The Thoth deck Princess of Swords,
represents the earthly
part of Air. She is the function of the volatile, thus she is shown as a
Valkyrie. With Her Sword of "volatile Mind" she cleaves away the dross,
so the pure essence is seen as a materialization of Idea.
Much like Michelangelo who was known for his perceptive chisel, that cleaved away what was not the image he saw in the marble.
name Yod He Vau He, often called the Hebrew name for God, is attributed
to the Court Cards, where Yod, is attributed to Knights, Heh-to Queens,
Vau is attributed to Princes and the last Heh-is attributed to
Princesses, the Earthly Manifestation, as the ultimate issue of the
original Energy in its Completion, i.e. crystallization.
However, the Princesses
also represent the counter-balancing and re-absorption of the Energy.
They are also the Silence into which all things return.
Princesses have no zodiacal attribution. Thus they are likened to
"elemental" people who are recognized by their lack of all sense of responsibility and whose moral qualities are very flexible. Thus they
are sub-divided according to planetary predominance.
The Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie,
represent the influence of Heaven on Earth.
There is a representation
of the "Anger of the Gods" here, for she wears a helm reminiscent of a
Medusa headdress. She stands in front of a barren altar, as if to avenge
its profanation (The Human Soul is the altar; the profanation is
"indoctrination of the slave-culture"), as shown by her sword stabbing
downward. All around her angry storms rage in the sky.
To the Qaballist,
The Princess of Swords represents the Archetypal Personality that is Earth of Air, the Natural Mind,
which is the fixation of the volatile. Thus idea is materialized by this
Personification of Force and Form which is intended to be a combination
of Minerva (Goddess of Wisdom) and Diana (Goddess of the Moon and the
Hunt). This combination showing that she is both beautiful, intelligent
but not entirely pleasant.
is a similarity between the Princess of Swords
and the Valkyrie of
Norse mythology as well. Illustrated on the Thoth card is a silver altar that shows only fire-less smoke,
depicting the thoughts that are blown around by Air of Yetzirah; the
currents and eddies in the Astral Air/mind.
personified, the Princess of Swords usually represents a difficult
child, or younger person whose inner conflicts can only be resolve by
maturity and experience.
- A willful, obstinate, child who may also be
perceptive beyond her years, thus causing a emotional conflict, that is
not fully understood because of the inexperience of the child.
- A young
clever, ruthless child that lacks empathy for other peoples feelings
and may indiscreetly pry into the Querent's secrets.
The Norse would call
The Princess of Swords Skuld
who was the leader of the Valkyries and also the Norns
(Three fates). She was a battle-maid who in myth,
judged and received the souls of the dead. She was considered a sharp
minded female deity of keen judgment and high spirit but stern, and
powerful. Symbolically she was seen to be trouble and possible danger.
Therefore the character of the Princess of Swords is stern and revengeful not
unlike the Valkyrie of the Norse, or Minerva (goddess of wisdom) and
Artemis ( goddess of the moon) of the Greek and Romans. She is represented as striking
out with her sharp sword expressing the anger of the Earth gods. Her
logic is destructive and she is firm and aggressive shewing clever wit,
practical wisdom, and subtlety in material matters.
The empty altar
symbolizes profanity of the sacred, of which she cannot abide (the rape of earth). The
heavens and the clouds seem in angry turmoil, however, she is dispersing the murk of uncontrolled moods, with clever strokes of sharp wit.
The Princess of swords is very adroit in the settlement of controversies, exercising her sharp wit. She is the mood fighter. Therefore this card represents the need to act upon ideas rather than just talk about them.
her practical thinking requires that there be no difference between
verbal commitment and external action
. Her helmet crest is the serpent
haired Medusa (Gorgon), which suggests that the personality of the
Princess of Swords is not entirely pleasant as her wit can be venomous.
she is constantly regenerating her thinking (represented by the green spring colors and the
butterfly wings). Coins on
pedestal represent how cost effective her ideas are but all is not selfish here, for she also considers the
nourishing of others with her ideas (the mushroom shape of the pedestal)
With this personality word and deed are aligned and
woe to those who say one thing and do another!
(Birthday chart for personality Archetype}
This card is associated
with the air sign months of Aquarius (January 21 to February 21 ) ,
Gemini (May21-June 21) and Libra (September 21 to October 21) or those
persons the querent knows who are born during those periods.
are the months of gestation, it is important to fight your own moods
and the moods of others so that you are not distracted while attending
to what it is that you want to produce in areas of finance, health and
relationships. This card also suggests that these air sign months can be
very effective months for the querent if successful in mood fighting.
such personalities appear to be "Children of Misfortune", which seems
to be the most unhappy of people. However, their Soul knows what it is
doing, and sharp swords of wit are needed to "cut away the dross" so that the
real beauty can be revealed.
