The Princesses are inseparable from the Ace of their element. For instance, the Thoth Deck Ace of Swords, represents the Root of the Element of Air which is also representative of the Seed of Consciousness which becomes the living mind through the Princess of
Swords. When lacking the Will that is Spirit, consciousness behaves like Air, which blows which ever way of the common current. In nature, Air lacks the concentrated will of Fire to unite with water and it lacks a corresponding passion to unite with its twin, earth. Air has no self-generated impulse, and is totally dependent on the heat or cold of the moment. But when set in motion by its Father-Fire and its Mother-Water, it magnifies their power into something horrific, such as tornadoes or hurricanes., or the Princess of Swords. Wind in this state, is comparable to Consciousness, as all embracing, all penetrating, all wandering and all consuming.
The Status of Air, as compared to the other Elements of alchemical origin, would seem minor but in reality, Air is the first Element to follow Spirit. Spirit is of the Element-Fire, that begins with the Logos (Word of God). Air is also attributed to Mercury and most properly, the Breath of Life. Then there is the Hebrew statement," Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim (777) which means," One is the Spirit (not air) of the Gods of the Living". In this case Air is the the medium that carries the Spirit of "the gods of the living" which is called Prana in Sanskrit, thus we can see the empowerment of yoga breathing exercises.
When thrown during a reading,the Ace of Swords
is an Invoked force for good or evil. It represents the whirling force and strength through trouble. It can be the Sword of Wrath upholding Divine Authority and thus an affirmation of justice in the querent's life.
THE PRINCESS OF SWORDS, represents the earthly part of Air. She is the fixation of the Volatile. She represents the influence of Heaven on Earth and brings about the materialization of idea. There is some suggestion of the Valkyrie in this card but She also represents Artemis and characteristics of Minerva. To some extent, she represents the anger of the gods, and wears a helm of serpent crest, that symbolizes the serpent-haired Medusa. The heavens and clouds whirl about angrily, while she is stabbing downward with her sword. In the back ground is a profaned altar, whose fire is gone out due to lack of attention which seems to anger this Valkyrie.
Since Princesses are the "throne of Spirit", the Princess of Swords has the option of "throwing everything overboard" and/or "blowing everything sky high."
The Elemental Tarot, Daughter of Air card once again concentrates on the communication of consciousness; consciousness being akin to Mind, which the element Air represents. The wavy line between the two identical young women represents communication, friendship and the exchange of ideas.
Traditionally the stork
, flying above their heads, implies good news (the letter), is the herald of spring, new life and travel. By touching both heads, the stork forms a spiritual/conscious link between the two women. To continue this scenario of knowledge and optimism is the symbol of an open book before a rising sun. The Egyptian glyph on the pages of the book represent, to write, to paint and to create.
The Moon/Mercury are assigned to this card, which according to the authors implies an active mind. The Moon in astrology, represents temperament and Mercury indicates mind so we are looking at the interplay of thinking and feelings. In the case of this card, it shows the ability to adapt by being mentally agile.
When thrown during a divination the Princess of Swords or Daughter of Air indicates someone who is of strong character.
The Character of this personality Archetype:
- Is stern, and revengeful.
- Her logic is destructive, as she is both firm and aggressive.
- She also shows great practical wisdom in material things.
- Being adroit at controversy,when affairs are controversial in nature, she shows great cleverness and dexterity in the practical management of these affairs.
- When this card is thrown during a reading, it may represent a young woman with brown hair and blue eyes who shows great wisdom, strength, acuteness, subtle in material things, She is graceful and has great dexterity.
If ill dignified, she is both frivolous and cunning.
- Often she becomes incoherent as all her talents tend to combine forming a species of low cunning. This produces a kind of mental slowness and her mind becomes the prey of constant anxiety, crushed by every kind of responsibility, especially in family affairs. She is either an adroit mood fighter or defensive to the point of rash decisions.
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