William Blake TarotThe seemingly godlike form is Urizen, Blake's Zoa of Mentality, the "eternal mind." Driven by self-doubt, Urizen fails to understand the need for a balance of forces, and selfishly desires to dominate Eternity. Associated with Science, Urizen has a lofty ability to explain, quantify, and manipulate reality -- but he is also orthodox, moralistic, and stubborn. Supremely dualistic, Urizen represents good intentions and blind egotism, intellectual wisdom and implacable patriarchy, expansion and contraction, dynamism and stasis. Wielding his compasses as a classic symbol of this dualism, Urizen measures all things, but without compassion and true understanding. He is the "king of pride." Like the jealous and vengeful god of the Old Testament, he is the author of absolute law, which is justice without mercy.
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