The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- Prince of Disks & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Prince of Pentacles:Merlin.
The Prince of Disks/Pentacles represents the
airy part of Earth (Air is Conscious-Mind) and thus He is the
intelligible part of Earth.
He rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of
Aries to the 20th degree of Taurus, thus we have the ox or bull pulling
the chariot as the "sacred animal of Earth".
The Prince of Disks is
wearing a helm crowned, topped with the Bull of Taurus. In his left hand is the
Globe of Earth with geometric symbols implying agriculture (which is an
invention of Binah-the Great Mother; his mother Queen) and in his right hand is the
orb-scepter adorned with the equal armed cross (Earth-Air-Water-Fire) a
symbol of the Great Work (Life) accomplished. Therefore, he is the
stable but active force of the "Green man" as he brings forth from the
Earth, vegetation which is the substance that Spirit enlivens. He is
barely clothed because we have a "pan-force" here who is both fertile
and lustful, like a bull. He is Earth's Husband which in the
Anglo-Saxon, means "keeper of Her property". He represents the "body builder", a Care-taker of Her
Hence, The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Disks represents the physical architect and the builder of new worlds.
The steel chariot represents his steely eyed determination that he uses
to build fecund and fruitful worlds (flowers and fruit in the
background). It has been said that the many little boulders in the back of the Chariot, are
from breaking down big obstructions into little ones so his new worlds
are less obstructive and difficult for the alive.
Prince of Disks reforms the body through exercise as he is a sportsman.
Like Taurus the Bull, he forges ahead, unimpeded to form abundant and
beautiful structures. The double Helix, that he is holding shows his
ability to build new worlds that can be implemented consciously (winged
helmet) in concrete and aesthetic ways.
In past blogs
, I have often stated
that Tiphareth is The Central Sun, the Soul of our conscious-energy
expression into incarnation, and it is from Tiphareth/Beauty that the
Intelligence of the Princes radiate. Tiphareth is called -Beauty, and is
as high as our Personal Conscious can go up the Tree. This state of
Consciousness is known in the Mysteries, as the Christ, or Buddha
consciousness and it brings the body into a "higher" state of vibratory
life force that we know as "unconditional Love". It is also our Soul.
only through diligent meditative techniques and ritual divination is
this conscious state possible to physically experience.
THE PRINCE OF DISKS:
(Also called the Prince of Pentacles, in other Tarot Decks), is the Prince of the Chariot of Earth.
As the Prince
and Emperor of the Gnomes, this Prince is zodiacally attributed to the
last Decan of Aries and the first two Decan of Taurus.
of Earth, the Prince is Intelligible Earth, as Air is Mind. Thus he
brings incredible energy to physical matters. Such intelligent Earth, is
the instinctual mind that shows its incredible focus on building, as in
bees, ants, etc.
Because the Prince of Disks is so active, his armor is light and nonrestrictive.
- On his head is the Bull helmet, reflecting an animal sacred to the earth and the zodiacal sign of Taurus.
- The disk in his hand is an orb resembling a globe, marked in agricultural mathematical symbols.
- The orbed scepter, that is surmounted by a cross, is a symbol of the Great Work accomplished. The Great Work
being manifesting the Higher States of Conscious Energy, in the lower
states of consciousness below, on earth; by physical focus and attention
What many of us don't understand that if you
empty your brain of random thoughts, while only focusing on the task at
hand, you are meditating! Even a daily commute in your car, with radio
off, and doing nothing but "hands on the wheel" driving, while paying
absolute attention to traffic, is a meditation! The Prince of Disks
intelligence, albeit seemingly slow, knows that multi-tasking, is just
another way to do nothing well.
As stated: The Prince of Disks,is the Green Man force of Celtic mysteries, whose
job it is to bring forth, from the Earthly element, that Vegetation,
which is the sustenance of Spirit itself. The Mother Earth makes the
form, he enlivens it and enforces the design.
The Character of the Prince of Disks,
is methodical, competent, ingenious, enduring, trustworthy, cautious,
and imperturbable. All the qualities of a very capable manger and a
steadfast preserving worker. Very good at horticulture and hard-patient
This Prince of Earth, is ingenious as he
constantly seeks new ways of using common things. Always adapting the
circumstance to his slow and methodical purpose. This is to say, that
his plans are well thought out. His emotions are subdued, thus he may
appear insensitive and maybe even dull and slow of wit. But this is
because of one's misinterpretation of his mental activity of which he
won't devote to ideas that he understands to be beyond his expertise.
Simply, the reaction of others to this stalwart character, depends
entirely on their temperament and not his.
