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“Atu III: The Empress
Letter: ד Daleth (D)
Proximity: Sephira #2 (Chokmah) to Sephira #3 (Binah)
Pent #14 "Luminous": Air of 坎 (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Above/Below),
Air of 震(Chen) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: "Elohim saw that it was good"
(Upper right) Fire: Hex #59: 渙 (Huan) Dispersion / Dissolution
(Lower left) Air: Hex #60: 節 (Chieh) Limitation
(Upper left) Water: Hex #56: 旅 (Lü) The Wanderer
(Lower right) Earth: Hex #55: 豐 (Fêng) Abundance
Keywords (Dignified): Nurturing, Maternal, Educational, Domestic, Protective, Managerial, Economical, Defiant, Aristocratic, Patient, Determined, Abundant, Benevolent, Loyal, Sensuous, Militant, Fertile, Ecological, Loving
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Lethargic, Disengaged, Vacillating, Controlling, Punitive, Instigative, Venomous.
Historical: Usually associated to Venus, we find various references to Demeter and/or other goddesses of Abundance. Her importance seems to have been falsely deprecated by those failing to grasp the ground she walks on, which is the very foundation of the Supernals themselves within the Tree of Life. Thus she has been both maligned and poorly defined, historically.
Golden Dawn: Called the Empress (Daughter of the Mighty Ones), the Empress card corresponds to the planetary Venus and places between Sephira #2 (Chokmah) and Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system. She is often referred to as *sister* to the Priestess, dressed in fine apparel with very few adornments aside from those depicting her royal stature.
Thoth: Crowley persists with this passive-pigeon interpretation linking her to the alchemical element of Salt and extolling her as the *inactive principle in Nature* which only speaks to his habitual misogyny and relative ignorance with respect to the actual workings of Nature.
Mutational Alchemy: Fortunately, the hexagrams have more to say regarding the Empress. Indeed, we do get Hexagram #55 (Abundance) in the Earth corner but most telling of all is Hexagram #59 (Dissolution, Dispersion) in the position of Fire! Balancing this we get Hexagram #60 (Limitation) in Air…thus revealing a hidden Lawgiver/Warrior aspect of the Empress roughly anticipated in the East but stupidly denied her in the West.
Upon her royal shield she carries the emblem of the Fire-Phoenix which bears the mathematical symmetry of the Tetractys TwinStar: begrudgingly acknowledged but never clearly apprehended in Western Mystery traditions until Mutational Alchemy.
If we consider that her Reciprocal Inverse is the Hermit card, we may be able to better appreciate that her true strengths have been mysteriously *cloaked* until such time as these attributions might finally be revealed to the persistent.
Accordingly, we have dispensed with her *Queen Jane* façade and opted instead for an image of Tiamat herself as is more befitting her actual positioning in the Tree of Life in this immediate timeframe. In doing this we are retaining her *salt* principle intact, since Tiamat is representative of *bitter waters* (e.g., saltwater) in Sumerian cosmology.
Stemming directly off of Binah, called *the Great Black Mother* in the East, we should prefer to be among the very last of all conceivable buffoons to miscategorize her as a *passive* anything!
Where the helpless wailing, bovine Isis may have played some essential role in bygone eras, it is even more essential that we move on from that failed standard of corruptible and inept nobility approaching future.
Where it is true that the Queen of Heaven nurtures all manifest sentiency, there is no sustainable justification for regarding this as some sort of inherent docility on her part.
Our failure to apprehend the more proactive aspects of the Empress is equaled only by our failure to apprehend the more proactive aspects of the Emperor, the combination of which has left us with a broken standard of sovereignty both esoterically and exoterically.
Finally the Hebrew phrase to the Intelligence of *Luminous* of this card's ruling pentagram corresponds to a blessing, repeated several times through the steps of creation. So it is assumed naturally that mothers and female rulers are a kind of blessing.
The Scene: A bejeweled fusion of Tiamat, Venus and Parvati is depicted here in this allegorical piece.
