The Thoth Tarot: THE PRINCE OF WANDS, compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot: THE PRINCE OF WANDS-DAGON:
In the Wands, there is not a static card, as all the Wands represent the force of Eheieh, "I Will Be". The Wands are the inspiration behind creation.
Hence, The Prince of Wands is the Principle of Mastery of inspired creativity!
On the Thoth Tarot-The Prince Of Wands is well represented as the Sun/Son Warrior
not only does he represent swiftness, strength, brilliance and agility,
he is also the paradigm of dynamic mastery of unlimited creative expression
from deep "within"; from the Universal Source that the Qabalist's call Kether-The Crown, 1st Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.
causally thrown reins over his wrist, symbolizes the inspired creativity
that is not held back and is free to manifest and express itself. Therefore, he introduces an element of chance or often seemingly irrational change but having a deep underlining consistency.
Solar Lion freely pulling the Chariot
, symbolizes self trust in letting
the creative process flow, without restriction nor restraint.
contained fire in the chariot, is focused concentration and attention
to manifest one's creativity that comes from The Soul (The chariot is
coming down from the heavens).
Therefore the character of the Thoth
Prince promotes a Phoenix-like deep passion (open flower on chest-open heart chakra)
for expressing one's own deep inner creativity.
The phoenix wand and cape expresses his commitment to expanding and liberating himself through the creative process.
When one is "channeling" intuitive information
or lost for hours during a creative
process, they are experiencing The Prince of Wands
that is inherent in
all of us "Solar spirits/Suns of God"
who came to earth as "marriage partners", to give birth to a human- creative-power body! Remember, Animus (Perfect Male)
is the Latin term for Soul, therefore the Psyche in a phallic expression is consider acting as male. Coming to Earth
, and impregnating a form with life, would be a masculine expression of the Soul/Psyche. When the soul is receptive it is considered to be expressing the Anima(Perfect Female)
, Latin for Spirit.
Remember, deep inside you is the great creative fire that built this universe---YOU as Spirit- ROCK!
The Princes of the Hermetic Qabalah, are the Son of the Queen and King
, The Soul. Thus, they are governed by Tiphareth,
the sixth Sephiroth known as Beauty
/ The Sun/ Son of God,
and is shown as Central to the Tree of Life.
Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to
their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are
force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their
chariots. Since Chariots are an enclosure or fence (Vau), they are considered to be as Grail, and/or forms of the Divine Feminine. Therefore, the Fiery Princes are made stable by the Divine Feminine, just as fire is held stable by water.
The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals)
Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qabalah.
are very ancient symbols for the elements of multi-religious belief
systems. Appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the Four Animals in the Old
Testament vision of Ezekiel, they are also the four symbols of the
In the unlimited vastness of Kether, the first Sephiroth, the
Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers
of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth.
personified in Tarot, The Princes are the balance of the Four Elements
in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar-Personality, "The Real Person",
the Four Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves; The Christos or Buddha consciousness that is our Soul.
be no surprise then, that the Princes can be taken in any direction by
Divine Will. Thus, the forces of The Prince of Wands may be applied with
Justice or cruelty; the unconscious flowing motion of The Prince of
Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be a hidden malicious evil. The rational mental
activities of The Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either
creative or destructive and last but not least, the material qualities
of The Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The Grounding
Element for the Princes lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth
from the Northern quadrants, and are represented as the Chariots.
Hence, when thrown during Divination, the
Princes often represent the coming and going of an event or person and
the Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.
The four Sixes and the Four Princes.
the Son; The sacrifice Gods; Consciousness of the Higher Self/The Real Person and of
the Great Masters; The vision of the Harmony of things; Healing and
redemption; The Elemental Kings.[Malachim].
The many symbols for Tiphareth are:
The Calvary Cross, the Rose Cross, the Truncated Pyramid, the Cube, Vau.
The Planet of Tiphareth is the Sun, thus the Sephiroth color is Yellow.
The existence of the Soul,
depends on the Light of Tiphareth
, the same way the
Sun provides light and life support for the earth. In Tiphareth resides
the first great initiation in to the meaning of Self, as the
personality is sacrificed to the Higher Self and/or The Real Person; what the initiate believes
to be oneself, of what one has known to be life, is merely being "alive" which is a "color of Life" that is sacrificed for a
greater reality, The One Life,
when one's consciousness is in Tiphareth. This is a translation of force from personality to
Greater Persona, by a direction of "Inner Will". As if Helios
, one enters the Chariot of the Sun, to view the earth-life.
understands that The Divine Creative evolves and this Universal Collective Unconscious energy goes through
varying conditions, as does light and as we each do in varying stages of evolution; By
becoming different gods in evolutionary sacrifice of one principle for
another, we human gods evolve greater realities.
