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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-key 3-The Empress & The Connolly Tarot-key3- The Empress

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Empress-Key 3, is attributed to Daleth, the Hebrew letter that means Door, and is ruled by the vibrations of the Planet Venus.
On the face of it, the Empress is compliment to the Emperor-Key 4 but her attributes are more Macrocosmic and Universal as compared to his more Microcosmic and material.

The path of Daleth (on the Tree of Life) unites the Father and Mother, Chokma and Binah. This is not saying one came before the other, rather Chokma-Wisdom and Binah Understanding are inseparable and simultaneous.

Then there is the alchemical  symbol of Venus, which is the only planetary symbol that comprises all the Sephiroth of the Tree of  Life.  The Doctrine implied here, is that the fundamental formula for the Universal creation is Love (The Law of Attraction). 
The Magnetic Womb, and Women is difficult to summarize in one word. Therefore the Greek quote,"Many-throned, many-minded, many-wiled, daughter of Zeus", points us into the direction of the mystery that is "The Womb With A View" (Imagination).

The Empress, is both the Highest Spiritual and lowest of  material qualities (as above, so below) as she is the Mother of Form on all planes of existence while  she is also the Alchemical SALT which is one of the three forms of alchemical energy (Mercury and Sulfur are the other two). Salt is seen as the inactive part of Nature (Womb) that must be stimulated by Sulfur to maintain the whirling (spiral)  equilibrium of the Universe.
Consequently the arms and torso of the Thoth Deck Empress illustration  suggests the shape of the Alchemical symbol of Salt.

The Thoth Empress card shows a women in crown and vestments of  the Imperial, seated upon a throne. Her throne uprights suggest blue twisted flames symbolic of Her birth from Water, the Feminine Element that is Conscious and Magnetic. 
In her right hand is a Lotus of Isis; suggesting the Passive Power of the Feminine (the Power that Contains). The roots of the Lotus are in the Earth beneath the Water Itself, but its petals are open to the Sun, suggesting the belly of the chalice, i.e. the Holy Grail. She is then the Living Form of the Holy Grail sanctified by the blood of the Sun (the Sun ejaculates energy which she accepts; semen is of blood).

Perched on the Throne's uprights are a sparrow and a dove, her most sacred birds. On her robe are bees and dominoes surrounded by continuous spiraling lines. Her girdle is the Zodiac. The symbol of the Womb's Love of Form is everywhere similar on this card.

The tapestry beneath the Throne is embroidered Fleur-de-lys and fishes (fishes being the symbol of the First Matter) and also the Secret Rose which is at the base of the Throne. This is the Rose-Mari, a sacred symbol/Grail of the Goddess Mari-The Ocean Goddess who was seen as the Womb of all Life on Earth. On this card there are no contradictions; what seems to contradict are held in equilibrium by the revolving moons shown on this card.

The heraldry of the Empress is two fold. On her right is a Pelican feeding its own young with blood from its heart. On her left, is the white Eagle of the Alchemist.  The Pelican can be identified as The Great Mother and the offspring as her Daughter (Princess) who becomes many. The understanding of this symbology is as deep as the Ocean, and that is the why and wherefore of initiations. Love is not a human emotion for it emotes form the Ocean of Conscious, from which all Life-Form became. To seek love, is to deny being  love; rather we are Love who Creates Itself as off-spring, i.e. "Self Reflection". 
The Qabalistic and metaphysical, symbolism of The Empress is many; however, there is much more to realize if one is to be a powerful reader of Qabalistic Tarot.

It is necessary for the reader to understand that all nature is  bound together in a continuity of oceanic-life-blood. The Great Mother Ocean flows in all of us as our blood PH that is the same as the Ocean PH; salt.

The Thoth Deck key 3, The Empress, thus flows in our "Life Force" as "Will to Form" and both Male and Female forms are her "children"; all Form belongs to her.

We must also see that there is no break between light and dark as 99.6 of the electromagnetic spectrum is "unseen light". The Dark is the foundational substance that the .4% of visible light reflects on. Also, there is no separation of the Unconscious and the consciousness, as the consciousness is the Unconscious "child". This phenomena is often called the two sides of the mirror; dark side and light side. Isis  (the reflected-Consciousness) is not a different Goddess than Nephthys (the darkness-Unconsciousness), She is the "other side" of Her. When these considerations are fully understood, it is possible to reconcile Quantum Theory with  Electromagnetic equations, as well as, possible for a personality to understand that it is "reflected" upon the Mirror of the Soul/Psyche.

The consort of the Empress is the Key 4-The Emperor, his Red Eagle (Sulfur) corresponds to her White Eagle (Salt). For the student it is often necessary to understand that sometimes, with these High Cards, it is necessary to work backwards, as these are symbols of perfection and not reflection.  In the Empress and Emperor we have the initial perfection of Nature (a perfect economy of energy called electromagnetic) and the Perfection of the Art (...to be). I hope I am not confusing anyone here, as I try to explain the inexplicable nature of Dark Energy and Dark Matter as reflectors of intelligent light. The fact that Spiral Entity (Spirit) is of Dark Energy, may go beyond our understanding; However, realizing that Spirit makes forms out of light by the process of "Self Reflection", may corral this elusive idea, as well as, reinforce the idea that Spirit and Soul are not separate either, as Spirit's self-reflection produced Souls.

The Arch or door, at the back of The Thoth Empress card, is representative of the Gate of Heaven; the transition from reflected light to the darkness of unlimited light ; from the unconscious to the conscious. The student who is dazzled by any given manifestation may be led astray, for there is no other card that explains the axiom,"Can't see the forest through the trees", better than this one. The competent Tarot reader must look past the parts to see the whole of the Empress, for the state of Divine Feminine is more than the sum of her forms. This is not a "mundane card", for the Divine Feminine is unseen, yet it is all around us, for none of us have ever left the "Womb", as we are encompassed in the Atmosphere of our Mother Earth, but even before that, the Womb of Water; the Divine Collective  Unconscious, forever we are forms of Self-Reflection, floating around in the amniotic fluid of the electromagnetic spectrum. You can say, that our purpose as manifested spirit is, "Self-Reflection".

The Connolly Tarot-key3- The Empress, shows a royal figure, dressed in the pink clothes of love, seat on a red throne in a ripe field. The masculine/expressive aspect of her, is shown in the red throne and the golden sky. Her fecundity and fertile mind is shown in the fruitful field. Electricity is expressive, Magnetism is receptive, thus we have forms of the Divine Masculine as electricity, and of the Divine Feminine, as magnetism and as we may know, the electric and magnetic are inseparable.

Next to her is the fountain of Life (consciousness) and the image of regeneration shown as the butter fly.
Here, the Empress stands for total balance and synchronicity of all form. Abundance, is the key word for the Empress.

When this somewhat complex card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing:

  • Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, and also luxury.
  • There is also wise-love implied here.
  • Imagination (the Womb with a View) is everything here and there is an opening towards all sensuality, implying a welcoming person who is receptive and finding great comfort in Nature;creatures and people without need for control.
  • Promise of growth, prosperity and fertility in all things.
  • Needs fulfilled with satisfaction and joy.

In order for this card to be ill defined, some very "evil" cards must accompany it in order to imply a certain self indulgence and intemperate living.
 Esoterically, this card is the "Mother" of the ternary Goddess, "Maid, Mother and Crone".
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