Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-PRINCESS OF WANDS & The Jungian Tarot-PRINCESS OF WANDS- The Clever Daughter
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-PRINCESS OF WANDS & The Jungian Tarot-PRINCESS OF WANDS- The Clever Daughter

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah: PRINCESS OF WANDS.

Represents Earth of Fire ( The Plasma that matter is formed from and the fiery activity in the core of physical matter), the personification of Specific Earth of Primal Fire. The Rams horns on her head reminds us that in the system of Decans it is Aries that begins and ends the series.

This Court card represents an unpredictable force of dynamic reaction in the material world and can be as a Tiger; a deep passion that is not controlled by rational thought; A passion I call Hard Desire and others call Spring.

The Hermetic Princess of Wands is the fuel of fire and has been called the irresistible chemical attraction of the combustible substance.  As a personality, her force of essential vigor, imposes an impression of great beauty upon her beholder.

The Fiery altar, shown to the left of the card, represents the sacrifice of fire in the Earthly Realm of Malkuth. It's combustible nature held within the Magnetic Force of the Inferior Mother (not a value statement, rather mater is Inferior fire.) so that it is a slow consumption necessary to activate organic matter into an "alive form".
In its mundane archetype personality form, the Princess of Wands represents a young person full of energy, a dancer,  and an enthusiastic personality full of daring energy and optimism. A person who has the "Tiger by the Tail", fearless in joyous change and growth.  Now one of such fearless enthusiasm is often misunderstood, especially in the male world of the Patriarch where such a personality is viewed as a threat to the imagined stability of masculine rule. Many of the traditional medieval tarot decks, present the Princesses as pages (androgynous), so this could also represent a male personality, with the same influences on the material world. In essence, personalities are wombs magnetic containment of fiery energy consciousness, and are female.

Esoterically, the Princess of Wands represents the fiery act of  Spiritual Self-Liberation where a major fear is faced and  overcome releasing a vital new energy and self-awareness. When the fiery energy of passion is suppressed by containing great fear, so that one can deny rather than deal with their inner fears, one loses a lot of vitality. When one suppresses fear, a constant and ever escalating psychic force is required to suppress an emotional fear, as it is necessary to constantly focus on it emotionally to contain it. Hence, this concentrated focus on the suppressed energy grows exponentially; eventually erupting into a disaster. Therefore this repressed fear, soon becomes a Pandora's box of violent nightmares, totally fed by the life force of the Psycho-dynamic creator  who created them from the chaos of the survival mind's fear of being prey. However, when we finally face the demons with-in and deal with them by understanding that we made up the threat and that they are just "stuffed animals" instead of real Tigers, a massive release of life force floods through our bodies, healing and restoring us to our original  beauty and activity.

Such freed and liberated personalities represented by the Archetype-Princess of Wands, are very active and enthusiastic creators who don't fear failure or other peoples reaction to them. They become more Spirit than body ( According to Qabalistic doctrine the body is less than 1% of our Energy-Form) and are no longer slaves to the mundane reaction of flesh, but become Action of Spirit, wielding the flesh as a Wand of Power in the hands of a fiery-Soul. Greater Action, without fearful reaction represents a Hard Desire of Will-To-Be.
Warning: to try an block the performance of such a person is too ask for trouble.

The Princesses and the Aces:
The Thoth Deck Ace of Wands, the Essence of the Fire, given form by the Princess, is shown as a fiery club (flames in shape of Yods). The Ace represents the essence or seed of the Alchemical Element-Fire. It is a solar-phallic outburst of flame from which lightning springs forth in multiple directions. If you were looking at the Sun, it would comparable to multiple solar flares, as this is how the Sun acts as a phallus by ejecting its "seed" into the dark womb of space-time. Therefore, this crude wand, has been shaped by the Princess into a Solar Wand.
The Ace of Wands represents the Earliest stage of Primordial matter, unwilled and violent.

