Number : 4 Letter : 1 Daleth
This is the picture of a strong man with all the attributes of a ruler. He is seated upon a cube as upon a throne. He is ruler of the world of matter. The Romans called him Jupiter. His seated position on the cube also represents the sign of Jupiter: U. The line curving upwards rests on the symbolic sign of matter, the cross.
The king wears a yellow helmet adorned with red and shaped into six points at the top like a crown. These points allude to the six-pointed star, formed by two interwoven triangles. When these are projected into the third dimension, two interwoven tetrahedrons are formed, which are concealed inside the cube.
The yellow colour of the helmet shows that the king manifests his high spiritual powers and wisdom in thought, speech and writing. The red contours of his helmet again point to his spirituality and wisdom. The dark colour of his hair and beard is a symbol of his concern with the material world. In Roman mythology he is Jupiter, in Greek mythology, Zeus, the god of wisdom and the heavenly ruler of earth.
The garment next to his body is red, again symbolising the spirituality of his innermost being. It is visible only on his legs, knees and arms. The remaining part of it is covered by other articles of clothing. On his chest and shoulders he wears a light blue coat of mail. On the right side we see the sun, on the left, the moon. The coat of mail shows his imperviousness and power of resistance against foes and external attacks. The sun and moon show that he unites in himself the two great energies, the positive-masculine energy of the sun and the negative-feminine energy of the moon, that he controls both of them and works with them in the universe. Round his neck he wears a thick golden chain, a symbol of his strong reason.
The coat of mail is decorated with a red fringe in a geometric pattern trimmed with yellow and partly covering his blue uniform and blue sleeves. He therefore manifests spirituality, goodwill and kindness. His feet are clad in blue stockings ; this means that his steps are always guided by pure love and humanity. In his right hand he holds a mighty sceptre which ends in three large leaves forming a fleur de lys. By holding the sceptre in his right hand the king shows that he works with positive-masculine forces.
In his left hand he holds a green imperial orb. This signifies that he has power over the earthly world. This power, however, is not sheer force, but the irresistible power of universal love. That is why the imperial orb is so large and green.
The king is seated upon a large yellow cube bearing the picture of a brown eagle. The cube is the simplest crystallisation form of matter, the crystal form of salt.* That the king sits upon a cube suggests that although he stands above matter with his spirituality, he nevertheless needs matter and the material world as a stable basis for his activity. He controls matter and in addition uses it to gain spiritual powers from material forces by transformation. In order to show this he places his legs so as to form a cross, the symbol of matter.
The cube signifies a very fine type of matter through which he manifests his wisdom. This matter is the human brain. That is why the cube is yellow in colour. It is intelligent matter.
Through their brains men manifest the higher truths and the divine ideas of the king of heaven. Without this the king could not express and pass on his wisdom in thought, speech and writing. The dark eagle is the symbol of matter, but he no longer crawls on the ground as a scorpion manifesting base instincts but now serves the intellectual world by manifesting superior thoughts and soars in the air as an eagle. He turns his head to the right thus indicating that the power which the king uses is always of a masculine-positive, giving nature. We shall understand the significance of this cube even better if we think of the Ka'ba, which is the focal point of the religious cult of Islam in Mecca. The Ka'ba is a cube-shaped edifice, and according to tradition, was built in its present form by Abraham himself. Muslims throughout the world orient themselves towards it in prayer. And every Muslim who can makes a pilgrimage once in his life to the Ka'ba. Inside the Ka'aba there are twelve silver lamps suspended between three pillars with a thirteenth lamp in the centre. The diree pillars symbolise the Holy Trinity and the twelve lamps stand for the twelve signs of the zodiac round the sun. There are no windows in the Ka'ba and only one door, which is seven feet above the ground and and can be reached by climbing a seven-runged ladder. The Muslims call the Ka'ba 'The House of God', which simply means man himself. As the symbolism of the Ka'ba is so clear we hardly need to explain that it is the cube, matter, the human body, the dwelling-place of the divine Self, of god. The three pillars represent the Holy Trinity which animates the body with die divine powers of Logos. Christ said £. . . for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you'. (Luke, 17: 21) The same symbol, the cube containing the divine principle depicted here as the Lamb offering itself in sacrifice, occurs in Revelation. John recounts his . vision:
' And there came unto me one of the seven angels... and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the
Lamb's wife. [Man's consciousness which seeks unity with the divine principle] . . .
