In the Thoth Tarot, the Kings are Knights. The Knight of Swords is called
"the fiery part of Air" which may confuse you, but really He represents
the violent power of motion applied to mind. He rules from the 21st
degree of Taurus to the 20th degree of Gemini.
In the Thoth Tarot, he is a armored warrior knight
whose helmet bares a rotating wing and is mounted on a rampaging steed.
With both sword and poniard in hand, he is the very idea of Attack
. He is the Spirit of the Tempest and 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.
The Knight of Swords can be compared to the Lightning bolt of an idea
absorbing the entire mental- life in concentrated aspiration. There can be
Live and Evil here, for the Mind can ignore empathy just by rationalizing.
Will of Taurus-the Bull
are applied here. The Knight of Swords represents the True Will (Will to Force) exploding in the mind spontaneously with idea.
What many of us forget or
have been indoctrinated to forget, is that True Will is not
empathetic, as immortal Spirit has no need for empathy, for it never Dies and in the beginning, the
Love of Idea is its first motion. Mortality changes this as those of us Spirit (only One Spirit with many ideas of self)-who wear personas, produce individual collectives call "Souls" and are
fortunate enough to inherit a human body.
After a few "lives"
(Created self-visions of souls) we may know how to empathize with
the "living" and with proper love of form, will adjust our ideas to accommodate the expansion and
liberation of the living from their poverty of self imposed-definitions, using our unlimited power to identify ourselves. Rather than just erase them with visions of Tempestuous
velocity; of immense violence, we shall expand and liberate form and realize the love Spirit has for the flesh.
Therefore, Love of idea without empathy
Terrible Tempest of Self-Absorbed Desire, where the Vision is more
important than the living, which is the danger of the Knight of Swords persona. Hence, this Card reminds us to take time to
love being, for the body human is a Vision of Divine Will-To-Be and must
Inner Vision Center, so that we can "feel/see" the violence of our own
Ideas, and restructure them to care for the living rather than sacrifice
the life of other's to our ideas. Life, is more important than any idea, as it is the Co-operation of the Divine Collective; i.e. a fractal made of all persons.
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, Chokmah, symbolizes the union and balance of opposites that underlies all material existence.
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.
Kether is "sexless" for the idea of a dual nature is not 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, through the androgyny of the High Priestess (Key 2 of the Major Arcane). Therefore, the Thoth Knights represent the
Archetypal Yod (Divine Masculine) Male Force, while the Binah-Queens, represent the Archetypal Divine Female, the Divine Heh.
Once again our sensual
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 the Hebrew- Yod
male and the Hebrew- 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". 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, personified in the Knight of Swords. This
"undercurrent" 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, the "Will to Force". Thus Chokmah/Knight is
function while Kether is potential function. Kether is a "no-thing" while
Chokmah is a function of the whirling force that is Kether, and called Force.
Therefore, Crowley, made his Kings, into Battle Kings or Knights, as
they are Switched on and forceful, rather than sitting on a their royal
ass on a throne anchored to earth.
is the State of Self-Awareness
, where we, begin as "Willed-Force" ; Kings and Binah is the State
of Self, that organizes Force into "Willed Form"; Queens. Together will to force
and will to form
unite into being
, from a Divine
State of Meditative-Meditation.
In our world of "self-conscious", 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. We are always "looking outward", forgetting that the Driver of any vehicle, must already know how to drive it and must be "inward" to drive it.Thus you are the Master and the
Masterpiece, the Transmitter and the Transmitted. 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 as separates, any more than fish can exist separate from
the Ocean. As Self-Awareness of "I AM", we declare existence by stating
"I AM ME" (Force and Form and Self conscious) becoming a Psyche/Soul/Persona combination of Fiery Father
(Electric Force) and Watery Mother,
Form) and Child (self-conscious). Each of us a "self-vision" of the Divine, given the freedom to
preform on our own. Therefore we set about defining that invisible
principle of existence as a manifestation of self-identity 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 being! This is because as you use the Force of Psyche to imagine "what is not" you must "inwardly" see it as a form, therefore, you succeed in
making "what is not" into form and therefore it is "what is". Never forget, that you
must identify something to deny it exists. Much like an Ocean that
builds a fish of its self-identity and denies "itself" exists after it becomes identified!
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.The Hindu yoga's describes these dimensional frames of references a being the "Bodies of the Human Aura" that flow into and out of the material form.
In an attempt to make this simple: we are first 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...The "Dreamer." You could say we are what is known as God-looking into a sparkling mirror (electromagnetic energy) and realizing an image.
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 streaming 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 regain the Divine Sight by
"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".
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 as "Will to Force" (consciousness) and "Will to
Form" (Imagination/unconsciousness) work in sympathy with each other.
This sympathy, 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 or need of result. One wants nothing at
all because one becomes I AM Me rather than "I seek Me".
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.
Again, Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth that is known as Wisdom, rules the Knight of Swords. Chokmah also represents the beginning state of conscious energy that is masculine in action. Therefore,
Chokmah is the "idea of male" and it's mate, Binah, is the "idea of
Female". When one exists, so does the other. Now we have the concepts
of Father-Mother God and/or the Divine Creative.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephira, called---Wisdom,
who is also the Force behind the four twos and the four Knights, that
launches ideas towards Binah, "the womb of Mind", who receives and Understands, therefore, beginning formation.
The twos symbolize the Forces of the King,
who are shown in the Thoth Tarot as Knights/Battle Kings. The four
Queens unite and initialize the "will to Force" of the Knights.
the Knight-Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.
Qabalistically, THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS:
is called Specific Fire in Primal Air and that 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 as an archetype personality, is storm and violent emotion applied to an
apparently manageable mind.
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 (his personality) is a revolving wing,
showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into
a character, if personal, would be born between May 21st and June 10th, forming a personality 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 or her ideas which come as inspiration without consideration. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.
we choose to dignify this bold 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 the personality 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.
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.
The B.O.T.A. Tarot, King of Swords:
Illustrates a medieval king who sits upon his throne. He holds the sword of justice and the book of law. The blue sky, clouds and his golden colors, subtlety state he is fire of air, so thoroughly stated in the Thoth definition.
The butterfly images, show his power of transformation., for this state of mind can change ideas by the simple transformation of "going where the wind blows".
He is depicted as a giant, with feet on the ground and head in the air, thus implying he is an Archetype from the realm of Archetypes, i.e. The Supernal Triangle of the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
The querent is or may be experiencing:
- 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.
This Archetypal personality is a person:
- Who possesses qualities of skill, activity, subtlety and cleverness combined with fierceness.
- He is both delicate and courageous while also being prey of his inspirational idea--- that he doesn't question.
If ill dignified:
Card represents inadequate violence, which is useless and futile. The
vigor in all the qualities before mentioned, is gone...merely a
convulsion of breezes rather than a Tempest- a-charging!
Thank you for your interest and comments, May you live long and prosper!