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.
“Truth without error, certain and most true;
that which is above is as that which is below,
and that which is below is as that which is above,
for performing the miracles of the One Thing;
and as all things were from One,
by the meditation of One,
so all things arose from this One Thing by adaptation.”
The Emerald Tablet of Hermes
The first day of the first month of the year seemed like a good moment to post the Magus.
So begins the year of the birth of the cards.
Happy New Year!
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