“For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.” -Liber Al vel Legis, Chapter 1:28.
Ruled by the perpetually fecund planet Venus, the Empress represents verdancy and bloom personified. She is the agent of molecular congress – attraction, magnetism, gravity, love and lust all fall under her joyous dominion. She is the goddess Hathor, with a solar glyph drawn upon her chest in blood. On the Tree of Life, her path stretches between the pillars of Mercy (Gedulah or Jakin) and Severity (Geburah or Boaz), represented by the white and black spheres floating above her palms, her body uniting them above the Abyss. The Hebrew letter associated with this path, Daleth, means “door” or “portal”, a gateway of divinity.