4th Seal, Two Towers & High Priestess- A Comparison
- Hallo Listmembers,
Here is Tolkien's cover illustration for the Two Towers:
He had made three illustrations in all, for this cover. There was
some confusion as to which towers these two were to represent- see
Here is Dr. Steiner's J & B Occult seal:
And finally, A.E. Waite's design for the High Priestess card:
Tolkien's cover depicts the two towers as black and white- like they
are shown in Waite's High Priestess.
The five pointed star hovers above the black tower, in Steiner's seal
this is to the right of the dark Boaz tower.
There is a white hand under Tolkien's tower, in the Fourth Seal there
are two disembodied hands.
Above Tolkien's white tower there is a crescent moon, below there is
the crescent and dark disc. The High Priestess also has a crescent
moon under the white Jachin pillar.
Tolkien's illustration depicts a ring, or sun disc between the
Towers. Waite's has a solar disc in the headgear of the Priestess.
Steiner also has the sun emblem between the pillars.
Steiner's Fourth Seal shows a book in the clouds. Waite's Priestess
holds a book of the law- Tora.
The occult seal depicts Jachin resting in the water. The High
Priestess' robes appear to be turning into water- a moon condition.
"The immediate source is probably the Cipher Document of the Golden
Dawn that assigns this card to the Moon."
The J & B pillars play a part in the Golden Dawn and Freemason
Tomberg states that the Justice card shows the J & B pillars- there
is a balance between the two. Also the horses on the Chariot card are
meant to be red and blue - the venous and arterial blood - also
emblems of the two pillars. The references to Jachin & Boaz
in "Meditations on the Tarot" are pages: 100, 168, 174 & 178- Element