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ATU III

The Empress

The Daughter of the Mighty Ones

This card is attributed to the letter Daleth, which means a door, and it refers to the planet Venus. This card is, on the face of it, the complement of The Emperor; but her attributions are much more universal.

On the Tree of Life, Daleth is the path leading from Chokmah to Binah, uniting the Father with the Mother. Daleth is one of the three paths which are altogether above the Abyss. There is further more the alchemical symbol of Venus, the only one of the planetary symbols which comprises all the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life. The doctrine implied is that the fundamental formula of the Universe is Love. [The circle touches the Sephiroth I, 2, 4, 6, 5, 3; the Cross is formed by 6, 9, 10 and 7, 8.]

It is impossible to summarize the meanings of the symbol of the Woman, for this very reason, that she continually recurs in infinitely varied form. "Many-throned, many-minded, many-wiled, daughter of Zeus."

In this card, she is shown in her most general manifestation. She combines the highest spiritual with the lowest material qualities. For this reason, she is fitted to represent one of the three alchemical forms of energy, Salt. Salt is the inactive principle of Nature; Salt is matter which must be energized by Sulphur to maintain the whirling equilibrium of the Universe. The arms and torso of the figure consequently suggest the shape of the alchemical symbol of Salt. She represents a woman with the imperial crown and vestments, seated upon a throne, whose uprights suggest blue twisted flames symbolic of her birth from water, the feminine, fluid element. In her right hand she bears the lotus of Isis; the lotus represents the feminine, or passive power. Its roots are in the earth beneath the water, or in the water itself, but it opens its petals to the Sun, whose image is the belly of the chalice. It is, therefore, a living form of the Holy Grail, sanctified by the blood of the Sun. Perching upon the flamelike uprights of her throne are two of her most sacred birds, the sparrow and the dove; the nub of this symbolism must be sought in the poems of Catullus and Martial. On her robe are bees; also dominos, surrounded by continuous spiral lines; the signification is everywhere similar.

About her, for a girdle, is the Zodiac.

Beneath the throne is a floor of tapestry, embroidered with fleurs-de-lys and fishes; they seem to be adoring the Secret Rose, which is indicated at the base of the throne. The significance of these symbols has already been explained. In this card all symbols are cognate, because of the simplicity and purity of the emblem. There is here no contradiction; such opposition as there seems to be is only the opposition necessary to balance. And this is shown by the revolving moons.

The heraldry of the Empress is two-fold: on the one side, the Pelican of tradition feeding its young from the blood of its own heart; on the other, the White Eagle of the Alchemist.

With regard to the Pelican, its full symbolism is only available to Initiates of the Fifth degree of the O.T.O. In general terms, the meaning may be suggested by identifying the Pelican herself with the Great Mother and her offspring, with the Daughter in the formula of Tetragrammaton. It is because the daughter is the daughter of her mother that she can be raised to her throne. In other language, there is a continuity of life, an inheritance of blood, which binds all forms of Nature together. There is no break between light and darkness. Natura non facit saltum. If these considerations were fully understood, it would become possible to reconcile the Quantum theory with the Electro-magnetic equations.

The White Eagle in this trump corresponds to the Red Eagle in the Consort card, the Emperor. It is here necessary to work back wards. For in these highest cards are the symbols of perfection; both the initial perfection of Nature and the final perfection of Art; not only Isis, but Nephthys. Consequently, the details of the work pertain to subsequent cards, especially Atu vi and Atu xiv.

At the back of the card is the Arch or Door, which is the interpretation of the letter Daleth. This card, summed up, may be called the Gate of Heaven. But, because of the beauty of the symbol, because of its omniform presentation, the student who is dazzled by any given manifestation may be led astray. In no other card is it so necessary to disregard the parts, to concentrate upon the whole.
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I
Key Scale
14
II
Hebrew Names of Numbers and Letters
Daleth
III
English of Col. II.
Door
VII
English of Col. VI.
Venus
X
Mystic Numbers of the Sephiroth
105
XII
The Tree of Life
Pathjoins 2–3
XIII
The Paths of the Sepher Yetzirah
Illuminating I.
XIV
General Attribution of Tarot
The Empress
XV
The King Scale of Colour (y)
Emerald green
XVI
The Queen Scale of Colour (h)
Sky blue
XVII
The Emperor Scale of Colour (v)
Early spring green
XVIII
The Empress Scale of Colour (#)
Bright rose of cerise rayed pale yellow
XIX
Selection of Egyptian Gods
Hathor
XX
Complete Practical Attribution of Egyptian Gods
Hathoor
XXI
The Perfected Man
Khenti-Khas—the Left Nostril
XXII
Small selection of Hindu Deities
Lalita (sexual aspect of Sakti)
XXIII
The Forty Buddhist Meditations
Yellow K
XXIV
Certain of the Hindu and Buddhist Results
Success in Bhaktioga
XXXIII
Some Scandinavian Gods
Freya
XXXIV
Some Greek Gods
Aphrodité
XXXV
Some Roman Gods
Venus
XXXVI
Selection of Christian Gods (10); Apostles (12); Evangelists (4) and Churches of Asia (7).
Thyatira
XXXVIII
Animals, Real and Imaginary.
Sparrow, Dove [[Sow]]
XXXIX
Plants, Real and Imaginary
Myrtle, Rose, Clover [[Fig, Peach, Apple]]
XL
Precious Stones
Emerald, Turquoise
XLI
Magical Weapons
The Horns, Energy, the Burin The Labour of Preparation [[The
XLII
Perfumes
Sandalwood, Myrtle, all Soft Voluptuous Odours
XLIII
Vegetable Drugs
All aphrodisiacs
XLV
Magical Powers [Western Mysticism]
Love-philtres
XLVI
System of Taoism
Tui
XLIX
Lineal Figures of the Planets, &c., and Geomany
Heptagram
L
Transcendental Morality. [10 Virtues (1-10), 7 Sins (Planets), 4 Magick Powers (Elements).]
Unchastity [Lust]
LI.II
Numeration of Col. LI.
4
LI.III
English equivalent of Col. LI.
D
LIII
The Greek Alphabet
Δ δ
LXXVII
The Planets and their Numbers
Venus - 7
LXXX
Olympic Planetary Spirits
Hagith
LXXXI
Metals
Copper
LXXXII
The Noble Eightfold Path
Samma Kammanto
LXXXIII
bar
Right Lower Point
CLXXV
Hebrew Letters
ד
CLXXVI
Numerical Value of Col. CLXXV.
4
CLXXVII
Geomantic Intelligences
Anael
CLXXIX
Numbers printed on Tarot Trumps
3
CLXXX
Title of Tarot Trumps
The Daughter of the Mighty Ones.
CLXXXI
Correct Design of Tarot Trumps
Crowned with stars, a winged goddess stands upon the moon *
CLXXXII
The Human Body
Genital System
CLXXXIII
Legendary Orders of Being
Succubi
CLXXXIV
Numeration of Arabic Alphabet
4
CLXXXV
Numeration of Greek Alphabet
4
CLXXXVI
Diseases (Typical)
Syphilis, Gonorrhoea
CLXXXVII
Magical Formulæ (see Col. XLI)
AGAPH
CXCII
English of Col. LXXXII
Right Conduct
CXCIII
Spirits of the Planets (transliteration)
Qedemel
CXCIV
Intelligences of the Planets (transliteration)
Shehaqim, Hagiel