Tarot Card Comparisons: The Hermetic Thoth -Knight of Wands & The Connolly Tarot- King of Wands
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Hermetic Thoth -Knight of Wands & The Connolly Tarot- King of Wands

The Tarot of EliTHE Qabalistic Thoth KNIGHT OF WANDS. (Kings in the Golden Dawn, Connolly and Waite Deck).







There 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:
The 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 motivational ability.

Now remember, 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 Universal Creation.

This "God Sex" is often a hard one to explain to the self-absorbed who think sexuality as "pleasing moment" of conquest.

Those 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 pass away.

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.
Fire 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.
If 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;
  • A 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 flames.
  • Experiencing the conviction of Spirit with much inner to outward movement of energy and the manifestation of leadership skills.
  • Positive 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.
  • May 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.
  • This 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.
  •  When 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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