It is important to remember that, although the small cards are sympathetic to their numbered Sephiroth, they are not identical nor are they Divine Persons; they are more like sub-elements and/or parts of "Blind Forces" whose ruling intelligence are of the Realm of Yetzirah, The Formulative World (Shemhamphorasch).

What maybe astounding to note, if not confusing, is that each Major Arcana (Atu) has its own Tree of Life and hierarchy. Obviously this requires more investigation on the students part. As a student who teaches, I am still investigation this phenomena.
THE PRINCESS OF WANDS: represents the Earthly part of Fire, therefore she is ruling earth. She is the expression of the irresistible action of a combustible substance and rules from the Heavens from one quadrant around the North Pole (She=Magnetic Force). It is interesting to note, that the Female Force gives Form to the Fiery-electric male force, which in its primeval stage, as the Ace of Wands, is unwilled, unformed and indirect.  But like the Magnetic Field of Earth, giving form to the Solar rays, not unlike the Aurora in the night sky, She justifies the direction of this male Force.

With flames of justice leaping from her forehead, and naked, as a sign  that she is perfectly free to combine with her partner; she bears a wand crowned with the Disk of the Sun and leaping into Yod shape surging flame.

The Lords of Fire reside in the realm of Yetzirah, towards which she is leaping, thus she can be compared to the Virgin Priestess of the Lords of Fire. Further championing this fact, is the illustration of the flame topped Altar of Spring, in the left lower corner of this card.

The "seed of fire", The Ace of Wands" is now given a personal Willful expression in the Princess of Wands, as she is brilliant and daring. She has bridled passion, shown by grasping the Tiger by the Tail, and given it direction----where She goes--Passion goes.

Like Fire, it is her essential vigorous energy, that describes her beauty; beauty seen, as the force of her personality dazzles her beholder. Such beautiful force can also be expressed as love and anger, which is passionately charged into sudden forms of violence and implacability. Much like lava , stand back and enjoy its beauty, but don't try to posses it, as its angry heat is terminal.
Thus we have pegged the Princess of Wands as a personality/intelligence, that harnesses the Ace of Wands to Earth ( mate to the Solar phallus) and is volatile in nature.  As a Personality, She consumes all within Her Sphere. She is ambitious, aspiring and full of enthusiasm and is often accused of being irrational. Being the Earthly Part of Fire, She is likened to the Polynesian Volcano Goddess, due to her Volcanic Personality. She is the Earthly fiery womb, rather than the Earthly Watery Womb of the Princess of Cups.

If the Princess of Wands is ill dignified or thrown together with the Ace of Wands, we have
 a person omnivorous in passion of whatever kind, entirely reckless in the means of obtaining gratification, and insatiable. It is notable, that She has given Will to the primeval  violence of Male Force, "by naming Him Husband." using His fiery flow  to impregnate her every action, as does Earth, the Sun.

The name Yod Heh Vau Heh, 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. Therefore 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 responsibility and whose moral qualities are very flexible. Thus they are sub-divided according to planetary predominance.
The Princesses also represent the Elemental Elohim, of such elemental persona Eli Levi wrote:" The love of the Magus for such creatures is insensate, and may destroy him."  Which it will, as lovers of the Scarlett Woman ( Crowley's-Babalon) have found out. She will consume you, as fire does a wyrm (old English), only for you to rise again as a phoenix out of the ashes of  Universal consumptive passion, and/or Divine Frenzy, as a form of Dragon. Be very cautious young magi, She is a salamander royalty and is spontaneous and unforgiving!  But if there is any of the pure Eternal Fire in you, with the Kundalini rising as a Phoenix  and your Will is unshakable in unrequited Passion's extreme heat; lusting not for result, she'll give you wings and make you blaze as a Star, with many "magic abilities"! If your sanity doesn't return expanded from such energy harmony, then your will was flawed and your lust needed result, causing disharmony.

