In the Thoth Deck the Kings are called the Knights, as Crowley interpreted them as an active force. Kings in battle wore armor and were Knights while Kings on a throne seem to represent a more passive force.
The King of Swords of the Tarot of the Old Path is dressed in the colors of Air, which is the ruling element of the suit of Swords. He is a large and determined looking man, holding a large double edged sword, that implies justice.
His semi-castellated crown signifies his authority and the ermine bordered cloak represents dignity.
The cloak clasp, with strong chain, is configured in a three leaf motif that represents Maid, Mother and Crone; the three states of Goddess.
Behind the King is a wind-blown fennel plant which in the language of flowers represents one who is praiseworthy and having the necessary strength to get results.
The Primary meaning of the Tarot of the Old Path King of Swords seems to be about a man of action. A powerful person who is authoritative and posses great determination. A professional man with a sharp analytical mind. Such as a Judge, Military officer, police man, or high ranking government official.
Thoth Deck Knight of Swords:
To reiterate, Chokmah is the beginning state of conscious energy that is masculine in action. Chokmah is the "idea of male" and it's mate, Binah, is the "idea of Female". Now we have the concepts of Father-Mother God.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephira, called---Wisdom, is also the Force behind the four twos and the four Knights .
The twos symbolize the Forces of the King, who are Knights, and the four Queens uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight-Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.
THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS:
Is also known in Qaballah as Lord of Winds and Breezes. King of the Elemental Spirits of the Air.; the Sylphs and Sylphides. This is a very Strong masculine mental force whose zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Taurus and the first two Decans of Gemini. Here we have Specific Fire in Primal Air that is the personification of a Force behind the World of Astral Images and ideas. This Power is violent, aggressive, and a cutting edged force that is much like a overheated wind. He is storm and violent emotion applied to an apparently manageable mind.
The symbols of this Mad Movement,is depicted in the art of the Knight of Swords, as his maddened steed is charging down from the heavens, with Tempest about, and armed with both sword and poniard, he is the very personification of the idea of attack.
The Bull like power of Taurus is represented in his steed and the Twins of Gemini are shown in his armament The crest on his Helm is a revolving wing, showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into submission.
Such a character, if personal, would be that of a person who is clever, skillful, active and subtle. Being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragon Fly, does not keep him from being prey to his ideas which come as inspiration without consideration.
All of this changes when this card is ill dignified. If such occurs, he is incapable of decisions or purpose, and any action he takes is so weakened by his mental indecision that it is easily brushed aside by opposition. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.
However we choose to dignify this Knight, he is the "Extended Flame of mind" as Zoroaster calls it. Here the True Will To Force, as Chokmah is exploding the Mind. The Taurian influence, makes the mind steadfast and the first Decanate of Gemini makes the mind inspirational Thus an Idea tends to absorb the entire life of the individual in the blinding light of concentrated aspiration. This absorption tends to show the danger to this state of mind, for the first Decan is also known as "shortened force" and that shortened force is symbolized by the poniard. Shortened force often comes off as defensive and stubborn behavior.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
The querent is or may be experiencing:
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