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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth- Key 4-The Emperor and The Connolly Tarot-key 4- The Emperor

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Emperor is both Mars and is assigned the Hebrew letter-Tzaddi or Tsadeh. The Hebrew letter, Tzaddi, refers to the sign of Aries in the Zodiac and the ruler of Aries which is Mars and the resulting combination exalts the Sun. All of which implies that Aries and Mars  is a combination of energy in its most material form with the idea of Authority.

The Thoth Deck Emperor is illustrated as an imperial martial figure bedecked with crown and imperial vestments. His throne shows capitals that are representative of  Himalayan Ram heads which also represent Aries the Ram.  The conchant lamb and upright flag at his feet represent his domesticated attribution on the lower planes. As is noticed in both government (the flag) and Rams, if untamed they both are  wild and courageous, lonely in lonely places, whereas when tame they both are made to lie down in green pastures becoming docile and cowardly.

The Emperor also represents the alchemical element, Sulfur, as shown by his posed head and arms forming a triangle, below crossed legs form the cross, making a complete sigil of the alchemical sulfur.

In the Gnosis of Alchemy, Sulfur is the male fiery energy of the Universe and corresponds to the Qabalistic Fiery- swift creative energy, the initiative of all Being. The Bee and Fleur-de-lys, both support the Imperial image as ancient signs of imperial power.  The quality of this power is prone to sudden, violent but impermanent activity, so this fiery power must not persist for too long or it  burns and destroys.

  1. The Rams head septure is a  obvious continuance of authority and Aries. The Orb with the Maltese cross  and the Aries septure imply that his authority and power are now established governance.
  2. The shield at his feet, represents the two headed eagle crowned with a crimson disk which  is symbolic of the Alchemist's red tincture, of the nature of gold.
  3. The golden eagle, the Sun, is consort to the white eagle, the moon, silver, of the Empress.

In the final mundane observation of this card, the white light descending upon his head is Chokma and symbolizes Chokmah's authority of creative wisdom, the Logos, and is exerted upon Tiphareth (Beauty), the organized man. This makes sense, if you understand that Beauty is a perfect organization of opposites; a Jungian synchronicity.

THE Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, EMPEROR-key 4, is also the Path of Heh, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, 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 (Lesser Creator) and the Great Mother (Binah-Female aspect of the Demiurge) we are  all the "Shades" of the Divine- Creative-Consciousness.

Modern psychology has called these Shades of Divine Consciousness, the Unconscious, the Sub-conscious and the Consciousness 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, Qabalistic Tarot and now to the modern science of Psychology, and Parapsychology we are beginning to easily deal with 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 human pattern-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 that there is only One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed (and transmitted), 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, that is the 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, and to understand the one is to know the other.

The robes the Emperor and Empress wear, represent tie different planes and/or dimensions of our mufti-verse, which are actually vibratory rates that are either "will to force" (male) Kether or "will to  form" (Female) Binah, and/or their intertwining of vibration, electric and magnetic, (The Divine Union of Goddess/God) that makes all things possible.

The Qabalist understands that the "Big Bang" (The birth of "I") came from what is the Source, Kether; thus the ejaculation of active Energy, making the Action of Kether -male ( Male is not a sex here, but an action) and therefore defining the Divine Feminine as "Formless" (virgin dark energy- magnetism or passive/receptive energy) in the three formless states of Ain, Ain Soph and Ain Soph Ur.

The One became Two, Androgynous, whenbecame Am , which is known as I-Chokmah and Am- Binah, which should be stated Chokmah/Binah, just as Yin/Yang or Time/Space or I Am, 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" which is not yet alive, but is the union of "will to force" and "will to form". 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 [Binah] which It has Itself projected [Big Bang]  ( The bracketed words are my own).

Here we begin to think of the reflexive qualities of the Divine Creative; The Divine Feminine/Masculine creates, idea/thought, then the mind/understanding to hold that thought in a "net of magnetism" (emotions). 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 in pattern, which is the rule of the Emperor (Heh meaning-sight).