Eros nurses at her breast while the unnamed archetypal god of war and vengeance, practices crushing universes in his fist as a child of darkness. The triune serpent (symbol of the energized force of Ananta) glows above this child, indicating him as a Crown Prince of the highest order. A normal human girl child is clutched in the Empress’s tail, indicating the potential of macrocosmic nature to flow down to the lowest particle of matter. She carries the alchemical twin phoenix standard that the Emperor also carries as his shield crest. This is recognized in Mutational Alchemy as an organic representation of the TwinStar principle. In some Tarot decks, the phoenix is treated as a messenger that acts as a communication line between the Empress and the Emperor, as they conduct the business of heaven and earth.
Mount Kailash, the abode of Maha Siva and Parvati (“Daughter of the Mountain”) is seen in the background. Crowley misidentifies her as the “Daughter of Zeus”, yet the Empress is as dissimilar to Zeus as the Titans would be. Turning to Sumerian mythology, we find that “chaos monsters” like Tiamat can be “killed” repeatedly, but they can never actually die. They are primordial fountains of life, even if dangerous and unpredictable to the more murderous soldier/merchant classes who betray their own inherent royalty along with hers. Tiamat is nurturing and capable, fiercely protective and warlike, when the matter turns to the protection of her realm. As nurturing mother she is responsible for saving the gods (her children) from Abzu’s wrath in the creation mythos, but is also the instrument of their punishment when they plot to murder Abzu.
She also represents Bhuvaneshwari in east-Indian traditions, the fourth Mahavidya whose bija is “Hrim”. She is the creator of good and the destroyer of evil. She is considered the mother of Lakshmi, Kali, Saraswati and Gayatri. She embodies the physical cosmos itself. The flowers at her feet carry a host of meanings. Flax, a very pretty blue flowering plant used to produce linen, representing the domestic sphere; the orchid, a symbol of many children, snapdragons, called “the gracious lady” also representing strength, moss, representing charity, and lungwort, from the Victorian era equivalent to saying (in the giving of it) “thou art my life”.
Atu II: The Priestess
Letter: ג Ghimel (G)
Proximity: Sephira #1 (Kether) to Sephira #6 (Tiphareth)
Pent #13 "Unifying": Air of 兌 (Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Above/Below),
Fire of 震(Chen) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: "Let the Earth be vegetated"
(Upper right)Fire: Hex #61: 中孚 (Chung Fu) Inner Truth
(Lower left) Air: Hex #61: 中孚 (Chung Fu) Inner Truth
(Upper left) Water: Hex #62: 小過 (Hsiao Kuo) Preponderance of the Small
(Lower right) Earth: Hex #62: 小過 (Hsiao Kuo) Preponderance of the Small
Keywords (Dignified): Intuitive, Empathic, Psychic, Visionary, Devoted, Articulate, Coordinated, Mystical, Unconventional, Adaptive, Psychic, Inner-Truth, Higher-Self, Gnosis, Sophia, Contemplative, Artistic, Sensual, Spiritual, Apparently Emotionless , Talkative, Teacher, Penetration
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Ignorance, Intolerance, Short-Sightedness, Lack of Understanding, Lackadaisical, Unfocused, Selfishness, Improper Judgement, Shallowness, Lack of understanding, Conceit
Historical: The Priestess is a straightforward character. The first strictly feminine card in the tarot, she is important. Receptivity is her main power. She also has the power of casting the net across the entire universe which serves to collect all spirit back into crown. The pillars are blatantly symbolic of the vaginal canal and no attempt has been made to hide the labia-like folds of her robes in most decks. Few attempts have been made to point this out but it is there nonetheless. The peacock is occasionally assigned to her, presumably due to its manifold all-seeing eyes or simply for its haunting call and often she is given a masculine face. She is called the Popess in older decks or the Papess, and her connection to Pope Joan is often cited as the source of her status. Often a crescent moon is depicted.
