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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Princess of Swords & The Connolly Tarot- Page of Swords

The Tarot of EliThe 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.

The 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.

The 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.

There 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.

When 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.

To 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.

However, 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.

Since these 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.

To some, 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 Consciousness.  This is because when lacking the Will that is Spirit, consciousness behaves like Air,  which blows which ever way of the common current.

In 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. Then 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). In this 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.
  • However, 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.
  • This Personality will also take risks in thought and/or communication, daring to commit beliefs and attitudes even at the cost of personal comfort.
  • This is a bold, often rash and impulsive personality.
  • All 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:
  1. Is of a stern and revengeful nature.
  2. She is firm, aggressive and wields destructive logic with great practical wisdom and subtlety in material things.
  3. Her natural cleverness and adroitness in managing controversial affairs makes her a master of settling controversies.
  4. She would be a good ambassador.
  5. People thus characterized, may seem slow mentally,crushed by every responsibility, especially when it comes to family affairs.
  6. We 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.
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