The Thoth Tarot 4 of Disks-Power & The SpellCaster'sTarot-4 of Pentacles.
The Tarot-4's & The 4th Sephiroth-Chesed:
By now you may understand that the Sephiroth, numbered spheres on the Tree of Life, simulate States of Your
Intelligence or Energy States of a multidimensional Psyche that is the "whole Self" and or "whole Spirit" which because of your phyiscal being can be channel
as a Greater Sensual Self. The Sephiroth Chesed is a "Higher" State of
your Consciousness; "Higher" because it's frequency of spiral energy
(Serpent force of the ancients) if from the Quantum side of the Universe and is so refined it is called Higher and thus, is often not noticed among the more condensed- sensulaly infused thought of the self-consciousness.
In Hermetic Qabalah
is the "first material" so now, with Chesed, we are dealing with a State of Conscious of Higher Thought that begins form
. This is usually what most people generalize as "spiritual thought" which is somehow
connected to religions and or prayer. This is a propaganda falsehood the indoctrinated fail to see.
Religious indoctrination is not spiritual thought, it is the ambitious
thought of those who wish to rule and,thus, harnessing your energy output to
power their righteous vision of false authority. Spiritual thought is what comes directly
from the Divine Creative and is more attuned to imagination than devotion!
- Chesed means Mercy, and is called the architectural state of consciousness,
and is the frame work of manifestation. This High state of Consciousness, is also called , "The Loving Father, Jupiter, 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 see the ability to deal out punishment as authority.
The 4th 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 of Book Genesis is this Demiurge 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 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, as implied in the Key 4- The Emperor Tarot Card. These Laws of form, are first proposed by
Binah, who is know as the Sephira of Understanding.
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 2nd Sephiroth Chokma,
in its lower arc of spiral, becomes the 4th Sephiroth- 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 as a "blue print". It may help to understand that the Form of the Universe is the Microcosm, while the Force of
the Universe is the Macrocosm. Thus, the Blue Sophia, is really Chesed.
Hence, The Blue Binah, who is the feminine Chokmah, as yet an unformed
Will, is also the Hebrew Sophia/wisdom that is formed as Chesed.
Because, once again, Binah is the emanation of Kether, who is "I Will be", as "will to
form", but as such is formless. 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. 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, in the Hermetic Qabalah, if energy is being expressed, it is a
Masculine action. If energy is being received,
it is a Feminine action.
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, in pared infinity. When Chesed "expressed energy" it is
masculine in its expression (electric); when Chesed is receptive and
gives form to energy (Magnetic), therefore, Chesed is "enforcing the Law of Binah",
thereby it is feminine in its attraction and masculine in its action.
understand the Tree of Life
we must understand that we are dealing with
multiplicities that are Trinities 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 and/or microwaves of the Central Core Photon Sun of the Milky Way. This One Energy, is called the "One
Thing" in Qabalah, and it evolves from Sephira to Sephira, 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.
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, in flow. From pole to pole, in all creation as well as that of
Chesed and Geburah.
This may help,
envision a man with
his 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. Here 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, Sephiroth 1- Kether
, flows the energy of the first primordial
elements to Sephiroth-4-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 throughout the Tarot deck, especially in the Key 4-The Emperor. These symbols 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 Chesed that flows through mankind which
is why we are such great Builders! The fact that evolutionary Being is the top
priority of Chesed, makes one wonder about "masters of Chesed' who
reside in non being. Therefore, I see this as an error in
interpretation, for true mastery is the ability to manifest on All the
Planes of the One Mind, and therefore, we are, if whole in equilibrium of Spirit-Mind and Body, the True Masters of
Chesed, would reside on Earth who is the 10th evolutionary state of Psyche called -Malkuth known as Kingdom!
