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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- QUEEN OF SWORDS & The B.O.T.A. Tarot-QUEEN OF SWORDS

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot: Queen of Swords, represents Mastery of Objective Thinking and Clarity of Intellectual Thinking. The lavishly illustrated card represents The Greek Goddess Athena or if Hindu, The Goddess Kali.

She is shown sitting on a cloud, with sword and mask in hand, for she is the mask-cutter; the remover of illusions. She is the fair witnessing mind who removes all illusion and sees the Real You that is masked by reality.

 As an intelligent Archetype, the Queen has cut through her own masks, roles, and defenses in order to retain her clarity and objectivity (The crystal crown). The child's head above the crown of clarity, symbolizes her child-like innocence and curiosity.

This Queen as a birth sign-personality, is the counselor or consultant for others and also has the courage to seek counsel and consulting for herself when necessary.

Therefore this card represents the mastery of objective which is the deepening of a centered rational mind; the quality of mind that demands objectivity, authenticity, and abandonment of pretense. The Observer within our consciousness which is detached from roles and assists us in reconnecting with our child like truth.

In the zodiac, the Queen of Swords rules from 21 degrees Virgo to 20 degrees Libra. This is Water of Air, which is not only power of transmission but elastic as well.
In this card we see the Queen of Swords as a kind of Golden Kali, with Her sharp sword of wit in one hand and the severed head/ or Mask of a adult male in the other. Yet the innocence of a child is shown on top of her stellar-crystal clear mind, where ideas are clear and concise.The Queen of Swords represents the Liberated Mind with clear perception of idea; Water is Consciousness and Air is Mind.

The Astral realm (Yetzirah, the Formative World of Deception) is trimmed of all deception by the sharp sword of concise perception and protects our identity from the fantasy and illusion .

It is the very head of mankind, the thinking center of words, definitions, and all concepts of division-ism  made by mankind's identities of separation, that deceive us, removing us from What is Real. Rather than the Personality of the Soul with perspectives of Spirit, that is born as a child, we have a personality that perceives a "reality" born of the babel of indoctrination. When this "man-made mind" is removed, so is the "Tower of Babel" that are words. Hence, removing the mask of words, the True Conscious Psyche that resides on the "other side of the Mirror", transmits true knowledge; transmitted via intuition and imagination. Imagination, is the "Womb-with-a view", she uses Image (Mandalas/pictures) as her expression of idea.

Words are controlled definition supplied to us by our "Rulers" who control definition by enforcement and propaganda---and their only power is our reaction to them, giving them a faux authority.  The Real authority of Powerful Idea, is made manifest and is all Action and cares very little or not at all  for reaction. Therefore, on the Thoth Card we have the head of the innocent child, who is not concerned with reaction, but clear and concise in idea.
This Thoth Queen Card may seem a complicated card, not because of obfuscation but rather because of our inability to disconnect our identity from the trickster in  our pleasure/pain word indoctrinated brain. We honestly believe that words are knowledge and condemn or praise each other with worded definitions! However, everyone or everything had to be "Defined into Definition" before we have ever seen it! Therefore, you already are Known into being, not a being who must be identified by those you meet. This may shock you, but the earth is not a court room, where you are judged by your "peers". Knowledge built you and your so-called-peers, so it could work the material of earth into what is "living self awareness"!

 Those who believe that words create, fail to understand that if they yell with all their force the word Grass, that identity of plant fails to grow on the floor; the floor and the realm of Plants fails to see any power in a word; the unmitigated gal!  But if one visualizes a lawn and, plants the seeds, waters and fertilizes, all of which are actions of power and/or the ableness of work, grass will grow whether one gives it definition or not; for grass by any other name is still a green leafy plant, that existed long before mankind's self-important words.

Power is described as the "ability to do work", therefore it is not a belief system based on words but rather an Active Dynamic of Creation. Contrary to those who think a "sacred place" is outside the body, the body that we call human, is a Power Tool of Spirit, that enables Our Energy Conscious/imagination to work ideas into manifestation (Transformations of the One Energy) in the Realm of Malkuth/Earth. To the Soul, personalities are known by deeds/action, not by words. In the Real, we have been praised into manifestation as a clear concise idea of the Divine Creative's Self Image!

The principles of the Archetype intelligence of the Queen of Swords brings us to an understanding of how we are deceived by thoughts while showing us how to transcend deception by Knowing Ourselves as we are Known to Her/the Divine Feminine. Therefore, in the Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, the Queen of Swords shows a remarkable resemblance to Kali-Ma, the fierce sword wielding, skull bedecked, Goddess of Life and Death of Hindu origins.

Qabbalistically, the Queen of Swords represents the  Watery part of Air.
Air being the representing element of  Fiery Mind and Water that also represents the element of "emotion" which are the "currents" that move within the Mind.
Hence,The Queen of Swords is attributed with the elasticity of this combination and the power of transmission that this Watery Air provides.

 As stated, this Queen,  rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Virgo to the 20th degree of Libra. In the Thoth Deck Tarot, she is enthroned upon clouds (Watery-Air), topless and wearing a gleaming belt and sarong, symbolizing the Great Mother of Consciousness. Upon her helmet is the child head crest from which the sharp rays of light are emitted, illuminating her empire of celestial dew.
[Celestial dew is the substance that radiates from the pineal gland when it is stimulated in a higher vibration by the Kundalini, that baptizes the brain, resurrecting the 2/3ds of "sleeping brain" that is not used in the mundane, human-being. This dew awakens Divya-Sidhis and/or "magic abilities"] .
The Child crest symbolizes the Divine Child within us all---the Innocent One of Enlightenment before we are "dumbed down" by enforced indoctrination.

