The uniting of Sun and Moon refers to the integration of conscious and unconscious, spirit and soul, the individual and collective. One half of this card is lunar and one half solar, half night and half day. The bird in the day half is the soaring solar spiritual consciousness and its powers of flight, while the snake in the night half is an ancient symbol of the power of the underworld, the deep dark energy of soul. It is a fallacy that this division is in any way gender related because all aspects exist equally in every single individual, no matter what sex they manifest outwardly. This is why this card depicts the female half as the Sun side and the male half as the Moon side. In world mythology there are many more examples of Solar feminine/Lunar masculine attributions than are commonly realised and I wanted to break the pattern of false assumptions that have become universal. In the 21st century we no longer need to suffer outdated and irrelevant ideologies.
The Hebrew letter Vau means nail, and it represents the ‘son’ of the tetragrammaton which refers to Dionysus, Jesus Christ and other sacrificed gods. The nail of crucifixion connects spirit to matter and symbolizes the painful nature of awareness. Suffering is the source of all spiritual gold, just as dedicated sacrifice is the liberator of the energy of creation. Vau represents the connection between the spiritual and material existence which has been lost. The mission of the Hierophant is the reconnection of that link; he is a Pontifex or bridge builder. Vau symbolizes our spine, which kundalini energy ascends when our spiritual centres are open. The Hierophants’ staff is like a spine with a snake coiled around it, and the stone at the top is his pineal gland, which is also the third eye. This precious stone is the Philosophers Stone, the end result of the alchemical quest for enlightenment.
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The Emperor represents the process by which manifestation is organized into complex interacting structures. He symbolizes our force of will and the active constructive energy we bring to our worldly activities. He gifts us with the ability to see the bigger picture in our lives and the world around us and brings to our creative work a sense of order, reason, boundaries and discipline. Through the experience of structures and limitations we can realize the higher purpose of our lives. Our place in the world is defined by our circumstances, and so a clear understanding of these is essential to any kind of progress, material or spiritual. By meditation on the Emperor card we can find the direction and strength of purpose to manifest our dreams, and live out our full potential.
The High Priestess guards access to the Inner Realms. She is the Lady of the Veil of Illusion. Her powers are attractive and hypnotic, and her gifts are profound intuitive wisdom and enlightenment. She represents the Inner Life, that fecund, intuitive, imaginative world which all artists and poets inhabit. The High Priestess is as deep as the ocean of the unconscious that lies behind her. She represents the Anima or Soul Image protecting the hidden treasures of the collective unconscious.