The Thoth-The Prince of Swords & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Knight of Swords:
As you may know by now, the Thoth Princes are the Knights of more traditional decks.
The Thoth Prince and the SpellCaster's- Knight of Swords, 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 mental rationale, so does this card represent the same mental activity.
Therefore, this is the Archetypal personality of the intellectual, pure-rational mind.
In the zodiac, the Prince or traditional Knight of Swords, rules from 21 degrees Capricorn to 20 degrees Aquarius.
Hence, 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 SpellCaster's Tarot- Shows this Knight/Prince, as charging forward in fierce passion. His charger, is a white Bull Buffalo, which has a long history of Sacred meaning. The earliest being, that of the Hindu and the White Bull Nandi, who was known as Kali's consort- Shiva. Kali, being the Goddess of destruction, was shown in the Ellora Caves of India*, sacrificing a white bull. Also, the white bull was known as the Druidic Oak god that was sacrificed when the sacred mistletoe was cut from the tree. In ancient Britain, the White Bull became "Saint Edmund" where monastery records show that the "martyr" was incarnate every year in a white bull, his virile powers adored by women who-"visit the tomb of the glorious martyr St. Edmund to make oblation to the same white bull." The list goes on.
The Thoth Prince of Swords has both the long sharp sword of the 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.
Since 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 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, 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.
The Thoth Prince of Swords is dressed in woven-full armor of definite device. His chariot is composed of geometric ideas, that don't fit together. This chariot is drawn by unharnessed wing children "who are flights of fancy" and as thoughts, may go any-which way they like. 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 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, much like a insane-used-car salesmen from hell, who postulates the value of sawdust in the automatic transmission of the car he's selling.
The Prince/Knight of Swords personality is also often 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 the mental-sword, is shown in the SpellCaster's Tarot as a great white Bull/Buffalo.
These elusive and elastic core personalities represented by the Court cards, may seem confused, but they are of evolutionary use to the Psyche. Especially, if mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of Spirit known as Tiphareth-Beauty. One of this Prince of Swords, personality type, 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 Prince of Sword, 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 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 and 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 the Divine Creative, in their own image, while The Divine Creative-makes us into It's image! Thus, it is obvious, that to know God/Good, is to Know thyself!
The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Swords, represents The Creative Intuitive Thinker that is part of all of us. In fact, each of us has inherited the 16 Archetype 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 (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 Night Sun Tarot's Knight, who is charging over the precipice.
As before stated: The Prince/Knight of Swords 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, is mental element of ideas that can be constructive or destructive.
To expand and reiterate: The Thoth Prince of Swords is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.
In the right hand, the Thoth Prince, and in the left hand of the SpellCaster's Knight, is swung the Sword of invocation and creation and only the Thoth Prince, in his left resides a sickle which immediately destroys that which is created. On both cards, with child like innocence, the Prince/Knight of Swords wields his Sword of Geburah. The logical mental processes of the Prince/Knight has reduced the Air (mind) into geometric symbols that represent no real plan, but are demonstrative power of undefined purpose.
When signified as a personality archetype, this card represents:
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