As you may note, The Thoth Princes are the Knights of The Spiral, Golden Dawn, Rider-Waite and many other decks that follow the Old medieval art. Crowley named his Kings,Knights and believed that the medieval knight was usually a Prince. Plus, the Prince is an obvious Son of the King and Queen.
The Knights of the Spiral tarot and the Thoth
Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to
their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are
force, but a stable one, again not of their own doing, as they are being pulled along in their
chariots or in the case of the Spiral Tarot, mounted as Knights on trained chargers.
The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the
Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qaballah. They
are very ancient symbols for the elements of multi religious belief
systems. Appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the Four Animals in the Old
Testament vision of Ezekiel, and they are the four symbols of the
the vastness of Kether, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth,
becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually
expressed in Tiphareth.
Anthropomorphically personified, The Princes are
the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth and the Knight or Prince of Swords are balanced but active Air. The sign of Air, is in the upper left of the Spiral Tarot Knight of Swords card declaring the element. The obvious swirling of clouds around the Spiral Knight of Swords also implies the element of air. The Thoth Card seems to suspend the Prince of Swords in the blazing light of a Sunny sky, also implying Air and the Solar Son. Being the most refined
aspects of the Solar- Personality, the Four Princes or Spiral Tarot Knights, are the Elemental
Kings in ourselves.
It should be no surprise then, that the
Princes or Knights can be taken in any direction by Divine Will. Thus, the forces
of the Prince Or Knight of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty; the
unconscious flowing motion of the Prince or Knight of Cups may be subtle and
artistic; or it may be evil. The rational mental activities of the
Prince or Knight of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or
destructive and last but not least, the material qualities of the Prince
or Knight of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The Grounding Element for
the Spiral Tarot Knights or the Thoth Prince's lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the
When thrown during Divination, the Thoth Princes or Spiral Tarot Knights,
often represent the coming and going of an event or person .
THE THOTH PRINCE OF SWORDS, or THE SPIRAL TAROT- KNIGHT OF SWORDS is the mental element of ideas that can be constructive or destructive. Therefore both cards show the Prince/Knight with sword raised to strike.
The Thoth Prince of Swords
,is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.
Zodiacally, he is the last Decan of Capricorn and the first two Decans of Aquarius.
Be he Knight or Prince, He
is Specific Air of Primal Air. The Element Air, is Mind, so this one
is like the mind itself, which can love thought alone, and not care what
The Golden dawn card, had two fairies pulling
the chariot but in the, Thoth Tarot card of the Prince of Swords. these
fairies are shown as spheres of light in front of the Chariot,
accompanied by three winged children who are pulling it. Implying that,
this chariot may be pulled capriciously and/or mischievously in any
direction, imitating the Mind itself. Also there is significant
Yesod-Moon symbolism here to suggest this is a card of mind. The Chariot represents the stabilizing force of the Queen or Goddess.
In the right
hand, the Thoth Prince is swinging the Sword of invocation and creation and
in his left is a sickle which immediately destroys that which is
created. With child like innocence, the Prince of Swords wields his
Sword of Geburah. The logical mental processes of the Prince has reduced
the Air (mind) into geometric symbols that represent no real plan, but
are demonstrative power of undefined purpose.
As a person,
The Spiral Tarot Knight or Thoth Prince of Swords personality is purely intellectual. Overflowing
with ideas that tumble over each other in a mass unrelated to practical
effort. This is a brain that won't quiet itself down long enough to
focus well on one thing. Intensely clever, admirably rational, with high
degrees of thought, yet unstable of purpose; a wind blown mind. The Original Multitasker, who is busy doing everything, but nothing well or even finished. Or as my father used to say,"jack of all trades and master of none". There is in this Knight or Prince of
mind, an indifference to their own thought, as any idea is worth
exploring, but not for too long. By reducing every thought to
ratiocination, this personality has removed all substance from thoughts,
making them formal and fantastical, as they no longer relate to any
facts; even those upon which the thoughts were once individually based.
Thus, this person is completely free from settled principles and is
capable of conceiving and putting out any conceivable argument with out
the clutter of remorse or regret. This is a mind so glib, that it is
able to forget the contrary argument it produced minutes before and go
sallying forth like a Knight, with a new argument. These people often become faddists,
cultists and devotees of drink, drugs, theologies, humanitarianism or
music and religion, but without stability.
When the Spiral Tarot Knight of Swords or the Thoth Prince of Swords card
is thrown during a reading, the querent feels the need :
- to release
creative and intuitive thought while cutting through any barrier to this
- a tendency to think too fast so slowing down the
thought process is advised if success is to be achieved.
- to be overly rational, missing the subtle
emotional points that would heed success in communication.
If the querent
is able or has achieved the ability to focus their thought:
- They are
committed to acting out their ideals and philosophy in their own lives;
not really caring about how others do it, as they put incredible energy
into supporting or examining particular beliefs.
- They often present a
magnetic personality that is extravagant, careless and excessive.
- Ruthlessly brilliant, they can have good business judgment.
- There is a
combative nature here, that is courageous, turbulent and skilled in the
war of wits.
Thank you for your interest, support and comments. May you live long and prosper!