Tiphareth is called the Mediating Intelligence,
as it is the center of the Tree of Life, collecting within itself all
the powers that flow form the other Sephiroth, where they stand balanced
and in a state of communion. Tiphareth is a healing center where
all is brought into harmonious inter working. Being the Sun, it is also
the center of the Planets, as seen in the illustration of the Hexagram,
from the text book, The Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang.
Light of Tiphareth is not metaphorical, it is descriptive, as bright, warm and radiant, the
direct experience of this Light is the "Great Work" of the Divine Persona
in incarnation; to Bring the "As Above, to the Below". Devotion to the
Great Work is a virtue assigned to Tiphareth and involves the principle
that is known in some social science circles as the "hundredth Monkey
principle". For when the individual, of a cultural group psyche, improves
themselves in some way, that improvement works towards the benefit of
the entire race as it invariably resides as experience in the Universal Collective Unconscious. The ultimate goal is for the Consciousness to return to
the Godhead from which the Universe emanates.
has "descended" into matter, and become self-consciousness,
in order to deal with Tiphareth, one must have begun the climb of
initiation of Malkuth-Earth; Yesod-Air; Hod-Water; Netzach-Fire, which
is integrating the four Sephiroth, that must be done before the Light of
Tiphareth redeems them from the "fall" or descent.
other terms, we "down sized" to become most economical in sensual
operation, but in so doing, we have "forgotten" our True Self, as too
much previous data had to be left behind. Thus, traveling up the Tree of
Life, is a journey in Remembering Thyself! As a result of this "turning
around" in Tiphareth, is to become as a Divine Child in a new world. So
the Child/Sun is attributed to Tiphareth, and must grow into adulthood
(Greater Self or Greater Sun of the Galactic Core) in order to take Malkuth (Earth and Princesses) as
Above, Kether the Eternal Father, willfully produce Chokmah and
Binah as Father-Mother-God Self Identity, who meet in equilibrium at the middle pillar
of The Tree of Life, which produces the Child, The Son/Sun that is
Tiphareth. Thus, the King and Queen marry, giving birth to a Prince who
marries the Princess, which is an anthropomorphic symbolism of
the operation of Yod-Heh Vau Heh. Tiphareth is the Vau of this formula.
Tiphareth is also the realm of the dying or sacrificed gods
Buddha, Osiris, Prometheus, etc.). so Universal cyclic renewal demands
that the Prince must die, in order to expand Universal Awareness.
To Reiterate: THE PRINCE OF WANDS:
is Air of Fire or Specific Air of Primal Fire (Consciousness of Spirit).
His passion is tremendous, so I attempted to show the "rocking chariot",
that is being pulled by Leo (the Sun) the Lion. "Rocking" because of his
enormous strength that can go any direction, even unto violence if
The Thoth Tarot
card, shows the Marital Prince holding The Phoenix Wand of Geburah,
and thus, wields the fiery Severity of Geburah.
from the 21st degree of Cancer to the 20th degree of Leo, he is endowed
with a powerful faculty for expanding and volatilizing. His arms are
free of armor and mail, as he is vigorous and active. As you can see, he
is aflame in every way above, the rayed crown surrounded by a winged
Lion head sending from his crown a curtain of flame, suggesting the
Solar Logos ("Word of God"). In his left hand (side of the Goddess) he holds the Phoenix
Wand of Power and Energy, while the other has released the reigns of the
Lion . His sexual energy is renowned as Promethean. With wheels radiating flame, he rides on a sea of flame, both waved and salient.
The Prince of Wands:Dagon of the Barbara Walker Tarot, depicts the Philistine consort of Astargatis, known as Dagon who later became the "Christian devil", as he was opposed to the cult of Yahweh.
He was an ancient shape-shifter god, who could appear as a goat, serpent, bull, or merman. He even was depicted as a Jonah like entity emerging from the mouth of a Great Fish, giving the image of a man with a fish tail, much like Oannes of Sumerian myth.
