To really understand the Princesses one must understand the Aces. The Thoth Deck Ace of Swords,
represents the Root of the
Element of Air which is also representative of the Seed of
Consciousness. When lacking the Will that is Spirit, consciousness
behave like Air, which blows which ever way of the common current. In
nature, air lacks the concentrated will of fire to unite with water and
it lacks a corresponding passion to unite with its twin, earth. Air has
no self-generated impulse, and is totally dependent on the heat or cold
of the moment. But when set in motion by its Father-Fire and its
Mother-Water, it magnifies their power into something horrific, such as
tornadoes or hurricanes, or the Princess of Swords. Wind in this
state, is comparable to Consciousness focused by Will, as all embracing, all
penetrating, all wandering and all consuming.
The Status of Alchemical Air,
as compared to the other Elements of alchemical origin, would seem minor
but in reality, Air is the first Element to follow Spirit. Spirit is of
the Element- Fire, that begins with the Logos (Word of God). Air is
also attributed to Mercury and most properly, the Breath of Life. Then
there is the Hebrew statement," Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim (777) which
means," One is the Spirit (not air) of the Gods of the Living". In this
case air represents the the medium that carries the Spirit of "the gods of
the living" which is called Prana in Sanskrit; thus we can see the
empowerment of yoga breathing exercises.
When thrown during a
reading, the Ace of Swords is an Invoked force for good or evil. It
represents the whirling force and strength through trouble. It can be
the Sword of Wrath upholding Divine Authority and thus an affirmation of
justice in the querent's life.
THE THOTH PRINCESS OF SWORDS,
represents the earthly part of Air. She is the fixation of the
Volatile. She therefore represents the influence of Heaven on Earth and brings
about the materialization of idea.
There is some suggestion of the
Valkyrie, in this card but She also represents Artemis and
characteristics of Minerva. To some extent, she represents the anger of
the gods, and wears a helm of serpent crest, that symbolizes the
serpent-haired Medusa. The heavens and clouds whirl about angrily, while
she is stabbing downward with her sword. In the back ground is a
profaned altar, whose fire is gone out due to lack of attention which
seems to anger this Valkyrie.
are the "throne of Spirit", the Princess of Swords has the option of
"throwing everything overboard" and/or "blowing everything sky high."
The Character of this personality archetype, is stern, and revengeful.
Her logic is destructive, as she is both firm and aggressive. She also
shows great practical wisdom in material things. Being adroit at
controversy, when affairs are controversial in nature she shows great
cleverness and dexterity in the practical management of these affairs.
character of the Princess of Swords is stern and revengeful not unlike
the Valkyrie of the Norse, or Minerva (goddess of wisdom) and Artemis (
goddess of the moon) of the Greek and Romans. She is striking out with
her sharp sword and represents the anger of the gods. Her logic is
destructive and she is firm and aggressive shewing clever wit, practical
wisdom, and subtlety in material matters. The Thoth card depicts an empty altar that symbolizes
profanity of the sacred, of which she cannot abide. The heavens and the
clouds seem angry.
The Princess of swords is very adroit in the settlement of controversies, exercising her sharp wit. She is the mood fighter . Therefore this card represents the need to act upon ideas rather than just talk about them or wander about in a cloud of depression.
her practical thinking
requires that there be no difference between
verbal commitment and external action. Her helmet crest is the serpent
haired Medusa (Gorgon), which suggests that the personality of the
Princess of Swords is not entirely pleasant.
she is constantly regenerating her thinking (green spring colors and the
butterfly wings) to she how cost effective her ideas are (coins on
pedestal) but all is not selfish here, for she also considers the
nourishing of others with her ideas (the mushroom shape of the pedestal)
With this personality word and deed are aligned and
woe to those who say one thing and do another!
The Jungian Tarot-Princess of Swords: The Controlling Daughter,
pretty much states the same character traits as the Thoth Card of the Hermetic Qabalah. However, Robert Wang depicts her as less of a active threat than the Thoth card. On the Jungian Tarot, one may see some one who is on guard but not aggressively fighting moods. The color of her closes are that which is attributed to air, as are the clouds she is standing on.
She is more of an orderly young woman, whose feelings are under firm control; thereby she takes very few chances in personal relationships.
Be cautious, prudent and often selfish, one would think her lonely, but that is not the case as this personality type is often well-liked and successful at whatever she attempts.
She is a power seeker who believes the "end justifies the means" and is not above unethical or even illegal endeavors. She is an artful manipulator of others, but not obvious in doing so. Always considered a team player, she is in fact loyal only to the highest bidder making her an excellent executive for a large corporation.
As most of us know, she may appear arrogant, and tough as nails, but this is a protective mask. She really is an intelligent and sensitive young woman who cannot afford to allow a potential adversary knowledge of her thoughts.
the Princess of Swords card is thrown during a reading, it may represent:
- A young woman
with brown hair and blue eyes who shows great wisdom, strength,
acuteness, subtle-ness in material things.
- She is graceful and has great
- The Princess of Swords card is associated
with the air sign months of Aquarius (January 21 to February 21 ) ,
Gemini (May21-June 21) and Libra (September 21 to October 21) or those
persons the querent knows who are born during those periods. Since these
are the months of gestation, it is important for the querent to fight their own moods
and not react to the moods of others so that the querent is not distracted while attending
to what it is that one wants to produce in areas of finance, health and
- This card also suggests that these air sign months can be
very effective months for the querent if successful in mood fighting.
If ill dignified:
- She is both frivolous and
- Often she becomes incoherent as all her talents tend to combine
forming a species of low cunning. This produces a kind of mental
slowness and her mind becomes the prey of constant anxiety, crushed by
every kind of responsibility, especially in family affairs.
- She is
either a mood fighter or defensive to the point of rash decisions.
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