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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Knight of Swords & The Connolly Tarot-King of Swords

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





The Knight of Swords represents the fiery part of Air and rules from 21 degrees Taurus to 20 degrees Gemini. The Knight of Swords also represents 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 this card refers to the conscious mind.
Crowley therefore, called the Tradition Kings, Knights, for they are "Battle Kings" and represent a greater passionate stance than a enthroned ruler.

The Thoth Deck Card shows the Knight mounted on a charger (symbolizes the dynamic energy of Taurus) with swords extended, representing the violent cutting power of this Force.

As a Archetype personality, 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 Tibetan Mythology, The Knight of Swords is the personification of Yama the Bull God 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.

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 arguably considered the most accurate tool used by counseling centers around the world. These 16 Archetypes were known to the Ancients of Egypt, Greece, and Shumer, 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 the flow of emotion. 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 passion, will, and intention must be aligned to achieve any goal.

The dagger in the left hand and the sword in the right hand, represent yin/yang, (feminine/masculine) forces of  One energy. Female is magnetic force and male is electric force, both must be combined to create a balanced unity called life.

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. 

Golden armor represents powerful fluid thinking.



The Connolly Tarot, King of Swords, is represented by a more medieval King image. He is definitely a mature man of authority and high counsel. His Kingly nature associates him with law and government.

His colorful clothing, a combination of blues and reds, represent the fiery nature of Air, born of the elements of fire and water.  Turbulent Air is also shown as the sky of twisting clouds in the back ground.

When the Knight or King of Swords 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 the Knight of Swords represents 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.

For your own personality Archetype explanation,email me [info@eli-lsmerchantile.com]. Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!


2 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Knight of Swords & The Connolly Tarot-King of Swords:

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I AM MEAN on Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:24 AM

Is it just me, or is this post shorter than usual?

Anyways, regarding the archetypes, I remember seeing a circle of them. In that circle, the Princesses were the outermost, longest ring range. Please tell me if I'm wrong, but does that mean we start at our small archetype ring but want to work on taking on its relative Ace and Princess archetypes in order to reach our full potential? So that we become "3 in 1"?

Lastly, are you able to refer a book or article by Carl Jung regarding those 8 types?

Thank you for your time. May you live long and prosper!

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Eli on Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:10 AM
Hello Mean, The Prince and Princess are "a young person", while the Queens and Kings are a more mature person of that archetype. The circle you refer to is the personal birthday card circle that shows one how to look up there archetype court card personality . All of us are Three (I AM ME). C.G. Jung wrote many books: however, Psychology Types, published in 1922, should do the trick. He also published Psychology and Alchemy in 1944. His most popular seem to be his books on dream interpretation. Any and all will add to ones knowledge base. Thank you for your interest. May you live long and prosper.

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