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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Knight of Swords & The Babylonian Tarot- King of Arrows-Ellil

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth-KNIGHT OF SWORDS:
(King of Swords in Ryder-Waite and Golden Dawn decks)

The Knight of Swords is the fiery part of Air and rules from 21 degrees Taurus to 20 degrees Gemini and is the personification of the activating Force behind the World of Astral images and ideas. The Knight is attributed to subtle actions and craftiness, as the element- Air refers to the conscious mind.

The Thoth Deck Card shows the Knight mounted on a charger (symbolizes the dynamic energy of Taurus) with swords extended which represents the violent cutting power of this Force.
Knight of Swords: Mastery of Passionate Thinking and Intentionality.

By now many of us know that the Court Cards represent personality Archetypes.

In the book: TAROT-Dictionary and Compendium, Jana Riley describes Archetypes ; The original Archetype was a thought in the Mind of God-male and female. The Supreme Mind became enamored with this thought and created life in Its image by the friction of Its Word-or by the motion of Its sound. This caused the Universe to divide into ordered strata, and because creation is within the Mind of God, everything is a model or a copy of the original pattern, which is God.

The court cards are pictures of 16 different personality types. Eight proven by Carl Jung, and later 8 more by Katherine Briggs and Isabel Myers who devised the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ( MBTI) which is the most accurate tool used by counseling centers around the world. Proving once again the Ancient Wisdom of the Tarot.
The Knight of Swords is seen to be flying over water. In alchemy, elemental air is associated with the Mind and elemental Water is emotion/unconscious. This combination of air and water represents  passionate thinking.

Three swallows represent the union of mind and heart with all action proceeding in united direction. This serves to remind us that focus, will, and intention must be aligned to achieve any goal. Swallows are also the sacred bird of liberty and freedom and therefore reinforcing the "free mind" concept.[ Scholars think this bird as a freedom symbol is because the swallow lives in both house and field.]

The dagger in the left hand and the sword in the right hand, represent yin/yang, the Six pointed star and/or the feminine/masculine forces of the One energy. Female is considered magnetic , as it is receptive and male is electric as it is expressive, both must be combined to create a balanced unity called life, which is formed electromagnetic force.
Four wings, are four directions, north, south, east and west; each represent four levels of conscious: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical.
The six pointed star at the center of the wings, symbolizes illumined clarity and spiritual guidance, as well as, the Divine Creative.

Golden armor represents powerful fluid thinking.


As a personality archetype, the Knight of Swords represents a mature male with a cutting edge consciousness at its ultimate phase of creative control and will. Often involved in matters of justice, discipline, civic and personal order.

In Hindu Mythology, The Knight of Swords is the personification of Yama the Bull God (God of Death-shown here as confronting Shiva who is defending his devotee.) who gave up his Earth life to become King of the Underworld. A powerful judge, a godlike authority, and an embodiment of discipline and order.

Because of the dual nature of Gemini this personality can either absorb his/her entire life in concentrated aspiration, or can go the entirely opposite way and become incapable of decision or purpose becoming weak in action. Again the surrounding cards will show which aspect of Gemini is directing the Dynamic power of Taurus.
The Babylonian Tarot- King of Arrows-Ellil,
depicts the son of Anu and Ki, was the lord of wind and storm in ancient Babylon. Ellil means "lord wind", therefore the reference to the element Air, symbolizing the consciousness.


His Sumerian name was Enlil, and after  2500 B.C.E. he was effectively the national god of Sumer. His father, Anu was King of Heaven and Ellil was considered King of earth and/or "king of all lands", "raging storm", "great mountain", "wild bull", "father of the gods" (the newer generation of gods), "establisher of Kingship", and "king of heaven and earth".  As one can see, his titles grew with time.

Ellil, had a promenade in heaven but usual habitat was the Great Mountain of the East. Therefore, he symbolized the Forces of Nature, and was considered the master of humanities fate; he ruled over disasters, prosperity, abundance and destiny.
Besides bestowing kingship on Sumerian rulers, Ellil, the keeper of the tablet of destiny, was considered a benevolent god. He watched over the welfare of all, and produce the most fruitful aspects of the universe: He brought forth the dawn, he created seeds, plants, trees and fruitful harvest. By creating the pick ax and the plough, Ellil was also considered  the one who resided over the productivity of the land and made agriculture possible.

Going along with the Thoth Qabalistic description of this personality archetype, Ellil could also be aroused to anger and wrath when confronted with human wickedness. In fact, Ellil advocated that the gods unleash the great flood on mankind (the story of Atrahasis). Allkinds of unpleasant enforcement, decreed by the assemblies of gods, fell upon Ellil.

When this Sword or Arrow card is thrown, it indicates the fiery part of air, which  states that the querent is:
  •   A passionate thinker and/or stubborn and defensive.
  • A mature male who is in possession of a cutting- edge mind promotes creative control and will.
  • Often involves matters of justice, discipline, civic and personal order. Or that the querent is involved with such a male.
  • Esoterically this card represents the Will to Transcend:
  • A highly analytical period for the querent, that is exacting, precise, brilliant and highly rational.
  • Since both the Knight of Swords and the King of Arrows represent fiery emotions and powerful thought, there is potential for  dangerous thought that is both inhumane and perverse. The surrounding cards would show if this card is well or ill define.
  • This card also represents the lecture, preacher, and teacher of sharp wit and indomitable will. A very strong mentalist card.

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2 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Knight of Swords & The Babylonian Tarot- King of Arrows-Ellil:

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I AM MEAN on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 1:55 AM

I must admit, I'm disappointed you compared the tarot with the MBTI. I don't view the MBTI as very credible for a couple of reasons. I did a paper assignment on different personality assessments and my personal results with them. With the MBTI, I was well balanced in the way I make decisions and take in information. This means I really fit well into four different personality types, so I had to pick up papers to read on those four and decide which one I felt I identified with most to write about. I remember in my reading that I did relate well to each four's description. Then on the Big Five Personality Model or NEO-PI-R test, I scored average on Extraversion which contradicts my "concrete" MBTI stance of Introvert.

Quote from my paper to help understand my viewpoint:

"The other thing is the contradiction between my MBTI and NEO result on my identity as an introvert or an extravert. I would never classify myself as an extravert, so I am real surprised at my average result on the NEO for it. Also, my result for the MBTI exhibits that I am a strong introvert, no small difference. What amazes me most about this result is the fact that the MBTI is more based on theory while the NEO is based on factual research. In other words, it is more likely that I classify as an extravert."

So with these issues and reasons, I don't find the MBTI credible. It's still fun to take though. Do you know what four letter combination represents this court card? May you live long and prosper.

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Eli on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 9:46 AM
Confusing, huh! The Comparison to MBTI, is Robert Wang's, it does give us a mundane understanding towards being "judged by others". But no matter how educated we may be... "everyone is another way to be me",and that is easily shown by your comment. We are all only going to "see self", and you just backed up that axiom of The Tao. If you are familiar with my writings, you know that I don't "believe" in either the MBTI nor the NEO as absolute truth, even though they are helpful tools, such as road signs, they aren't the goal of where you want to be, but rather objective directions for getting there. For being educated in "separation" is merely the "color of knowledge" rather than the beast itself. YHVH. Thank you for your comments and interest. May you live long and prosper!

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