The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- Knight of Swords: Chokmah, the 2nd Sehpiroth on the Qabalisitc Tree of Life, is the intelligence that rules the Knight of Swords, and is the beginning state of conscious energy that is masculine in action. Chokmah is the "idea of male" and it's mate, Binah, is the "idea of Female". Now we have the concepts of Father-Mother God.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephira, called---Wisdom, who is also the Force behind the four twos and the four Knights .
The twos symbolize the Forces of the King, who are Knights/Battle Kings, and the four Queens uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight-Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.
As before stated, the Upper Supernal Triangle can be compared to the Garden of Eden From here, the male and female polarities of energy balance against each other, evolving into increasing density as they develop towards the lowest Sephira, Malkuth, on the Tree of Life.
In Qabalistic Tarot, the number Two symbolizes the union and balance of opposites that underlies all material existence and the Knights/Kings are the established rules or impetus of that balance.
Because this equilibrium of opposites begins in Chokmah, which is represented by the Thoth Tarot Knights, this second Sephira is also called the Sephira of "Perfect Harmony". While Kether is that which is the "Root" of impetus: Chokmah/Knights is the impetus for all manifestation. The Harmonic Union of opposites supplies that action as the coupling of Chokmah-Wisdom and Binah-Understanding. Binah is Saturn, and Chokmah is the sphere of the Zodiac.
Ultimately Kether is "sexless" for the idea of a dual nature isn't formed yet, it is however the " whirling force". Therefore, Chokmah is the idea of Maleness (Electric) and Binah is the idea of Femaleness (Magnetic), and the mating of the Three (Supernal Triangle) "whirls the Electromagnetic Spectrum" into form. Therefore, the Thoth Knights represent the Archetypal El
(Divine Masculine) Male Force, while the Binah-Queens, represent the Archetypal Divine Female.
Once again our self conscious
ideas of sexuality do not apply on this Higher Scale of Communion. Here Maleness is the vital outpouring of electrical energy that is organized, limited or formalized by the magnetic qualities of Female. Thus Yod is male and Heh is female, and the resulting offspring is Vau of the Divine Name, Yod-Heh-Vau-Heh, that is attributed to the six lower Sephiroth in which Tiphareth (Beauty) is central.
As you may note, there are many interchangeable symbols in the Hermetic Qaballah that may make it seem more complicated than it is. The essential key is that the Vital outpouring Energy (Knights), which in intercourse with an organizing force (Queens), produces something else (the Son). For example, red combined with blue, creates purple by the motion of the mixer (Kether). Therefore, opposites joined in balanced harmony, produce something greater than the parents. This is not possible if exactly the same united with exactly the same, you would only get, exactly the same!
Therefore the Qabalistic Tree of Life originated
in the opposition of Chokmah and Binah. However this is not static, any more than male female union on earth is static, there is a constant back and forth motion of growth and movement as the "undercurrent" of the Whirling Force of Kether; this motion of opposites is often shown as a "figure eight" lying on its side. This is also called the sign of infinity and is also representative of the Earth magnetic field.
This "undercurrent" of life motion insures that when a change occurs in one Sephiroth, there is a natural balancing response in its opposite ( often shown as the figure eight). Therefore there is a continual exchange that could be compared to breathing, as the inhale/exhale action that powers Life.
On the Tree of Life, the Uppermost Sephira is Kether, Eheieh ("I Will Be..."), which sets the pattern for all below it. Like an electrical switch that is off, Kether is all potential, while Chokmah is the electrical switch in the On position. Thus Chokmah/Knight is function while Kether is potential. Kether is a "no-thing" while Chokmah is a form of the whirling force that is Kether, and called "Will to Force". Therefore, Crowley, made his Kings, into Battle Kings or Knights, as they are Switched on "Will to Force", rather than sitting on their royal ass on a throne anchored to earth.
Chokmah is the State of Self, where we, begin as Force and Binah is the State of Self, that organizes Force into Form, into being, from a Divine State of Meditation. The dreamed is unaware of the dreamer as we dream ourselves "inside out" (we are infinite inward and limited outward), an ultimate fact of our Earthly existence. Thus you are the Master and the Masterpiece, the Transmitter and the Transmitted, the mirror and it's reflection. Ideally our identity should flow back and forth from Transmitter and Transmitted by being the "corporate manager" in charge of both the transmitting intelligence and the receiving intelligence. Once again, you can see that your only savior, is an awakened subjective inner self
saving the active-objective outer self
from the delusion forced on it by "reflection".
From One "I" all identity becomes, so in actuality, we do not exist, we declare existence by stating "I AM" (Force and Form) becoming a Psyche/Soul. Then we set about defining that invisible principle of existence as a manifestation called "Me". Thus manifestation is a simple three word definition called, "I AM Me" of which we, who are the inheritors of the Divine Creative Mind (Imagination), hold total freedom to define. Since I AM Not, is impossible, for what ever you define as not being you, simply states, that it is you as you use the Force of Psyche to imagine it as a form, that you must identify to deny it exists. Much like an Ocean that builds a fish of itself and denies it exists after it becomes! Therefore it behooves us imaginative creators to understand that " I am happy" creates happiness, while "I am not Sad" creates only sadness. Time to rethink your psyche power over the dream of you!
