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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Princess of Swords & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Princess of Swords-Skuld

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Princess of Swords & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Princess of Swords: Skuld, represents the  earthly part of Air. She is the function of the volatile, thus she is shown as a Valkyrie. With Her Sword of "volatile Mind" she cleaves away the dross, so the pure essence is seen as a materialization of Idea; Much like Michelangelo who was known for his perceptive chisel, that cleaved away the dross;what was not  the image he saw in the marble.
The Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie, represent the influence of Heaven on Earth. There is a representation of the "Anger of the Gods" here, for she wears a helm reminiscent of a Medusa headdress. She stands in front of a barren altar, as if to avenge its profanation (The Human Soul is the altar; the profanation is "indoctrination of the slave-culture"), as shown by her sword stabbing downward. All around her angry storms rage in the sky.
THE THOTH TAROT- PRINCESS OF SWORDS.




To the Qabalist, The Princess of Swords represents Earth of Air which is the fixation of the volatile. Thus, idea is materialized by this Personification of Force and Form which is intended to be a combination of Minerva (Goddess of Wisdom) and  Diana (Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt). This combination showing that she is both beautiful, intelligent but not entirely pleasant.
There is a similarity between the Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie of Norse mythology as well. The silver altar shows only fire-less smoke, depicting the thoughts that are blown around by  Air of Yetzirah; the currents and eddies in the Astral-Air/mind.

The Norse would call The Princess of Swords Skuld who was the leader of the Valkyries. Here, the Barbara Walker Tarot uses an artistic representation of Skuld as the Princess of Swords. Skuld was a battle-maid who in myth, judged and received the souls of the dead. She was considered a sharp minded female deity of keen judgment and high spirit but stern, and powerful. Symbolically she was seen to be trouble and possible danger.
The Tarot Princess of Swords represents a Archetypal personality that is the Earthly/material part of Air/Imagination. She is the fixation of the volatile. She is the visitation of Heaven on Earth and brings about the materialization of idea.

 Again: The archetypal character of the Princessof Swords is stern and revengeful not unlike the Valkyrie of the Norse, or Minerva (goddess of wisdom)  and Artemis ( goddess of the moon) of the Greek and Romans. She is striking out with her sharp sword and represents the anger of the gods.  Her logic is destructive and she is firm and aggressive shewing clever wit, practical wisdom, and subtlety in material matters. The empty altar on the Thoth Tarot Card, symbolizes profanity of the sacred, of which she cannot abide. The heavens and the clouds seem angry. Barbara Walker does well in showing the marshal nature of Skuld, riding a black charger, with a bloody sky as back ground. Her sharp sword, is also pointed downward, showing the cleaving away of the dross of materiality, to purify the imagination.

 Therefore The Princess of swords represents a very adroit in the settlement of controversies, exercising her sharp wit. She is the mood fighter. Hence, she represents the need to  act upon ideas rather than just talk about them.
To her practical thinking requires that there be no difference between verbal commitment and external action. Her helmet crest is the serpent haired Medusa (Gorgon), which suggests that the personality of the Princess of Swords is not entirely pleasant towards those who try to dominate her.

However, she is constantly regenerating her thinking (On the Thoth card: green spring colors and the butterfly wing shape light) to she how cost effective her ideas are (coins on pedestal) but all is not selfish here, for she also considers the nourishing of others with her ideas (the mushroom shape of the pedestal) .

With this martial personality word and deed are aligned and woe to those who say one thing and do another!




The Barbara Walker Tarot-Princess of Swords: Skuld, uses the mythology of the Norse to represent her Princess of Death. Skuld is the 3rd Norn, who represents the future.


Norns

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Norse mythology, Sjódreygil and the Norns Faroese stamps 2006


The Norns spin the threads of fate at the foot of Yggdrasil, the tree of the world. Beneath them is the well Urðarbrunnr with the two swans that have engendered all the swans in the world.


The Norns (1889) by Johannes Gehrts.

The Norns (Old Norse: norn, plural: nornir) in Norse mythology are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. They roughly correspond to other controllers of humans' destiny, the Fates, elsewhere in European mythology.

