Tarot - Arcanum No. 4
|Written by Editor VOPUS|
Arcanum No. 4 is “The Emperor” from Kabbalah, the Intimate within ourselves. The Forth Arcanum is very interesting. It refers to the cross of 4 points, the cubic stone which is the foundation of the Great Work. It is a stone that must be chiseled.
The Cross is a very ancient symbol, being used all along, in all the religions, among all peoples, and it would be erroneous to consider it an exclusive emblem of a religious sect; when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the holy land of the Aztecs they found crosses upon all the altars.
We must comprehend that the cross with its 4 points symbolizes the 4 Cardinal Points of the Earth: North, South, East and West. The 4 Ages: Gold, Silver, Copper and Iron. The 4 Seasons of the year. The 4 Phases of the Moon. The 4 Paths: Science, Philosophy, Art and Religion. When we speak about the 4 Paths we must comprehend that they are really one Path, this Path is the Straight and Narrow Path of the Razor's Edge, the Path of the Revolution of the Consciousness.
The No. 4 also represents the 4 Physical Elements and the 4 Elements of Alchemy::
EARTH – SALT
The ancient Alchemists said that the Sulphur must fecundate the Mercury of Secret Philosophy in order for the Salt to be regenerated; in other words, the Fire must fecundate the Water in order for the Human Being to be regenerated and Self-Realized.
In the Arcanum No. 4 we also find the secret of the Sphinx, and this Arcanum reminds us of the 4 Sacred Animals of Sexual Alchemy:
LION: FIRE - CLAWS OF A LION – HIDES THE ENIGMA OF THE FIRE
These are the representative values of the Sphinx, the 4 Elements of Solar Alchemy. We need the tenacity of the bull and the wings of the Spirit.
The Arcanum No. 4 of the Tarot is the Holy and Mysterious Tetragrammaton. The Sacred name of the Eternal One has 4 letters: IOD, HE, VAU, HE.
IOD – MAN – MAN
Excerpts from the book “Tarot and Kabbalah” by Samael Aun Weor
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