The Thoth-KNIGHT OF SWORDS:
(King of Swords in Ryder-Waite, Connolly Tarot and Golden Dawn decks)
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
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
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
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."
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.
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
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 sta
at the center of the wings, symbolizes illumined clarity and spiritual
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.
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
- This card also represents the lecture, preacher, and teacher of sharp wit and indomitable will. A very strong mentalist card.
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