The Thoth ,THE KNIGHT OF WANDS. (Kings in the Golden Dawn and Waite Deck.
has been much confusion by Tarot readers, concerning the implied
meanings of the Court cards and the Kings are no exception. In the
great text book: The Qabalistic Tarot (a text book of mystical
philosophy) Robert Wang wrote:
"The four Kings or Figures
mounted on Steeds [Golden Dawn and Crowley versions] represent Yod
forces in the name of each suit, the Radix, Father and commencement of
Maternal Forces. A Force in which all the others are implied and of
which they form the development and completion. A Force swift and
violent in action, but whose effect soon passes away, and therefore
symbolized by a Figure on a steed riding swiftly, and clothed in
This esoteric meaning may even confuse the
issue more, unless the Tarot Reader understands that you cannot separate
the Personality from the events that impose themselves upon it.
Knight of Wands is the motive force behind the Alchemical Fire or
Primal Fire (he carries the same wand as the Ace of Wands to illustrate
this point). The Knight is a fiery personality
with great motivational ability.
Now remember, trying to divide the
person from the event is pure folly, so here we have a passionate
personality going through a deep-core spiritual event. Old perceptions
are being destroyed as fuel on this fire, so that new extended and
liberated perspective gives birth to spiritual insight. You may call
this positive male-power, as in electrical polarity, that forms
a swift and occasionally violent personality with the capacity to
accomplish long-term goals and handling extremely complex situations but
is most often fierce, impetuous , impulsive and tends to act unpredictably.
To the Astrologer,
the Knight of Wands rules in the
zodiac from 21 degrees Scorpio to 20 degrees Sagittarius. This tends to
establish a personality that can sell "ice to Eskimos" because of his
unrelenting charm, built out of amusement and optimism. He may also have
an abundance of vision and foresight, all of which is passionately
expressed. There is also a degree of intolerance, so when pushed this person
can become violent and unrelenting.
Generally, The Knight of Wands is a
dominant, hard to control person who is attractive but dangerous.
united with the Primal Water of Female-Magnetic polarity, this is a most
attractive personality, and a deeply motivational event of empathy and
healing, most like a warm tropical ocean. He is best in his performance
when mated with a strong female equivalent. By himself, his very nature
"becomes too hot" and he tends to leave bodies
behind him. As a personal note, for myself, a "Ruby Ray" personality, I am Mated to the proper Female Equivalent
(Twin flamed to Elizabeth) and She calls me her Prometheus (fire bearer)
and properly directs my passion towards the expanding and liberating of
Life. I burn hotly, and happily because of this natural paring of
forces and forms. I'd be intolerably impetuous with out
Her, as would Chokma without Binah. It is also an important note,
that the majority of Suns in this Universe are paired with a twin and are called binary stars. According to Modern Astronomers, only about 7 to 10% are single stars. Personal spiritual experience, makes
a better reader!
To reiterate: Chokmah is the Father God principle and
is the first idea of Maleness. Binah, the Mother God, is the first idea
of Femaleness. Here The Divine Creative begins the action of Sexual attraction; of the
electric and magnetic actions of the Universal Creation. This
"Divine Sex" is a hard one to explain to the self-absorbed who think
sexuality as "pleasing moment" of conquest. Those who have felt the deep
and powerful fiery Inner forces of Sexuality (Kundalini) are usually unable to mentally
rationalize it. It is a stunning and absolute attraction, like lightning
striking. It isn't needy, or manipulative, it is as if two magnets of
opposite polarity just "slam" together without resistance of any kind and the rationale finds only futility in trying to explain it.
It is so powerful, that there isn't any other person in the world. One
just "knows" this is the only mate. Therefore this purely spiritual-energetic attraction is beyond
rational thinking and the brain is stunned by it's lack of control over
The Kingdom of Heaven, is all around you, and it is
built from the attraction of opposites, To understand this powerful attraction we really have to re-think sexuality and understand the attraction of Chokmah and Binah; of Electric and Magnetic.The Universe is created by this often overwhelming activity of Union.
Knights of Thoth, are the Kings in many other decks. To Crowley, a king siting
on a throne did not depict the Active power of a King, therefore, he calls
them Knights, which are Battle Kings, Armored, on a mighty-charger
, undaunted by battle.
The Knights represent Yod forces in
each suit. The Yod is the Radix, and/or Father and commencement of
Material Forces. All other forces are implied here, and as ideas they
develop and commence in the Knight. As if volcanic, the Force of the
Knight is swift, violent action, that also moves on swiftly. Thus the
effects of this force soon pass away. THE THOTH KNIGHT OF WANDS: is the Lord of Flame and Lightning, king of the
spirits of Fire, King of the Salamanders. The last Decan of Scorpio and
the first two Decans of Sagittarius are attributed to this card. The
Knight of Wands is Specific Fire in Primal Fire on the Tree of Life.
in a alchemical sense, represents the active-vital Spirit Force of
Movement that is in all Motion and yet it is also the tempering fire
that melds together opposites for the construction of something more
than either one. Spirit Fire is Sexuality on a macro-cosmic level.
