The Thoth- Prince of Swords is associated with the zodiac sign of Aquarius, which is the symbol for the new age, creative, innovative, and original mind.
The inspired ideas of Aquarius are shown as the three human bodies who want to be released and expressed.
The Diamond Chariot
, represents The Great Work
which is the expansion and liberation of the living from self-imposed
limits. It is the "as above, so below"
of inspired motion. It is
creative energy that wants to be actively expressed and will be in a
power positive way or a negative "fantasy" way. The fantasy happens when the individual is
so full of ideas, that they reduce all ideas to unreality by removing
them to an ideal world of ratiocination and formality, which as such, is
out of relation to any facts.
Fantasized Utopian concepts come from this state of thought.
The Thoth-The Prince of Swords represents the airy part of
Air, as air is directed by "outside influences", such as, the heat of
passion and the coolness of pure rationale. Therefore, this card represents the same
mental activity as the Archetypal personality of the intellectual, pure rational mind.
The Thoth Prince of Swords
is dressed in woven-full armor of
definite device. His chariot is composed of geometric ideas. This
chariot is drawn by unharnessed wing children "who are flights of fancy"
and may go any-which way they like, as the reins are attached to
passing geometric ideas. The Prince of Swords can be compared to the
knowledge of Euclid expounded upon by an idiot, whose argument takes any
twist and turn it wants to, and yet be totally "rational". Thus the
chariot is easily moved but unable to go into any definite
direction---except by accident.
Here is pure intellect
without direction supplied by the Will/Spirit. Never the less, the
Prince of Swords is crown by a Child's Head, for there is a secret
Divinity here that is linked up to Tiphareth (the Son of God), but
usually if this personality thinks in terms of the divine, it believes
it is above all others and suffers from the righteousness of an fanatic.
Since the logical process of the Prince of Swords
has reduced the Air/Mind to many diverse geometric patterns, they
reduce the power of creative mind, as they have no definite purpose. Hence, power is symbolized by the Sword in his right hand (willingness to
create) and in his left hand a sickle, which destroys what he
Being that his thoughts require no practical
he is purely intellectual, full of ideas that tumble over
one-another in a mass of ideas unrelated to each other. However, he is not
simple minded as he has all the apparatus of the Mind, intensely clever,
admirably rational, thought in its highest degree, but unstable of
purpose as even his own ideas are approached with his indifference. He
knows that any idea is as good as another and can rationally persuade an
Eskimo into buying a deep-freeze even though nature has already
provided! By removing the substance of an idea, he can place every idea
into an ideal world of ratiocination. Therefore it always looks good on
paper no matter how impractical it is to build!
Being that ratiocination is purely formal, even the very facts that promote his ideas are ignored so that his ideas become baseless and unreal.
person is immensely powerful in persuasion, because of their unsettled principles
which enable them to put forth any argument without regret or
remorse; kind of like a insane-used-car salesmen from hell, who
postulates the value of saw dust in the automatic transmission of the
car he's selling.
The Prince of Swords personality is glib
to quote scripture, cunningly supporting any thesis without considering
the fact that he supported an opposite thesis earlier in his bombast.
He is impossible to defeat
because any position is as good as another and ready to enter into
combination with the nearest element available. He really doesn't care
if his or her ideas are detrimental to life, the idea is its own
purpose! His/Her momentary Vision is above all else!
elusive and elastic personalities
are only of use to the Psyche, if
mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of Spirit, and radiated from the Sephira of the Soul. Therefore, this personality of the self-conscious
must travel up the Tree of Life to the 6th-Prince Sephiroth on the Qabalistic
Tree known as Tiphareth-Beauty
which is the Divine Child/Son intellect in manifestation.
The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Swords, also represents The Creative Intuitive Thinker
that may be in all of us. In fact, each of us has inherited the 16
Archetype personalities of the Greater Self, sometimes in combinations,
or singularly, as some would have us believe; all for specifically designed purpose. We may also
choose to focus, one or the combinations of these archetypes,
as our action on the material plane, as a daily, monthly, yearly or
lifetime choice. Each of us is a multidimensional state of conscious
energy as our souls are a collective of individual experiences; our
names are really legion!
When we entertain the
personality archetype known in tarot as The Prince of Swords we have the use
of a personality that has newly mastered creative-intuitive thinking.
We become inspired and wish not to be limited, restricted or restrained
in any way.This desire to be unrestricted is shown by the two swords
that the Thoth Prince of Swords has in his hands. With the sickle and the
broad sword, the determined Prince cuts through any thoughts, beliefs
or attitudes that might reign in the movement (chariot) and/or the
expression of creative-intuition thinking.
However, the Chaotic nature of Pure Mind
must be controlled by the Understanding
Mother of All form Binah, who is connected to the 6th Sephira, "The Heart" of the Tree of Life, and the inner heart within ourselves, as Force or Visions for their own sake, lacks compassion and is utter destruction of freedom, if not all life. One must never forget, that the forms of Life that are established, are more important than ideas as of yet not understood.
Without the Understanding of Spirit
and It's purpose for life, these Princes of Rational-Persona become ill defined faddists,
fundamentalists, fanatics, devotees of drink and drugs, humanists (those
who believe that mankind is the center of the universe----all else can
cease to exist) and bible thumping theologians. But even in such
directions there is not stability, and they wander from cult to cult,
vice to vice, supporting fanatical convictions for the sake of whim. It
is easy to be deceived by such people as they manifest great potency of
thought and are often describe as having great depth and breadth of
mind, simply because they can jump from idea to idea without hesitation. As in all readings, the surrounding cards will show the dignity of
There is however, a bright light
here when Pure Mind aligned with Pure Spirit, ideas can become the expansion and liberation of living
image. Many of us know that Pure Spirit does not reside in religion...that chaos of ideas
belongs to the idiots that praise a man-made god for creating life while
their fanatical ideas destroy the Divine Creative's work that is all around them. Rather the Purity of
Spirit, is the Life itself, that resides as the Great Ocean of
Mother/Universal Collective Unconscious that is all around, in and
through us.....AS US! So once again, "Above all things know thyself",
is necessary here.
