here are numerous historical clues to the identity of the Crimson King and
these will be dealt with in subsequent chapters, but in order to fully
understand the depth of Mr. Sinfield's allegories, one must, of
consider his words in the light of Hermetic principles (kabbalah, tarot,
"Like the rest of the Order of Hermes, symbolism is everywhere and everything is connected to everything else. Each organ of a patients body is ruled by a planet and a zodiacal sign, which in turn correspond to an element and a metal."
- Alchemists By Anders Sandberg
"There are seven Hermetic principles and, in the Hermetic tradition, each historical era can be characterized by one of these principles. The Middle Ages are characterized by the Hermetic Principle of Correspondence:
As Above, so Below."
- The Magician's Dictionary by E.E. Rhemus
As the words of the Crimson King are clearly those of a medieval individual, it follows that there would be both a metaphysical and an earthly Crimson King.
He has also stated that the Crimson King is "the man with an aim".
"Beelzebub, or Baalzebûb, the Philistine god of Accaron (Ekron) The name is commonly translated "the lord of the flies", and the god is supposed to be so called either because as a sun god he brings the flies, though the Ba'al was probably not a sun god, or more likely because he is invoked to drive away the flies from the sacrifice, like the Zeus Apomuios, who drove them from Olympia."
- The Catholic Encyclopedia
"APOMYIOS, a surname given by the Cyrenians to Zeus, for delivering Herakles [Hercules] from flies during sacrifice. Sacrifices were yearly offered to Zeus Apomyios. (Greek, apo-myia, from flies.) BELZEBUB or BEELZEBUTH (Prince of Flies) was one of the principal Syrian gods, to whom sacrifice was offered on all ferialia."
- Dictionary of Phrase and Fable by E. Cobham Brewer
The character on the Emperor tarot card is Zeus. On this card, he is aiming a
The "man with the aim" is Zeus, a.k.a Beelzebub.
"His right hand aims a glowing golden keraunos toward the ground; this is a stylized thunderbolt with a central orb, two points in opposite directions, and four "tongues of flames" around each point."
- The Pythagorean Tarot by John Opsopaus
Jupiter was the Roman name for Zeus, and he was known as Jupiter-Mundus, Deus Mundus, "God of the World.
If you recall from the previous chapter, Frederick II was known as Stupor Mundi and called himself "lord of the world."
"The siege of Parma formed the subject of a long poem by the Chartophylax, Georgios of Gallipoli, together with an enthusiastic encomium on Frederick II in which the Emperor figures as Zeus, the Thunder God and Lightning -Wielder of Greek mythology. A supernatural atmosphere thus surrounded the Hohenstaufen." (p. 306)
- Frederick II
by Ernst Kantorowicz
The association with Zeus runs deeper.
"Tarot cards tell a story -- one familiar to 15th-century Italian players of the card game Triumphi -- Tarot's original name.
Unlike today, early Tarot cards weren't numbered. Instead, their pictures served to remind card players of the characters and events of a story from the late Middle Ages. Trumps were ranked according to the appearance of their characters in that story, low trumps appearing first and high ones last. Eventually, the story was forgotten, numbers were put on the cards, and their order changed. Below, both the divinatory and medieval (historical) meaning (used by fortune-tellers) is given for the Emperor Tarot trump card.
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