Core Elements of Natural Law

The tarot may not be the most reliable source for predicting outcomes but it can certainly trigger our imagination and get us thinking about ideas in different ways. We have a tendency to see what it is that we want to see, so in essence each picture can reflect our hopes and fears. What we do with those discoveries is another matter altogether.

Take the chap in the picture above on the left. Everyone and their dog can relate with what it means to be burdened and overloaded. Just take a good look around to find people in all walks of life caught up in a routinized pattern of urgency. Few may openly acknowledge the sense of importance they feel from being super busy, even less will admit that their overly distracted lives are shielding them from taking a serious look at themselves.

As your embodied Demiurge and Emperor, metaphorically speaking of course, it would sooth me to keep you all in line with the system of things; knowing full well that your appetites and desires will keep you ascending and descending my samsaric wheel of fortune; a virtual metaphor to represent the scope and shape of the present aeon we find ourselves in.

You say you want security and to be liberal minded as though you can have your cake and eat it too. But order and stability has a cost. Feast your eyes on the middle picture above. Notice the ankh in the Emperor’s right hand. This hieroglyph represents life and the alignment of natural law so that we may sustain the human enterprise.

We all intuitively know that the circle of life can only be maintained if the deities are revered; namely, air (prudence), fire (fortitude), earth (justice) and water (temperance); as long as these elementary forces remain in proper balance will we know what it means to have geometrical equality. “Complete virtue consists in the evenness and steadiness of a life that is in harmony with itself through all events, which cannot come about unless one has knowledge and the skill of discerning things human and divine.” – Seneca, Letter 31.8

The Emperor possesses solar rationality (bona mens). Like Moses he can bring forth springs of water from the driest desert or like Ion Musk he can bring warriors back to Mars through solar technology. His robes are dipped in the blood of those who sacrificed themselves in view to a new world order and he has assimilated the greatest minds that have forged empires and dominions alike. All those who are grafted back into him are one in purpose and will.

Such myths tells us something about ourselves, both as individuals and as a collective. They are not untruths per say as they are temporary renditions of an ever changing world which we feel inclined to categorize and make sense of. Even our most advanced views of science will one day be seen in the same spirit as we now see Aristotle’s outdated biology.

Yet embodying these natural virtues that keep us from being flung from fortune’s wheel need not be a mystery. Despite our differences there are significant-critical values in the external world that have to be respected if we are to achieve eudemonia; i.e., to thrive as a human species. Intrinsic values are by definition universal and mutually shared by all. The role of the Emperor (normative self-collective) creates order and stability for the society at large. We are each called by nature to light incense in honour of what it means to play our part in this time-bonding process. What truly matters transcends the whimsical preferences of the individual.

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6 Responses to Core Elements of Natural Law

  1. margiran says:

    I agree with your final paragraph yet sadly ‘we’ appear further away from it than ever.

  2. I’ll be honest–I’ve never had any time for tarot cards. I’ve written them off as hocus pocus, and would still deny that they hold any kind of supernatural power. BUT I may have been missing out by not recognizing their ability to “trigger our imagination and get us thinking about ideas in different ways” as you put it. You’ve certainly offered up some interesting takes here, and the cards you chose helped to illuminate what you had to say. There’s no doubt that a good life is best achieved by avoiding too much of anything, and through a willingness to see your part in the bigger picture.

    A question: You assigned a particular quality to each of the elements in your post, all in the vein of order and moderation. Do these ‘definitions’ come from a particular philosophical tradition, or did you assign them yourself?

    • Delighted to have revealed an introspective feature of the tarot for you. There are other applications if you care to do the research. For example they are also useful for creating and/or embellishing stories. Take for instance Da Vinci’s Demons (2013); several episodes in the first season are named after the major arcana and seem to do a good job in pairing aspects of the tarot with the storyline.

      To answer your questions head on: No, they don’t come from a particular philosophical tradition per say and neither can I take full credit for my attribution. In a sense we are all participating in a ‘folk psychology’ which is constantly being fed, reinterpreted and shaped to suit our own views and/or biases of the world at large. You are free to think of the tarot as a medium by which to bring color to the various openings of perspectivism; however subjective it may be. As opposed to the mystics of every rank, each color generated by pure white light passing through a prism provides some degree of illumination rather than inspiration.

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