THE EMPEROR (DALETH) ד

“Nothing resists a firm Willpower which has for its lever the Knowledge of Truth and Justice. To fight for both is more than a right, it is a duty. Whoever triumphs in this struggle has simply accomplished his mission. Whoever fails, in spite of his honest efforts, is Entitled to Immortality.”

This card is associated with the Divine Masculine. He has been represented as the Sun or Sky gods. As His energies fall onto the Earth, He may bring life to it. Many ancient civilizations have invoked the Sacred Masculine. They offered sacrifices to Him for his support and intervention. All the Four Elements are in His power to gift.

The symbol of the four-pointed star is used to evoke this energy. It symbolises the Elements of Fire, Air, Water, Earth. The Seasons of Summer, Spring, Autumn, Winter. The Directions of South, East, West, North. This Star has been called the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ indicating Christ as the ‘bringer of eternal life’.

The Cross is the symbol of Protection. People crossing fingers or themselves comes from the Masculine Force. It is the force that brings stability, security, practicality, and enhanced energy to Action. The Cross was used to ward against evil and misfortune and made of various materials. The force-energy of the Elements.

The four elements are linked to elemental creatures. These are, Fire Salamanders, Air Sylphs, Water Undines, and Earth Gnomes. These are evoked by the summoner in various ways. This is Elemental Magic and involves the season, place and the element. The summoned Elemental can help enhance skills or can be a guide.

The Light reflecting from the Moon is Masculine as it is from the Sun. Moonlight then, represents the Masculine at night, the Full Moon. This is because when the Full Moon reaches its highest point, the Sun is near this area around six months later. Knowing this helped the ancients to calculate when it was the best time to sow crops.

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Symbology on the Card: On the head is a crowned helmet. The emblem of conquest. The cube represents that this labour has reached completion. He holds the sceptre of the Magi as a symbol of Moral Power through Sacred studies. His other hand pointing downward indicates Mastery over Matter.

His crossed arms are to show the expansion of the Mind where it has has influence in the Material Plane. It is also a pose used to protect one from evil. This pose is used when preparing the dead and seen on statues around tombs or temples.

The cat on the cube is to show he has the Power of the Magi to see through the Darkness. The oddly shaped stick below represents Strength. It hovers over a landscape as a symbol of Divine protection.

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