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The Tarot of Eli-Court Cards: Prince of Swords & Santa Muerte Tarot- Knight of Swords

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth-Prince of Swords

The Prince of Swords represents the mental element of ideas that can be both constructive and destructive. Therefore, the Prince of Swords is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.

Astrologically he is the last Decan of Capricorn and the first two Decans of Aquarius.

He is Specific Air of Primal Air. The Element Air, is Mind, so this one is like the mind itself, which can love thought alone, and not care what it does.

The Golden dawn card, had two fairies pulling the chariot and in the Thoth Tarot card of the Prince of Swords, these fairies are shown as spheres of light in front of the Chariot accompanied by three winged children who are pulling it. Implying that, this chariot may be pulled capriciously and/or mischievously in any direction, imitating the Mind itself. Also there is significant Yesod-Moon symbolism, when fairies are involved, at least enough to suggest this is a card of the illusive mind.

In the right hand, the Prince is swinging the Sword of invocation and creation and in his left is a sickle which immediately destroys that which is created. With childlike innocence, the Prince of Swords wields his Sword of Geburah, as his concepts of good and bad are interchangeable. The logical mental processes of the Prince have reduced the Air (mind) into geometric symbols that represent no real plan, but are demonstrative power of undefined purpose.

Although this card is assigned the astrological sign of Aquarius in the house of Capricorn, both seem compatible so this card seems to be implying, affection, kindness. And a good heart, as well as, a mind divided. The Two halves of one mind are shown as Sword and Sickle.

Capricorn is earth and Aquarius is air

Making this an Astrological odd couple. Both signs move at two wildly different operating speeds—which can create weird timing issues or make a powerful duo if they play to each other's strengths. Grounded earth signs like Capricorn, enjoy stability and tend to want things to stay the same. By contrast, air is always on the move—the “winds of change” are always blowing for these variety-seeking signs. Another big difference? Communicative air signs are talkers, but may not always follow through as theirs is the gift of gab with no real substance. Earth signs are doers who prefer to let their actions speak louder than their words.

Since both signs move at two wildly different operating speeds, their union is suspect as they can create weird timing issues or make one a powerful duo if they play to their strengths.

Because of the earth sign’s rooted nature, the air sign may find the earth signs thoughts to be unadventurous or “boring,” stuck in a stagnant routine. The air sign partner may not get the spontaneity and surprises that keep them interested. The earth partner in this duo, may see the air sign partner as flaky and full of “hot air,” all talk and no action. Or, the dizzying changes can leave the earth sign feeling destabilized and anxious, unable to plan ahead without feeling sabotaged from left field. Capricorn is yin and Aquarius is yang. Hence, we have a mental competition going on in the "head' of the Prince of Swords.

The Prince of Swords is dressed in woven-full armor of definite device. His chariot is composed of geometric unconnected ideas. This chariot is drawn by unharnessed wing children "who are flights of fancy" and may go any-which way they like, which is shown as the reins are attached to passing geometric ideas. This is like 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.

This is pure intellect without direction supplied by knowledge. Nevertheless, the Prince of Swords is crown by a Child's Head, for there is a secret Divinity here (innocence) that is linked up to Tiphareth (the Sun/Son of God), but usually, if this personality thinks in terms of the divine, one believes they are above all others and suffers from the righteousness of a fanatic.

Since the logical process of the Prince of Swords has reduced the Air to many diverse geometric patterns, they reduce the power of the objective 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. 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 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 “walk in freezer” even though nature has already provided one! By removing the substance of an idea, he can place every idea into an ideal world of ratiocination....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...kind of like an insane-used-car salesman from hell. The Prince of Swords 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!

These elusive and elastic personalities are only of use, if mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of Spirit...as in the 6th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life known as Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Divine Child/Soul that creates Self in manifestation. The Chaotic nature of Pure Mind must be controlled by the Understanding Mother of All form--- as Force for its own sake is utter destruction of all life. Without the Understanding of Spirit and its purpose for life, these 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.

: In Tarot-The Princes represent the coming and going of an event or person.

There is however, a bright light here when Mind is aligned with Love, ideas can become living images of that love. Pure Spirit does not reside in religion...that chaos of ideas belongs to the idiots that praise god for creating life while their fanatical ideas destroy it all around them. Rather the Purity of Spirit that is the Creator Life itself, that resides as the Great "Ocean of Dark Energy Mother" 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 Spirit. We belong to each other, and not to ideas that separate us from each other. Ideas, have no purpose unless applied to the unification and expansion of Life---for that is the Great Work of Spirit. Ideas make The Divine Creative in their own image, while Divine Creative -makes us into its Self- Image! Thus it is obvious, that to know God/The Divine Creative is to know thyself!

Santa Muerte-Knight of Swords

The advice of the Dead:

Be rational and learn to communicate your ideas clearly and sincerely. Undertake your projects in a way that also brings vitality to others.

The Santa Muerte-Knight of Swords, is a traditional tarot presentation that has no Prince. The Thoth Knights are Battle Kings, while the traditional King of tarot is a throne sitting King who is less active. In Thoth Tarot- there are Princesses and Princes as Children of the King and Queen, and thereby fulfilling the paradigm of Tetragramaton (YHVH). Hence, the traditional Tarot knight fulfills the placement of the Thoth Prince. Both are entirely compatible, as the Santa Muerte Knight of Swords, is as connected to excessive impetuosity as is the Prince of Swords. This is shown as he is swallowing his own sword/thoughts meaning his has thoughts of destructive rebellion.

The Santa Muerte -Knight of Swords, is an authoritative and total master of himself as he is able to overcome boundaries/limits, both physical and mental. He is ready to fight and to accept any argument or challenge to his thoughts, caring not if they are fact or fiction. This shows his limits, which are connected to his mental impetuosity.

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.
  • There is in this Prince of mind, and indifference to their own thought, as any idea is worth exploring, but not for too long.
  • By 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 without the clutter of remorse or regret.
  • This 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.
  • These people often become faddists, cultists and devotees of drink, drugs, theologies, humanitarianism or music and religion, but without stability.
  • 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.
  •  The querent is showing the tendency to be overly rational, missing the subtle emotional points that would heed success in communication.

If the querent is able or has achieved the ability to focus their thought, they 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.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Hastiness.
  • Shortsightedness.
  • Destructiveness. 

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