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BOS: GENDER: Oswald Wirth associates the Masonic Empress card with form, ideas, and archetypes, i.e. "...ideal forms or pure ideas according to which everything is created." As he notes, "This sovereign, dazzling with light represents 'Creative Intelligence', the mother of form, pictures, and ideas." <ref>Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 71-2</ref>. Note the inappropriate and sexist association of form/formation with the female gender.
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BOS: GENDER STEREOTYPES: Oswald Wirth associates the Masonic Empress card with form, ideas, and archetypes, i.e. "...ideal forms or pure ideas according to which everything is created." As he notes, "This sovereign, dazzling with light represents 'Creative Intelligence', the mother of form, pictures, and ideas." <ref>Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 71-2</ref>. Note the inappropriate and sexist association of form/formation with the female gender.
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"As stated in the previous chapter the Empress represents the more accessible, more benign aspects of the female archetype. She is motherhood, love, gentleness. At the same time she signifies sexu­ality, emotion and the female as mistress."<ref>
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Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 45.</ref>
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"The symbolism of the Waite-Smith Empress reflects the idea of nature, with all its force and glory. The Empress herself, voluptuous and sensual, suggests passion."<ref>
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Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 46.</ref>
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"...the Empress represents a time of passion, a period when we approach life through feelings and pleasure rather than thought. "<ref>
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Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 47.</ref>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:05, 26 June 2020

The Empress is an Old Energy Archetype from the Masonic Tarot Deck. In the Book of Slavery, the archetype is typically used to enforce gender stereotypes. In the Book of Power, it is used to instruct on the power Formation, archetypes, and ideas.

Empress Tarot Card Freemason's Deck

List of Old Energy Archetypes from the Masonic Tarot

Chariot, Death (archetype), Hermit, Hierophant, High Priestess, Judgement, Justice, Star, Strength, Sun (archetype), Temperance, The Devil, The Emperor, The Empress, The Fool, The Hanged Man, The Lovers, The Magician, The Moon, The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The World (old energy)

Related Terms

Old Energy Archetypes > Book of Power, Book of Slavery, Creation Template

Notes

Book of Power

Wirth, and others[1] [2] also associate the card with a stereotypical representation of female gender: Grace, charm, rule through gentleness, vanity, frivolity, seduction, fertility, the family, etc.

"Where Isis is the Cosmic Mother, associated with the moon and with divine secrets, this is De­ meter, the Earth Mother, symbolizing the nourishing fruitfulness and thousand delights of earth. She is all-loving, radiant, universal female­ ness. In the Aquarian deck she becomes the Feeler, who stands with anus stretched out to embrace, her golden hair encircling naked breasts. She is called “prime mover,” and it is indeed emotions that stimulate us to movement and activity. The Sign of Cancer, a watery, emotional, maternal sign, is over her head linking her back again to the moon goddess, sea mother."[3]

In Tarot of the Magicians, Wirth emphasizes the initiaton that occurs after a candidate has assimiliated "the pure idea."[4] IOW, fall in line if you want to go any further.

Book of Slavery

BOS: GENDER STEREOTYPES: Oswald Wirth associates the Masonic Empress card with form, ideas, and archetypes, i.e. "...ideal forms or pure ideas according to which everything is created." As he notes, "This sovereign, dazzling with light represents 'Creative Intelligence', the mother of form, pictures, and ideas." [5]. Note the inappropriate and sexist association of form/formation with the female gender.

"As stated in the previous chapter the Empress represents the more accessible, more benign aspects of the female archetype. She is motherhood, love, gentleness. At the same time she signifies sexu­ality, emotion and the female as mistress."[6]

"The symbolism of the Waite-Smith Empress reflects the idea of nature, with all its force and glory. The Empress herself, voluptuous and sensual, suggests passion."[7]

"...the Empress represents a time of passion, a period when we approach life through feelings and pleasure rather than thought. "[8]

Footnotes

  1. Ouspensky, P. D. The Symbolism of the Tarot: Philosophy of Occultism in Pictures and Numbers. Mineola. St. Petersburg, Russia: Trood Print and Pub., 1913.
  2. Wen, Benebell. Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2015.
  3. Metzner, Ralph. Maps of Consciousness: I Ching, Tantra, Tarot, Alchemy, Astrology, Actualism. New York: Collier Books, 1971.
  4. Oswald Wirth, Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot (San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990). p. 170
  5. Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 71-2
  6. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 45.
  7. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 46.
  8. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 47.