4th Hebrew letter (Daleth).
ORIGIN OF THE SYMBOLISM OF THE FOURTH CARD OF THE TAROT.
The hieroglyphic meaning of Daleth is the womb. It suggests the idea of an object giving plentiful nourishment, the source of future growth. The child is the living
link, which in its neutrality reunites the opposition of the sexes; the Daleth therefore denotes abundance springing from division.
Like the 1, it is a sign of active creation; but this creation is the result of previous actions easily determinable, whilst the origin of the Unity is inaccessible to human conceptions. The Daleth expresses a creation made by a created being. according to divine laws. 1
The Daleth should be the image of the active vivifying principle of the Universe, Jupiter, the reflex of the Primal cause.
THE FOURTH CARD OF THE TAROT.
This symbol should express in the active form all that the preceding card expressed in the passive.
A man seated in profile.
The man indicates the active; his position, however, shows that this activity is engendered by a superior term. The 1st arcanum, the Juggler, the active absolute, was represented standing, looking to the front; the 4th arcanum, active relative, is seated in profile.
This man holds in his right hand the sceptre, the symbol of generation or of Venus ♀.
The sceptre is held in the right hand, to indicate the active influence, which the vivifying principle exercises in nature, by opposition to the formative principle (arc. 3).
The man is bearded and wears a helmet with twelve points (six on each side). He is seated upon a cubic stone, which bears the figure of an eagle.
The helmet indicates the rule of the Divine Will in the Universe, and its universal action in the creation of Life (eagle).
The position upon the cubic stone indicates realization in all the worlds.
(1st) Realization of the Divine Word by the creation.
(2nd) Realization of the ideas of the Being shared by the quadruple work of the spirit--
(3rd) Realization of the actions conceived by the Will.
The man's legs are crossed, his body forms a triangle .
Domination of the Spirit over Matter.
Considered more attentively, the figure reproduces the symbol of Jupiter 2 +, represented by the fourth card of the Tarot.
The fourth card of the Tarot corresponds to the second He, and therefore bears two, very distinct aspects.
It first expresses a term of transition uniting the first series (active and passive forces, the link between the two forces) to the following series; the passage from one world to the other.
But it also represents this term of transition, itself becoming the first term in the following series. As the following series taken as a whole is negative relatively to the first, the fourth symbol represents the active influence of the first series 1, 2, 3, in the second series 4, 5, 6.
The 4 therefore expresses the reflections of the first card in all its details. It acts towards the first series exactly as the second card acted towards the first.
This interprets its meaning--
In the Divine. Reflex of God the Father--
In the Human. Reflex of Adam--
In the Natural. Reflex of Natura naturans--
THE UNIVERSAL CREATIVE FLUID.
The soul of the Universe.
Primitive Hieroglyphic: The Womb
Hebrew letter: Daleth (double)
Reflex of God the Father
Reflex of Adam
Reflex of Natura naturans
The universal creative fluid
THE SOUL OF THE UNIVERSE
120:1 See the second He, and the study upon the number 4.