Sunday, March 22, 2009

Symbolism of the Trident

Piotr Ouspensky (1878 – 1947), a Russian philosopher-mystic says in his book “The Symbolism of the Tarot” about the Tarot card - Emperor:

“I am in the four signs of the Tarot.
I am action, I am resistance, I am completion, I am result.
For him who knows the way to see me, there are no mysteries on the earth.
As the earth contains fire, water and air, as the fourth letter of the name contains the first three and itself becomes the first, so my sceptre contains the complete triangle and bears in itself the seed of a new triangle.

And while the Emperor spoke, his helmet and the golden armour visible beneath his mantle shone ever more and more fiercely, until I could no longer bear their radiance and dropped my eyes. And when I tried to raise them again, before me was an all-pervading radiance, and light and fire. And I fell prostrate worshipping the Fiery Word.”


True kingship symbolizes the four principles of empowering action, protection through defence or resistance, a totality of fulfilment, in himself and in the domain of his stewardship, and a final outcome wherein originates a desire for further a role enhancement, both intrinsic and extrinsic. The role of the divine has to be understood from this perspective and if we need to lead a spiritual life our own roles have to map on to this definition.


The very cosmic principle operates in this mode of gravitation (action), dark energy repulsion (resistance), unaltered total energy of origination (completion) and manifestation (result). Understanding this equals to understanding all mysteries of the Universe.

The enfolded aspect of manifestation through energy, its fluidity and its all pervasive nature is explained in understandable terms as “As the earth contains fire, water and air, as the fourth letter of the name contains the first three and itself becomes the first”.
This is the reason the trident of Siva, symbolizing the creative principle, is a three pointed convergent sceptre.

Whoever understands this meets the divine in himself as demonstrated in the transfiguration of Jesus on Mont Tabor or the radiance of Krishna’s universal form in Bhagavad-Gita. Just as the disciples and Arjuna prostrated themselves understanding the deep significance of the emanation of new Logos from the unalterable unmodified original Logos (vac in Sanskrit) so also we will bow to this eternal truth.

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