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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Prince of Swords & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Prince of Swords: Tyr

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth-The Prince of Swords  & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Prince of Swords-Tyr,represents the airy part of Air. As air/Mind the Prince of Swords is directed by "outside influences" such as the heat of passion and the coolness of pure coldness; hence, this card represents the same mental activity.
Therefore, this is the Archetypal personality of the intellectual, pure rational mind.


The Prince of Swords rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Capricorn to the 20th degree of Aquarius.  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 and/or zealot, 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 uncontrolled Will. Never the less, the Prince of Swords is crown by a Child's Head, for there is a secret Divinity here (Spirit is Will) 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.

The Thoth Prince of Swords, represents the logical process that has reduced the Air/Mind  to many diverse geometric patterns, they reduce the power of creative mind, as they have no definite purpose. This is symbolized by the Sword in his right hand (willingness to create) and in his left hand a sickle, which destroys what he immediately creates. Being that his thoughts require no practical effort, he is purely intellectual, full of ideas that tumble over one-another in a mass of ideas unrelated to each other.  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.
This person is immensely powerful 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. This is a personality that hasn't yet learned mental discernment. 

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. Therefore, 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! The discovery of facts, takes too long for this "Mental Charge" of mind.

These elusive and elastic personalities may seem confused, but they are of evolutionary use to the Psyche, if mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of Spirit. A person who entertains  such a personality type, is best advised to mentally travel up the Tree of Life to the 6th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree known as Tiphareth-Beauty which is the Divine Child in manifestation. This is usually done by skrying the Sun card which shows the "Dancing Twins"/the Anima and Animus.
The Chaotic nature of Pure Masculine- Mindmust be controlled by the Understanding Mother of All form Binah/Divine Anima, who is connected to the 6th Sephira, as Force for its own sake, rather than in the support of Form, is utter destruction of all life.

Without the Understanding of Mother Binah and her purpose for life, these personalities become 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 therefore, are often errantly describe as having great depth and breadth of mind. As in all readings, the surrounding cards will show the dignity of this card.

There is however, a bright light here when Pure Mind aligned with Pure Spirit, ideas can become living image. 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 it all around them. Rather the Purity of Spirit that 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. As Spirit,  I Am Love of Being (Life) and all around me Love of Being is expressing itself as another way of being "Me". As Life, we belong to each other, and not to ideas that separate us from each other and the Universal Collective. Ideas, have no purpose unless applied to the unification of  Life---for that is the Great Work of the Divine Collective (The Universal Collective Unconscious> Carl Jung). Ideas make The Divine Creative in their own image, while The Divine Creative/The Great Self,-makes us into It's image! Thus it is obvious, that to know Self  is to Know thyself!

To reiterate: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 the Thoth Prince's chariot are symbols of the capricious nature of the mind which can be pulled into any direction.

The Prince of Swords has both the long sharp sword of masculine- rational that invokes and creates, while in the left hand he carries the feminine- sickle of destruction that immediately destroys what is created; this is because he lacks the feminine understanding which turns ideas into form.
Hence this is a card of the Masculine Force of Mind, yet there is significant Moon (Yesod) symbolism, the sickle sword of Isis, and phantom shapes, which brings its own illusion.

In Mythology, the Prince of Swordsrepresents Tyr, the  Norse god of battle, as depicted in the Barbara Walker Tarot and  also Mars, the Roman god of war. Both of these personifications of force, represent destruction, pestilence, daring and death. Hence, 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 over -rationalization.
To reiterate: The 4-Princes of Tarot are the personified elemental forces, of those 4 elements that are brought into balance in Tiphareth.
 As one of the four, THE PRINCE OF SWORDS, is the masculine mental element of ideas that can be constructive or destructive.
The Prince of Swords is also called, in the Hermetic Qabalah, the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.
Zodiacally, he is the last Decan of Capricorn and the first two Decans of Aquarius. 
He is Specific Air of Primal Air. The Element Air, is Mind, so this one  is like the Purely rational- mind itself, which can love thought alone, and not care what it effects.
 
