The Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah: PRINCESS OF WANDS.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Like Fire, it is her essential vigorous
, 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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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:
- Her beauty is created by her own vigorous energy.
- Her passion is so great that one is dazzled by a chemical reaction that enforces the impression of beauty on the beholder.
- Being a type of "spontaneous combustion", in anger or love she is violent, sudden, and implacable.
- She can often be irrational, when displaying her enthusiasm, fiery ambition,and aspiring nature.
a Princess personality, never forgets an injury and the only patience
she shows, is when lying in ambush to revenge a perceived wrong.
- She is often self-absorbed to the extent that she is entirely reckless in achieving gratification and is notably insatiable.
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.
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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