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The Tarot of Eli-Court Cards- The Starman Tarot-King of Swords & The Starman Tarot- Knight of Swords

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

I believe in a fair world for all.

The Starman Tarot-King of Swords, sticks to the traditional tarot of Kings. While the Thoth Tarot shows the Kings as Battle Kings and/or Knights. Hence, all Knights are Kings in the Thoth Tarot, and all traditional tarot knights are Princes in the Thoth Tarot.

Depicted in the art of the Starman-King of Swords, is a powerful, stern, King, whose throne is an electric chair, throwing electricity everywhere about and through the King. This symbolizes his invincibility and resistance to pain. He believes everyone "worth their salt", controls their emotion, and treats everyone fair and equal. As a fearless leader and formidable arbitrator, and consummate professional, who with hawk like sight, sizes up any situation with blazing speed and accuracy. The lunar module on fire, in the background, signifies that his decisions are final and there is no going back.

While the Baboon with fierce expression and holding the kings sword on his lap, represents the kings wisdom in choosing his allies. As a father, this King is perceived clinical, cold, and a firm disciplinarian. This is because he believes in just treatment of every citizen and child. However, under the stern facade, the king is a kind, and very caring gentleman. He just believes everyone, even his children must master their emotions for the betterment of all. As a lover, he doesn't "beat around the bush", while being organized and reliable. He requires his partner to be his intellectual equal, while respecting his personal freedom and control.

As a personality archetype, and given a clear perspective, one of this nature, can calmly formulate a workable plan and strategy, to pursue an idea no matter what the obstacles.

To reiterate, 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 we have the concepts of Father-Mother God and/or the Divine Creative.

Chokmah being the 2nd Sephira, called---Wisdom, is also the Force behind the four 2's and the 4 Knights.

The 2,s symbolize the Forces of the 4 Kings, who are Knights, and the 4 Queens uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight-Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.

The Knight of Swords, Is also known in Western Qaballah as Lord of Winds and Breezes. 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, are 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. 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.

Such a character, if personal, and born between May 11 and June 20, would be that of a person who is:

  •  Clever, skillful, active and subtle. Being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragon Fly, 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 blowing in 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. Therefore, the Knight of Swords implies the danger to this 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.

WHEN THE KNIGHT/KING 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.
  • 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:

  • The arrogance of a powerful mind turn on itself in its own desire for control.
  • Too much emphasis on the Mind.
  • Emotional coldness.
  • Cynical criticism.
  • Dazzling ambiguity. 

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