THE Qabalistic Thoth KNIGHT OF WANDS.
(Kings in the Golden Dawn, Connolly and Waite Deck).
has been much confusion by Tarot readers, concerning the implied
meanings of the 16 Court cards and the Kings are no exception. In the
great text book: The Qabalistic Tarot (a text book of mystical philosophy) Robert Wang wrote:
four Kings or Figures mounted on Steeds [Golden Dawn and Crowley
versions] represent Yod forces in the name of each suit, the Radix,
Father and commencement of Maternal Forces. A Force in which all the
others are implied and of which they form the development and
completion. A Force swift and violent in action, but whose effect soon
passes away, and therefore symbolized by a Figure on a steed riding
swiftly, and clothed in complete amour.
This Hermetic Qabalah
meaning may even confuse the issue more, unless the Tarot Reader
understands that you cannot separate the Personality from the events
that impose themselves upon it. Court cards represent Psyche Produced Archetypal Personality types.
The Knight of Wands is
the motive force behind the Alchemical Fire or Primal Fire (he carries
the same wand as the Ace of Wands to illustrate this point) on the
Qabalistic Tree of Life; this may be called the Movement of Electromagnetic Energy that established the spectrum of Fire/Light. Therefore the Knight of Wands is a fiery personality with great
trying to divide the person from the
event is pure folly, so here we have a passionate personality going
through a deep-core "Will to Force" event and/or becoming one. Old perceptions are being
destroyed as fuel on this fire, so that new extended and liberated
perspective gives birth to spiritual insight. You may call this positive male-power
as in electrical polarity of positive/negative, that forms a swift and occasionally violent- electric
personality flow with the capacity to accomplish long-term goals and
handling extremely complex situations; but is most often fierce,
impetuous, impulsive and tends to act unpredictably.
To reiterate: Chokmah, the second Sephira-Wisdom, is the Father God principle and is the first idea of Maleness. Binah, the third Sephira-Understanding, the Mother God,
is the first idea of Femaleness.
Here the Divine Creative begins the
action of Sexual attraction; of the electric and magnetic actions of the
This "God Sex" is often a hard one to explain to the self-absorbed who think sexuality as "pleasing moment" of conquest.
who have felt the deep and powerful Inner forces of Divine Sexuality (Law of Attraction)
are usually unable to mentally rationalize it, they just become it. This attraction is stunning and a
absolute attraction, like lightning striking steel or electricity running to ground. It isn't needy, or
manipulative, it is as if two magnets of opposite polarity just "slam"
together without resistance of any kind. It is so powerful, that there
isn't any other person in the world....one just knows this is the only "soul- mate". This purely Psycho-dynamic attraction is beyond rational thinking and the pigeon-holing brain is stunned by it's lack of control over the situation.
The Kingdom of Heaven, is all around you, and it is built from the attraction of opposites. To
understand this powerful attraction we really have to re-think
sexuality and understand the attraction of Chokmah and Binah; of the
electric and the magnetic, of Wisdom and Understanding.The Universe is created by this often overwhelming technical activity of Union.
The Thoth Knights are the Kings,
in many other decks: to Crowley, a king siting on a throne did not
depict the Active power of a King, Thus, he calls them Knights, which
are Kings, Armored, on mighty-chargers
, undaunted by battle. The Knights represent Yod forces in each suit. As stated by Robert Wang The Yod is the Radix, and/or Father and commencement of Material Forces. All
other forces or movements are implied here, and as ideas they develop and commence
in the Knight. As if volcanic, the Force of the Knight is swift, violent
action, that also moves on swiftly. Thus like lightning, the effects of this force soon
THE KNIGHT OF WANDS: is the Lord of Flame and Lightning, King of the spirits of Fire, King of the Salamanders.
