The Thoth Knight of Disks, of the Qabalistic Thoth deck, is known as the King of Pentacles in many other tarot decks. Because the pentacle is the symbol of the ascended man. This card represents Mastery of Abundance and Prosperity.
He is the harvester, who with threshing tool in hand, is prepared to harvest all that he has cultivated. With the capacity to manifest inner world skills into the outer-world, he is determined to achieve harvest in the areas of health and finances.
The Knight of Disks is also the Physical Doctor, the Healer who is focused on health care, and a concern for body health.
He is the fiery part of Earth, representing Earth as a producer of Life. Mountains, earthquakes, and gravitation are all attributed to this state of energy consciousness, as these are all Life contributors on this earth.
Qabalists know that Life must be in constant motion to be animated, yet it also must be stable (gravity) and often reconstruction of the motion of Life requires a destructive element to "de-construct" before reconstruction can be created; However, destruction must be held to a point of healing rather than destruction for destruction's sake.
In the area of health he monitors his diet (horse eating grains) and in the area of finance, (his large coin shield) he creates and protects that which is financially necessary.
The horned helmet, suggests he is a diagnostician who determines what is necessary in order to manifest abundance. Leo the lion appears on his shield, representing the creative aspects of manifesting harvest. He is steadfast, reliable, accomplished, the epitome of success, such as the illustration of the Celtic god Cernunos.
Faithful followers of this blog, know by now that Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity.
Now there are those who think that Male came first, or that Female came first. This argument is because of our short-sighted physical perspective on sexuality. The startling fact to some, is that if you come up with the idea of male, then you come up with the idea of female at the same moment.There is no male concept without the concept of female and vise versa. So the argument of whom came first, is null and void when talking about the Supernal Triangle (The upper Trinity).
The Will to Force (Chokmah)and the Will to Form (Binah) united to produce the Will - To - Be. which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am produces the idea of Being/Me. Our concept of sexuality is in need of adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself Two, i.e. the Lemnistrate (Greek for Ribbon) or symbol of infinity.
Chokmah is the second Sephira and thus is the force behind the four Deuces. The Personification of that force is represented in the four Knights. In other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth.
Represents the Lord of the wild and fertile land and as such is the King of the elemental spirits of earth such as the Gnomes.
The zodiacal attributes to this card are the last Decan of Leo and the first two Decans of Virgo.
Being that the Knight of Disks is the most dense manifestation of the Elemental Yod (Phallic) force , he is the force behind fruition, and growth but tends to be slow.
This fertility is represented in this card by the use of the Stag antlers on the Helm of the Knight. The understanding of the mythical animal images of the middle ages, comes in handy here, as the Stag is the beast that ate the serpent ( received wisdom) and in so doing sheds its skin, any illness and old age, just as a serpent does.So to make a long and wonderful story short, the Stag represents the Knights power to regenerate as does the organic matter it is a symbol of.
Many of us have seen the Fire of Earth, in its volcanic upheavals; however, how often do we realized that Volcanism is Earth regenerating itself? Thus is the Fire of Earth that is the Knight; fleeting yet is also the cycle of rebirth. The same fruition is implied by the corn or fruitful plane that his horse is grazing on. Thus he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that of solid nutrition. (If you are a flesh-0--phobe, please do not view the "Fertile Pan" statue...can't have you hyperventilating!)
The Shadow side of the Qabalistic Thoth Knight of Disks is called:
Algol, Priest of Worm holes and Radioactive Neutron Stars, in The Shadow Tarot.
This card is subtitled, "Deluded Enthusiasm". Which would denote Harvesting before the crop is ripe.
According to Linda Falorio, the Author of The Shadow Tarot: "Opening the Algol-gate for the return of atavistic entities onto the earth via, black holes, worm holes, neutron stars and the radioactive decay that transforms matter, allowing transformation and transmutation from one state to another, from one to another, and manifesting via Mayan/ Meso-American cults, Pacific Rim Cults, Easter Island Heads, Mummification, Cannibalism, Human Sacrifice, DNA experimentation, and inter-species DNA insertion...".