Barbara Walker illustrated this Prince of Hel, with the tokens of his marriage with the Divine Feminine; the phallic scepter and uterine cauldron, for he was as Lucifer, who represented the fertilizing fire descending into the watery abyss. Here, on his cylinder-podium, are displayed the Darkness of the Abyss, and the Sun of "Father god" and the Moon of "Mother god".
Although biblical writers set Dagon against Yahweh, in earlier texts, the followers of Yahweh actually adopted Dagon's attributes for Yahweh.
One of Dagon's other names was that of "the one from Phoenicia", i.e., The Phoenix, very apropos, since he regularly immolated himself in flame, and resurrected. However, in the Phoenician city of Tyre, he was known as Melek, meaning, The King. In the Bible, he became Molech, also meaning "king". Yet another Semitic name for Dagon, was Yamm, making him "the Great Serpent of the nether waters", which could be interpreted as the Serpentine Wave of Divine Creation within the Universal Collective Unconscious. Here also, he was listed as among one of the many "dying gods", for he was slain by his alter ego, Baal, in eternal cyclic competition for the favors of the Goddess.
It is thought, that Yamm, was a derivative of the Hindu Yama,
lord of the nether world. His consort was the Goddess Mari, representing the androgynous Yamamari, who is incarnate in the Dali Lama as "Slayer of the Death King".
Once again, showing up in the middle east as a male-female deity, Mari-Yamm or MeriYam, the same name as applied to the early Christian Mother of Jesus "the Son of God". [ Ashe, 48]
Jesus was the name Jehovah took when he was worshiped together with the Sea-goddess Mari, or Miriam, or Mariamne. In fact, 2nd century B.C. medallions showed Jehovah with a sea serpent tail like the marine aspect of Dagon.
Dagon is an appropriate representative for the Tarot Prince of Wands, as he represents all that is unexpected, startling, unpredictable, or even unconventional. His dual nature of fire above and water below, combine the Passion of Spirit's "I Will BE", to the Watery Imagination of the Unconscious "Will to Form", producing offspring of a unruly nature; sometimes light, or dark; sometimes fertile or sterile. Obviously looking up the myths, helps in understanding the subtle knowledge shown in Tarot Cards. For later on, Dagon became Dragon, with wings of the air element, Fire of the sun, a tail to swim through the Waters, and the predatory teeth and face of an earthly/ water predator. Adding control over the four alchemical elements to the image of the "Prince of Hel", the Great Goddess.
When the Prince of Wands/Dagon is thrown during a divination:
- It represents a core Persona of Swiftness and Strength as the querent's primary moral qualities.
- Impulsive, often easily directed by outside influences, even trifling ones, the querent can be prey to indecision.
- One's opinions are often violently expressed but being emphatic does not mean they'll hold the opinion long.
- One just loves vigorous statement just to feel the vigorous flow.
- The truth being, that one is often slow to make up their mind, and is essentially just and sees both sides of a question.
a character noble and generous causes one to lean
towards expressing extravagant hyperbole while secretly laughing at the
boast and their self for making it.
- Being of fanatical courage
linked with indefeasible endurance One chooses to fight against the odds
and always wins in the very long run.
- The Passion radiating off of this person frightens most people because of the mystery it presents.
- One is of Dragon, and thus he strikes terror in the heart of the less passionately inclined.
- Ones generosity and deeds maybe impeccable, but the heat of their passion scares the pale soul who avoids the Sun.
- One's great pride, which is their main fault, makes one hold others in contempt,
meanness and pettiness and one is adept at wielding every weapon of
ridicule, while still giving the shirt off of their back to the one so
- Without lust of result, one loves work and exercise for its own sake.
- Paradoxical is his contempt for the world at large, while holding ecstatic respect for every individual man and woman.
Mystery of such a one who is a Sun. This Sun Warrior is an aspect of
the Solar Logos that puts ideas into action and will fight for their
survival...no matter how ludicrous !
- There is a sense of Romantic Revolution with this one.
- Most people enjoy the querent's passionate demeanor, but woe to the person that focuses this one's wrath.
of this Swift and agile personality, many of ones acquaintances are not
committed to then as friends, for one's swift mystery baffles most of them
as one presents all that is unexpected, startling, unpredictable,
unconventional, but having a deep underlying consistency.
- A person is putting their ideas into action, under control and prepared to fight for the survival of their ideas.
- There is no lust of result here, the process of creation itself is the driving joy of this person.
- The querent has an intense focus on self.
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