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God ...
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. . .
And the city lieth foursquare . . . The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. [Therefore it is cube shaped!] . . . . . . and the city was pure gold . . .
. . . and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass . . .
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.' (Revelation 21: 9-23)
As we can see, the visionary of the Bible also perceived the body of the illumined and redeemed man as a cube which had become transparent, the crystallised prototype of matter from which shines the light of God, the divine principle offering itself in sacrifice, the Lamb with its celestial light.
In front of the king we see the same flower that we saw behind the magician as a bud. There, the flower implies that man has not yet grown conscious and that the greatest part of his being still lies behind his consciousness, in his unconscious. Here, the flower is in front of the king of heaven and is already beginning to open. It is no longer a bud. At this level man is already considerably more aware than at the level of the 'magician'. He has power over his own body, over his material form. To a certain extent he already possesses self-control. He uses his body as a source of energy and transforms physical energies into spiritual powers, thereby quickening his progress on the long path to the great goal. His soul is now no longer a bud ; it gradually unfolds and radiates the divine light, love. It dawns on him that our spiritual level does not depend upon how much we know, but upon how much love we have in us. What he has learned and grasped intellectually must be realized. He must not keep his experiences and knowledge for himself, he must pass them on to the uninitiated who come after him. He already has self-control and is master of physical desires. He uses the power thereby gained to help not only himself but also his fellow-men. He sees the great goal and devotes his whole life to the task of growing more spiritual, while leading others also to spirituality. He has read and learned a great deal and heard divine truths from great men who have reached the goal. At the same time, however, he has already gathered a store of individual experience and can thus pass on its treasures to others. More and more people come to him to ask for advice and help and he tries to alleviate human suffering. He gives help where possible and compassion and universal love unfold in his heart just as the flower opens its sepals.
The picture of the king carries the number 4 and the letter daleth.
The number 4 as a geometric shape, as a square or cross, is found in the cube.
For if we open out a cube, we get a cross. All six sides of a cube are rectangular squares. Throughout the wrorld and in every religion, the square and the cross are symbols of matter. On the two beams of the Cross, on time and space, the spirit of the world, Logos, Christ, is crucified. At the point of intersection of the two beams is the absolute present. Here time and space unite. For us, as embodied spirits, this point, the absolute present, is our only possibility of attaining redemption, liberation while still in the body. Otherwise we are
'crucified' in time and space. If we manage to endure in the absolute present with absolute consciousness we are liberated from the 'crucifixion' in time and space. Then we are resurrected in eternity. The crucified human body is a symbol as old as mankind itself. Such crucifixes, thousands of years old, have been found in excavations all over the world, in America and in the Orient.
The number 4 also occurs as a symbol in the four great rivers which rise in the middle of Paradise and flow in the four directions of heaven. Equally so in the four great signs of the zodiac in Ezekiel's vision: lion, bull, angel and eagle; and likewise in the four faces of God in the Hindu philosophy of religion.
The tarot card king complements the tarot card queen. The king is the positive-masculine, and the queen the negative-feminine side of a single divine unity. The numbers 3 and 4 together make 7 which is the key number of the earthly world. That is why there are seven rungs on the ladder leading up to the Ka'ba in Mecca. If we add up the number 7 according to the principles of numerology, 1 + 2+3 + 4+5 + 6+7, we get the number! 28.( The sum of the digits of the number 28 is the divine number of perfection, the fulfilment of creation, the number 10. The cipher has no numerological value because it symbolises space. Thus we are left with the divine number 1 as the final result. The result is the same if we add up the number 4 according to these principles, 1 + 2+3 + 4= 10. The final result is again 1.
The letter daleth is the picture of the animating and active principle of the universe. Through it God depicts the images of the body and all the different forms of matter, daleth corresponds to the fourth sefirah, Hesed\ which means love and kindness.
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