Since dimensions are descriptions of spatial terms, our life dream has specific dimensions as that is our best frame of reference. The Tree of Life is how the Qaballah describes these dimensional frames of reference as being a downward flowing evolution of Chokmah thru various levels of Self Dream called Sephiroth.
To make this simple, we are first, a part of the Divine Collective Unconscious, willfully-dreaming our own existence (Eheieh), and that we are all collectively bubbles of Psyche (Souls) in the metaphorical effervescent Ocean of The Divine Collective Unconscious. You could say we are what is known as God-looking into a sparkling mirror.
This process of Macrocoscmic dreaming
towards a more condensed and sensual dream self, Microcosmic image, is a state of Self-Awareness called the "fall", but it really is a "down sizing" the Ocean of The Divine Collective Unconscious into Bubbles of individual fractal components (Souls), that causes us to "lessen" and/or give dimension to our self concepts to become more sensual and interactive, all of which is necessary for evolutionary discernment of identity.
This "Bubbling" is a type of fragmentation of the Collective, thus we lose sight of our own Divinity and must "reclaim" all the data we left behind on our "downward" journey into Sensual-Self-Dreaming. You may say that in manifestation, Malkuth, we are to become a Lucid dreamer, rather than a "sleeping one".
The goal here is to get the inner dreamer and the dreamed to cooperate with each other and thus the dreamed-Self than begins to get control over its life happenstances, in other words become a King who rules his own kingdom of imagination. This is a truly extraordinary experience and is the making of a Magi where the Union of Dreamer and Dream has no veils between them, and we can have anything at all, but often require very little as we no longer experience the " wanton need" of the disconnected. One Loves, without need; One creates without fear of result. One wants nothing at all because one becomes I AM Me rather than "I seek Me". Once one discerns what does matter and what does not ("No-Thing Matters"), One goes about the Great Work of "As above, so below", a place where the bubbles are not separate, but a collective of effervescence in the Ocean of the Divine Mind.
THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS:
Is also known in Qaballah as Lord of Winds and Breezes. King of the Elemental Spirits of the Air; the Sylphs and Sylphides. This is a very Strong masculine mental force whose zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Taurus and the first two Decans of Gemini.
Here we have Specific Fire in Primal Air which is the personification of a Force behind the World of Astral Images and ideas. This Power is violent, aggressive, and a cutting edged force that is much like a overheated wind. He is storm and violent emotion applied to an apparently manageable mind.
The symbols of this Mad Movement, is depicted in the art of the Knight of Swords, as his maddened steed is charging down from the heavens, with tempest about, and armed with both sword and poniard, he is the very personification of the idea of attack. The Bull like power of Taurus is represented in his steed and the Twins of Gemini are shown in his armament The crest on his Helm is a revolving wing, showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into submission.
Such a character, if personal, would be that of a person who is clever, skillful, active and subtle. Being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragon Fly, does not keep him from being prey to his ideas which come as inspiration without consideration.
All of this changes when this card is ill dignified. If such occurs, he is incapable of decisions or purpose, and any action he takes is so weakened by his mental indecision that it is easily brushed aside by opposition. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.
However we choose to dignify this Knight, he is the "Extended Flame of mind" as Zoroaster calls it. Here the True Will To Force, as Chokmah is exploding the Mind. The Taurian influence, makes it steadfast and the first Decanate of Gemini makes it inspirational; thus an Idea tends to absorb the entire life of the individual in the blinding light of concentrated aspiration. Thus is shows the danger to this state of mind, for the first Decan is also known as "shortened force" and that shortened force is symbolized by the poniard. Shortened force often comes off as defensive and stubborn behavior.
The Jungian Tarot-King of Swords:
The Romantic Father, represents a strong willed active persona, that is also a romantic.
Which explains the influence of Taurus, that is ruled by Venus and Gemini which is ruled by Mercury. Therefore, he is usually calm and reasonable (Taurus) but can be very volatile because of the swift energy of Gemini/Mercury. Hence, he is quick to anger, but short lived in energy which quickly spends itself, making forget and forgive just as quickly.
There is a certain "flightiness" to his thinking, as he is quick to adopt new ideas, but bores easily. Such a personality, may adopt eccentric and bizarre ideas, surrounding themselves with odd and very creative characters. This accompaniment of the bizarre will often dismay family and friends. Paradoxically, such a persona is often seen as aggressively amusing themselves with company and friends, yet they are basically always seeking solitude and harmony.
Being a true independent king of his own imagination, the king of Swords persona, would rather hold their own court rather than listen to the ideas of others. Hence, this persona often acts without the concern for the reaction of others and is willing to take unpopular stands.
Needless to say, this personality is not well suited for marriage, as a partner will experience many surprises, both negative and positive while also experiencing moodiness, and aloofness as the King of Swords with draws unto himself.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
The querent is or may be experiencing:
- The Will to transcend.
- An analytical period, where the power of idea and motion come into play.
- Letting go of old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve the motion of the individual..
- Is a person of tough- minded common sense that is usually based on preconception and prejudice.
- The arrogance of a powerful mind turn on itself in its own desire for control.
- Tends to judge harshly but with scrupulous fairness.
- A lawyer, senator or doctor.
- Mastery of creativity and confusion, as he sees new points of view,while brainstorming new thoughts that vent the mind.
- Intellectual,and mental prowess whose only emotion is to control.
- A strong personality of fiery emotion and powerful thought.
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