The Thoth Tarot Queen of Swords & The Wild Wood Tarot-Queen of Arrows-Swan:
Represents: Mastery of Objective Thinking and Clarity of Intellectual Thinking.
The lavishly illustrated Thoth card represents The Greek Goddess-Intelligence that is Athena or if Hindu, The Goddess Kali.
She is sitting on a cloud
, with sword and mask in hand, as she is the mask-cutter
. She is the fair witnessing mind
who removes all illusion and sees the Real that is masked by reality.
The Queen has cut through her own masks,
roles, and defenses in order to retain her clarity and objectivity (The
crystal crown). The child's head above the crown of clarity, symbolizes
her child-like innocence and curiosity.
This Queenly personality represents
the counselor or consultant for others and also has the courage to seek
counsel and consulting for herself when necessary.
Therefore this card represents the mastery of objective which is the deepening of a centered rational mind; the quality of mind that demands objectivity, authenticity, and abandonment of pretense. Here is the Observer within our unconsciousness. which is detached from roles and assists us in reconnecting with our child like truth.
To reiterate, Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth named Understanding, is also often called the Sanctifying Intelligence and known as the Parent of Faith. The Qabalistic Word Binah itself means Understanding and all Thoth Queens radiate from Binah.
What is often not realized is that She, Binah, is also Chronos who is
the oldest of ancient gods. We may know him as "Father Time" but the
highly restrictive nature of time, birth, aging and death are the
ultimate result of the gift of Life bestowed by Binah. So once again the
Sexing of the 10 Sephira proves to be insubstantial for complete
understanding. It helps to remember that each Sephiroth has a
expressive-male-state and a receptive-female-state of consciousness.
The Queen of Swords is Water of Air, which
is also called Specific Water in the Realm of Primal Air. Water is the
element attributed to consciousness and air is the element attributed
to mind. Thus She is as Crowley stated in the Book of Thoth, "clear,
conscious perception of Idea, the Liberator of Mind".
The Queen of Swords
is the Queen of the Thrones of Air. Queen of Sylphs and Sylpides,
attributed to the last Decan of Virgo and the first two Decans of Libra.
The severed head in the Thoth Queen's left hand reminds me of Kali Maa, the Hindu Goddess of Life and Death, but less ferocious in depiction.
Here the Queen of swords,
as does Kali Maa, has the severed head of The Patriarch and the Sword
of Geburah (and extension of Binah) in her right, pointing downward
toward earth; indicating that she removes the masks of deceit and
definition supplied by cultural thoughts as defined by Rulers, academia
Yetzirah,(The Astral world of
Air/Mind) is the world of deception and only keen perception, and
observation are the Sword that slices away all fantasy, delusion
illusion and unreality.
Queen of Swords also has upon her crowned head, a child's head viewing
upward, implying that only the innocent child is unfettered by sterile
concepts and useless ideas for they haven't been programed to believe in
"the Ruler's" definition.
The severed head of the Patriarch, implies
that The Queen of Swords is the Sanctifying Intelligence that removes
the "head of man", and/or "cultural thinking", bring us into the
understanding of the ways in which each of us are deceived by thoughts
while also teaching us to transcend them. Ruler or media supplied thoughts are the Trickster,
the "devil inside", that fools or bedevils us into believing survival
thinking is the foundation of consciousness, when all in all, Love is the foundation of
consciousness that the Sanctifying Intelligence has given our
immortal Soul. When it comes to immortality,believe it or not, organic matter is as immortal as transformative energy, for
it "eats itself to stay alive": a constant recycle.
Life doesn't worry about survival, only the alive, the simulations of life do. The Psyche is Life, the body, is the "alive", "test bed" of Life. Therefore, our Soul, is not about to give up on those of us who fear being alive, i.e., survival thinking, nor is the Queenly Mother of that Solar Soul, about to quit on the Golden Child of Psyche.
Thus, "tough love", can be the Sword in "Queen Mother's" hand, which is the domain of Geburah, called, Severity. Another
aspect of the Great Binah.
In the Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, the Queen of
Swords shows a remarkable resemblance to Kali-Ma, the fierce sword
wielding, skull bedecked, Goddess of Life and Death of Hindu origins.
This is an apt presentation since traditionally swords are called "the
Qabbalistically, the Queen of Swords
represents the Watery part of Air. As does the Wild Wood Tarot-Queen of Arrows.
being the representing element of Mind. Water is that which represents
the element of "emotion" that are the "currents" that move the Mind.
The Queen of Swords or Queen of Arrows-Swan, is attributed with the elasticity of this combination and the power of transmission that this Watery Air provides. In myth and legend the Swan has always represented the image of the strong and regal protector of the Soul.