Crowley card of the Knight of Wands is all about active force, a
leaping black Charger mounted by dark knight, depicting the Dark Fire of
Foundational Dark Energy that all Visible Light comes from. That
visibility is depicted as surrounding flames. Therefore, the Charger the Dark Knight rides is the equivalent representative of The Shadow Tarot Card-Arcturus/Priest.
The Thoth knights crest is a
horse head, implying the influence of Sagittarius, and he is in armor
implying the qualities of the Spirit Fire that does battle for us all.
The same Ace of Wands, is the Wand in His hand, implying that he is the
vehicle for the Fire Force and is a Solar Phallus.
characteristics of this Powerful Knight, are qualities of activity,
such as, fierceness, impetuosity, pride, impulsiveness, swiftness in
If negative, he is
evil-minded, cruel, bigoted, and brutal. In either case,His swiftness
gives him no recourse to act otherwise so he is ill fitted to modify his
actions according to circumstances.
The Shadow Tarot,
doesn't use separate Court Cards, as the Shadow expression of the 16 archetypal personalities of Modern Psychology. The author of these cards, Linda Falorio, has linked them with the minor arcana.
Here, in Arcturus, she has a Demon of Primordial Fire. Making sense as Demons are the Shadow side of Angels; or so they seem in Christian mythology.
This Priest of Primordial Fire, is accorded the uses of the rites of Orion-Osiris-LAM; ruled by Demons of the East and West in Primordial Fire. Primordial Fire is the realm of nuclear fusion, by which stars and planets are formed.
Now I for one, have never found "my darkness", for as I have traveled deeper and deeper into my "Dark Energy" Psyche,i.e. Higher Self. I have only found brighter and brighter burning, until I know that I am the heart of a seething vortex of a Fiery Star "I". Every dark "thing" in any dark place, has not been seen by me, as they are only heard scurrying away, frantically fleeing from my brightness, some sobbing and groveling asking me to stop burning them. I have always been called "Eli Serabeth" (or equivalent there of) on every "nether plane" I have ever entered. As a personality, I am merely a construct, forged out of my Soul's passion to be and the culture I am born into. But as an I AM, I am a Solar Self forged by the Big Bang. I've always known, that to the Earth, I came from the part of the dark Sky, known as Orion. This may sound delusional, but dear reader, none of us who operate the Divine Creative's Self Image (Hu=Chinese for god and Man=Hindu, Manas for Mind) come from the psyche of earth. We are of the invading Nephilim or Annunaki. Some of us are from the Orion area of the sky, or from the Sirius area. We are "Angels who fell to earth" and/or DNA and Psyche of Ancient Astronauts. To Truly Know thyself, you must drop religious separation of spirit and body; cultural definition of whom you are, and go deeply past the "terrified reptile" identity of your "Me"-consciousness, into the Great Authority of I AM whose frequency can be picked up by activating unused chromosomes in your alien DNA. (Which is the purpose of Kundalini meditations). Such a realm of The Great I AM is Arcturus. I often dare to postulate that,"Stars, built us to experience themselves" and the planets they impregnate. Know that you are a Star, and get on with your "burning"!
The Star Arcturus
, was known to the ancient Egyptians as the God, "Smat, one who rules, Subdues, and governs" and as compared to our sun, one can see why.
The ancient Greeks knew the Star Arcturus as the "sword", "dagger" or "lance" in the hand of the winter constellation Orion the hunter.
Linda Falorio, the author of The Shadow Tarot, says the magical images to use when invoking Arcturus, are :
- A horse
- A wolf
- A man dancing.
The magical influences are riches, honors, and renown: invoke Arcturus to cure fevers.
The magical tokens are plantain and jasper.
- WHEN THE KNIGHT OF WANDS or THE SHADOW TAROT ARCTURUS/PRIEST, IS THROWN DURING A READING, it implies;
spiritual evolution is taking place at a deep core level. It is as if
the past personality is fuel for a new phoenix- self arising from the
- Experiencing the conviction of Spirit with much inner to outward movement of energy and the manifestation of leadership skills.
male power, complete with the ability to focus on long term goals but
with rapid movement that is able to handle complex situations.
- Strong minded and able to dominate others by force of will.
- A master of wit and charm, great sense of humor and warm and generous
with a strong liking for fun. Can just about persuade anyone into
- May be a highly empowered
spiritual being. Which doesn't necessarily mean he has your best
interest at heart. Spirit is Pure Mind, and doesn't see things in a
personal way. Very Impersonal force without the conscience of the
- A mature male whose inner and outer being are in mutual agreement and balance.
- One whose dark fire and bright fire of Self are in united performance.
power, is often seen as arrogance by the weak of conviction, so this
person is either Loved or hated, without gray area acquaintances. Those
who doubt themselves, will be inclined to follow and thus secretly fear
or hate such a powerfully active Spiritual Being who is unconcerned with
how others react to them. Also this will be a person with a Great
Libido, as Spiritual Fire and Sexuality are invariably linked, this is
also a contention amongst the weak; "the weak" being those who serve reaction rather than
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