The reason Crowley has positioned THE EMPEROR , so that the body forms a triangle and a cross. This 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) 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-Heh (meaning "sight or window"), simply because without her manifestation of form-circles (cycles=Moon), he would have nothing to rule in a linear line (Sun linear radiant). Therefore, on the Path of Heh, the Emperor is a transformation of the MAGUS (Will) but in a will to make linear, square, triangular, etc. So,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 and reshaping it to our own "law" (perspective). Another way to see this exercise of rule, is that if the subconscious-female imagination, didn't send up form from its depths, as a stream of images  to be classified by the differentiating exercise of reason, Will or Masculine Rational Mind would have nothing to control or transform. Thus THE EMPEROR, albeit a potent masculine force, functions as determined by THE EMPRESS. Therefore, if one lays the Empress card-3 and Emperor card-4, side by side, they face each other. 

Reason and experience can withstand nothing over time, and contradiction of religion to both of them is all too tangible. Our god Logos will materialize from these wishes that which the nature outside of us allows.
                                Sigmund Freud

As I have stated ,THE EMPEROR, is the Path of Heh and its function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition. 

The Path of Heh, is a formative path of rational  and classifying activities. It's bright Red color is that of Aries/Binah (The Great Red 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 Will 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 , therefore, 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 (electric) and femaleness (magnetic). Thus relegating action to masculine-will to force and receptiveness to feminine-will to form, and thus instant creation of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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/Soul (oval egg, magnetic energy) and THE EMPEROR is Animus -Spirit (Spiral linear-electric energy), 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 that we meet and actually converse with on the Paths. If we think of the One Mind, as a human brain or "miniature tree of life, albeit a simplistic comparison, then One has become two, female and male in One Intelligent organism (The Tree of Life) on the Path of Heh.
Since the Sun of Tiphareth 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. Thus, we have the term Constituting Intelligence meaning that THE EMPEROR assists in the building up of the Linear Light of Tiphareth from the utter-darkness of Limitless Light of the Supernal Triangle. 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. These two colors also suggest a furious/"divine frenzied" rush of often short-lived linear activity, such as lightning. Therefore,  being assigned Aries, which is exalted in the Sun, proclaims this Emperor as both primary energy in its most material form combined with the idea of authority.

In the Sepher Yetzirah (Qabalistic text) the letter Heh is a simple word meaning, sight or window. This is well represented in THE EMPEROR, since he is the "Fiery Aspect of the Garden of Eden" 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 is the first of the senses of existence, 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 while the two headed white eagle on the Empress card, symbolizes Silver and the Moon.

The Connolly Tarot-Key 4-The Emperor,
is dressed in the rich jeweled green robes of the "Emerald Isis" or Spring rather than the red robes of Aries/Mars, indicating his Union with the Empress. Yet he is still the authority, power and command of an Emperor, as shown by the red jeweled boarder, and the rams head arm rest of his throne.
His decisions are based on solid foundations, as depicted by the Earth globe and Ankh, Egyptian symbol of infinity.
His identity if firm, yet he doesn't allow freedom of expression to govern his need for discipline. His goals are firmly rooted and his "mind is over matter", therefore, Discipline is the key word to this card.

  • When THE EMPEROR card is thrown during a reading it emphasizes the Personality Characteristics:
  • The Principle of  Personal Power and Leadership.
  • Mind over matter.
  • 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.
  • War, strife, conquest, victory and ambition; all the martial arts. 
  • But these traits aren't always so destructive as the Emperor also implies, personal power and leadership; power from insight, possessing a global sense of issues and serving those around you.
  • The character of the Emperor is Patriarchal, which could also implies that the querent is up against an angry patriarchal structure of some kind, which includes rigidity and maybe even nastiness.
  •  A confrontation with authority or even with some  part of ones self which is feeling rigid and afraid.  Interpretations of which depend on the dignity of the accompanying cards.

For the student of Higher Magic, the septure in the Emperor's right hand also represents:

  •  The Lightning- Phallus of Shiva, giving rise to the Tarot Wand. This was originally the Trident (ternary Phallic symbol of Father, Son and Holy Ghost) born by the Western gods, Neptune, Jupiter, Hades, Poseidon, Pluto and Lucifer. Also the Trident was associated with Osiris and later on, to the Guardian of the Holy Grail.

The study of these mythological gods, will give great metaphorical, if not, sexual insight to the diligent student about the necessary combinations of Male/electric-will to force and Female/Magnetic-will to form for the practice of Magick manifestations.

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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