In her right hand, the Queen of Swords holds a sword (the Sword of Geburah-Severity) and in her left hand the head of a bearded man. That bearded man is the Mask of Patriarchal Culture that we use to define ourselves----when in Truth, We have already been Defined by the Divine as It's Child---enlightenment comes from realizing that no-further self definition is needed as we've been Defined into Being already! All other definition is just masking our Truth. So here we can see that the Queen of Swords is the clear conscious perception of Idea, the Liberator and expanding evolution of the Mind.Truth is in the manifestation of idea and not a reaction to it. The Reaction of emotional "out-burst", is fear of idea which really translates to "fear of vulnerability".

The Queen of Swords represents the True Will (Will-To-Form) and has the power to cleave away the unnecessary gross to build the Pure idea. To some this can be disastrous, because the gross is all they believe in! Knowing not their own Pure Self they see Kali-Ma as a Fanged Hag with Severed Heads {symbolizing personality death) standing on the backs of copulating Lovers who die in her Sword thrust or in the illustration, she is standing on Shiva. The "little death" of  orgasm is resplendent in this image, causing even greater fear of "male-female" union among the ignorant.  However, to the knowledgeable, the union of male-female is the sacred act of communion that builds All. She is the Divine Unconscious that gives image to all, including the Divine Conscious, which is symbolized as Shiva-Male. [Tantric studies are recommended for those who wish to Know] Hence, the flesh-o-phobes may just shiver in the joy of the self-important nightmare of sensuality that comes with having a form build out of Divine Sensual Passion, but those who Know themselves, see The Lust To Be is the birth mother of the flesh,  and is the Source of the "Big Bang"---the Great Orgasm that has activated us all. To know the Dancing Goddess-God, is to Know the rhythm of Thyself!
 When that fear based concept of weakness as the flesh, which is masking us is removed, we find that we are the Divine Power of Spirit that has clear purpose and Great Will to Be present!

The B.O.T.A.  Tarot: QUEEN OF SWORDS, depicts a stern faced Queen, holding the Sword of Geburah/Severity. The butterfly clasp on her robe and the butterflies on the lower part of her robe, are representative of the Greek word Psyche, which means "soul" and also "butterfly". The clear and concise mind of the human soul searching for reincarnation or a new mother, was depicted by the Greeks and Celts, as a butterfly.
It is a common belief in Cornwall, Mexico and Siberia, that the spirits of the dead take the form of white butterflies.

Therefore the imagery of Kali Ma, who is in charge of life and dead, is also depicted in this B.O.T.A.  card.  The gold and yellows colors that represent air/mind are used to illustrate this card as are the familiar clouds.
All that applies to the Thoth card equally apply here.

The Archetypal personality of this card represents would describe a person as:
  • Lucidity of perception.
  • A keen observer (cutting edged), a subtle interpreter, an intense individualist, swift and accurate at recording ideas.
  •  Confident in action, with a gracious and just spirit. 
  • Being graceful in motion and extraordinary in balance, she will have exceptional dancing abilities.
  • A very strong willed mature Woman who clearly knows what she wants and can bring about her ideas swiftly and without nonsense.
  • When personified, this Archetype Personality is usually:
  • An older woman who has loved and lost but is undaunted.
  • She is strong willed and determined with clarity of idea.
  • A woman who can bear whatever life presents.
  • She can be critical of emotional outbursts and knows that mental discipline is a necessary part of balance emotions.
  • She is a master of equanimity and negativity.
  • She knows words are necessary for communication of ideas, but not truth nor final judgment.
  • The Querent is coming into a phase of realization.
  • Realizing that reacting emotionally to worded thought is a trick that keeps us enslaved to the visions of others.
  • Rather, she/he now understands (or soon will) that active participation in our own ideas, is why we have a body in the first place!
  • Be full of Your Idea, and clear and sharp on your destination and then----Go For It! Do or die, is what life is. I would rather die doing what I enjoy than die as a slave to someone's definition.
  • Kali/Athena may seem ruthless, but she is precisely merciful  with out the pretense of "bowing to our weakness".
  • If ill dignified She will be:
  •   Avery dangerous person, of exceptional cruelty, slyness, and deceitfulness, all wrapped-up in a superficial beauty and attractiveness.
  • This ill dignity would be because of her inability to support interference, so foresight, prudence, care in preparation of action (paying attention to details) will safeguard the individual from the negative side of this personality.
  • The counseling or consulting aspect that is witnessed when people ask for clarification or have the desire to get to the bottom of things.
  • This is an aspect of mind that any decent Tarot Reader knows personally and for me, passionately. For I being a practicing Qabalist, and Tantric, I know Kali Ma, Kali Ema and Kali Uma  as a union of the three stages of the female anima (Earth Feminine consciousness) Maid, Mother and Crone. Each one of these aspects of the Divine Feminine, demands the release of pretense and self-absorbed ego.
  • One who knows that Illusion must be stripped away from our eyes that are blinded by culture, indoctrination and thought organized for us by others.
  • To be psychic is to be child- like in your observation, where everyone is another way to be you but not necessarily the way you are.
  • Observation without judgment of right and wrong.
  • She knows, and does not believe, as she sees belief as untried theory. In other-words, belief is pretense of knowledge and is not to be confused with faith which is Trust.
  •  She knows that Metal clarity, is a place many of us fear to go; we fear we might not like what we see.  You will be surprise when you become mentally clear, Truth built you so it could be you. Truth is made manifest as you, it is a dynamic presence, not a belief system nor a question; for questions are not form, they are absence of form. Truth is an  answer made manifest.
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