The Thoth 4 of Disks of the Hermetic Qabalah
, illustrates the establishment of the Universe
in three dimensions. Therefore, the generating idea is displayed in its
full material sense.
Here the Sun is in the sign Capricorn, the zodiacal
sign of the Sun's rebirth. The 4 very large and solid (squares depict
solids) disks form a fortress, representing law and order maintained
by authoritarian vigilance. Being "in Chesed", the 4th Sephira-Mercy, the Disks all contain one of the signs of the
4 elements and are represented as squares; making revolution an
opposing idea. Nevertheless, they revolve as Capricorn is the point
"where the sun turns Northward". The solidity of the Fortress looks to
be stationary and immobile, but as is generally known, the best defense is
violently active which is depicted by the orange background color of
Being a 4, in suit of Earth,
the heaviness of this card out-ways any consideration of weakness and is
the Power which dominates and stabilizes everything, such as,
centrifugal force. It is the fortifying of energy in one place, enabling
the ability to do work. If there is a weakness, it is the fact that as
Four, the element is solidified to its absolute degree, and in order for
change to occur, the fortress must be remodeled. As it is solid, the
power of the Four of Disks, suggest that aggressive behavior is
contain, hence the Power of the Four tends to manages its affairs more by
negotiation and pacific methods.
By now the perspicacious
may understand that the Sephira, are States of our
Intelligence or Energy States of Data that one can obtain (remember) and channel as
a Greater Conscious Sensual Self. The Sephiroth Chesed is a Higher State of your
Consciousness, but it's frequency of spiral energy (Serpent force of the
ancients) is "older" and so refined it is called Higher
. Therefore, a "higher frequency of thought is often not noticed among the low throbbing of sensually drowned thought.
In Hermetic Qabalah, Thought is the "first material", therefore we now know that we are dealing with a archetypal State of Conscious of Higher Thought.
What most people generalize as "Spiritual thought", is somehow
connected to religions, a falsehood that the indoctrinated fail to see.
Religious indoctrination is not spiritual thought, it is the ambitious
thought of those who wish to rule and thus harness your energy output to
power their righteous vision. Spiritual thought is not "thinking about what is spiritual" rather it is what comes directly
from the Divine Creative!
- Chesed means Mercy, and is called the Builder State of Consciousness.
is the frame work of manifestation.
state of Consciousness,
is also called , "The Loving Father who is King"
, a kindly Shepard
that is the receptacle of all powers. Here you must understand that
Power is the ability to do work...not some fear based ideology of slaves
who fear the lash and wish to over throw their "masters", without hurting themselves.
The Fourth Sephira, Chesed, is the
Demiurge and/or "lesser creator", as this is the first Sephira below
the Abyss and the first of Six Sephiroth making up the Microprosopus
(Microcosm) . "The Bride of Microprosopus" is the 10th Sephiroth,
Malkuth which we call earth.
first power describe in the Biblical Book of Genesis
is this Demiurge (Yahweh) and the
first part of that Book, describes the origin of the Microprosopus
and/or the microcosm from the Elohim of Binah, in Chesed. Above Chesed
is the Supernal Triangle, a formless void of Dark energy that gives rise
to manifestation through the "will to form" that is feminine-Binah; Binah is not
form, just the Will to Form
Chesed is the externalization of combined
forces or potencies of the Supernal Triangle. Almost impossible to
grasp, but never the less, Chesed is the initial urge to become
manifest, making Chesed the administrator of the Laws first proposed by
Binah, who is know as the Sephira of Understanding. Therefore this combination of Understanding and Mercy, rules the intelligence of the 4's.
symbols for Chesed are the pyramid, the square, the orb, and equal
armed cross (which you see represented on the Emperor card Key 4) the
crook (Shepard) and the scepter. The planet attributed to this Sephira,
is Jupiter and the color is blue.
Sephira Chokma, in its lower arc of spiral is Chesed. Chokma emanates
the pure form of Binah, so here we have a problem with semantics. Binah
is formless, yet we have a pure form of Binah in Chesed, who is the
first "manifester" of form, and the Form of the Universe is the
Microcosm, while the Force of the Universe is the Macrocosm. Thus the
Blue Sophia, is really "in form" as Chesed-Mercy. Hence The Blue Binah, who is the feminine
Chokmah, is also the Hebrew Sophia/wisdom that is formed as Chesed.
Because, once again, Binah is the emanation of Kether, as "will to
form", but as such is formless, while Chokmah is the origin of "Will to Force", a masculine potency. So we can say Binah is the Concept of
Womb, and Chesed is the First Womb and phallus combination as separates
who come together in one place; the Communion of "Will to Force" and "Will to Form". So here is the problem, Chesed is
supposed to be masculine force, yet is very feminine in its function as
form producer. Chesed is the emanation of Chokmah, who is Wisdom and is
a Hebrew feminine noun, there seems to be some kind of interplay here
that is not easy to see in such High Dimensions of Intelligence. Just remember, the function of Force is masculine, while the ability to "give birth" is feminine.
