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The word pelican (πελεκάν) has the same etymology with the word axe (πέλεκυς). This is how, the axe is linked to the bird pelican.
The pelican is the symbol of humility and the ability to work with others.
The symbolic is linked with the hermetic process where we start our journey ’inward’, guided by the letters V.I.T.R.I.O.L. It alludes to the action of ‘cleaving’ inside of all the layers of our false personalities and beliefs, so to allow the emerging of the inner and true self.
It is also representing the necessity of a permanent verticality by feeding the true self with all kinds of subtle foods and impressions. Without this consistent and regular cultivation, we would be blocked in the blind overwhelming of matter.
The axe fixed on the top of the keystone represents the standing ‘in between’, the ‘quintessence’, the fifth element that balances and regulates the four others with its ‘clarity’ and ‘sharpness’. The axe plays a protective role in this balancing act.
Finally, the Pelican symbolizes the ‘Ladder of Jacob’:
The stage when after having understood our own fate and taking it in our own hands to make it our chosen destiny, we are now ‘in line’ with the Universe and its working laws that we call Providence.
The cubic stone represents the philosophical stone and its ‘multiplying’ virtue, based on its own resources. It invites us to work with others, so to multiply our perceptions in sharing with our communities what we have best.
The Pelican is the symbol of our second ‘birth’ and prepare us to the mysteries of the Phoenix.
Small Note: This is why one possible reading of the ‘Empress’ arcana is ‘Lady Alchemy, using her resources for herself and community’.