THE Qabalistic Thoth KNIGHT OF WANDS.
(Kings in the Golden Dawn, Connolly, Jungian and Waite Deck.
has been much confusion by Tarot readers, concerning the implied
meanings of the 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.
To some this Hermetic Qabalah explanation 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.
The Knight of Wands is
the motive force behind the Alchemical Fire or Primeval Fire (he carries
the same wand as the Ace of Wands to illustrate this point) on the
Qabalistic Tree of Life. This is a fiery personality with great
motivational ability: such as the explosion of energy outward from the "Big Bang". 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. Old perceptions are being
destroyed as fuel on this personal fire of "will to force", so that new extended and liberated perspective gives birth to spiritual insight. You may call this positive male-power,
as in electrical polarity, that forms a swift and occasionally violent
personality 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 the Astrologer, the Knight of Wands rules in the zodiac from 21 degrees Scorpio to 20 degrees Sagittarius.
To reiterate:Chokmah,The Second Sephira, is the Father God principle and is the first idea of Maleness. Binah,The Third Sephira is the Mother God, the first idea of Femaleness. Here the Divine Creative begins the
action of Sexual attraction and/or Law of 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 rather than a moment of consolidated creative power.
who have felt the deep and powerful Inner forces of Divine Sexuality
are usually unable to mentally rationalize it. It is stunning and
absolute attraction, like lightning striking steel. 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 mate. This purely energetic attraction is beyond rational thinking and the brain is stunned by it's lack of control over the situation. Many have called this action, "Soul Mates".
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.The Universe is created by this often overwhelming technical activity of Union that is often called Electromagnetic energy .
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. The Yod is the Radix, and/or Father and commencement of Material Forces. All
other forces 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 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. Fire
in a alchemical sense, represents the active-vital Spirit Force of
Movement that is in all Motion and yet it is also the tempering fire
that melds together opposites for the construction of something more
than either one. Spirit Fire is Electromagnetic Sexuality, a technology
invented by 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 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, are qualities of activity, 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 will be a person with 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 of others. Also those who serve reaction rather than
action, will either avoid or try to besmirch the Active Character of
this, Kingly Spirit.
- 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.
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.
The Jungian Tarot, King of Wands: The Aggressive Father
, depicts the Jung Archetype rather than a battle king. Here the personality is stressed as the Aggressive Father, who all too often says what he thinks, without much concern for others. He is a man of great force and has utmost belief in his own abilities. He is often considered a pioneer, and is self reliant, masterful and independent. Although, insisting on being in charge, he is intuitive, dynamic and quickly sees solutions to problems. Surprisingly, although being a sympathetic person, he often thinks he is misunderstood. He is noted for living in a creative mental world that is unknown to others.
Although, he is often a wonderful and caring father who is a source of constant adventure and learning for his children, he can be overly demanding, domineering, and embarrassingly eccentric. A child of the Aggressive Father, soon learns that reward and punishment can come swiftly from this personality.
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