weaknesses and
becoming an actively divine creative force.
ill defined by attending cards, the querent is up against a dominant
boss, or authority figure (s) who sets rules, boundaries, definitions
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