The Barbara Walker Tarot-Prince of Pentacles: Merlin,
choose to call her Prince of Earth card, one of the most mysterious persons of Arthurian legend.
The name Merlin, means, Child of the Sea. In the legends, Merlin was born of the nine sisters of the cold sea, and cast up on the beach on the ninth wave.[Turville-Petre, 147-48]
These nine mothers, were identified in the Vita Merlini, with the Morgans of the Fortunate Isles.
Meidelant, "Land of Maidens", is where the German poems placed these mystic nine.
It is thought that Merlin's father, was the Red Dragon (shown in the window of B.W.'s card), who was once worshiped as the Phallic consort of the Sea-goddess in Caerleon.
Merlin's magic was best known for building the Stone Temple of Stonehenge. As the story goes, the stones of Vortigern's great temple on the Salisbury Plain kept falling down. Upon consulting two Druidic Astrologers, it was declared that this temple couldn't be finished unless it was founded in the blood of a child who had no human father; making Merlin the obvious choice. "Second sight" (clairvoyance), a gift of the goddess (Crescent moon on this tarot card), saved his bacon. For beneath the temple, deep in the earth, he saw the Red Dragon of Wales, struggling against the White Dragon of Britain and losing the fight to the death. Thereby, Merlin prophesied the death of Vortigern at the hands of the Britons. When his prophesy was fulfilled, Merlin used his Earth Magic songs, to sing the Great Stones of Stonehenge in place.
Barbara Walker has chosen to place the Ankh, an Egyptian symbol of infinity, in Merlin's hand, rather than the more common lemnistrate of the magician tarot card. Both symbols, depict the union of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine as the source of All; However, the Ankh demonstrates the Hermetic quality of her card.
The Tarot's Prince of Pentacles or Disks, hasalways symbolized the knowledge of Earth Magics, and a stolid trustworthy nature.
When the Prince of Disks is thrown during a reading, depending on the position and the surrounding cards:
issues of physical activity. Such as, body building, muscle
tone, sports, and a steel like resolve to move through issues and remove
- The querent is in a kind of Moving meditation, a focus on the material world, experiencing personal balance and productivity.
- Becoming or is a builder who works steady towards their goals and being singularly focused on establishing security.
- The querent, is both kind and trustworthy and will complete a long and laborious task, "come hell or high water".
- There is suggested a Mastery here, of change and harvest procured by knowledge and productivity.
- A younger man or Taurus person that you are inspiring or is inspiring
you to be more physically active, or to move in directions more
fruitful for you or him.
- For women this card represents the inner animus of your nature that is the dynamic youthful aspect of yourself that loves activity.
- The Prince of Disks can also represent a desire to travel or relocate during the month of Taurus (April 21-May 21).
new people that inspire your moving in new directions or relocating in a
new environment. This card shows the gift of practical thinking and
focus in the material world.
- He is energetic, enduring, steadfast, a capable manager, and tireless worker.
many qualities are shown in a character that is competent, ingenious,
thoughtful, cautious, trustworthy, and imperturbable.
- On a
consistent basis, he invents new uses for common things and adapts his
circumstances to his purpose in a slow deliberate, well thought out
- Thus, some may think him slow and stupid, to their
peril, for he is almost totally lacking in emotion and is somewhat
insensitive but is very clever.
- Most often, he makes no effort
to delve into ideas he believes are beyond his scope, and may find the
more "esoteric" types aggravating.
- The Prince of Disks
personality is slow to anger, but once he is angered---you have a
implacable charging bull to contend with and physically this person can
be quite "bull-like".
- It is almost impossible to
differentiate between "Well dignified" or "ill dignified"
characteristics of this Card. Suffice it to say, that if "ill dignified"
(surrounded by Lower emotional cards) that the quality and quantity of
his character is somewhat degraded. To the point of being duller,
slower, and even less empathetic.
- This man's personality is
often refereed to in the common vernacular as "the salt of the Earth"
because his character is so trustworthy. And like all "slow quiet types"
is easy to get along with...but terrible in anger.
- He is a
force of Nature, that should be respected and loved in all of us and a
very necessary "power of the body" needed by Spiritual-Life itself. The
Power of Spirit must be aligned with the Power of the Body----to become a
"Holy Spirit"...for those Souls who malign the body, proclaiming it's
nature as evil, are doomed to failure in the Great Work. Life obviously
adores the Body----------and we are a Spiral Energy Expression of Life
(Spirit and Spiral come from the same root word "Spiro";breath). It's okay to
adore your body---as long as you know that all bodies "are another way
to be spirit" and that the purpose of Spirit is to make bodies live!
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