I Am Life and all around me Life is expressing
itself as another way of being "Me".
We belong to each other, and not to
ideas that separate us from each other. Ideas, have no purpose unless
applied to the unification of Life---for that is the Great Work of
Spirit/ of the Divine Collective, that C.Jung called, "The Universal Collective Unconscious". Ideas make gods in their own image, while God/The Divine Creative-makes us into It's
image for the purpose of Greater Self Awareness! Thus, it is obvious, that to know God is to Know thyself!
To reiterate: The Princes are the personified Elemental Forces, of those 4 elements that are brought into balance in Tiphareth-Beauty. Hence, THE PRINCE OF SWORDS, is mental-Air element of ideas that can be constructive or destructive.He
is Specific Air of Primal Air. The Element Air, is Mind, so this one
is like the mind itself, which can love thought alone, and not care what
The Prince of Swords is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.
The Golden dawn
card, had two
fairies pulling the chariot but in the, Thoth Tarot card of the Prince
of Swords, these fairies are shown as spheres of light in front of the
Chariot, accompanied by three winged children who are pulling
it. Implying that, this chariot may be pulled capriciously
and/or mischievously in any direction, imitating the Mind itself. Also
there is significant Yesod-Moon symbolism here to suggest this is a card
of mental illusion.
In the right hand,
the Prince is swinging the Sword of invocation and creation and in his
left is a sickle which immediately destroys that which is created. With
child like innocence, the Prince of Swords wields his Sword of Geburah.
The logical mental processes of the Prince has reduced the Air
(mind) into geometric symbols that represent no real plan, but are
demonstrative power of undefined purpose.
In Mythology, the Prince of Swords
the Norse god of battle. and also Mars
the Roman god of war. Both of these personifications , represent
destruction, pestilence, daring and death.The Prince of Swords is
representative of the Archetypal Tyrant- Personality who is charismatic,
dominating and so impersonal that they have a great power to harm.
Sharp wit but assertive to a fault. This card cautions the Querent about
- As a person, The Prince of Swords personality is purely intellectual.
- Overflowing with ideas that tumble over each other in a mass unrelated to practical effort.
- This is a brain that won't quiet itself down long enough to focus well on one thing.
- Intensely clever, admirably rational, with high degrees of thought, yet unstable of purpose.
is in this Prince of mind personality, an indifference to their own
thought, as any idea is worth exploring, but not for too long!
reducing every thought to ratiocination, this personality has removed
all substance from thoughts, making them formal and fantastical, as they
no longer relate to any facts; even those upon which the thoughts are
individually based. Thus, this person is completely free from settled
principles and is capable of conceiving and putting out any conceivable
argument with out the clutter of remorse or regret.
is a mind so glib, that it is able to forget the contrary argument it
produced minutes before and go sallying forth with a new argument.
people often become faddists, cultists and devotees of drink, drugs,
theologies, humanitarianism or music and religion, but without
stability.The Thoth-THE PRINCE OF SWORDS:In the zodiac, the Prince of Swords rules from 21 degrees Capricorn to 20 degrees Aquarius.This
card represents Air of Air, Specific Air of Primal Air, (personal
consciousness, linked with Primal conscious) which shows an active mind
that swirls all over the place.The three fairy like beings pulling this
chariot are symbols of the capricious nature of the mind which can be
pulled into any direction.
- A young person of a turbulent combative nature.
- Not only is this person's mind enthusiastic, changeable with rapid switching of logic, they are also often argumentative.
very active and imaginative mind that reduces all ideas to and ideal
world of ratiocination and formality, which as such, is without
relation to known facts.
- Usually prefers "pure mind" over emotions.
this is the Knower, ( one who knows and hears not derision)and shows
mastery of synthesis and delusion. A kind of farsighted mental view and
expansion into cosmic awareness without proper empathy.
- For the Querent, this is a card of communication.
- The Querent has decided to be deeply committed to acting out their own philosophical ideas in a daily lifestyle.
out courageously but showing a tendency to be head strong and
assertive. This is where the sickle destroys the attractiveness of the
As in Traditional Medieval art Tarot Cards, The B.O.T.A. Tarot depicts a knight in battle armor for the Prince of The Thoth Tarot.
The tormented clouds, wind blown grass, and rapid flying birds, all represent the turbulent Air and/or mind of such a personality.
He is dressed in the yellows of Air, as is his charger. Winged helm, depicts "flighty thought', or one who rapidly changes ideas, without seeing the error in doing so.
Sword raised, he is ready to overcome all challengers to his rationale.
When this card is thrown during a reading:
- The querent: feels the need to release creative and intuitive thought while cutting through any barrier to this release.
- There is a tendency to think too fast so slowing down the thought process is advised if success is to be achieved.
querent is showing the tendency to be overly rational, missing the
subtle emotional points that would heed success in communication.
If the querent is able or has achieved the ability to focus their thought:
are committed to acting out their ideals and philosophy in their own
lives; not really caring about how others do it, as they put incredible
energy into supporting or examining particular beliefs.
- They often present a magnetic personality that is extravagant, careless and excessive.
- Ruthlessly brilliant, they can have good business judgment.
- There is a combative nature here, that is courageous, turbulent and skilled in the war of wits.
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