Needless to say, this Elemental Persona of Magick is not for the timid! Don't mate human energy fields with Salamandines! If you lust after exotic sexual fulfillment, mating your aura with such consumptive energy may leave you mad with insatiable lust! Lucky for us all, calling up a Salamandine, is night impossible in this modern day, as we have forgotten the "old ways" and may Astral realms have faded from our psychic knowledge.

Therefore, As a birthday Tarot card- archetypal personality, the Princess of Wands represents a fiery nature in a  young-passionate, woman who is also consumptive and not prone to monogamy.

The Princesses have no zodiac attributions, as they are placed in the Northern quadrants of Earth, yet they represent four types of human being. The are more of an "elemental" personage, whose moral character---is often open and free wheeling. Lot's of Passion but not a lot of "common sense".

In the Thoth Deck the Princesses are sub-divide according to planetary predominance:
  • The Princess of Wands is associated with one quadrant of the sky above the North Pole.
When we examine the image of this card, we see that she has plumes of fire radiating from her brow; these symbolize justice. Since chemical  action can only happen when each element is free to combine with it's partner, she is shown unclothed. She is surging leaping flame, with the Sun Wand in her left hand and the "tiger by the tail" in her right,she shows both her Solar power and fearlessness. She actually represents the Virgin Fire Priestess of the Lords of Fire (also the Roman Vestal Virgin keepers of the eternal flame) and is in attendance of the Rams headed  flaming-altar of Spring.
Just looking at this card tells you that this Person is highly individual showing passionate qualities of brilliance and daring. Being too hot for the controlling male, her best mate must be one who loves heart rending passion with out possession.
The Jungian Tarot: THE PRINCESS OF WANDS: The Clever Daughter, depicts a rather nondescript feminine figure for such a fiery personality.  The crossed arms suggest vulnerability, and insecurity, although she loves to be surrounded by people.
She seeks constant attention and loves to be in the social spot light.
Being as fire, she has extraordinary mood swings; witty and charming, the soul of decorum, yet in the next moment genuinely vulgar.
Her behavior is all about what will bring her attention in the moment.  However, she is often the delight of those around her. Non of this seems to be explained in the Jung Card, so one must read up on Jungian Archetypes.

As a Personality archetype; THE PRINCESS OF WANDS IMPLIES:
  1.  Her beauty is created by her own vigorous energy.
  2.  Her passion is so great that one is dazzled by a chemical reaction that enforces the impression of beauty on the beholder.
  3. Being a type of "spontaneous combustion", in anger or love she is violent, sudden, and implacable.
  4. She can often be irrational, when displaying her enthusiasm, fiery ambition,and aspiring nature.
  5. Such a Princess personality, never forgets an injury and the only patience she shows, is when lying in ambush to revenge a perceived wrong.
  6. She is often self-absorbed to the extent that she is entirely reckless in achieving gratification and is notably insatiable.
  7. When referring to Tantra, she would be the proper Shakti for the Real Shiva, as she could absorb any fire he could display.  However, as is all Power known to be, she is as destructive as she is constructive, so caution and encouragement compete with each other in this one.
  8. For myself, Passion is the foundation of the Universe, and this type of person is a thrill to behold and to a Prince of Wands, the proper mate of the moment, as his swiftness and vigor is to be "invoked" and Her insatiable Passion will invoke the very rocks into flame! But like all fires, one must know how to work with it to properly achieve the necessary transformations of their Great Work. I'll not go further into the Magick applications here, as this is not a treatise on eroticism,although if our eyes are not blinded by the fear of Passion, we'll see that the Universe is a hot-bed of Pure Passion to be; an insight that the Princess of Wands surely has.
Needless to say, if ill defined The Princess of Wands persona, would be the defects of such passion.
  • She would be superficial and theatrical, shallow and false while never expecting that she is anything of the sort.
  • She becomes predominately a "spasm of mood" and she is cruel,unreliable, faithless and domineering.

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