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. The Fey children are traditionally of the moon, and therefore, supporting the Yesodic-Moon influence of  illusion, along with the sickle of Isis.

The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Swords, represents The Creative Intuitive Thinker that is in all of us. In fact, each of us has inherited the 16 Archetype personalities of the Greater Self and are a fractal of all of them. Since we are individual fractals of archetypical persona, the ones we choose to focus on the most, are defined by our birthday, as our action on the material plane, can be a daily, monthly, yearly or lifetime choice. Each of us is a multidimensional state of conscious energy; our names are legion!

When we entertain the personality archetype known in tarot as The Prince of Swords, we have use of the 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 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.

The 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, each in their own direction..

The Diamond Chariot, represents  The Great Work, which is the expansion and liberation of the living from self-imposed limits by combining the Greater Self, with the individual self-conscious. It is the "as above, so below" of inspired motion. It is creative energy that wants to be actively expressed and sensed. This expressive sensation, will be in a power positive way or a negative "fantasy" way; where 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 Barbara Walker Tarot, Prince of Swords: Tyr.
Represents this war-like personality archetype as the Norse god of war. The word Tyr, meant war and was one of the ways the warrior achieved the Norse heaven of  Valhalla, via the feminine psychopomps, the Valkyrie.
As I stated previously, the Roman's had a derivative of Tyr- god of war, called Mars. The week day sacred to Mars was Tuesday, in Latin, dies Martis; in French-Mardi. The English called Tyr, the old English- Tiw. Hence the later  Tuesday was at first- Tiw's day.
Since both Tyr and Mars were once "all-father" sky-god archetypes who were eventually kicked off the heavenly throne by Odin and Jupiter, respectively, they became personifications of the syncretic Father's violent, vengeful and capricious cruel side. These dislodged war god's, went on to represent the storm, the indiscriminant- killer lightning strike, the legion-cult of  berserkers and even the pestilence that followed battle.
The Storm king that was clothed in black, Sama, was of early Aryan creation. This personification of storm and thunder, became Samana, "the leveler" , who like the figure of death, reaped all with his scythe.[Frazer, 78: Larousse, 293]
This black cloaked leveler, was worshiped in the Celtic feast of the dead called Samhain, which we know as Halloween. Hence, it is easy to see that the Tarot Prince of Swords, represents a person of domineering tendencies, that swept others along with his ideas, as a storming wind that blows hither and yon.

When this card is thrown, the querent is either experiencing:
  • New Aquarian thinking which is trying to break through, or has broken through.
  • This Warrior of the Mind, may be torn between to ideals  which seem to be equal in value, but by being brave, dashing and domineering becomes committed to one of the.
  • Without commitment, this person has no staying power and is unable to communicate or finish this ideas fruition.

  • This is the Alchemical element of air, which can be overly mental and out of touch with emotions which may be linked to the need to travel or relocate.  
  • 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.
  •  The querent is showing the tendency to be overly rational, missing the subtle emotional points that would heed success in communication.


  1. As a person, The Prince of Swords personality is purely intellectual.
  2. Overflowing with ideas that tumble over each other in a mass unrelated to practical effort.
  3. This is a brain that won't quiet itself down long enough to focus well on one thing.
  4. Intensely clever, admirably rational, with high degrees of thought, yet unstable of purpose.
  5. There is in this Prince of mind personality, an indifference to their own thought, as any idea is worth exploring, but not for too long!
  6. By 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.
  7. This 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.
  8. These people often become faddists, cultists and devotees of drink, drugs, theologies, humanitarianism or music and religion, but without stability. A young person of a turbulent  combative nature.
  9. Not only is this person's mind enthusiastic, changeable with rapid switching of logic, they are also often argumentative.
  10.  A 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.
    • Esoterically,  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.
    • Speaking out courageously but showing a tendency to be head strong and assertive. This is where the sickle destroys the attractiveness of the created logic. 


If the querent is able or has achieved the ability to focus their thought:
  • They 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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