Golden Dawn: Called The High Priestess (The Priestess of the Silver Star), the High Priestess card corresponds to the planetary Moon and places between Sephira #1 (Kether) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system. She is depicted as a young woman crowned and enthroned between two pillars, bathed in moonlight, reading a book said to contain the great timeless secrets of feminine power and magick. Sometimes called the Popess, other times depicted as Persephone, her power is generally defined as *lunar* and *chthonic*. She has been defined as a form of the Shekhinah (in Hebrew traditions) and the Sophia (in Hellenistic practice).
Thoth: The Book of Thoth emphasizes her Lunar characteristics, defining her as representing the Moon in its *highest aspects*. Attention is drawn to her positioning in the Tree of Life, which is especially dynamic, linking 6 (Tiphareth, Sol, Beauty) and 1 (Kether, Crown) along the Middle Pillar as well as forming the vertical half of the *Cave of the Ancients* along with the Empress whose horizontal path intersects hers at the base of the Supernals – anatomically associated to the *Third Eye* region of the body, also called the Pineal Eye or Pineal Body.
Mutational Alchemy: As with the Magus, The Priestess’ Reciprocal Inverse path is itself, making it especially *internal* and self-contained. Its linkage with I Ching is remarkably stunning, since it carries Hexagrams 61 (Inner Truth, or Chung/Kung Fu) and 62 (Preponderance of the Small), denoting its macrocosmic spirituality aimed devotedly at microcosm. We have adapted a more shamanic imagery also more resembling the Shakti principle in East Indian traditions. Her relationship to Sound and the Spiral energy of Crown (loosely called Mezla) remain the same as indeed all her usual aspects remain intact in the new. Instead of an enigmatic Book of Secrets, she carries a flaming TwinStar that extends to all regions of time and space facilitating her work and influence with greater vigor and force. Since she is taxed with the job of collecting all life below the Abyss and returning it to source, her energetic netting has been upgraded to make that job more doable. We have left off her more Eurocentric characteristics seeking instead to capture her more universal qualities.
The Scene: The Priestess is a dual character with two primary capacities – that of the totality of the Yin (Receptive, Kun) principal, just as the Magus represents the totality of Yang. They are consorts.
She is dangerous and receptive, splendid and horrific. She is second only to the Magician and The Fool and the first manifest feminine archetype in the deck. She has the potential of all the following feminine archetypes in the Major Arcana, including The Empress and World/Universe.
The TwinStar is depicted in its visually unbridled form, with electrically charged lines extending out into infinity.
The animal forms in the fire are representative of beastly and sentient elemental forms, bison for earth, serpent for water, tiger for fire, raven for air, indicating her ability to communicate with elementals as one human speaks to another. (And this can be said to be a simple act for any priestess in the occult as well)
Even though Shakti is pure, raw power, with Siva, the masculine principle acting as a kind of super intelligent conduit to route that power, The Priestess has traditionally been assigned the station of guardian of arcane mysteries and knowledge. Here too, she is exercising her force as Maya, who decides who will wake up, and when. This power ensures that those who are serious about the occult had better be sure to pay respect to the divine feminine and not just the divine masculine. He supports her fully in every way as The Priestess represents the purest most elevated form of goddess.
Princess of Staves
Planetary: Saturn (Above) / Jupiter (Below)
Diamond Path: Chesed, Benevolence (Above) / Yesod, Foundation (Below)
Geomantic Figure: Caput Draconis
Tetragram: Earth (Above) / Fire (Below)
Keywords: Devotion, Zealous Loyalist, Enthusiasm, Volatility, Open-minded, Honor, New Possibilities, Justice, Daring, Vigor, Spring, Lust, Desire, Loyalty, Vengeance
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Impatience, Drama, Gossip, Domineering, Cruel, Unstable
Historical: The Pages represent the accompaniment to the Knights in the oldest packs. Their dress and mannerism is usually a reflection of the Knight in the suite they are a part of. Therefore in the Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza this page is shown wearing blue and gold and luxurious stockings. His or her green gloved hand is holding the same ornately double-capped staff as the Knight of Staves. The green glove represents fertility and his or her acts are creative acts.