She rules the zodiac
from the 21st degree of Virgo to the 20th degree of Libra. In the Thoth
Deck Tarot, she is enthroned upon clouds (Watery-Air), topless and
wearing a gleaming belt and sarong, symbolizing the Great Mother of
Consciousness. Upon her helmet is the child head crest from which the
sharp rays of light are emitted, illuminating her empire of celestial
dew.[Celestial dew is the substance that radiates from the pineal gland
when it is stimulated in a higher vibration by the Kundalini, that
baptizes the brain, resurrecting the Golden Psyche of "sleeping brain" that is
not used in the mundane, human-being. This dew awakens Divya-Sidhis
and/or "magic abilities"] . The Child crest symbolizes the Divine Child
within us all---the Innocent One of Enlightenment before we are "dumbed
down" by indoctrination.
As stated, but never over-stated: In her right hand,
the Queen of Swords holds a sword (the Sword of Geburah-Severity) and in
her left hand the head of a bearded man. That bearded man is the Mask
of Patriarchal Culture that we use to define ourselves----when in Truth,
We have already been Defined by the Divine as It's Golden
Child---enlightenment comes from realizing that no-further self
definition nor title is needed as we've been Defined into Being already! All other
definition is just masking our Truth. So here we can see that the Queen
of Swords is the clear conscious perception of Idea, the Liberator
of the Mind.
Hence, The Queen of Swords
represents the True Will (Will-To-Form) and has
the power to cleave away the unnecessary gross to build the Pure idea of Self.
To some this can be disastrous, but the Gross is all they believe in,
knowing not their own Pure Self they see Kali-Ma as a Fanged Hag with
Severed Heads, symbolizing "wrong headed" personality death, standing on the backs of
copulating Lovers or her husband Shiva, all "dying" in her Sword thrust.
The "little death" of
orgasm is also represented in this image, causing even greater fear of
"male-female" union among the ignorant. However, to the
knowledgeable, the union of male-female is the sacred act of communion
that builds All. [Tantric studies are recommended for those who wish to
Know].....the flesh-o-phobes may just shiver in the joy of the nightmare of sensuality that comes with having a form build out of Divine Passion of "Will to Be", but the Knowing, see only the joy of Wholeness. The Lust To Be, is knowledge of the "Big Bang"---the Great Orgasm that has activated us all. To know the Dancing Goddess-God, is to Know Thyself!
I don't want to cause anyone to overly scourge their poor innocent body
for the "wrong-doing" of impassioned thought; thought that seems out of
control, only because the "man-made ego" is too weakened by fear based self identity to suppress Divine
power of I AM, which is to be directed by discernment. When that fear based weakened identity masking us
is removed, we find that we are the Divine Power that has clear purpose
and Great Will to Be! That we are The Sacred Place, many of us are searching for!
The Archetypal personality of the Thoth or Wild Wood card represents, would describe a person as:
- Having lucidity of perception.
- A keen observer (cutting edged), a subtle interpreter, an intense individualist, swift and accurate at recording ideas.
- Confident in action, with a gracious and just spirit.
- Being graceful in motion and extraordinary in balance, she will have exceptional dancing abilities.
- A very strong willed mature Woman who clearly knows what she wants and can bring about her ideas swiftly and without nonsense.
If ill dignified She will be:
A very dangerous person, of exceptional cruelty, slyness, and
deceitfulness, all wrapped-up in a superficial beauty and
- This ill dignity would be because of her
inability to support interference, so foresight, prudence, care in
preparation of action (paying attention to details) will safeguard the
individual from the negative side of this personality.
The Third Sephiroth on the Tree of Life is Binah, be she depicted as Swan or Kali, she means: Understanding. For Wisdom (Chokmah), only understood, can be made into form.
The four threes, and the four Queens are ruled by Binah.
Binah's symbols are:
- The Yoni
- the Triangle
- the Cup
- and the Hebrew letter-Heh
planet is Saturn and Her color is Black. She is the Dark Womb, before
form, and as such she is known as the "will to form". Light is born of
Her, out of Understanding of "Self-".
Therefore, the Queen of Swords or Arrows is described as:
- She is the Supernal Mother.
- The organizer and counterbalance of Chokmah.
- She is the requiter.
- The dark Sterile Mother-The Crone
- She is the bright fertile Mother.
- She is the Great Sea . The Mari.
- She is the Blood: The Great Whore.
The Principle symbol of Binah
is the Yoni, a Sanskrit word for female vagina and depicted as a "Yoni Mantra". I know her as, "The
womb with a view", indicating that she is the "all understanding" Will to Form
from which all Life emerges. This Great Womb, is known to every
culture, with many names. She is the completion of the Upper Supernal
Triangle, which began as a Point, in Kether, and a Line in Chokma and a
Triangle in Binah.
Now before you get all Victorian
, and shudder
at the sexuality of Kali, think upon this: The Primary Female, Binah, stands at
the head of the
Pillar of Severity
. While the Primary Male Sephira is Chokma and he stands at the head of the
Pillar of Mercy.
The Qabalistic definition of sexuality is about qualities rather than static forms of sex. Besides, the Soul is ultimately hermaphrodite.