try this, the pictorial chart of The Tree of Life,
has lines connecting
the Sephiroth on the Tree. Take a piece of paper, and draw each line
between the Sephira as figure eights. This may help you see the
interplay of the forces and forms of the Tree. Energy is always flowing
back and forth, from masculine to feminine in infinity. When Chesed "expressed energy" it is
masculine in its expression (electric); when Chesed is feminine it is receptive and
gives form to energy (Magnetic), therefore "enforcing the Law of Binah". To truly understand the Tree of
Life we must understand that we are dealing with multiplicities of
Unity. For all of the Tree is an external modification of the One Divine
Energy that is Kether, which is woven upon itself as "threads of
energy" and/or Vibrations that are known as frequencies. This One
Energy, is called the "One Thing"
in Qabalah, and it evolves from
Sephiroth to Sephiroth, by division and union on the Tree of Life. From
descent of Kether to Earth and back up to Kether, we have a cycle of
renewing effect from Ain Soph (No-Thing) that constantly stimulates
birth, death and rebirth on an increasingly more condensed and more
powerful level of Something!
the Energy of the Tree works in cross patterns, Binah is best
understood as relating to Chokmah and Chesed is best understood as
relating to Geburah. The energy of Chesed is anabolic, while the energy
of Geburah is catabolic; He builds, She tears down. Here it
seems that Chesed is feminine and Geburah is Masculine. But again,
Geburah as Mars, is masculine and Chesed as Jupiter, is also Masculine!
Jupiter is the benign ruler who is merciful while Mars who is also a
King, is destructive and sits in a chariot armed for battle. Here your
thoughts can't be linear, but rather woven into figure eights that help
us see that Energy is Androgynous, is is both expressive and receptive in all creation, as well as, that of
Chesed and Geburah.
This may help, envision
a man with
his back to you with two arms extended outward from the shoulders. The right arm is
Chesed, the Giver, and the Left arm is Geburah the Taker. The flow of
give and take, is the balance that keeps energy transforming, and/or
In Hermetic Qabalah, Chesed is the realm of archetypes described by Plato
in the ninth book of the Republic. The realm of archetypes is
the underlying frame work on which all material manifestation is
built. The aforementioned geometric symbols of Chesed make suggestions
as to the purpose and functions of these archetypes.
is a tetrahedron used as a building form that brings together four
sides that culminate in an upward point. Energy flows down from above
and is distributed equally between four sides. Thus we have the 4 of
Chesed, From above Kether, flows the energy of the first primordial
elements to Chesed establishing the archetypal patterns of matter that
is distributed equally throughout the Tree of Life and established in
the subdivided elements of Malkuth/Earth. As in the pentagram, the Point
of the Pyramid is Spirit which is a directing force. Here we can see
that Chesed is an intelligence that is measuring, cohesive and
The Scepter and the Orb,
that can be found in the 4th Key of Trump-The Emperor as well as throughout the Tarot deck, not only establish the
concept of rule but that of sex as well. The scepter is phallic,
relating to Chokmah and the orb is womb, relating to Binah.
Crook of the Shepard, refers to the Love of the Shepard or ruler for
his flock and/ or a Bishop in his role as Pastoral Shepard
interesting here, is that many writers of Theosophy and even Dion
Fortune have written of the "Masters of Chesed", which some call the
"Ascended Masters", who are human beings that have "evolved beyond" the
need for physical incarnations and remain by choice to assist mankind in
their development but only when mankind is sufficiently evolved to get
in touch with Chesed. Yet, it is the Demiurge- Chesed that flows through mankind which
is why we are such great Builders! Therefore, this is an error in
interpretation, for true mastery is the ability to manifest on All the
Planes of the One Mind, and therefore, we are the True Masters of
Chesed; for if you have an intelligent energy form on all the Planes of Sephiroth, you are Whole in Spirit!
Anyone who knows anything, understands that the best way to
assist those who struggle with incarnations, is to incarnate with them.
So to me, an incarnate master is a being of greater power, as they are
able to be Chesed on every single plane of form;obviously, form/thought in its most concentrated state is
what the universe wants to be. We may often as psyche, channel up and
down the Tree of Life, depositing greater and greater discriminating
data, but that data can only be learned and advanced in a sensual
experience of Soma/Body. The fact that evolutionary Being is the top
priority of Chesed, makes one wonder about "masters of Chesed" who
reside in the fourth Sephiroth, rather than having a body on all the "lower planes" of vibration as well. For to have a body "here", is only because one creative self-conscious has a body "there"!
Maybe, we are becoming so able
to consciously travel the Tree of Energy Unconscious, that we are
channeling directly the Higher states of mind and calling them "Ascended
Masters", when all along they are the Archetypes living as us! After
all, wouldn't mastering the Tree, while still incarnate do this very
thing? As above, so Below?
Something to think about before you stone me.
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.
The Jungian 4 of Pentacles: Wealth,
represents the administration of great wealth, that is carried out with great skill and enthusiasm. This is "old money", therefore this card doesn't describe the appearance of wealth in one's life. Rather, the four of Pentacles, describes the humorless approach of responsibilities to the condition of vast personal resources.
Success in a business executive's career or anything involving large sums of money. Here, everything seems to work perfectly as one observes prosperity and wealth flow in.
When the Four of Disks or Pentacles 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 engineer is active.
- The querent is taking solid steps towards creating material security in the physical world.
"nothing ventured nothing gain" is the axiom of the Four. 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.
For the next or past 4 weeks or 4 months, gain of money and influence.
- The receiving of presents is suggested.
Four of Disks, bespeaks of assured material gain, success, rank,
dominion, and completed earthly power that leads to nothing beyond.
As altered by ill dignity, this card can also mean, prejudice, covetous, and suspicious behavior.
- There is a careful and orderly presentation but with discontent, showing little enterprise or originality.
is obvious, for when we put up strong walls, to gather our power about
us, we also restrict our motion. This restriction is shown by the small
drawbridge/roadway leading out of the fortress of the Four of Disks.
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