The Thoth Deck Ace of Swords,
represents the Root of the
Element of Air (Mind) which is also representative of the Seed of
. This is because when lacking the Will
that is Spirit
behaves like Air, which blows which ever way of the common current.
nature, Air lacks the concentrated will of Fire to unite with water and
it lacks a corresponding passion to unite with its twin, earth. Air/ is likened to a moody mind that has
no self-generated impulse, and is totally dependent on the heat or cold
of the moment. But when set in motion by its Father-Fire (Solar Logos) and its
Mother-Water (Consciousness), it magnifies their power into something horrific, such as
tornadoes or hurricanes, or the Princess of Swords. Wind in this
state, is comparable to Consciousness, as all embracing, all
penetrating, all wandering and all consuming.
The Status of Air
as compared to the other Elements of alchemical origin, would seem minor,
but in reality, Air is the first Element to follow Spirit. Spirit is of
the Element- Fire, that begins with the Logos (Word of God). Air is
also attributed to Mercury and most properly, the Breath of Life.
there is the Hebrew statement," Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim (777) which
means," One is the Spirit (not air) of the Gods of the Living"
(Princess of Swords).
case, Air is the the medium that carries the Spirit of "the gods of
the living" which is called Prana in Sanskrit, thus we can see the
empowerment of yoga breathing exercises.
When thrown during a
reading, the Ace of Swords is an Invoked force for good or evil. It
represents the whirling force and strength through trouble. It can be
the Sword of Wrath upholding Divine Authority and thus an affirmation of
justice in the querent's life. It is the Wrathful-Sword that is in the hand of The Princess of Swords.
The Connolly Tarot-Page of Swords, is comparable to the Thoth Princess of Swords. The Traditional tarot of Rider-Waite, Golden Dawn and now the Connolly tarot, all presented a medieval-page rather than a Princess, as the page was the official attendant of the Knight (Prince of Swords in Thoth Deck).
Such a page personification, may have fulfilled the need to not to appear associated with the Duality of Creation. For the Prince and Princess association, bespoke of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine union of the One Mind/One God of the Gnostics, who believed Mari Madelene and Jesus to be a married couple. Therefore, the image of a Page is avoiding a connection with heresy, which we now know to mean anyone not following The Roman Church's dictates.
However, Crowley had no such fears, and decided that the "unspoken secret", that it takes a dual Entity, sperm and egg, Electric and magnetic, Feminine and Masculine, Unconscious and Conscious (I AM) to create a living form, was not to be tolerated among the intelligentsia.
Traditionally, the meaning of the page of swords, was that a young persons moods, or activities could cause one some concern.
This turbulent propensity of youthful moods, is shown by the stormy sky, and the sharp sword in the youths hand, shows a sharp wit.
If the reading is about the Querent (Birthday card), this card may show that:
- The Querent's moods are clouding mental clarity.
- Feelings of a defensive nature that may even be aggressive and hostile.
there is a flip side to this card that shows the Mature Querent as a
mood-fighter who has the ability to help others with great practical
wisdom and subtlety.
- Great adroitness at the management of practical- material affairs.
- Very good at settling controversial issues.
Personality will also take risks in thought and/or communication,
daring to commit beliefs and attitudes even at the cost of personal
- This is a bold, often rash and impulsive personality.
in all, this is a curious mind which investigates and explores rational
possibilities. The Interested student should also look up the Mythology
concerning Medusa, Athena and Perseus for greater insight into the
esoteric/personality archetypal meaning of The Princess of Swords.
The Archetype personality of the Princes of Swords:
- Is of a stern and revengeful nature.
- She is firm, aggressive and wields destructive logic with great practical wisdom and subtlety in material things.
- Her natural cleverness and adroitness in managing controversial affairs makes her a master of settling controversies.
- She would be a good ambassador.
- People thus characterized, may seem slow mentally,crushed by every responsibility, especially when it comes to family affairs.
must remember that the Princesses represent the "Throne of Spirit", and
that the Princess of Swords has the option of "blowing everything sky
high", she has that potency of mind,
If ill dignified her qualities:
Are dispersed, she becomes incoherent, and all her gifts form into a
animal cleverness, a low cunning, that is unworthy of the means.
Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!