The Dreams of Gaia- 14 of Air-King of Air, represents the fair and just leader projecting a stern and commanding presence that is tempered by a compassion born of his spiritual knowledge. He symbolizes the wise man, the man of knowledge, and the experienced man. When he speaks everyone listens. He is also a man of discipline and can be rigid and fixed by his belief system. He is a firm believer in law and justice: However, his judgement is fair, but final, as it is delivered in accordance to the law (and/or his interpretation of it)without emotional impediment.
Therefore, the King of Air represents the no nonsense persona, that is direct and to the point, showing no interest in argument or debate.
When the King of Air card is thrown during a divination, it implies:
- A time for ethical behavior.
- No room for compromise.
- Seek the advice of an expert.
- Respect rules or law.
- Keep your judgement free of emotional impediment.
- Don't be drawn into and argument.
THE KNIGHT/King OF SWORDS:
The 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah
The 2nd Sephiroth (numbered circle) Chokmah is the beginning state of conscious energy that is masculine in action. Chokmah (wisdom) is the "idea of male" and its mate, Binah (understanding), is the "idea of Female". Now these may be the simplest concepts of Father-Mother God and/or the Divine Creative but "simple" is not a value statement and in this case, the implications go beyond most people's comprehension.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephiroth, called---Wisdom, is also the Force behind the four 2's and the 4 Knights. Yet Chokman is also a Hebrew noun, which are all associated with the feminine. The Greeks associated wisdom with goddess Sophia. Hence, sexual connotation as we know it , goes flitting out the door of reason. In Western *Tantric Qabalah, the act of "giving birth" and/or containment is a feminine act and the act of expressing/ejaculating energy is a Masculine act.
The 2's symbolize the Forces of the 4 Kings, who are Knights, and the four Queens uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight-Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.
*Tantra= a Sanskrit word that means "to expand and liberate". Qabalah, is a Hebrew word=Receiving or "to receive".Therefore, together they mean to "expand and liberate while receiving".
The Knight of Swords, Is also known in Qabalah as Lord of Winds and Breezes and/or King of the Elemental Spirits of the Air, the Sylphs and Sylphides. This is a very Strong masculine mental force whose zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Taurus and the first two Decans of Gemini. Here we have Specific Fire in Primal Air that is the personification of a Force behind the World of Astral Images and ideas. This Power is violent, aggressive, and a cutting edged force that is much like an overheated wind. He is storm and violent emotion applied to an apparently manageable mind.
The symbols of this Mad Movement, is depicted in the art of the Knight of Swords, as his maddened steed is charging down from the heavens, with Tempest about, and armed with both sword and poniard; he is the very personification of the idea of attack. He spontaneously explodes the limits of the Mind (Crowley). The Bull like power of Taurus is represented in his steed and the Twins of Gemini are shown in his armament. The crest on his Helm is a revolving wing, showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into submission. Accompanying him are swooping swallows, a bird of spring time representing flowering, and love and a bird that is sacred to the May-maiden of Northern Europe and to Isis and Venus in the South. However, because of its forked tail, the Church Clergy (Patriarchy) thought the swallow to be demonic and called it the "witch chick". To the Matriarchy, the Swallow was sacred and if one were to kill one or rob its nest, it was considered a sacrilegious act, worse than stealing a chalice from a church. Swallows diving with the Knight on this Thoth Card representing the Avant Garde Art, of Lady Frieda Harris, is based on the concept that Tarot began in Egypt, so the swallows on this card are sacred to Isis. Hence, Isis is alongside the Knight and accompanies him as if he were Osiris. Hence, there is a connection to Horus (the Enlightened and resurrected/reborn Osiris), the symbol of the Mind of the 22nd Century Human.
Such a character, if personal, would be that of a person who is:
- Clever, skillful, active and subtle. Being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragonfly, does not keep him from being prey to his ideas which come as inspiration without consideration.
All of this changes when this card is ill dignified. If such occurs, he is incapable of decisions or purpose, and any action he takes is so weakened by his mental indecision that it is easily brushed aside by opposition. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.
However we choose to dignify this Knight-King, he is the "Extended Flame of mind" as Zoroaster calls it. Here the True Will to Force, as Chokmah is exploding the Mind. The Taurian influence, makes it steadfast and the first Decanate of Gemini makes it inspirational, thus an Idea tends to absorb the entire life of the individual in the blinding light of concentrated aspiration. He represents the imaginative and capricious man. Therefore, the Knight of Swords implies the danger to a rational state of mind, for the first Decan is also known as "shortened force" and that shortened force is symbolized by the poniard; shortened force often comes off as defensive and stubborn behavior.
The phases of Life characterized by the Knight of Swords tend to be exciting and eventful; However, the separating cut of the perceptive mind can now be beneficial, regardless of pain.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
The querent is or may be experiencing:
- The Will to transcend.
- An analytical period, where the power of idea and motion come into play.
- Letting go of old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve the motion of the individual.
- The querent is a person of tough- minded common sense which is usually based on preconception and prejudicial determinations.
- The arrogance of a powerful mind turns on itself in its own desire for control.
- Tends to judge harshly but with scrupulous fairness.
- A lawyer, senator or doctor.
- Mastery of creativity and confusion, as he sees new points of view, while brainstorming new thoughts that vent the mind.
- Intellectual, and mental prowess whose only emotion is to control.
- A strong personality of fiery emotion and powerful thought.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Too much emphasis on mind.
- Emotional coldness.
- Biting and cynical criticism.
- Dazzling ambiguity.
- Fickle instability.
- The snare of thinking.