Its now time to discuss the 4th card in the Major Arcana, The Emperor. As you all know we are in our little survey of the tarot, trying to get a view of the esoteric aspects of the tarot. In doing such a survey, sometimes a hint of controversy and squabble enter into the arena, never is it so important to realize such a tendency than that of the Emperor. Throughout history the mystery or (misstery) has been no where been so corrupted and destroyed as that of the realm of politics. We as a human race have experienced what was called in Greek Archons more than anything else. More than any other thing has the pervasive illusion that someone ( usually male) could wield power by might and collusion over those who would become unwitting puppets of the age old mouthpiece of political aims.
Sometimes these political movements have been beneficent like that of democracy or creating a form of government literally to extend the concerns,desires and aims of the people. Often times though we have watched , century after century history play games with the emotions , minds and energy of the masses. These rulers have never been so worshiped as they were in antiquity. Primarily arising from the forces of Jupiter the idea of Justice coupled with Authority is the aim of this arcana. What should an authority do , how shall they act when in relation to those whom ones authority is derrived from? How are we to gain support and strength toward our ( humanities) or one’s own agendas. These questions have plagued human beings since the beginning of established laws, codes and those with authority to carry out the wishes of those in support of “the law of the land”.
Since no authority can exist without “laws” we usually find that the entire problem of misapplied authority is the unspoken agreement of what the law is. Since what differentiates those with power from those who are not with power, is the mere code of laws, we are forced to see this figure as a political force. This is the very first lecture of Masonic importance to an entered apprentice in the Scottish Rite , as exemplified in Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma.
“the Force must have a brain and a law. Then its deeds of daring produce permanent results, and there is real progress. Then there are sublime conquests. Thought is a force, and philosophy should be an energy, finding its aim and its effects in the amelioration of mankind. The two great motors are Truth and Love. When all these Forces are combined, and guided by the Intellect, and regulated by the RULE of Right, and Justice, and of combined and systematic movement and effort, the great revolution prepared for by the ages will begin to march. The POWER of the Deity Himself is in equilibrium with His WISDOM. Hence the only results are HARMONY”