Golden Dawn: Called The Princess of Wands Princess of the Shining Flame, The Princess of Wands card corresponds to one fourth of the North Pole and places at Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.
Thoth: The wild and fiery imagery of the Princess of Wands in Aleister Crowley's THOTH features the imagery of a pyre on a pillar, reminiscent of the Graeco-Roman Vestalea. The book does not state it but the tiger appears to be either giving birth to the Princess, in a sexual position with her, or is a reflection of her. We may never know exactly how Aleister Crowley may have envisioned his tarot in its pure form, as the pinched Victorian social scene and government made every effort to hound and suppress him - as with most European occultists - at even the slightest hint of "impropriety".
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The first thing the new attributions of the MAT tell us is that she likes to stay above the fray. The path on the Hidden Diamond Sutra moves from Binah the Mother down to the male pillar at Chesed. She is unique in this, the Princesses of the other elements descend much lower. She is the servant of Fire, the aspect of the Great Mother which is the fiery wrath of war paired with the righteousness of Chesed. She is Nike, Bia and Kratos, (Victory, Force and Strength) the three sisters of Nyx who were the first to declare their support for Zeus. The combination of Saturn and Jupiter is a dynamic and powerful combination.
In the tetragrams we find a strong Yang force overcoming the single Yin line at the top, supporting it. The Father-Mother-Daughter dynamism is reinforced in the nuclears of Heaven the Father below and Lake the Daughter above, signifying a most auspicious state of nature, but also a hidden nature. The Princess of Staves appears to be a kind of sleeper cell or agent of subterfuge in at least some scenarios.
The Scene: Earth of Fire, the human form of Ammit kneels before the sacred flame. Ammit is called by the ancient Kemetic people who properly identified her as Greatness of Death, Bone Eater, and Devourer of Millions or Eater of Eternity, a title which she shares with the hunting-dog headed male god Am-heh. It was Ammit who guarded the ancient and mystical lake of fire, within which Am-heh resided. Ammit did take human form and due to the shared epithet, it is possible Am-heh and Ammit are siblings. Because they were so feared there is much less written of them. It is known that Ammit shared characteristics of both Sekhmet and Tawaret, which are an important part of her nature. The crocodile's head may be a nod to Sobek, essentially the God of War, or Kemetic Ares for all intents and purposes. In India she would be equated to the dark aspect of Karma which acts against the offender. However, India applies no special personality of Godhead to Karma, where the Kemetic people (not to be confused with the immigrant Egyptians of today) assigned a whole divine chamber to the process, located in Duat, the underworld, which included as its ruling council, the Goddess Ma'at, Djehuti, Anpu (Anubis), Renenutet, Meshkenet, Shay, Hu, Sia, Khnum, Hathor, Nut, Geb, Tefnut, Shu, Atum, and Ra-Horakhty. and Hapi. The transition from life through death was an important cosmic affair. Ammit was supposedly feared amongst the ancients, but to what extent may have been greatly exaggerated. The reasons for her existence is simple - to cause people to try to be better through psychology. Saturn above Jupiter matches Ammit's attributes as the female personification of death and justice. With her volatile and passionate brother, the Prince of Staves, she is the only Court personality to cross Da'ath, the Seat of Knowledge. The combination of Earth and Fire in her chart signifies sacred fire of the below, and so Ammit's relationship to the Lake of Fire makes her the most apt and correct personality for this station.
Geomantic: Called Caput Draconis (Latin for *the Head of the Dragon*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Feminine/Creative character corresponding to the Qabalistic Atziluth (Emanation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds.
Jungian Type: Guardians Class / ISTJ (Inspector) Type
ESTP types are dutiful and conservative. They lean towards a reliance on practicality, and focus intently on following through on personal endeavors, while maintaining loyalty to established traditions. Although they do not readily embrace abstract theory, they can be persuaded to accept it if the practicality can be demonstrated.”