The Fourth in a series of articles
examining the Major Arcana using the Grand Spread
(three groups of seven, the Fool being separate)
to better understand and harness ourselves,
our talent, intelligence, experience and gifts.
An introduction is found in First Resonance.
Next to the Empress in the First Group is the Fourth card:
From the single point of consciousness of The Magician
(the ability to focus on the Now)
to The High Priestess
(the depth of Memory: personal and ancestral);
to the Empress
(the ability to visualize the future)
manifests the Emperor:
comprehension of process provides the power of logic and reason
(the ability to see from past to future)
knowing how things are and how they work he then sets things in motion.
In the Second Group underneath the Emperor we find
as it applies to the individual and to all of creation.
This is not Human Justice,
rather the interaction we have with the laws of physics: Karma.
In it’s literal sense Karma means doing:
the result of a basic physical reaction to one’s actions;
Karma is the result of what one does.
“Good” Karma (in the classical sense)
is when one learns from one’s mistakes:
one recognizes how the situation manifests
and understand the process of cause and effect on one’s life.
In the Third Group under Justice is the
One’s Life Path.
It is source from where we climb out of the primordial soup,
evolve beyond the most basic drives of sex and dominance,
territory and narcissism, to a better understanding of one’s self and the world.
We learn how at times the path is clear and we rejoice;
other times the path is obscured and we must rely on our understanding
of what Is and keep our faith in the path we walk.
The first level reveals (the Emperor) for the personal,
the second (Justice) reveals the environment in which we work
and the third (the Moon) demonstrates how we may apply what we have learned.
Unlike the previous Resonance,
this one includes the Fool.
Aligned with the Emperor,
Justice and the Moon,
the Fool is placed directly above.
This is no accident.
It infers the necessary open mind this column requires.
The Emperor need to see “truly” in order for him to function at his optimum.
Justice must not lean too heavily on unrelated concepts to offer a balanced result.
The path offered by the Moon requires a clear head
and no misconceptions or prejudice
in order to move forward in one’s life.
The Fourth Resonance of the Fool’s Journey is:
Now that we know the process of cause and effect,
understand the parameters of how to manifest the future,
we activate our Will to make it so.
Tending and carefully monitoring our progress
we develop fail-safes to keep things in motion
and avoid the mistakes of short-sightedness.
Each action and response creates another step on our path of life.
This resonance holds all three together into one triad,
each supporting the other.
Place these three cards together and observe the delicate balance produced.
Set these cards on your alter,
use them as meditations,
place them in your pocket
or wear the combination as amulets.
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