The Male quality is called Mercy because
it is unrestricted, energy ejaculated outward; Electric. The Female
qualities of Energy are restrictive, thus form is made out of
energy-in-motion, a type of oppression we call Magnetic. Thus a Severe
limiting quality is applied when building a form, we call this limit-time.
The fact that our concepts of gender
are insufficient to describe the subtleties of polarities and
interactive energy in this Universe is shown throughout history. For
instance, The Goddess Isis, is the key figure for Binah. Yet, the male
Gods Chronos and Saturn are also attributed to this Sephiratic Lady of time. Here, we
can see the Dark side of Time, as Saturn, heavy and gloomy and as
Chronos who symbolizes Time...yes Time is the Greatest Predator of All
living things. Thus we have the predatory Crone/Kali image of Binah.
Yet this isn't all
for beneath Binah on the Pillar of Severity we find the God Mercury in
Hod and at the base of The Pillar of Mercy, we find the Goddess Venus in
the 7th Sephiroth of Netzach. Yet there is only severity on the left hand path,
this is because Time/Saturn shows no mercy.
The anthropomorphism of the
qualities of Intelligent Energy, binds us to Sexual figures as energy
is at once expressed and then confines, therefore, being polarized. By understanding the 1st Law of
Thermodynamics, you may see the problem of sexing the qualities of
energy. The Law states: "There is only one Energy that cannot be
created nor destroyed, only transformed (and Transmitted)." These
Transmissions and Transformations, are caused by Qualities of
expression-he and repression-She. I find it best to say that She is
Magnetic and He is Electric. Thus, the value statements of the mundane flesh-o-phobe
are not involved in any misunderstanding.
Hence, the restrictive
of Will to Form
(Binah) is a discipline imposed on the
ejaculation/expression of Chokma who is Will to Force
. At the same time
She is the Great Unconscious Sea from which all life emerges, and has all the grace and beauty of the Sea. Therefore, a Swan is the Celtic symbol for this Great Womb.
is described in the Qabalistic Mysteries as "The Dark Robe of
Concealment", the Great Dark Sea. In the Golden Dawn texts, as She is
described thus: "In Binah is thick darkness which yet veileth the
Divine Glory in which all colors are hidden, wherein is mystery and
depth and silence, and yet it is the habitation of the Supernal Light." Many us also know that "our dark-side" resides in the Unconscious which is the birth mother of consciousness.
Bright Fertile Mother, Binah (Understanding) gives life by
restriction---the First Law of Form. And as Law giver she is the Dark
Sterile Mother of Death as well. This duality is found in Yesod--The
Moon, who reflects the "illusion" of Sunlight into Malkuth-the material
plane. Mythology has given us the Bright Moon-Diana and Swans, as well as, the Dark
Moon-Hecate, one is the adverse of the other.
However, Binah is not a belief system,
even thought she is understood as the "Parent of Faith"
in the Qabalistic mysteries. Thus, she is an organization of discipline
behind faith...a Sanctifying Intelligence, as Dr. Paul Foster
Case named her in his text, THE THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM. Therefore
she is known as the Parent of the organized disciplines of reason,
science, and intellectualism.
When the Queen of Swords or The Wild Wood-Queen of Arrows-Swan, card is thrown during a reading:
- The querent desires to discard, pretense, masks, roles or defenses that hide their true self.
- Wishes to develop or is developing intellectual thinking.
- Is undergoing a sense of resolution and commitment.
- Is experiencing intellectual maturity and is experiencing well tuned mental facilities.
- Sharp of wit.
- Experiencing the Wisdom generated by sorrow.
- Finding Wisdom through the acceptance of Pain with courage, and honesty.
- Strong willed and determined, this woman will can bear whatever life presents her with.
- Deep comprehension of frightening truths, Able to think the unthinkable and giving expression to the unspeakable.
- The professional, who can handle situations capably, quickly and efficiently.
The counseling or consulting aspect that is witnessed when people ask
for clarification or have the desire to get to the bottom of things.
is an aspect of mind that any decent Tarot Reader knows personally and
for me, passionately. For I being a practicing Qabalist, and Tantric, I
know Kali Ma,Kali Ema and Kali Uma as a union of the three stages of
the female anima (Earth Feminine consciousness) Maid, Mother and
Crone. Each one of these aspects of the Divine Feminine, demands the
release of pretense and self-absorbed ego.
- Illusion must be
stripped away from our eyes that are blinded by culture, indoctrination
and thought organized for us by others.
- To be psychic is
to be child- like in your observation, where everyone is another way to
be you but not necessarily the way you are. Observation without judgment
of right and wrong.
- She knows, and does not believe, as she sees belief as untried theory. In other-words, belief is pretense of knowledge
and is not to be confused with faith which is Trust.
- Metal clarity, is a
place many of us fear to go-----we fear we might not like what we see.
You will be surprise when you become mentally clear, Truth built you so it could be you. Truth is
made manifest as you, it is a dynamic presence, not a belief system.
- Kali/Athena may seem ruthless, but she is precisely merciful with out
the pretense of "bowing to our weakness".
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