The Thoth Tarot- KNIGHT OF DISKS:
Follower's of the Hermetic Qabalah know that Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity, the Archetype of Masculine, AND THE WILL TO FORCE OF HIM IS REPRESENTED AS THE KINGS in the element of Earth.
The Thoth Knight of Disks
, of the Qabalistic Thoth deck, is known as the King of Pentacles
in many other tarot decks. Because the pentacle is the symbol of the ascended man, this card represents Mastery of Abundance and Prosperity.
He is the harvester,
who with threshing tool in hand, is prepared to harvest all that he has
cultivated. With the capacity to manifest inner world skills into the
outer-world, he is determined to achieve harvest in the areas of health
The Knight of Disks is also the Physical Doctor, the Healer who is focused on health care, and a concern for body health.
He is the fiery part of Earth,
representing Earth as a producer of Life. Mountains, earthquakes, and
gravitation are all attributed to this state of energy consciousness, as
these are all Life contributors on this earth.
that Life must be in constant motion to be animated, yet it also must be
stable (gravity) and often reconstruction of the motion of Life
requires a destructive element to "de-construct" before reconstruction
can be created, such as lightning; However, destruction must be held to a point of healing
rather than destruction for destruction's sake.
In the area of
health he monitors his diet (horse eating grains) and in the area of
finance, (his large coin shield) he creates and protects that which is
The horned helmet,
suggests he is a diagnostician who determines what is necessary in
order to manifest abundance. Leo the lion appears on his shield,
representing the creative aspects of manifesting harvest. He is
steadfast, reliable, accomplished, the epitome of success, such as the
illustration of the Celtic god Cernunos.
Now there are those who
think that Male came first, or that Female came first. This argument is
because of our short-sighted physical perspective on sexuality. The
startling fact to some, is that if you come up with the idea of male,
then you come up with the idea of female at the same moment.There
is no male concept without the concept of female and vise versa. So the
argument of whom came first, is null and void when talking about the
Supernal Triangle (The upper Trinity).
The black and white illustration shows the Top Supernal Triangle of the Tree
of Life called the World of Atziluth (World of Archetypes) which is surrounded by the Ain (no-thing) the Ain Soph (without limit)
and the Ain Soph Aur (limitless light). In the modern language of physics this would be the Infinite Mind,the Dark Energy, and the Dark Matter.
is a Aramaic language of Metaphysics and the Hebrew letters are also numbers on the
mathematical system of 10, which is both mathematical and philosophical.
, as She is of the Limitless light. Chokmah is shown as gray in
this illustration since Chokmah is Wisdom (The Blue Sophia of the
Greeks) and is said to be a "cloud like gray which contains various
colors and is mixed with them
" (Golden Dawn Text).
being, is that the Supernal Triangle is most difficult to understand, as
no-thing exists there. To even begin to understand the Supernal, one
must understand Absolute Zero as a mathematician would; a no-thing as in
the "absence of anything". Thus we have no-thing, without limit and
limitless light, which describes the "Space -Time continuum". Very
abstract and subjective without positive ideas, all a formless Void.
Some how we must formulate position. If anything is to exist in
No-thing, then two imaginary opposites must come together in mutual
annihilation and thus form a point. We could say this is where matter
and anti-matter meet in mutual annihilation (the first concept of "male and female"), causing the formation of
the singularity. Or Negative No-thing (female) unites with Positive No-thing (male)
becoming an annihilation of nothing forming a position and/or point;
but as a Point, there are no parts only position.
In Quantum Physics an Entity,
is called a point in time
and in Qabalah that Point, is called Kether. With Kether we have
established "neither parts nor magnitude, but only position" (A. Crowley)
Position means nothing without a way to describe it, so another point
must be established, such as I AM (Male-Female) . Thus we have the
invention of the number two which makes possible the Line.
At this stage The Line,
doesn't mean very much as we have no measurement. So at this stage one
can say that the Two Points are distant, for as of yet, there is no near
or far from one another. Hence, we need a third thing to be able to
discriminate these points from one another. Thus the Child is born of
the Two parent points, The I AM ME.
The Triangle is invented,
third Point, and now we have Surface.
Appearing before us is the
whole plane of geometry. It can now be said that Point A is nearer to
Point B , than A is to C. However, with only Surface, there is no
substance and we are left with only theory, which is both inchoate and
This is where we have the concept of Abyss, as one cannot go any further
with the idea in this purely imaginary world. We need the invention of
the Actual, the Objective, or at the very least, an approach to the actual. So we need a fourth Point which is the foundation of Matter (fire), the manifestation; the "proof in the pudding"; The Knight of all suits.
