Perfected Work Venus in Aries

"Two hands as before, issuing from clouds on each side of the card, and clasped in center with First Order grip, holding four wands crossed. Flames issue at point of junction. Above and below on two small flaming wands are Venus and Aries, representing the Decan.

"Perfection, a completion of a thing built up with trouble and labour. Rest after labour. Subtlety, cleverness, beauty, mirth, success in completion. Reasoning faculty, conclusions drawn from previous knowledge.

"Unreadiness, unreliable, and unsteady, through over anxiety and hurriedness of action. Graceful in manners. At times insincere, etc.

"Chesed of Yod. (Settlement, arrangement, completion.) Herein rule Nanael and Nithal."

The Four of Wands is Chesed in the scale of Atziluth. It is Jovian Mercy in the Archetypal World of Pure Spirit. Chesed is the first Sephirah below the Abyss, and it represents a complete separation from the Supernals. (There is no direct path leading from Binah to Chesed on the Tree of Life.) Chesed therefore symbolizes the beginning of manifested form, the initial structuring of the material pattern. A solid system has been established. Chesed in Atziluth, the highest World, represents the complete perfection of the sequence put into motion by the Supernals.

In this card Venus in Aries signifies the harmony of opposites; Venus, the planet of love, and Mars the planet of war. Here they serve to further symbolize balance, completion, and perfection.

In The Four of Wands, two masculine hands are shown giving the Grip of the First Order of the Golden Dawn. This serves to establish the idea of structured manifestation which is initiated in Chesed. The four wands are crossed in a balanced attitude in the center of the Grip. The Fire suit colors of red and green predominate, while the background color is deep violet, the color of Chesed in the scale of Atziluth. Violet is made from the colors red and blue, the primary colors used to describe Fire and Water, the Male and

Female Principles. Here they have combined to form violet in order to symbolize completion and perfected work.

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