In other words, Alchemy and genetically manipulated organisms, of which, according to the ancients, is what our human body is. Again her awe of stars is amazing!
Once again, the Animal Survival Mind, is the Dark Place of the Shadow Tarot. It is the place where images of Gods of Nature are produced, in an attempt to explain the Forces of Nature. It is the "Beast within" that we as Souls of Alien races, i.e. "the angels that came to earth and married the women of men..." as the old bible quote so states, must come to common ground with. The Survival Mind is all founded on "fear of being eaten" and the Soul/Psyche is a "God like Mind" that is focused on Creation, and the love thereof. And in order for us to make "order" in this obvious chasm between the Animal and the God, we must build a discriminating personality, that gives no power or worship to "feelings" or reactive emotions. But, Rather, to note them and understand the foundation they are built from and use emotion as action. Again, "Above all things, Know thyself", is a good foundation for understanding the Union of a God and its Animal creation.
Algol is known as the Demon Star to the ancients who called it, "the most evil star in the heavens". It is an eclipse star marking the "Head of the Gorgon Medusa".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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.The red (yellow circle) dot shows the location of Algol in
Perseus.03,08,10.1315+40° 57′ 20.332″2.12
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Algol, Gorgona, Gorgonea Prima, Demon Star, El Ghoul, β Persei, β Per, Beta Per, 26 Persei,
Algol(Beta Per 'β Persei 'β Per), known colloquially as the
Demon Star, is a bright star in the constellation Perseus. It is one of the best known eclipsing binaries, the first such star to be discovered, and also one of the first (non-nova) variable stars to be discovered. Algol is actually a three-star system (Beta Persei A, B, and C) in which the large and bright primary Beta Persei A is regularly eclipsed by the dimmer Beta Persei B. Thus, Algol' magnitude is usually near-constant at 2.1, but regularly dips to 3.4 every 2 days, 20 hours and 49 minutes during the roughly 10-hour-long partial eclipses. There is also a secondary eclipse (the "second minimum") when the brighter star occults the fainter secondary. This secondary eclipse can only be detected photoelectrically.
Algol gives its name to its class of eclipsing variable, known as
Observation history. The association of Algol with a demon-like creature (Gorgon) in the Greek tradition, ghoul
in the Arabic tradition) suggests that its variability was known long before the 17th century, but there is still no indisputable evidence for this.
Investigating a calendar for lucky and unlucky days composed in Egypt some 3200 years ago, scholars have noted a significant periodicity of 2.85 days and several empirical tests indicate that this periodicity may be connected to Algol.
The variability of Algol was first unambiguously recorded in 1667 by Italian astronomer Geminiano Montanari, but the periodic nature of its variations in brightness was not recognized until more than a century later, when the British amateur astronomer John Goodricke also proposed a mechanism for the star's variability.
In May 1783 he presented his findings to the Royal Society, suggesting that the periodic variability was caused by a dark body passing in front of the star (or else that the star itself has a darker region that is periodically turned toward the Earth.) For his report he was awarded the Copley Medal.
In 1881, the Harvard astronomer
presented evidence that Algol was actually an eclipsing binary.
This was confirmed a few years later, in 1889, when the Potsdam astronomer,Hermann Carl Vogel,found periodic
doppler shifts in the spectrum of Algol, inferring variations in the radial velocity of this binary system. Thus Algol became one of the first knownspectroscopic binaries. Dr.Joel Stebbins at the
University of Illinois Observatory used an early selenium cell photometer to produce the first-ever photoelectric study of a variable star. The light curve revealed the second minimum and the reflection effect between the two stars.
Some difficulties in explaining the observed spectroscopic features led to the conjecture that a third star may be present in the system; four decades later this conjecture was found to be correct.
