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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth 4 of Disks & The Babylonian -4 of Disks-Security

The Tarot of EliBefore I get into the meat of the Thoth 4 of Disks-Power, I feel that I must give and introduction to The Fours of every suit that represent solidification and manifestation and are attributed to Chesed (mercy).

The fours are "below the Abyss" and express the Rule of Law (Laws of Physics etc.)
The Four of Wands is called Completion, as the manifestation promised by Binah (understanding) has taken place.

The Four is a very solid number as it has dominating influence on all the cards.

  1. The Masculine nature of fire permits the Four of wands to be clear cut and concise in nature.
  2. The Four of Cups-Pleasure, is watery, and thus less concise, there is a natural weakness in water (to take on the impurities of its environment) that threatens its purity; it is not quite strong enough to control itself properly. This makes Pleasure a little unstable as the process of satisfaction has made it impure. Pleasure is thus known to be fleeting.

3. The Four of Swords is called Truce and represents a Strong union of Spirit-Unconscious, Conscious and Sub-conscious union that is a strong bond that keeps the manifestation in peace. Since Swords are Air (Consciousness), they are a masculine dominant force much like a military clan system of a society. Consciousness, is as Air, and is a flowing, electric force.

4. The Thoth Four of Disks is called Power, and its very solid nature pretty much eliminates any consideration of weakness.

This is the power that dominates and stabilizes everything by pacific and negotiated methods, rather than by assertion itself.

  The 4 of Disks represents the Law, and the Constitution without an aggressive element. Much like magnetism, which holds everything together without a destructive side.

The Fours are a balanced solid, and show a good foundation. The Four of Cups is the "weakest" card of the Fours, because of the nature of Satisfaction from Pleasure; it doesn't last long as satisfaction is very emotional in nature and is disturbed by the environment around it. Dissatisfaction, soon rears its dark head, and the Pleasure seeker must seek something new.
The Four of Wands is Fiery Motion contained by the Magnetic Force of Binah; we are all "alive" because of this containment of Electric force.
The Four of Disks, is the Fortress of Matter itself, the strong bond between atoms and molecules creating a "solid foundation".

So when the Tarot Fours show up in a reading....they set a positive president to the layout, and because of their strength, tend to null the negatives around them. The only exception being the Four of Cups, whose nature is polluted by its surroundings.
Both Qabalists and my faithful blog followers know by now, that Chesed is the  architect  of the Supernal (upper triangle on the Tree of Life) whose intelligence externalizes the combined potent forces of the upper Trinity.

Chesed is the administrator of manifestation and the laws there of.

The Thoth 4 of Disks (Pentacles in Ryder-Waite decks)  is the most complete expression of the grounded Chesed forces. This card shows the influence of Chesed in the material world, or the World of Assiah, as our material world is called in the Qabalah.
The Four of Disks -Power, is also called the Lord of Earthly Power, by A. Crowley.

The Angels of the Decan are Keveqiah and Mendial. The planet is the Sun and here it is in Capricorn.

The illustration of the 4 of Disks suggests a fortress implying law and order maintained by undaunted vigilance. 

The Disks themselves, are square implying that revolving or motion, is opposite to this card. However, another form of Chesed is in the Key 13 card of the Major Arcana (1+3=4) and it is the Death of stability, so that revolution can continue so the merciful destructive nature of Chesed lays hidden in gematria/numerology.  The Engineer of manifestation, has the power to reorganize what is built, through a process we call Death. Therefore Transformation is the hidden power of Chesed's Mercy.
The Four square disks each  contain one of  the symbols for the four elements and the walls are strong and seemingly immobile. Yet we have the Sun reborn in Capricorn so new powerful activity is present, and this activity is best shown as the Dancing Skeleton of key 13.

What hints at underlying trans-formative power in the 4 of disks Tarot Card, is the orange-yellow color of the card representing the Sun/Son reborn.

Like the eye of a hurricane, The Four of Disks is the "Dead Center" of the Engineer of all manifestation.  Here at the center, everything looks quite and stable, but violent activity is in the making, so soon that stability will "fly to the winds". Capricorn is the center "where the Sun turns Northward." So the turning is happening in what looks to be stable, imitating the action of a gyroscope. And just like the gyroscope, once the captured energy of the 4 runs down, stability is degraded until it "falls over".