Anyone who knows me,
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 psychic power, as
they are conceived from the Soul's greater experience and are therefore,
able to be Chesed on every single plane of form. Obviously, form is
what the Universal Collective Unconscious wants to be, as I AM, is existence...but of what? 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 Being, from the I AM to a new self awareness state of Mind
called, I AM ME.Hence, existence now has a "what". Therefore, the beginning of the concept of "me" is begun in Chesed.
The Thoth Tarot- 4 of Disks,
represents Chesed (Mercy) establishing the Universe in three dimensions (4th dimension is Time), that is below the Abyss.
the Sun is assigned the Constellation of Capricorn, the sign in which the Sun is reborn. Basically
this means that the generating idea is established in its full material
The Disks are shown as large, square and solid,
representing a fortress comprised of the alchemical- 4 elements. We know from
history, that fortresses are to keep Law and order by constant authority
and a vigilant defense. Though seemingly stationary, the Disks revolve
due to the fact that the Sun is the "dead center" of the engineer; and
Capricorn is the point where the "Sun turns Northward". Plus, the stabilizing force of the Disks is centrifugal force.
the word, engineer, may have left you confused, but Chesed, the 4th
Sephiroth is also known as the "engineer or architect", also what may
confuse one more is the fortress with a moat is considered a Womb.
The Greatest Engineer
is I-dea ( Greek for: "I-goddess"),
Womb with a View", or The Divine Feminine Principle. In Yi King, the
Sun in Capricorn is represented as the second hexagram, Khwan, which is
the Female Principle. The student may wish to compare Khwan, to the
English word Queen, Anglo-Saxon Cwen, Old Mercian Kwoen, all of which
are The Female Principle. As in most of the Tarot, there are layers of
understanding, that require diligent pursuit.
The Thoth Tarot-4 of Disks: Power.
By reading this blog, many know by now, that Chesed is the architect who gets its orders from the "Understanding" Sephiroth of the Supernal (upper triangle on the Tree of Life) and 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 traditional 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.
To reiterate: The illustration of the Thoth 4 of Disks
suggests a fortress implying law and order maintained by undaunted vigilance.
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, and it is the Death of stability, so that
revolution can continue, 1+3=4, so the number of Chesed lays hidden in
death according to gematria/numerology. The Engineer of manifestation, has the power to reorganize it through a process we call Death/Transformation.
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 power in the 4 of disks Tarot Card is the orange-yellow color of the card representing the Sun/Son reborn.
Like the Central Sun of our Galaxy
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 solar winds". Capricorn is the center "where the Sun turns Northward."
So the turning is happening in what looks to be stable.
The Thoth 4 of Disks, illustrates the establishment of the
Universe in three visible dimensions (the 4th is Time). Therefore, the
generating idea is displayed in its full material sense.
The 4 very large and solid (4 corners depicts solids)
disks form a fortress, representing Law and Order., maintained by authoritarian vigilance.
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 4, 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 4 of Disks, suggest that aggressive
behavior is contain, so the Power of the 4, manages its affairs more
by negotiation and pacific methods.
The SpellCaster's Tarot-4 of Pentacles
, depicts a large and strong man, securely guarding four pentacle-stones, that surround a stash of goods.
Scott Murphy, the
author/artist of the SpellCaster's Tarot, with the assistance of Melanie Marquis, the Author, assigned the ideas of equilibrium,
savings, generosity and stagnation, to this card. Roughly, the same mundane
meanings assigned to the Thoth Tarot.
Emphasized on this card, is greed, fear of loss, need to hold on to things for reasons of security. Financial success is highly valued, to the point of risking one's life. The Square made of twigs, implies the fortress effect of the Thoth Card. The squirrel, a constant companion in the art of the Pentacle cards of the SpellCaster's tarot, implies industriousness.
When the Thoth 4 of Disks or the SpellCaster's-4 of Pentacles is thrown during a reading, the querent (the one who asks
the question) will experience or has experienced:
As altered by ill dignity, this card can also mean, prejudice, covetous, stagnation 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 or
by the enclosing foliage of the Night Sun Tarot-4 of Pentacles.
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