The Thoth-The Prince of Swords & The Wild Wood Tarot-Knight of Arrows- Hawk:
As you may know by now, the Thoth Princes are the Knights of more traditional decks.
The Thoth Prince of Swords and the Wild Wood- Knight of Arrows-Hawk, represents the
airy part of Air (mental/conscious part of Mind), as air is directed by "outside influences" such as the
heat of passion and the coolness of pure coldness, and the Hawk rides on thermals produced by heat and cold, this card represents
the same mental activity.
Therefore, this is the Archetypal personality of the intellectual, pure rational mind.
To expand and exonerate: The Thoth Prince of Swords is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.
In the zodiac,
the Prince of Swords or the more traditional Knight , rules from 21 degrees Capricorn to 20 degrees Aquarius.
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 Wild Wood Tarot, choose to show this capricious nature, as billowing clouds and a wind swept pine tree. Being a Hawk, he is definitely a risk taker, although the risk being calculated.
The Thoth Prince of Swords
has both the long sharp sword of rational that invokes and creates,
while in the left hand he carries the sickle of destruction that
immediately destroys what is created, adding to his capricious nature.
this is a card of the Mind, there is significant Moon (Yesod) symbolism
here which brings its own illusion. The three fairies are "moon
children", and the Yesod- Sephiroth-Foundation, which is directly
connected to Tiphareth-the ruling intelligence of the Princes, is ruled
by the Moon.
In Mythology, the Prince or Knight of Swords represents Tyr, the Norse god of battle. and also Mars,
the Roman god of war. Both of these personifications , represent
destruction, pestilence, daring and death. The Prince or traditional Knight of Swords or Arrows, 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
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/Knight of Swords can be compared to the
knowledge of Euclid expounded upon by an idiot, 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 Will/Spirit. Never the less, the Prince of Swords is
crown by a Child's Head
, for there is a secret Divinity here that is
linked up to Tiphareth (the Son/Sun of God), but usually if this personality
thinks in terms of the divine, it believes it is above all others and
often suffers from the righteousness of an fanatic.
Since the logical process of the Prince of Swords
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. The Sickle is also the "death dealing" tool of the
Dark Isis, and/or Moon Goddess, as shown on the Thoth- Hierophant major
arcana. Once again, showing the Moon's influence on this card.
Being that his thoughts require no practical
, he is purely intellectual, full of ideas that tumble over
one-another in a mass of ideas unrelated to each other, much like the tumbling dive of a Hawk. 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 Hawk-like 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!
[find your core personality on this birth chart}
Being that ratiocination is purely formal,
even the very facts that promote his ideas are ignored so that his ideas become baseless and unreal.
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.
The Prince/Knight of Arrows-personality is glib
to quote scripture, cunningly supporting any thesis without considering
the fact that he supported an opposite thesis earlier in his bombast.
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! This momentary
vision, achieved by the point of his sword, is shown in the Wild Wood
Tarot's- Knight of Arrows, as a great piercing stare and sharp beak of the Hawk. The color yellow,
is the color of Air. This Solar Fire of Air concept is because of the connection with
Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth- which is also the Central Sun of the Tree
These elusive and elastic core personalities may seem confused, but they
evolutionary use to the Psyche, if mastered by the Greater Will and
Intellect of Spirit known as Tiphareth-Beauty. One's self-conscious of this core personality is best advised to
mentally travel up the inner 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 Mind must 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, is utter destruction of all life.
Will to Force must be united with Will to Form, for life to exist.
Without the Understanding of Spirit
and It's purpose for life, these Princes of Sword or Knights of Arrows, 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 are often describe as having great depth and breadth of
mind. As in all readings, the surrounding cards will show the dignity of
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, 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. I Am Love and all around me Love is expressing
itself as another way of being "Me". We belong to each other, and not to
ideas that separate us from each other. Ideas, have no purpose unless
applied to the unification of Life---for that is the Great Work of
Spirit. Ideas make God in their own image, while God-makes us into It's
image! Thus it is obvious, that to know the Divine Creative is to Know thyself!
Hence,The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Swords, or the Wild Wood Knight of Arrows, represents The Creative Intuitive Thinker that
is part of all of us. In fact, each of us has inherited the 16
personalities of the Greater Self, especially if the Soul has
manifested the many personalities depicted by the Zodiac . The ones we
choose to focus 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 or traditional Knight of Swords/Arrows
(see above Thoth-tarot birth
chart), 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. This non acceptance of reigned in motion, is also shown by the Wild Wood Tarot's Knight, who is perched over the high precipice with the ability to hunt from great heights.
As before stated: The Prince/Knight of Arrows
is associated with the zodiac sign of Aquarius, which is the symbol for
the new age, creative, innovative, and original mind being bound by
earth and/or the earth sign of Capricorn.
The Diamond Chariot
, of the Thoth Prince, represents The Great Work
which is the expansion and liberation of the living from self-imposed
limits. It is the "as above, so below" of inspired motion. It is
creative energy that wants to be actively expressed and will be in a
power positive way or a negative "fantasy" way,(three fairies) 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.
To reiterate: The
Princes or traditional Knights, are the personified Elemental Forces,
of those 4 elements that are brought into balance in Tiphareth. However,
THE PRINCE OF SWORDS or KNIGHT OF ARROWS, is mental element of ideas that can be both,
constructive or destructive.
When this card is thrown during a reading:
- As a person, The Prince of Swords personality is purely intellectual.
- Overflowing with ideas that tumble over each other in a mass unrelated to practical effort.
- This is a brain that won't quiet itself down long enough to focus well on one thing.
- Intensely clever, admirably rational, with high degrees of thought, yet unstable of purpose.
is in this Prince of mind personality, an indifference to their own
thought, as any idea is worth exploring, but not for too long!
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.
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.
people often become faddists, cultists and devotees of drink, drugs,
theologies, humanitarianism or music and religion, but without
stability.When signified as a personality archetype, this card represents:
- A young person of a turbulent combative nature.
- Not only is this person's mind enthusiastic, changeable with rapid switching of logic, they are also often argumentative.
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.
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.
out courageously but showing a tendency to be head strong and
assertive. This is where the sickle destroys the attractiveness of the
- 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.
querent is showing the tendency to be overly rational, missing the
subtle emotional points that would heed success in communication.
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.
- New Aquarian thinking which is trying to break through, or has broken through.
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.
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
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