To reiterate: We
now have the Point, the Line and the Plane for the Fourth point to
exist, as matter or the Solid, it must lie inside the plane so we now
have to define it by using three coordinated axis. Thus we say, "it is
so many feet from the North wall and so many feet from the East wall and
so many feet from the floor." Using imagination, we now have produced
from No-thing a Some-thing and also understand that Imagination is
Creation of "Me". Thus matter being a Dream of Brahman, as the Hindus
may state it, seems to bear out.
But we aren't done yet.
nothing can change when the only property of any given point is its
relationship to certain other points. So a fifth point is necessary for
transformation. Remember physics 101 and the First Law of
Thermodynamics? If not, let me paraphrase, there is only one Energy that
cannot be created nor destroyed only transformed and transmitted. What transforms it is
transition from one point to another, annihilating the points and
becoming something else. That fifth point is Motion.
Thus the implication of Time, for only through motion in time can an event happen.
is a long story
but it should be noted that Time/Space is also a long story we call the Manifested Universe. The Letter
5-Geburah, in the Hebrew Alphabet and is the number of the letter Heh (
meaning: Window or Sight)
Thus we have The Womb of the Great Mother (Imagination),
in which The Great Father
known as the phallic letter Yod
(meaning: Hand and/or sexual love
) and the ultimate pictorial Point, moves
and begets active existence. Hence, making it possible to have a concrete idea
of a Point, and an Objective Point, and that is called the "son of God and
Goddess" and is known as the number 6th, the sixth Sephira,
Tiphareth; the self-conscious Soul center of the system (Tree of Life) that
is capable of experience. Therefore, Tiphareth, 6 rules over the lower
Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, In Qabalah, the word Sephiroth means,
"numbers" thus we have 10, in the number mathematical system of 10.
is a fast and hopefully illuminating explanation of the Supernal
Triangle which is not objective but is the establishment of the numbers 1
Chokmah is number Two, thus the idea of Male and
female, positive and negative have become invented. It should be noted,
that sexual repressive thought, a Victorian or puritanical idea of
sexuality, will greatly retard or impede the ability to understand the
The male phallus or Lingam ,
is the key symbol of
Chokmah and the first differentiation of the One. Granted, it is at the
least, the most abstract level of primary male qualities but it is
just in its interpretation, as it represents the Supernal Father, emanating from the God Head,
Kether. From Chokmah emerges the Supernal Mother, Binah. The parallels
to the Book of Genesis and the Garden of Eden are obvious here, if one
takes the Supernal Triangle to be the Garden of Eden itself.
The Will to Force (Chokmah) and the Will to Form (Binah) are a figure eight of united spheres, formed from One Energy, to produce the Will - To - Be. Therefore it is another way of saying the mating of I (will to force) and Am (will to form) produces the idea of Being/Me. Our concept of sexuality is in need of adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself Two, for contrary to separatist thought, they are one form of The Divine Creative.
Chokmah is the second Sephira and thus is the force behind the four Deuces and the Four Kings. The
Personification of that force is represented in the four Knights of the Thoth Tarot. In
other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and
dense elemental form on Earth...such as the most elemental form of
electricity which we call lightning.
THE KNIGHT OF DISKS:
Represents the Lord of the wild and fertile land and as such is the King of the elemental spirits of earth such as the Gnomes.
The zodiacal attributes to
the Thoth card are the last Decan of Leo and the first two Decans of
Virgo. Being that the Knight of Disks is the most dense manifestation of
the Elemental Yod force (Fiery Father), he is the force behind
fruition, and growth but tends to be slow. The Knight's fertility is
represented in this card by the use of the Stag antlers on the Helm of
the Knight. The understanding of the mythical animal images of the
middle ages, comes in handy here, as the Stag is the beast that ate the
serpent ( received wisdom) and in so doing sheds its skin, any illness
and old age, just as a serpent does.So to make a long and wonderful
story short, the Stag represents the Knights power to regenerate as
does the organic matter it is a symbol of.
of us have seen the Fire of Earth, in its volcanic upheavals; however,
how often do we realized that Volcanic upheavals are Earth regenerating
itself? Thus is the Fire of Earth that is the Knight; fleeting
yet is also the cycle of rebirth. On Earth, when lightning strikes the
Oceans, proteins necessary to life are created.The same fruition is
implied by the corn or fruitful plane that his horse is grazing on. Thus
he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that
of solid nutrition.
