The Thoth-The Prince of Swords (Knights in the Golden Dawn and Connolly decks)
represents the airy part of
Air, as air is directed by "outside influences" such as the heat of
passion and the coolness of pure coldness, this card represents the same
Therefore, this is the Archetypical personality of the intellectual, pure rational mind.
Prince of Swords rules
the zodiac from the 21st degree of Capricorn to
the 20th degree of Aquarius. Representing an extremely fluid mental ability.
The Thoth Prince of Swords is dressed in
woven-full armor of definite device. His chariot is composed of
geometric ideas. This chariot is drawn by unharnessed wing children "who
are flights of fancy" and may go any-which way they like, as the reins
are attached to passing geometric ideas.
The Prince of Swords can be
compared to the knowledge of Euclid expounded upon by an idiot, whose
argument takes any twist and turn it wants to, and yet be totally
"rational". Thus the chariot is easily moved but unable to go into any
definite direction---except by accident.
Here is pure
intellect without direction supplied by the Will to Force. Never the less,
the Prince of Swords is crown by a Child's Head, for there is a secret
Divinity here that is linked up to Tiphareth (the Son of God), but
usually if this personality thinks in terms of the divine, it believes
it is above all others and suffers from the righteousness of an fanatic.
Since the logical process of the Prince of Swords
has reduced the Airy-Mind to many diverse geometric patterns, they
reduce the power of creative mind, as they have no definite purpose.
The Thoth Card symbolizes this lack of definite purpose by the Sword in his right hand (willingness to
create) and in his left hand a sickle, which destroys what he
Being that his thoughts require no practical
effort, he is purely intellectual, full of ideas that tumble over
one-another in a mass of ideas unrelated to each other. He is not
simple minded, as he has all the apparatus of the Mind, intensely clever,
admirably rational, thought in its highest degree, but unstable of
purpose as even his own ideas are approached with his indifference. He
knows that any idea is as good as another and can rationally persuade an
Eskimo into buying a deep-freeze even though nature has already
By removing the substance
of an idea, he can place every idea
into an ideal world of ratiocination. Therefore it always looks good on
paper no matter how impractical it is to build!
Being that ratiocination is purely formal, even the very facts that promote his ideas are ignored so that his ideas become baseless and unreal.
is immensely powerful and/or overpowering because of their unsettled principles
which enable them to put forth any argument without regret or
remorse; kind of like a insane-used-car salesmen from hell, who
postulates the value of the saw dust in the automatic transmission of the
car he's selling.
The Prince of Swords personality is glib
to quote scripture, cunningly supporting any thesis without considering
the fact that he supported an opposite thesis earlier in his bombast.
He is impossible to defeat in argument
because any position is as good as another and ready to enter into
combination with the nearest element available. He really doesn't care
if his or her ideas are detrimental to life, the idea is its own
purpose! His/Her momentary Vision is above all else!
elusive and elastic personalities
are only of use to the Psyche, if
mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of Spirit. This personality
must travel up the Tree of Life to the 6th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic
Tree known as Tiphareth-Beauty
which is the Divine Child in manifestation.
The Chaotic nature of Pure Mind must be controlled by the Understanding Mother of All form Binah, who is connected to the 6th Sephira by the Path of key 6-The Lovers, as Force for its own sake is utter destruction of all life.
Without the Understanding of Spirit
and It's purpose for life, these personalities tend to become:
fundamentalists, fanatics, devotees of drink and drugs, humanists (those
who believe that mankind is the center of the universe----all else can
cease to exist.) and bible thumping theologians.
- But even in such
directions there is not stability, and they wander from cult to cult,
vice to vice, supporting fanatical convictions for the sake of whim.
is easy to be deceived by such people as they manifest great potency of
thought and are often describe as having great depth and breadth of
mind. As in all readings, the surrounding cards will show the dignity of
There is however, a bright light
here when Pure Mind aligned with Pure Spirit, ideas can become living
image. Pure Spirit does not reside in religion for that chaos of ideas
belongs to the idiots that praise a man-made god for creating life while
their fanatical ideas destroy it all around them. Rather the Purity of
Spirit that is the Life itself, that resides as the Great Ocean of
Mother/Universal Collective Unconscious that is all around, in and
through us.....AS US! So once again, "Above all things know thyself",
is necessary here.
I Am Love and all around me Love is expressing
itself as another way of being "Me".
Therefore in a subjective way, the Thoth Prince of Swords reminds us that we belong to each other, and not to
ideas that separate us from each other. Ideas, have no purpose unless
applied to the unification of Life, for that is the Great Work of
Spirit. Ideas make god in their own image, while God/The Divine Creative-makes us into It's
image! Thus it is obvious, that to know The Divine Creative is to Know thyself! There really is only one Mind, as All is Mind, but it is the Mind of the Universal Collective Unconscious/ the Divine Creative, that has created ideas as Persons, so they can prove their ability to adapt, discern and prosper.
The Thoth-THE PRINCE OF SWORDS:
To further expound,
in the zodiac, the Prince of Swords rules from 21 degrees Capricorn to 20 degrees Aquarius.
card represents Air of Air, Specific Air of Primal Air, (personal
consciousness, linked with Primal conscious) which shows an active mind
that swirls all over the place.The three fairy like beings pulling this
chariot are symbols of the capricious nature of the mind which can be
pulled into any direction.
The Prince of Swords
has both the long sharp sword of rational that invokes and creates,
while in the left hand he carries the sickle of destruction that
immediately destroys what is created.
Since this is a card of the Mind, there is significant Moon (Yesod) symbolism here which brings its own illusion.
In Mythology, the Prince of Swords represents Tyr,
the Norse god of battle and also Mars
the Roman god of war. Both of these personifications , represent
destruction, pestilence, daring and death.
The Prince of Swords is
representative of the Archetypical Tyrant- Personality who is
charismatic. dominating and so impersonal that they have a great power
to harm. Sharp wit but assertive to a fault. The Prince of Swords card cautions the
Querent about over-rationalization.
The Connolly Tarot Knight of Swords is comparable to the Thoth Prince of Swords.
Depicted here,is a courteous young knight whose personality can be strong and overbearing. The falling leaves depict ideas in the Air of Mind. The fact that his sword is raised to the leaves, simply states his inability to hold one thought for long, as he scatters his thoughts, by changing the position of his argument, which is shown by the jumping charger.
The Connolly Tarot Card, suggests that one stays away from this young man as he could upset your plans and cause trouble.
When signified as a personality archetype, this card represents:
- A young person of a turbulent combative nature.
- Not only is this person's mind enthusiastic, changeable with rapid switching of logic, they are also often argumentative.
very active and imaginative mind that reduces all ideas to and ideal
world of ratiocination and formality, which as such, is without
relation to known facts.
- Usually prefers "pure mind" over emotions.
this is the Knower, ( one who knows and hears not derision)and shows
mastery of synthesis and delusion.
- A kind of farsighted mental view and
expansion into cosmic awareness without proper empathy.
- For the Querent, this is a card of communication.
- The Querent has decided to be deeply committed to acting out their own philosophical ideas in a daily lifestyle.
out courageously but showing a tendency to be head strong and
assertive. This is where the sickle destroys the attractiveness of the
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