The Princes in the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, are the Sons of the Queen and King,
thus they are governed by Tiphareth, The Sun/Son of God. In traditional medieval art decks the Princes are called Knights.
Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to
their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are
force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their
The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the
Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Hermetic Qaballah and Alchemy. They
are very ancient symbols for the elements of multiple religious belief
systems, appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the Four Animals in the Old
Testament vision of Ezekiel, and they are the four symbols of the
Christian Evangelists.The Kerub of fire, is shown as a Lion, which is the motivating power of the Prince of Wands.
of Kether (Crown), the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, the Sixth Sephiroth/Beauty,
becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually
expressed in Tiphareth. Anthropomorphically portrayed, the Princes are
the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined
aspects of the Solar-Personality; the Four Princes are the Elemental
Kings that exist in ourselves as an inheritance from The Divine Creative. As the Sons and Daughters of the Universal Divine Collective Unconscious, aka the Divine Collective, we are given command over all elements.
It should be no surprise then, that the
Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will or Individual Will.
- The forces
of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty;
unconscious fiery motion of the Prince of Wands may be passionate and
artistic; or it may be as evil as dragon fire.
When thrown during Divination, the Princes and Princesses are United as the Divine Creative in the Microcosm. The Princes
often represent the coming and going of an event or person and the
Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.
THE PRINCE OF WANDS:
is Air of Fire or Specific Air (Personal Mind) of Primal Fire (impersonal Spirit/Yod). Hence,
His emotional power is tremendous, so I attempted to show the "rocking chariot",
that is being pulled by Leo (the Sun) the Lion. "Rocking" because of his
enormous strength that can go any direction, even unto violence if
The Thoth deck card,
shows the Marital Prince holding the
Phoenix Wand of Geburah, and thus wields the fiery Severity of Geburah.
from the 21st degree of Cancer to the 20th degree of Leo, he is endowed
with a powerful faculty for expanding and volatilizing. His arms are
free of armor and mail, as he is vigorous and active.
As one can see, he
is aflame in every way above, the rayed crown surrounded by a winged
Lion head sending from his crown a curtain of flame, suggesting the
Solar Logos. In his left hand (side of the Goddess) he holds the Phoenix
Wand of Power and Energy, while the other is holding the reigns of the
Lion. His sexual energy is renowned.
wheels radiating flame, he rides on a sea of flame, both waved and
By just looking at this Thoth Deck Card of the Hermetic Qabalah,
Prince of Wands presents a powerful figure which definitely compliments
this omnivorous personality. The Prince of Wands represents the Airy
part of Fire (Mind of Spirit) and ever expanding and volatile force. In
the zodiac, he rules from the 21st degree of Cancer to the 20th degree
The Prince Of Wands, is the Sun Warrior not only does he
represent swiftness, strength, brilliance and agility, he is the
paradigm of dynamic mastery of unlimited creative expression from deep
"within"; from the Universal Source of the Divine Creative.
thrown reins over his wrist, symbolizes the inspired creativity that is
not held back and is free to manifest and express itself.
freely pulling the Chariot, symbolizes self trust in letting
the creative process flow, without restriction nor restraint.
contained fire in the chariot, is focused concentration and attention
to manifest one's creativity that comes from above (The chariot is
coming down from the heavens).
The character of the
Prince promotes a deep passion (open flower on chest-open heart chakra)
for expressing one's own creativity.
The phoenix wand and cape expresses his commitment to expanding and liberating himself through the creative process.
you are "channeling" information from your "Higher Self" or lost for hours during a creative
process, you are experiencing The Prince of Wands that is inherent in
all of us "Solar spirits" who came to earth to use a human creative
When viewing this card, we see this
solar warrior dressed in scale mail, with his vigorous arms uncovered
which emphasizes his great ability for activity. The very essence of
this card exudes swiftness, passion and power. From his winged lion
helm, all aflame, to his flaming lion drawn chariot, this fiery
Promethean roars, "I love the burning"!
On his chest is the sigil of
To Mega Therion (Titans) and in his left hand he bears the Phoenix wand of the
2nd Adept (in the ritual of 5 degrees=6 degrees of R.R. @ A.C.), the
wand of power and energy, while he controls the reins of the Lion steed
(Leo and Sun) with his right. The sea of flames both radiant and
salient, is his path of travel.
