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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot key4, The Emperor & The Babylonian Tarot key 4-The Emperor/Marduk

The Tarot of EliThe 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:
  1. Asarluhi- god of incantation and light of the gods (the first name his father Anu gave him).
  2. Marukka- creator of the gods.
  3. Marutukku- supporter of the land.
  4. Mershakushu-the fierce yet merciful.
  5. Asare-creator of grain.
  6. Shazu- who knows the hearts of the gods
The list goes on and on, later Marduk was also often called Bel, meaning Lord.
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).
Because of our Divine 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 consciousness.
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.

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 psyche.

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, whenbecame 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).

Here 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.

As stated before,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.
  • 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.
  • It mirrors to you- your own creativity, leadership and able responsibility.
  • Like the element of fire, you are warm, nurturing, electric, dynamic and vital in those activities that appeal to you as well as challenge you.
  • This 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.
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

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