According to Snorri Sturluson's interpretation of the Völuspá, the three most important norns, Urðr (Wyrd), Verðandi and Skuld, come out from a hall standing at the Well of Urðr (well of fate). They draw water from the well and take sand that lies around it, which they pour over Yggdrasill so that its branches will not rot. These three norns are described as powerful maiden giantesses (Jotuns) whose arrival from Jötunheimr ended the golden age of the gods. They may be the same as the maidens of Mögþrasir who are described in Vafþrúðnismál.

Beside these three, there are many other norns who arrive when a person is born in order to determine his or her future. In the pre-Christian Norse societies, norns were thought to have visited newborn children. There were both malevolent and benevolent norns: the former caused all the malevolent and tragic events in the world while the latter were kind and protective goddesses.


Skuld, was one of the "tragic events" Norns, for she was the leader of the Valkyries, meaning, "Choosers of the Dead".
To the Saxon's, these Norns were the Walcyries, to the Slavs, they were Valas, Vilas or Wilis, names representing death-priestesses who could make dying pleasant.[Woods, 156; Larousse, 293]. Like the Dakini of the Hindu or the Kha-dro-Ma of the Tibetan Tantra, the Valkyries, had the power to bestow Vilasa-"heavenly bliss", on the dying.  To the Norse, only heroic death in battle, got this blessing from the Valkyrie. Like the Houries of Islam, these psychopomps sometimes became the "celestial wives" of heroes.
The Princess of Swords Tarot card is associated with the air sign months of Aquarius (January 21 to February 21 ) , Gemini (May21-June 21) and Libra (September 21 to October 21) or those persons the querent knows who are born during those periods.
Since these are the months of gestation;
  • it is important to fight your own moods and the moods of others so that you are not distracted while attending to what it is that you want to produce in areas of finance, health and relationships.
  • This card also suggests that these air sign months can be very effective months for the querent if successful in mood fighting. When personified, the Princess of Swords usually represents a difficult child, or younger person whose inner conflicts can only be resolve by maturity and experience.
  • A willful, obstinate, child who may also be perceptive beyond her years, thus causing a emotional conflict, that is not fully understood because of the inexperience of the child. 
  • A young  clever, ruthless child that lacks empathy for other peoples feelings and may indiscreetly pry into the Querent's secrets.


If the reading is about the Querent, this card may show that:
  • The Querent's moods are clouding mental clarity.
  • Feelings of a defensive nature that may even be aggressive and hostile.
  • However, there is a flip side to this card that shows the Mature Querent as a mood-fighter who has the ability to help others with great practical wisdom and subtlety.
  • Great adroitness at the management of practical- material affairs.
  • Very good at settling controversial issues.
  • This Personality will also take risks in thought and/or communication, daring to commit beliefs and attitudes even at the cost of personal comfort.
  • This is a bold, often rash and impulsive personality.
  • All in all, this is a curious mind which investigates and explores rational possibilities. The Interested student should also look up the Mythology concerning Medusa, Athena and Perseus for greater insight into the esoteric/personality archetypal meaning of The Princess of Swords.


The Archetype personality of the Princes of Swords:
  1. Is of a stern and revengeful nature.
  2. She is firm, aggressive and wields destructive logic with great practical wisdom and subtlety in material things.
  3. Her natural cleverness and adroitness in managing controversial affairs makes her a master of settling controversies.
  4. She would be a good ambassador.
  5. People thus characterized, may seem slow mentally,crushed by every responsibility, especially when it comes to family affairs.
  6. We must remember that the Princesses represent the "Throne of Spirit", and that the Princess of Swords has the option of "blowing everything sky high", she has that potency of mind,
If ill dignified her qualities:
  • Are dispersed, she becomes incoherent, and all her gifts form into a animal cleverness, a low cunning, that is unworthy of the means.
  •  To some, such personalities appear to be "Children of Misfortune", which seems to be the most unhappy of people. However, their Soul knows what it is doing, and sharp chisels are needed to "cut away the dross" so that the real beauty can be revealed.   
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