If you have been following my
blogs , you have read
about the Knights in the Thoth Deck. These are Archetypal
Personalities whose collective
moves all things.....and of that collective are we. What many of us forget, especially our "experts", is that we are "Beyond Personality"
our Power resides
between the Sephira of Kether
(crown-potential of Vibration), Chokma
(Wisdom-first Vibration), and Binah (understanding-Mother of Form) and
is not usually shown on the Tree of Life...Because we are the Invisible Sephiroth
known as DAATH
which means Knowledge.
The Sephira Daath becomes the
Pattern of the the "Equal Arm
Cross" (another symbol for the human body) below the Supernal Triangle, on top of the Tree of Life and is the "head of Adam Khadmon...the Perfect Human". The Child of God
, Daath (Knowledge)
, produced by the Union of Chokma (Wisdom) and Goddess Binah (Understanding); a union which is shown as the High Priestess Card
, is all
potential and therefore invisible.
Since we now can design our own individual Personality, we can take the best of all Archetypes and combine them as our Person!
instance: the Gracefulness, and Empathy of the Knight of Cups, combined
with the generosity, swiftness, and passion of the Knight of Wands,
and the skill, courage,and subtle cleverness of the Knight of Swords,
along with the patience and steadfastness of the Knight of Disks, would
make a great software to operate the hardware that is your physical
body. Notice, I said "your physical body" because dear reader, you are not a human body!
The word Human means "God Mind"( Hu is god in Mandarin and Man is from the Hindu-Manas meaning mind) and that is exactly what you are! You
can always Imagine yourself otherwise, and if you are depressed, or unhappy, or
angry--- all the time a poverty; you can imagine yourself otherwise
and all the time a wealth! The Qaballah, Gnosis, and other, "Occult
Mysteries" show you how to not only "know thyself" but also how to do
the deed of "Being" the Divine Child that you are. So be you male or
female, imagine the qualities of the Knights, and incorporate them in
your personality...just the way you like! After all, you are always
potential anima (Spirit) and animus (Soul) therefore your identity is
not written in stone....you write yourself into Light! Correct me if I am wrong, but that means to me "enlightenment".
The B.O.T.A. Tarot-King of Pentacles, is the comparable card to the Thoth Knight of Disks, as Crowley used "Battle Kings" known as Knights, for they show activity and/or fiery nature rather than the King sitting on a thrown of passivity.
However, that being said, the Colorful B.O.T.A. card, shows the Bull that represents his steadfastness and the element of Earth. While the grapes show the fertility and fruitfulness of the King.
Here, the King holds the scepter of the Earth and the Pentacle symbol of Spirit, Fire, Water, Air and Earth, known as the 5 elements.
The many jeweled earthen crown, also depicts his authority over the movement of the matter of earth. The Blue in his robes and the sky, are of the Great Sophia, Mother/Goddess of Wisdom, who is always at one with the King just as electric and magnetic are always one force, electromagnetic.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF DISKS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
- It implies:
- a concern for the body and good health.
- A doctor or herbalist concerned with health.
querent is showing the spirit of fertilization, as joyous practicality,
steadfastness, reliability and is an epitome of material success.
- Generous, courageous but is not prone to seeking adventure.
- Ordinary activity, in social position, accomplishments, experiencing a success that is relaxed and enjoyed.
- A mature reliable, dependable, and wise male upon whom others may depend on and with whom they lay their burdens.
- A dark male, who is both courageous and lethargic in tendencies.
- However driven in matters of material success.
- A good financial provider who understands and likes work knowing it leads
to financial security. The querent may be such a person or involved
with such a person in their life. The surrounding cards or position in
the reading would support this understanding.When the Thoth Knight of Disks card is thrown:
- It's a good time to concentrate on physical and financial health.
- Use your diagnostic abilities to manifest harvest in your life.
- For woman this Knight of Disks, represents the dynamic assertive part of themselves, the inner animus that wants to sustain abundance in health and fiances.
as a suit, represent the earth sign months of Capricorn ( December
21-January 21), Virgo ( August 21-September 21), and Taurus (April 21-
May 21) which may indicate particular people with those signs who may
assist you in opportunities for harvest in you life.
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