System Algol B orbits Algol A. This animation was assembled from 55 images of the CHARA interferometer
in the near-infrared H-band, sorted according to orbital phase. Because some phases are poorly covered, B jumps at some points along its path.
From the point of view of the Earth, Algol A and Algol B form an
eclipsing binary because their orbital plane contains the line of sight to the Earth. To be more precise, Algol is a triple-star system: the eclipsing binary pair is separated by only 0.062
(AU) from each other, whereas the third star in the system (Algol C) is at an average distance of 2.69 AU from the pair, and the mutual
of the trio is 681 Earth days. The total mass of the system is about 5.8 solar masses, and the mass ratios of A, B and C are about 4.5 to 1 to 2.
Studies of Algol led to the Algol paradox in the theory of stellar evolution: although components of a binary star form at the same time, and massive stars evolve much faster than the less massive ones, it was observed that the more massive component Algol A is still in the main sequence, whereas the less massive Algol B is a
subgiant star at a later evolutionary stage. The paradox can be solved by mass transfer: when the more massive star became a subgiant, it filled its Roche lobe, and most of the mass was transferred to the other star, which is still in the main sequence. In some binaries similar to Algol, a gas flow can be seen.
The Algol system as it appeared on 12 August 2009. This is not an artistic representation, but rather is a true two-dimensional image with 1/2 milli-arcsecond resolution in the near-infrared H-band, reconstructed from data of the CHARA interferometer. The elongated appearance of Algol B and the round appearance of Algol A are real. The form of Algol C, however, is an artifact.
This system also exhibits variable activities in the forms of
x-ray and radio wave flares. The former is thought to be caused by the magnetic fields of the A and B components interacting with the mass transfer.
The radio-wave emissions might be created by magnetic cycles similar to those of sunspots, but because the magnetic fields of these stars are up to ten times stronger than the field of the
Sun, these radio flares are more powerful and more persistent.
Algol is located about 92.8 light years from the Sun, but about 7.3 million years ago it passed within 9.8 light years of the
Solar System and its apparent magnitude was about -2.5, which is considerably brighter than the star Sirius is today. Because the total mass of the Algol system is about 5.8 solar masses, at the closest approach this might have given enough
gravity to perturb the Oort cloud of the Solar System somewhat and hence increase the number of comets entering the inner Solar System. However, the actual increase in net cometary collisions is thought to have been quite small.
The name Algol derives from Arabic
رأس الغو ,ra's al-ghūl: head (ra's) of the ogre (al-ghūl) (see "
In Hebrew folklore, Algol was called
Rōsh ha Sāṭān or "Satan's Head", as stated by Edmund Chilmead, who called it "Divels head" or Rosch hassatan. A
Latin name for Algol from the 16th century was Caput Larvae
or "the Spectre's Head". Hipparchus and Pliny made this a separate, though connected, constellation.
In Chinese,大陵(Dà Líng), meaning Mausoleum, refers to an asterism consisting of β Persei, 9 Persei, τ Persei, ι Persei, κ Persei, ρ Persei, 16 Persei and 12 Persei. Consequently, β Persei itself is known as 大陵五 (Dà Líng wu), English: The Fifth Star of Mausoleum.).
According to R.H. Allen the star bore the grim name of Tseih She 叠尸(Dié Shī), meaning "Piled up Corpses" but this appears to be a misidentification.
Cultural significanceSee also:
Johannes Hevelius,Uranographia, 1690. Historically, the star has received a strong association with bloody violence across a wide variety of cultures. In the Tetrabiblos, the 2nd-century astrological text of the Alexandrian astronomer Ptolemy, Algol is referred to as "the Gorgon of Perseus" and associated with death by decapitation: a theme which mirrors the myth of the hero Perseus’ victory over the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa.
Algol is considered one of the
unluckiest stars in the sky,
and was listed as one of the 15 Behenian stars....
Therefore, in reading the Algol card, you are interpreting a personality Archetype attributed to Perseus, i.e. that of a strong, intelligent and adventurous individual. Or a terrific fear of transformation.
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