The King of Pentacles, of the Witches Tarot, has illustrated a strong, shrewd, steadfast looking King.
His armor is in the Green of the ruling element earth and his robes are of the earthly browns. The golden throne bears the Purple colored fabric of Royalty. He wears a golden chain of office, adorned with emeralds around his neck and is gazing at a large golden Pentacle cupped in his left hand. In The Craft, Emeralds are seen as inspiring stones that promote patience.
The white stag on his breast, is another symbol of royalty.
The Grape vines, full and fruity, represent prosperity, plenty and domestic happiness.
Behind him is the turreted castle which in the language of tarot, means, the search for knowledge and advancement is complete.
The primary meaning of the King of Pentacles a shrewd, confident man who is well established in his business or occupation. An experienced leader.
There are no kings in the Thoth Tarot. A. Crowley wished to express the concept that these Court Cards of Archetypes, are battle kings,i.e. active knights. Thus the Knights are the Kings of the Hermetic Thoth Tarot.
Faithful followers of this blog, know by now that Chokmah, the 2nd Sepiroth, is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity. Now there are those who think that Male came first, or that Female came first. This argument is because of our short-sighted physical perspective on sexuality. The startling fact to some, is that if you come up with the idea of Male, then you come up with the idea of female at the same moment.There is no male concept without the concept of female and vise verse. So the argument of whom came first, is null and void when talking about the Supernal Triangle.
The Will to Force (Chokmah)and the Will to Form (Binah) united produce the Will -To- Be (us). which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am produces the idea of Being-"Me". Our concept of sexuality is in need of adjustment before we can understand the 1 Energy (Kether) that made itself 2, who in union now produce 3.
Chokmah is the second Sephiroth and thus is the force behind the 4 Deuces. The Personification of that force is represented in the 4 Knights. In other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth.
Represents the Lord of the wild and fertile land and as such is the King of the elemental spirits of earth such as the Gnomes.
The zodiacal attributes to this card are the last Decan of Leo and the first two Decans of Virgo. Being that the Knight of Disks is the most dense manifestation of the Elemental Yod force, he is the force behind fruition, and growth; active but tends to be slow and methodical.
This fertility is represented in this card by the use of the Stag antlers on the Helm of the Knight. The understanding of the mythical animal images of the middle ages, comes in handy here, as the Stag is the beast that ate the serpent ( received wisdom) and in so doing sheds its skin, any illness and old age, just as a serpent does.So to make a long and wonderful story short, the Stag represents the Knights power to regenerate as does the organic matter it is a symbol of.
Many of us have seen the Fire of Earth, in its volcanic upheavals; however, how often do we realized that Volcanic activity is Earth regenerating itself? The same is true for the Fire of Earth that is the Knight of Disks. Volcanoes may be fleeting, as the come and go, yet they are also the cycle of material rebirth. The same fruition is implied by the ripe grain that his horse is grazing on. Thus he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that of solid nutrition.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF DISKS or King of Pentacles IS THROWN DURING A READING:
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