Therefore the THOTH FOUR OF DISKS: Power
[Pentacles in other decks] represents:
...condition of assured material gain, and earthly power completed but nothing beyond. (Waite).

 As previously explained, here we have a fortress made by the grounding of Chesed (mercy)in Assiah, the Material world. Held by constant authority and vigilance, where a type of Law and order holds the Four Alchemical Elements in balance.

Air (mind), Water (emotions), Fire (Spirit) and Earth, are all centered around material security and in doing so "nothing ventured, nothing gained", becomes a problem of stasis. However, in the future, stasis will be removed by the Greater Spiritual Self (A Tower Moment) to keep things moving; the past structure that held energy for security and ability to work, must fall for new energy to be introduced.  But for now things look under control and sitting back and enjoying material security seems justified. In the 4 of Disks, we also have gift, legacy and inheritance.

As aforementioned, astrologically we have Sun in Capricorn which assures the light and warmth of success but nothing beyond the moment. Therefore, the Thoth 4 of Disks is representative of the Rational Mind in total control of creative energy for material wealth; boundaries against change are erected and the illusion of security is enjoyed. 

Now this feeling of benevolent strength, is indeed wonderful but we must also invest in the motion of wealth and send it into prosperity, as prosperity is spreading your wealth around by spending it, so being flexible with your wealth, be it information or monetary, is recommended.  Therefore, this card reminds us that damming a river can secure water, but if we don't leave room for flow, we stifle the prosperity all around us for a false sense of security. This easily becomes Avarice and blockages of thought, empathy and in-action shall naturally follow from excessive devotion to materialistic rewards. 

However, if the drawbridge of our mind or individual perspective, (seen on card) is open for "outside" traffic we can make something tangible and take concrete steps towards creating security in the physical world that actually enhances that security for others as well.  So when all is examined, this card represents a positive with a caveat of caution ; a kind of  " good for you", that can only keep being good if you expand it to "good for others" as well.  The draw bridge is down and the gate open on this illustration of the 4-of Disks, for we must allow flowing change in order to really stay Secure in our power.
The Babylonian Tarot-4 of Disks-Security, takes this idea of fortress as well.
Presented on this card is a Mesopotamian ziggurat, which comes from the Akkadian word zigguratu, translated into English as "peak" or "high place". Often called a "stepped pyramid", the fortress was built of bricks as a multilevel platform located on a terrace.

With the four corner's of the ziggurat, representing the "four elements'', these "House of the Mountains" also sported shrines, where rituals dedicated to the gods took place. The belief being, that the god to which this building on the mountain was dedicated to, would descend and take the shrine as his/her abode amongst the people.

The largest zuggurat, Etemenanki, meaning "the link between heaven and earth", was located in the city of Babylon.  Here, the Greek Historian Herodotus described the shrine at Etemenanki's summit as the site of a sacred marriage ceremony between the god Marduk and a mortal princess.

By building their pyramids in the center of busy cities (unlike the Egyptians), the Ruler's of Mesopotamia, gave the people a sense of security, knowing that their gods lived amongst them.  Just as the illustrated Sumerian zuggurat for Nammu, in the city of Ur.

The ziggurat featured on the Babylonian Tarot Card, is below four disks, that represent the sun in Capricorn, as two have the "goat fish" image of Capricorn, and two have the  Babylonian sun image. The cuneiform symbol for the number 4 is shown centered between these disks.

When the Four of Disks is thrown during a reading:.

  • The querent is owning their own personal energy, physical potency and vitality. The very act of which proceeds change.
  • There may be a feeling of holding on tightly to what one has, emotionally or physically.
  • The enfoldment of Power, Here the Ability to Do Work (Power) is unfettered and the "inner-engineer" is active.
  • The querent is taking solid steps towards creating material security in the physical world.
  • Here, "nothing ventured nothing gain" is the axiom of the Four. 
  • Security, and material gain.
  • Gain of money or influence, a gift, inheritance.

If Ill defined:

  • Holding to tightly to what you have, and not taking risks of change.
  • Blockage of creative thought due to avarice, or excessive devotion to material things.
  • Stagnant and resistant to change.

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