The last Decan of Scorpio and the first two Decans of Sagittarius are attributed to this card, The Knight of Wands is Specific Fire in Primal Fire on the Tree of Life.
in a alchemical sense, represents the active-vital Spirit/Spiral Mental Force of
Movement that is in The One Mind and all Motion, yet it is also the tempering fire
that melds together opposites for the construction of something more
than either one. It therefore is an Alchemical fire of the Psyche. Spirit Fire is Electromagnetic Sexuality, a technology
invented by the Universal Collective Unconscious and/or the Divine Creative.
The Crowley card of the Knight of Wands
is all about active force, a leaping black Charger mounted by a dark
knight, depicting the Dark Fire of Dark Energy, that all Visible Light
comes from and that visible light is depicted as the surrounding flames.
The knights crest is a horse head,
implying the influence of Sagittarius, and he is in armor implying the
qualities of the Spirit Fire that does battle for us all. The same Thoth Ace
of Wands, is the Wand in His hand, implying that he is the vehicle for
the Fire Force.
The characteristics of this Powerful Knight Personality, are qualities of activity associated with the mythological King Valraven; such as, fierceness, impetuosity, pride, impulsiveness, swiftness in unpredictable actions.
negative, he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted, and brutal. In either
case, his swiftness gives him no recourse to act otherwise, so he is ill
fitted to modify his actions according to circumstances.
Great personal power,
is often seen as arrogance by the weak of conviction, so this person is
either loved or hated, without "gray area" acquaintances. Those who
doubt themselves, will be inclined to follow and thus secretly fear or
hate such a powerfully active Spiritual Being who is unconcerned with
how others react to them. Also this personality will demonstrate a Great
Libido, as Spiritual Fire and Sexuality are invariably linked; this is
also a contention among the weak, whose very pusillanimous character
deters the union with others. Also those who serve reaction rather than
action, will either avoid or try to besmirch the Active Character of
this, Kingly Spirit.
The Connolly Tarot, King of Swords, chooses to depict the medieval tradition of a king on a throne.
The red motif depicts the element of fire, that is attributed to this card.
The medieval tradition of suggesting the "sexual force" of this card is a wand, sprouting leaves. He is a depiction of a strong man good in business, and comfortable with profession. His generous nature is shown by the kittens curled at his feet. Again, a very mundane card that fails to emphasize the Power behind this personality type.
WHEN THE KNIGHT or KING OF WANDS IS THROWN DURING A READING: it implies;
spiritual evolution is taking place at a deep core level. It is as if
the past personality is fuel for a new phoenix- self arising from the
- Experiencing the conviction of Spirit with much inner to outward movement of energy and the manifestation of leadership skills.
male power, complete with the ability to focus on long term goals but
with rapid movement that is able to handle complex situations.
- Strong minded and able to dominate others by force of will.
- A master of wit and charm, great sense of humor and warm and generous with a strong liking for fun.
- Can just about persuade anyone into anything.
be a highly empowered spiritual being. Which doesn't necessarily mean
he has your best interest at heart. Spirit is Pure Mind, and doesn't see
things in a personal way. Very Impersonal force without the conscience
of the personal.
- A mature male whose inner and outer being are in mutual agreement and balance.
To the Astrologer, the Knight of Wands rules in the zodiac from 21 degrees Scorpio to 20 degrees Sagittarius.
tends to establish a personality that can sell "ice to Eskimos" because
of his unrelenting charm, built out of amusement and optimism.
- He may also have an abundance of vision and foresight, all of which is passionately expressed.
- There is a degree of intolerance, so when pushed this person can become violent and unrelenting.
- Generally, The Knight of Wands is a dominant, hard to control person who is attractive but dangerous.
united with the Primal Water of Female-Magnetic polarity, this is a
most attractive personality, and a deeply motivational event of empathy
and healing, most like a warm tropical ocean.
- He is best in his
performance when mated with a strong female equivalent. By himself, his
very nature "becomes too hot" (as a Sun without an Ocean) and he tends
to leave bodies behind him.
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