The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age
The Emperor becomes The Actor
Significance of The Actor: The Mind
Ho-Ho! This is the Book of the Actor. He has been called the Emperor.
The Actor is bathed in light that comes from a point in front of him and at foot-level. In his right hand, he holds to his face, on a stick, a full mask.
In his left hand, he holds a golden ball without ornamentation. He stands. One foot rests on a sleeping lion—left foot. He wears a girdle that reaches his ankles. He is bare-chested.
He wears a pendant—square with twelve divisions, three rows of four stones. All different—you to do. The Actor is virile. Actor facing front. He looks at viewer, mask in front. The mask is slightly forward permitting the edges of the under face to be seen. There is a two-pointed beard—short—on Actor’s face, Hair is yellow. Mask is mask-like, expressionless. His skin on face is black. White mask. There is a throne rearward, right. On ti sits a dog, a well-bred dog. Upright.
A crown is on arm of thrones—left side arm. Circular crown. Has six points. Each point is a cross having a red stone in the center.
Dog is facing viewer; lion profile, tawny in color. Dog is white. Throne is gold. Two birds overhead; one with spread wings facing front holds in her beak a cloth that ripples downward. It is gathered at beak and fans out at bottom; pyramid in shape, royal in color and has a gold border. The other bird has wings at his side and carries Actor’s staff in his claws. Blue birds. Both in air on same level, spreading bird at left, folding at right.
The ground, in place of scenery, has five-pointed stars which ring from cover to cover going behind the Actor. Many stars, as small as the dog’s head. Shadows are cast backward by the Actor, stars and throne. Birds and carried objects have no shadows. Shadows being thrown out on an endlessness. Vague in color. Universality. Have you it?
Q: Can you see through the Actor’s skirt?
A: Yes, good.
Q: What is the Actor’s arm position in carrying the ball?
A: Cradled somewhat. The Actor’s weight is not on the lion but on his other leg. He is straight-comfortably, not rigidly. He is The Actor, remember.
The Mind is the Book’s significance. Do not permit others to think of the Actor as one playing a role, but rather one who performs acts.
The Mind is the Actor’s significance.
The Actor is not one playing a role, but rather one who performs acts. The Actor does not enact; as representative of the mind, he performs acts. The mind performs acts to bring about change. The mind is the artful hypnotist that makes seeming seem real. Rather than being “the slayer of the real”, seemings seem real for a purpose: to change the outer form in accord with the movement of One. A single purposeful act—from striking two objects together and creating fire to inventing an atom bomb—affects the entire illusion the mind has manifested. The shadows of the Actor, of his throne and the stars around him are cast onto an endlessness. The rest of his paraphernalia can not affect whole projection because they are meaningless glamours.
The Actor—the Mind—is the Emperor. His throne is real, he is real, and the effects of his performed acts symbolized as stars are real. All the rest is show to keep the audience intrigued, amused.
The Actor is the persona. He holds up a mask. He is the Knower but pretends to be a role player. He can be entrapped in the play only when he believes himself to be the persona or ego, lured on by the world. For the Actor is the creator of sensations through forms.
On the other hand, the Actor cradles a golden sphere. This is the mysterious globe later seen beneath the Changer’s feet. It represents the unknown, the incalculable factor. It is related to right timing. The mind must perform acts at the right moment to produce change. Synchronization depends on right timing. Hence, he holds the royal lion of the emotions asleep beneath his foot.
The Actor stands in a false light—the footlight the mind has invented. It is night, but the stars—rather than being in the sky—are about his feet. He is a black man and proceeds from the unconscious, but he wears the white mask of the conscious. He is the antithesis of the Doer who stands in the Sun and whose actions radiate from being-ness and openness.
The Actor on the world stage signifies the function of the Mind as the creator of all acts in the form-world, both lasting and real, and egoistic and artificial. The Mind can deceive itself as to the meaning of the play and often deepens the illusion, but a true act on the mind’s part can produce change and clear the stage of artifice.
In the Book of the Actor, the Actor has left his throne; he has temporarily abandoned his role as the Emperor, but his throne still awaits him. Should he choose to, he can call off the faithful dog that guards it, put on his crown, retrieve his cloak and scepter that the blue birds hold aloft and awaken the sleeping lion. For the moment, however, the Mind chooses to perform acts and is seemingly involved in yet a deeper masquerade. For he wears the mask of the conscious for all to see, yet his skin is black—and, paradoxically, his hair and beard are yellow.
In the former Emperor trump, the throne was often emblazoned by a rampant lion, signifying royalty. The sleeping lion states that the Actor is royal but has detached himself from responsibility. He takes no thought of the fruits of his actions. He is one who performs acts.
Along with the Feeler, the Actor is a door-keeper to the Royal Maze. It is he—the mind—who is responsible for its bindings and enmeshments. The structure is woven by the Feeler—the “prime mover”—but it is the Mind that manifests the illusion and sees the seemings in terms of acts rather than in terms of Beingness.
Both acting and feeling are subject to change. There is no final statement to forming or moving. The Royal Maze is structured of the moment and that moment is constantly becoming—now. Once involved in the Maze, therefore, there is nothing one can do but perform as the Actor and move as the Feeler. The way in is the way out for the Seeker who senses the fire at its center.
The royal couple—the former Emperor and Empress—beckon him onward toward second birth.
Significance of The Actor: The Mind