The Emperor does not have a sword or any other weapon. He rules by means of the sceptre alone.
Clay is moulded into vessels, and because of the space where nothings exists we are able to use them as vessels.
Doors and windows are cut out in the walls of a house, and because they are empty spaces we are able to use them.
Therefore, on the one hand we have the benefit of existence, and on the other, we make use of non-existence.
He who has little will receive.
He who has much will be embarrassed.
The sage does not display himself, therefore he shines.
He does not glory in himself, therefore he excels.<br>
Some make God responsible for the entire history of the human race, including all its atrocities. God, they say, “chastises” his disobedient children by means of wars, revolutions and tyrannies. God is almighty therefore all that happens is by his consent, they claim.
Let us turn now to the idea of tsimtsum – the “withdrawal of God” – of the Lurianic school of the Caballah. The existence of the universe is rendered possible by the act of contraction of God within himself. God made a “place” for the world in abandoning a region interior to himself.
In other words in order to create the world ex nihilo, God had first to bring the void itself into existence. He had to withdraw within in order to create a mystical space, a space without his presence – the void.
The reflection of the divine withdrawal and divine crucifixion is found in the fourth Arcanum of the Tarot. See how the world (the globe on the sceptre) is ruled by the cross.
This kind of knowing is The Emperor, the practical teaching of the fourth card of the Tarot.
For human beings to re-become what they are in their essence, they must be submitted to the operation of sublimation. this operation is crucifying of what is base among them and, at the same time it is the blossoming of that which is their true essence. The cross and the rose, the ROSE-CROSS, is the symbol of this operation of the realisation of the truly human man.
The Emperor renounces the four arbitrary liberties of human nature: