The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot: Princess of Wands, as compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot: ASTARGATIS-THE PRINCESS OF WANDS:
The Princess of Wands of Tarot, represents the
earthly part of fire and/or the fuel of fire. She represents the
irresistible chemical attraction of the combustible substance, the
connotations of which go beyond physical matter into Spiritual potency.
Princesses have no zodiac attributions
, yet they represent four
archetypes of human core personality. They are more of an "elemental"
personage, whose moral character---is often open and free wheeling; lot's of Passion but not a lot of "common sense".
the Thoth Tarot they are sub-divide according to planetary predominance,
thus the Princess of Wands is associated with one quadrant of the sky
above the North Pole.
When we examine the image of the Thoth
, we see that she has plumes of fire radiating from her brow; these
symbolize justice. Since chemical action can only happen when each
element is free to combine with it's partner, she is shown unclothed.
She is surging leaping flame, with the Sun Wand in her left hand and the
"tiger by the tail" in her right, she shows both her Solar power and
fearlessness. She actually represents the Virgin Fire Priestess of the
Lords of Fire (also the Roman Vestal Virgin keepers of the eternal
flame) and is in attendance of the Rams headed flaming -altar of
Just looking at this card tells you that this Person is
highly individual showing passionate qualities of brilliance and daring.
Being too hot for the controlling male, her best mate must be one who
loves heart rending passion with out possession. She is a compulsion fraught with peril.
To Meditate on this card is to invoke the "inner fires" of our
Galactic Gore, so be sure you are willing to be swallowed up in the fiery Womb of the Central Sun and become reborn a Phoenix before you try. You
must be strong in virtue (true to yourself) and need not a state of
permanence for personal comfort; in other words, "Above all things know
thyself" before entering the Core Fires of Spirit for in this state, the
violent motion of change is breath- taking and often fatal to the weak
personality. But for those who succeed----you'll love your fiery wings!
The Thoth Tarot-THE PRINCESS OF WANDS:
The Princesses and the Aces:
Thoth Tarot Ace of Wands, the Essence of the Fire given form by the
Princess is shown as a fiery club (flames in shape of Yods). The Ace
represents the essence or seed of the Alchemical Element-Fire. It is a
solar-phallic outburst of flame from which lightning springs forth in
multiple directions. If you were looking at the Sun, it would comparable
to multiple solar flares, as this is how the Sun acts as a phallus by
ejecting its "seed" into the dark womb of space-time.
It is the Earliest stage of Primordial matter, will less and violent.The Barbara Tarot-Astargatis shows the Princess's solar power as the Sun and the red rod of power /ace of wands rod balanced on her mermaid tail.
It is important to remember that,
although the small cards are sympathetic to their numbered Sephiroth,
they are not identical nor are they Divine Persons; they are more like
sub-elements and/or parts of "Blind Forces" whose ruling intelligence
are of the Realm of Yetzirah, The Formulative World (Shemhamphorasch).
maybe astounding to note, if not confusing, is that each Major Arcana
(Atu) has its own Tree of Life and hierarchy. Obviously this requires
more investigation on the students part. As a student who teaches, I am
still investigation this phenomena.
THE PRINCESS OF
WANDS of both Tarots: represents the Earthly part of Fire. She is the expression of the
irresistible action of a combustible substance and rules from the
Heavens from one quadrant around the North Pole (She=Magnetic Force). It
is interesting to note, that the Female Force gives Form to the
Fiery-electric male force, which in its primeval stage, as the Ace of
Wands, is unwilled, unformed and indirect. But like the Magnetic Field
of Earth, giving form to the Solar rays, not unlike the Aurora in the
night sky, She justifies the direction of this male Force.
The Thoth Princess is adorned with
of justice leaping from her forehead, and naked, as a sign that
she is perfectly free to combine with her partner; she bears a wand
crowned with the Disk of the Sun and leaping into Yod shape surging
The Lords of Fire reside in the realm of Yetzirah,
towards which she is leaping, thus she can be compared to the Virgin
Priestess of the Lords of Fire. Further championing this fact, is the
illustration of the flame topped Altar of Spring, in the left lower
corner of this card.
The "seed of fire", The Ace of
Wands" is now given a personal Willful expression in the Princess of
Wands, as she is brilliant and daring. She has fearless and unbridled passion, shown by
grasping the Tiger by the Tail, and given it direction----where She
Like Fire, it is her essential vigorous
that describes her beauty; beauty seen, as the force of her
personality dazzles her beholder. Such beautiful force can also be
expressed as love and anger, which is passionately charged into sudden
forms of violence and implacability. Much like a Coral snake, stand back
and enjoy its beauty, but don't try to posses it, as its anger is
This volatility is one of the reasons behind the Astargatis image on the Barbara Walker Tarot. Here is shown the ancient Great Goddess, Mother, The White Goddess, who was consumer of all gods, and whose Syrian name was Astarte; in Babylon she was Ishtar (Easter). In the Sumerian city-state of Der, she was called Derceto; "Whale of Der".
The myth of Derceto states that she
was the Great Fish Mother who swallowed the phallic god Oannes
, who later became
the biblical Jonah. The biblical re-writers of this Sumerian myth must have run out of re-write for they forgot to take out the facts that Jonah's whale was female and that he spent 3 days in her "womb" (later revised to stomach) prior to his rebirth.[Potter & Sargent 180].
Obviously the mythology of swallowing the male, was a sexual allegory. Since in Sumeria,and Egypt the fish was a common symbol representing the Yoni (female vagina). In Egypt Isis took the fish form as Abtu ; "The Abyss", to swallow the penis of Osiris and give him rebirth. Although Astargatis and many other ancient forms given to the goddess, where worshiped as mermaids, they were also seen as the dreaded vagina dentata, "toothed vagina", as depicted on Barbara Walker's Tarot-Princess of Wands. Herein resides the ubiquitous castration myth and dreams, ever present in the Patriarch world of men. As Barbra Walker States:" For, it, or She, could swallow up man or god, root and branch, as the sea swallowed the lightning bolt, and never let it out again".
Since it was "He" not "She" that got devoured, the goddess images tended to display the power of the female over the male.
Then there was the "Spider Woman" image, again spider females are noted for devouring the male "during sex". The Greeks called her Arachne and before the revised myth, she was another incarnation of Athene as the goddess who spun the web of fate and captured souls as a spider caught insects.
Thus, Tarot has pegged the Princess of Wands
as a core persona/intelligence,
that harnesses the Ace of Wands to Earth ( mate and swallower of the Solar phallus)
and is volatile in nature. As a Personality, She consumes all within
Her Sphere. She is ambitious, aspiring and full of enthusiasm and is
often accused of being irrational. Being the Earthly Part of Fire, She
is also likened to the Polynesian Volcano Goddess, due to her Volcanic
Personality. She is the Earthly fiery womb, rather than the Earthly
Watery Womb of the Princess of Cups.
The name Yod Heh Vau Heh,
often called the Hebrew name for God, is attributed to the Court Cards,
where Yod (fire/hand), is attributed to Knights, Heh- (window) to Queens, Vau (nail or hook) is attributed to
Princes and the last Heh-is attributed to Princesses, the Earthly
Manifestation, as the ultimate issue of the original Energy in its Completion, i.e. crystallization.However, the Princesses also represent the counter-balancing and
re-absorption of the Energy. Therefore they are also the Silence into
which all things return.
The Princesses have no
zodiacal attribution and linked to the Quadrants of the North
. Hence, Malkuth
-the 10th Sephiroth is their realm. Therefore, they are likened to "elemental"
are recognized by their lack of all sense responsibility and whose moral
qualities are very flexible. Thus they are sub-divided according to
As stated by Robert Wang in his text book: The Qabalistic Tarot: " When dealing with Gnomes, we are tapping the forces of stability directly beneath our sphere of sensation, forces which are an amalgam of aspects of the three elements within the fourth. Malkuth is a quadripartite unity. To deal with Sylphs means to handle the motive force or Air, directly beneath Yesod's mundane Chakra, the Moon. The Undines are in Hod-Mercury, and the Salamanders of Netzach-Venus."
One must remember that a great deal will be gained by meditation on the position of the Sphere of Malkuth on the Tree of Life, for here all the forces of the Tree are received, as they feed into Malkuth and are grounded in its stability. Here, the Princess, weave this received energy of Fire, Water, Air and Earth, into organic elements and powers to do work.
Therefore the Princesses also represent the Elemental Elohim,of such elemental persona Eli Levi wrote:" The love of the Magus for such creatures is insensate, and may destroy him." Which it will, as lovers of the Scarlett Woman ( Crowley's-Babalon)
have found out. She will consume you, as fire does a wyrm (old
English), only for you to rise again as a phoenix out of the ashes of
Universal consumptive passion, and/or Divine Frenzy, as a form of Dragon. Be very cautious young magi,
She is spontaneous and unforgiving! But if there is any of the pure
Eternal Fire in you, with the Kundalini rising as a Phoenix and your
Will is unshakable in unrequited Passion's extreme heat; lusting not for
result, she'll give you wings and make you blaze as a Star, with many
"magic abilities"! If your sanity doesn't return expanded from such
energy harmony, then your will was flawed and your lust needed result,
causing disharmony and disaster.
Needless to say, this Elemental Persona of Magick
is not for the timid! Don't mate energy fields with Salamandines, if
you lust after sexual fulfillment, for mating with such consumptive
energy may leave you mad, consumed with insatiable lust! Lucky for us all, calling
up a Salamandine, is night impossible in this modern day, as we have
forgotten the "old ways" and may Astral realms have faded from our
If the Princess of Wands/Astargatis, is ill dignified or thrown together with the Ace of Wands:
- We have represented a
person omnivorous in passion of whatever kind, entirely reckless in the
means of obtaining gratification, and insatiable.
- It is notable, that
She has given Will to the primeval violence of Male Force, "by naming
Him Husband" using His fiery flow to impregnate her every action, as
does the Ocean of Earth swallow the effluence of the Sun.
As a birthday, core personality Tarot card; The
archetypal personality, the Princess of Wands represents a fiery nature
in a young-passionate, woman who is also consumptive and not prone to
- Her beauty is created by her own vigorous energy.
- Her passion is so great that one is dazzled by a chemical reaction that enforces the impression of beauty on the beholder.
- Being a type of "spontaneous combustion", in anger or love she is violent, sudden, and implacable.
- She can often be irrational, when displaying her enthusiasm, fiery ambition,and aspiring nature.
a Princess personality, never forgets an injury and the only patience
she shows, is when lying in ambush to revenge a perceived wrong.
- She is often self-absorbed to the extent that she is entirely reckless in achieving gratification and is notably insatiable.
referring to Tantra, she would be the proper Shakti for the Real Shiva,
as she could absorb any fire he could display. However, as is all
Power known to be, she is as destructive as she is constructive, so
caution and encouragement compete with each other in this one.
myself, Passion is the foundation of the Universe, and this type of
person is a thrill to behold and to a Prince of Wands, the proper mate
of the moment, as his swiftness and vigor is to be "invoked" and Her
insatiable Passion will invoke the very rocks into flame! But like all
fires, like any wise Dragon, one must know how to work with it to properly achieve the
necessary transformations of their Great Work. I'll not go further into
the Magick applications here, as this is not a treatise on
eroticism,although if our eyes are not blinded by the fear of Passion,
we'll see that the Universe is a hot-bed of Pure Passion to be (Kether-"I Will Be"); an insight that the Princess of Wands surely has.
Needless to say, if ill defined The Princess of Wands person, would be the defects of such passion.
- She would be superficial and theatrical, shallow and false while never expecting that she is anything of the sort.
- She becomes predominately a "spasm of mood" and she is cruel, unreliable, faithless and domineering.
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