- As an Archetype Personality his morality is swiftness and strength, with impulsiveness acting quickly to outside influences.
reacting to trifles, he can become undecided because he views them
unimportant and not flamboyant enough for a heated argument, in which he
not only excels but also enjoys.
- His volatility demands volatile displays of opinion, even if he rarely believes "whole heartedly" in such.
- He just loves stating a vigorous proposition for the sake of vigor!
can argue with vehemence both sides of any question which tends to make
him slow to make up his mind thoroughly on any subject.
sense of justice is well made, but he feels that justice isn't really
achieved in the intellectual world, showing a noble and generous
- Since embellishment is often vigorous, he loves
to "tell tall tales" and his boasting can attain great heights, while
slyly laughing internally at himself and the listening audience.
just loves to entertain both himself and others, while not taking the
world of man to seriously. Thus he is often endeared to elaborate
pranks, and even horrendous bouts of ridicule on some inoffensive
nobody, only to give the shirt of his back to the same target, if
- He really doesn't even take himself to seriously----he just loves Vigorous passion!
- His pride is great and his scorn for meanness and pettiness is even greater.
fanatical endurance and massive doses of courage, he will fight the
great fight against all odds and over the long haul--he will win because
of his enormous capacity for work; a work which he exercises for its
own sake; loving the journey more than the goal.
haughty contempt for the world at large coexists with his profound
respect for every man and Woman, as a Star of individual and rare
- This type of Powerful, swift, vigorous and generous
personality holds Terror for those who wish to hide among the herd and
he will often incur enemies...who talk behind his back rather than face
the Lion before them. In fact many of his "enemies" will never have met
him---but hearing about him was enough terror for them.
If ill dignified,
The Prince of Wands is antithesis of the above qualities, and shows
great cruelty, indifference and is often sadistic He will show
tenancies for laziness, intolerance, prejudice all because these are
qualities of the idle mind and saves the trouble of thought. He would
also be a great boaster and a coward.
However, such a powerful spirit
is usually well dignified and with a sincere heart he works to benefit
those below. He really enjoys intercourse with people, and loves to hear
The Connolly Tarot-Knight of Wands,
depicts a young son of the King and Queen as a knight astride his charger. He does seem to be rather serious, and indeed this personality can create the mental/emotions vibrations that will call for sudden decisions or changes in life.
The red gauntlets and helmet plume, represent the element of fire, while the blue sky represents the element of Air/mind.
The wand with leaves, is representative of the fertility of this ones Passion.
During Divination The Prince of Wands implies:
- Swiftness and Strength as his primary moral
- Impulsive, often easily directed by outside influences, even
trifling ones, he can be prey to indecision.
- His opinions are often
violently expressed but being emphatic does not mean he'll hold the
opinion long. He just loves vigorous statement just to feel the vigorous
- The truth being, that he is often slow to make up his mind, and
is essentially just and sees both sides of a question.
- Having a
character noble and generous causes him to lean
towards expressing extravagant hyperbole while secretly laughing at the
boast and himself for making it.
- Being of fanatical courage linked with
indefeasible endurance he chooses to fight against the odds and always
wins in the very long run.
- The Passion radiating off of this person
frightens most people because of the mystery it presents. He is of
Dragon, and thus he strikes terror in the heart of the less inclined.
- His generosity and deeds maybe impeccable, but the heat of his passion
scares the pale soul who avoids the Sun.
- His great pride, which is his
main fault, makes him hold in contempt, meanness and pettiness and he is
adept at wielding every weapon of ridicule, while still giving the
shirt off of his back to the one so scorned.
- Without lust of result, he
loves work and exercise for its own sake.
- Paradoxical is his contempt
for the world at large, while holding ecstatic respect for every
individual man and woman.
- The Mystery of such a one who is a Sun. This
Sun Warrior is an aspect of the Solar Logos that puts ideas into action
and will fight for their survival!
- There is a sense of Romantic
Revolution with this one.
- Most people enjoy his passionate demeanor, but
woe to the person that focuses his wrath.
- Because of this Swift and
agile personality, many of his acquaintances are not committed to him as
friends, for his swift mystery baffles most of them as he is all that
is unexpected, startling, unpredictable, unconventional, but having a
deep underlying consistency.
- Travel or departure by Air.
of the great energy of such a personality, many people may think his
positives are negatives, However, if this card is ill defined or in
reversal (The Thoth Deck does not use reversed cards as ill defined} it
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- Division and discord'
- Unexpected change.