The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Disks & The Wild Wood Tarot- Knight of Stones-Horse:
Both represent the
airy part of Earth (Air is Conscious-Mind) and thus, the Prince of Disks or Knight of Stones, is considered to be the
intelligible part of Earth. He rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of
Aries to the 20th degree of Taurus. Therefore we have the ox /bull, the "sacred animal of Earth", pulling
the chariot on the Thoth Prince card.In traditional Medieval Tarot Art, there were no princes, just Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages. Crowley, changed that, by introducing the Prince, as the Son of the King and Queen. Since his Kings were Battle Kings, armored, armed and mounted, he deemed them the true Knights.
The Thoth Prince of Disks
wearing a helm crowned 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) 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 is a Care-taker of Her
In past blogs,
I have stated
that Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth, is The Central Sun; the Soul of our conscious-energy
expression into incarnation, and it is from Tiphareth/Beauty that the
Intelligence of all the Princes or Knights of traditional tarot radiate. Tiphareth is called-Beauty,
as high as our Personal Conscious can go up the Tree, since
Tiphareth/Our Soul, is the inventor of that personal simulation. This
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 may know as "unconditional Love".
Since we are the Psyche of the psychosomatic form, a higher state of vibratory life force changes the physiology. However,
only through diligent meditative techniques and ritual divination is
this conscious state possible to physically experience and keep as a physical self-conscious. This is
because the Soul/or Solar Self, is the transmitter of our original
personality, that gets interfered with on the earth plane, due to
indoctrination, fear of rejection (peer pressure) etc.. After a time,
that interference is so great, that our personality "looses its winged sandals" and our mercury-messenger persona is grounded by "fear", and therefore, can't "tune in" our Real Psyche
anymore and or persona now "belongs to the world of Man".
THE PRINCE OF DISKS:
(Also called the Knight of Pentacles, in other Tarot Decks), is the Prince of the Chariot of Earth.
and Emperor of the Gnomes this Prince is zodiacally attributed to the
last Decan of Aries and the first two Decan of Taurus.
The Prince of Disks
is the Air of Earth and/or Specific Air (Rational Mind) of Primal
Earth. The Chariot of the Prince of Disks is pulled by the Bull of
Taurus, demonstrating this attribute.
Being Air 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.
- 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
- On the Thoth Prince of Disks, 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.
What many of us don't understand, is 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 does understand this, and albeit seemingly slow, knows that multi-tasking, is just
another way to do nothing well, as he is wont to focus completely on the task at hand.
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.[Green man image courtesy of Lunamagic]
The Character of the Prince of Disks or Knight of Pentacles,
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 Mind and 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 Wild Wood- Tarot-Knight
, uses the Paleolithic cave art of a wild horse, as its knight. Many of us may have seen the Uffington White Chalk Horse, cut into a green pasture of the United Kingdom. However, what is not seen, is that once this figure of a horse, had a long barrow in its mouth; a symbol of the breath of life and protection for the dead. Then there is a 30,000 year old carving of an unshod hoof, which is said to represent new life as the vulva, as well as, the primal footprint showing the track through the forest.
Hence, this horse represents one who is vital, self-sufficient, and health oriented. Physical strength supports this one's decisions and pleasure is important.
The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Disks and the Wild Wood Tarot- Knight of Stones,
represents the physical architect and the builder of new worlds.
On the Thoth Tarot Card, the steel chariot represents his steely eyed determination that he uses
to build fecund and fruitful worlds (flowers and fruit in the
background). 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 or the Knight of Stones reforms the body through exercise as he is also a sportsman.
Like Taurus the Bull, or a Rampaging horse, he forges ahead, unimpeded, to form abundant and
This Personality is one of great energy brought onto practical matters.
- 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" which means "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!
- This card represents mastery of body, through sports and exercise.
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.
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.
This is a hard card to make negative, the only thought being, that of slowness, and seemingly dull witted.
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