The Magickal Title of the this card is Son of the Morning, Chief among the Mighty. The Path of the Emperor connects Tiphareth (the Son) to Chokmah (the Father). It is "The Wisdom of Sovereignty and Beauty, and the originator of them; the sphere of the Zodiac acting through Aries upon the Sun, and initiating Spring." It is a very masculine path from all outside appearances. But in fact the male Aries energy is guided by Binah (which is red in Atziluth). The Emperor takes the manifesting energy from the Empress and passes it down to the Higher Self of the individual. The Emperor and the
Empress together function almost as Animus and Anima. Because Aries is ruled by Mars, this card symbolizes tremendous creative energy on one hand and rulership on the other. Of course Aries is the sign which signals the return of Spring when Life re-emerges and growth begins. The notion of Spring and the cycle of rebirth is a feminine function. Heh, the Hebrew letter attributed to this card, is distinctly feminine and in fact signifies the Mother. The energy of the Emperor is the virile, stimulating force which initiates Spring. Therefore, the masculine and feminine energies are totally balanced in this seemingly all male card. It is an example of the idea that every symbol contains its own opposite thus producing a balance of forces.
The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot deck shows the Emperor in red armor with flashing green mail. (Mars and Venus energies in harmony.) He has been a warrior king in the past but he has put down the sword and taken up the wand. The ram-headed wand is used to invoke the forces of manifestation. The figure now wears over his armor, the white and purple fleece of a monarch. He wears a crown of ram's horns on his head, and the ram of Aries is at his feet, playing in the new vegetation of Spring. The Emperor holds a golden orb (Tiphareth) surmounted by the cross, to show that he holds absolute rule over his kingdom.
The Emperor sits on a throne in front of a red veil which has parted, revealing an arched window, which refers to the Hebrew letter Heh. The veil is the Abyss, while the window shows the soft blue of Chokmah in Atziluth beyond it. The figure has a fire triangle on his chest, but superimposed over it is the faint outline of the water triangle. Together they form the hexagram, the emblem of the Perfected Man.
Interpretation in a Tarot Reading
War, conquest, victory, strife, ambition.
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.