Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- 4 of Disks: Power & The Jungian Tarot- 4 of Pentacles: Wealth
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- 4 of Disks: Power & The Jungian Tarot- 4 of Pentacles: Wealth

The Tarot of EliThe 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 martial activity.

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.

Chesed is the frame work of manifestation.  This High 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.

The 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.

The 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.
The  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.

So 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!

Since 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 moving. 

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.  
The Pyramid 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 receptive.
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. 
The 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

What is 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.
  • Here, "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.
  • The 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.
  • This 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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