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The question is not put quite properly, if it is to ask why the "cards" are switched. The right question is "why would the 28th Path (from Netzach and Yesod) be Heh, when it should be the 15th Path (from Chokmah to Tiphareth)?" The nature of this question is not a Tarot question. It's a Tree of Life/Paths of Wisdom question.
Sure, it becomes a Tree/Paths question when you frame it like that. But as far as I'm aware it's never been a question of changing Paths or letters. The Paths/letters are the one constant factor in the whole switcheroo drama. The Paths and letters never move. Correspondences like Tarot cards and zodiac signs move.
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The Tree of Life and the Paths were not set forth for the purpose of describing Tarot.
Of course not, it's the other way around. A good Qabalistic Tarot should represent the Paths/letters.
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I think what happened here is that the Tzaddi is the Stabilizing intelligence, and so in Tarot form, it seems appropriate to assign The Star, as the woman's foot traditionally rests on the stabilized water.
Are you making a switch in the 32 Paths of Wisdom and transferring the [Constituting] Stabilizing Intelligence to the letter Tzaddi? It's usual attribution is the Natural Intelligece.
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The Fifteenth Path is called the Constituting (Stabilizing) Consciousness, because it constitutes the Substance of Creation (etzem ha-B’riah) in pure darkness. According to masters of contemplation, this is that darkness referred to in Scripture, “and thick darkness its swaddling band.”
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28th Path - Tzaddi: The Natural Intelligence. Through it is completed (or, perfected) the nature of all that exist beneath the sphere of the Sun.
The text for the 15th Path is obviously a better match for the Star than the Emperor as per the Golden Dawn attribution. Likewise the text for the 28th Path is a better fit for the Emperor. The old attribution to the Star does not make much sense.
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I think that Crowley may have been trying to rectify this point. Perhaps he thought that it all worked much better, if the Emperor - Reason; he who brings personal Will/Desire (Netzach) to bear in the inner realm (Yesod) in order to manifest reality (Malkuth) would be the Emperor, Heh.
I agree with the reasoning behind the switch of the Emperor to the 28th Path. But there seems no need to change it to the letter Heh. The letter Tzaddi and the Natural Intelligence can describe this process even better.
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Originally Posted by James Eshelman
Because of the correspondence of the Hebrew letters to the Tarot, which is prevalent in the Western Mystery Tradition, it is valuable to look more closely at how this meaning evolved. Qabalists of a hundred years ago taught that the Twenty-eighth Path of Tzaddiy corresponds to Atu XVII, The Star, one of the preeminent female images of the Tarot. Within the Thelemic model, however, it is taught that this was an error; that Tzaddiy corresponds to Atu IV, The Emperor, arguably the chief symbol of paternity, among the Tarot trumps, and, by implication, of phallic authority. In this light, in examining the root, TBO (root of Natural), we find that its meaning is “to sink, to press into”! From this primary meaning, it came also to mean “to impress, to seal,” as with the pressing of a royal signet into malleable wax; and then, “to sink, to be dipped in or plunged in.” The phallic implications are inescapable! In the Rabbinic Hebrew of the Midrash period, the form TBO, teva’a, came to mean a coin or medal – something that had been pressed or impressed – and, finally, a substance which is to be shaped. In Modern Hebrew, the word for the “nature” or “character” of a thing is this same TBO, teva’a.

So the “nature” of this “Natural Consciousness” is, first, only partly the field of Nature in the sense of the material world and its phenomena. This it is – from the philosophical view that this is the waxen substance which has been imprinted, shaped, and molded by the phallic, paternal, impressing, sealing, “plunging in” mode of Consciousness represented by this letter Tzaddiy. But it is also the “nature” or “character” of a person or thing, the fundamental disposition or temperament of a person – again, probably viewed as that with which he or she has been imprinted or impressed. On the Tree of Life, this Twenty-eighth Path marks the impact of the fiery desire force of Netzach, the Hidden Consciousness, on the malleable, waxen, adaptive, receptive aspect of the psyche represented by Y’sod, the Pure Consciousness.
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