Tiphareth-the 6th Sephiroth and the 4 Princes
The Princes are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth-Beauty, The Son/Sun of God.
The Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their chariots.
The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the 4 Kerubim of Qabalah. They are very ancient symbols for the elements of multiple religious belief systems. Not only appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the 4 Animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, they also are the four symbols of the Christian Evangelists.
In the vastness of Kether, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. Anthropomorphically personified, The Princes are the balance of the 4 Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar- Personality, the 4 Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves for our Soul, is the manipulator of the 4 Universal Elements.
As they are the Suns/Sons of the Divine Creative, it should be no surprise then that the Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will.
- Thus, the forces of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty;
- The unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be evil.
- The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive .
- The material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The Grounding Element for the Princes lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants.
When thrown during Divination, the Princes often represent the coming and going of an event or person and the Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.
I have stated that Tiphareth is The Central Sun of our conscious energy expression into incarnation. Tiphareth is called -Beauty, and is as high as our Personal Conscious can go up the Tree. This state of Consciousness is known in the Mysteries, as the Christ, or Buddha consciousness and it brings the body into a "higher" state of vibratory life force that we know as "unconditional Love”, also changing the physiology by doing so. However, only through diligent meditative techniques and ritual divination is this conscious state possible to physically experience.
THE PRINCE OF DISKS:
The Prince of Disks (Also called the Prince or Knight of Pentacles, in other Tarot Decks), is the Prince of the Chariot of Earth. Prince and Emperor of the Gnomes and is attributed to the last Decan of Aries and the first two Decan of Taurus.This Prince is the Air of Earth and/ or Specific Air of Primal Earth. The Chariot of the Prince of Disks is pulled by the Bull of Taurus, demonstrating this attribute.
Being Air of Earth, the Prince is Intelligible Earth, as Air is Mind. Therefore, he brings incredible energy to physical matters. Such intelligent Earth (subconscious), is the instinctual mind of the body collective, that shows its incredible focus on building, such as, organic cells, bees, ants, etc.
Because the Prince of Disks is so active, his armor is light and unrestrictive. On his head is the Bull helmet an animal sacred to the earth. The disk in his hand is an orb resembling a globe, marked in agricultural mathematical symbols. The orbed scepter that is surmounted by a cross is a symbol of the Great Work accomplished. The Great Work being manifesting the Higher States of Conscious Energy, in the lower states of consciousness below, on earth; by physical focus and attention to work. What many of us don't understand that if you empty your brain of random thoughts, while only focusing on the task at hand, you are meditating! Even a daily commute in your car, with radio off, and doing nothing but "hands on the wheel" driving, while paying absolute attention to traffic, is a meditation! The Prince of Disks intelligence knows that multi-tasking, is just another way to do nothing well.
The Prince of Disks, is the Pan force of Greeks or the young green man of the Celtic mysteries, whose job it is to bring forth, from the Earthly element, that Vegetation, which is the sustenance of Spirit itself. The Mother Earth makes the form, he enlivens it and enforces the design.
The Character of the Prince of Disks, is methodical, competent, ingenious, enduring, trustworthy, cautious, and imperturbable. All the qualities of a very capable manager and a steadfast preserving worker. Very good at horticulture and hard, patient work.
This Prince of Intelligent Earth, as a personality, is ingenious as he constantly seeks new ways of using common things. Always adapting the circumstance to his slow and methodical purpose. This is to say, that his plans are well thought out. His emotions are subdued, thus he may appear insensitive and maybe even dull and slow of wit. But this is because of misinterpretation of his mental activity of which he won't devote to ideas that he understands to be beyond his expertise. Simply, the reaction of others to this stalwart character, depends entirely on their temperament and not his.
The Prince of Disks is wearing a helm crowned with the Bull of Taurus. In his left hand is the Globe of Earth with geometric symbols implying agriculture (which is an invention of Binah-the Great Mother represented by the Queen of Disks) and in his right hand is the orb- scepter adorned with the equal armed cross (Earth-Air-Water-Fire) a symbol of the Great Work (Life) accomplished. He is the stable but active force of the "Green man" as he brings forth from the Earth, vegetation which is the substance that Spirit enlivens. He is barely clothed because we have a "pan-force" here who is both fertile and lustful...like a bull. He is Earth's Husband which in the Anglo-Saxon, means 'keeper of her property". He is a Caretaker of Her Earthly Forms.
Being naturally thoughtful and cautious, some may think him slow and stupid, to their peril. For he is almost totally lacking in emotion and is somewhat insensitive but is very clever. Most often, he makes no effort to delve into ideas he believes are beyond his scope, and may find the more "esoteric" types aggravating. The Prince of Disks personality is slow to anger, but once he is angered---you have an implacable charging bull to contend with and physically this person can be quite "bull-like". It is almost impossible to differentiate between "Well dignified" or "ill dignified" characteristics of this Card. Suffice it to say, that if "ill dignified" (surrounded by Lower emotional cards) that the quality and quantity of his character is somewhat degraded. To the point of being duller, slower, and even less empathetic.
This man's personality is often referred to in the common vernacular as "the salt of the Earth" because his character is so trustworthy. And like all "slow quiet types" is easy to get along with...but terrible in anger. He is a force of Nature, that should be respected and loved in all of us and a very necessary "power of the body" needed by Spiritual-Life itself. The Power of Spirit must be aligned with the Power of the Body----to become a "Holy Spirit"...for those egos who malign the body, proclaiming its nature as evil, are doomed to failure in the Great Work. Life obviously adores the Body as we are a Spiral Energy Expression of Life (Spirit and Spiral come from the same Greek root word Spiro=to breathe). It's okay to adore your body---as long as you know that all bodies "are another way to be you" and that the purpose of Spirit is to make bodies live as self-in-form-action!
The Tarot of The Spirit-Earth Brother, represents the same power that does the Prince of Disks. He represents the understanding that all is accomplished through meditation. He reminds us that we must first meditate on what type of "soil" we are working with before we are able to "plant" the right kind of "seeds". There is no point in working against Nature.
Here he is depicted as a force that flies the the lunar bull, which represents the cycles of Earth-birth, death, and resurrection and the inherent understanding of the meaning of the One Life (One Self). The body of the bull is a cube, representing the mysterious black box which contains the answers to the mysteries. Look inward and you shall know. The glyphs for both Aries and Taurus are on his chest.
When the Prince of Disks or Earth Brother, is thrown during a reading, depending on the position and the surrounding cards, implies:
- Issues of physical activity. Such as, bodybuilding, muscle tone, sports, and a steel like resolve to move through issues and remove blocks.
- The querent or person important to them, is in a kind of Moving meditation, a focus on the material world, experiencing personal balance and productivity.
- Becoming or is a builder who works steady towards their goals and being singularly focused on establishing security.
- The querent, or important person, is both kind and trustworthy and will complete a long and laborious task, "come hell or high water".
- There is suggested a Mastery here, of change and harvest procured by knowledge and productivity.
- Persistent, strong , and down to earth course of action.
- As a person this card represents a trustworthy young man who is strong, reliable, persevering and straight forward. He has a good instinct for reality and is usually a skilled craftsman, with a strong sensual side.
When ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Phlegmatic nature.
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