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The Tarot of Eli-Court Cards: Thoth Tarot-Princess of Wands & Santa Muerte Tarot- Page of Wands

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth-Princess of Wands

In some tarot decks wands are called clubs but no matter what you call them, wands are the fiery nature of Spiritual vital life force and expansion by passionate expression. The Princess of Wands, is also a male person in some cards and is often called a Page; although in medieval tarot decks the page was often an effeminate image. This was because the Woman is condemned by the Catholic Church as the one responsible for the "downfall of man" and one had to watch out for the inquisitor.

Since this card represents a combination of Fire and Earth (fire of earth card) it is truly an androgynous expression of mastery of internal blocks, obstacles and obstructions. Fearless, spontaneous expression. On the Crowley card s/he has the tiger by the tail! An oriental image Implying fearlessness.

S/he is both magnetic and electric; a free and liberated spirit that resides in all of us as a divine inheritance of a young Kundalini. This is all about motion; "moving up" in new directions that fearless and energizing like the Sun wand in hand, which links this Princess/Page to the Soul/ Sun that is the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth (Beauty).

Wearing the Aries crown ( Ram), the Princess/Page has placed old obstructions and fears on the altar of spring and offers them as a spring sacrifice.

Totally exposed and seemingly defenseless she boldly expresses her new motion creating her own beauty by her essential vigor and force. She believes in the power statement of "Get over yourself and get on with you, impeccability is what we do"! Talking to herself in the 3rd person, is common for her, since the body is hers to operate and not operated by it. Her will is strong, although often spontaneously applied.

She is a Solar Self/Soul that owns and runs her physical self which is her own power tool. The Princess of Wands is the earthly part of fire and/or the fuel of fire, rather than a physical male or female sex . She represents the irresistible chemical attraction the combustible substance, the connotations of which go beyond physical matter into Spiritual potency. Hence Princesses as a core personality of an individual may also be operating a masculine body, but one of enhanced feminine qualities, such as seductivity, intuition and beauty. This one is noted for rather "loose morals" for this one's moral standards are somewhat different than the common indoctrination, as she is "spontaneous combustion" rather than a "slow burn".

Crowley wrote: " The princesses represent those numerous 'elemental' people whom we recognize by their lack of all sense of responsibility, whose moral qualities seem to lack 'bite'".

As before stated, the Princesses have no zodiac attributions, yet they represent four types of human being. They are more of an "elemental" personage, whose moral character---is often open and freewheeling. Lots of Passion but not a lot of "common sense". In the Thoth they are subdivided according to planetary predominance, thus the Princess of Wands is associated with one quadrant of the sky above the North Pole.

When we examine the image of this card, we see that she has plumes of fire radiating from her brow; these symbolize "the plumbs of justice". This plumbing represents inner conflicts; the inability to have a true-exchange concealed behind intense sexual desire. Since chemical action can only happen when each element is free to combine with its partner, she is shown unclothed. She is surging leaping flame, with the Sun Wand in her left hand and the "tiger by the tail" in her right, she shows both her solar power and fearlessness and expressing a cat like suppleness, as well as the separation if instinctual drives from the life of emotions. She actually represents the Virgin Fire Priestess of the Lords of Fire (also the Roman Vestal Virgin keepers of the eternal flame) and is in attendance of the Rams headed flaming -altar of spring.

The Lords of Fire reside in the realm of Yetzirah, towards which she is leaping, thus she can be compared to the Virgin Priestess of the Lords of Fire. Further championing this fact, is the illustration of the flame topped Altar of Spring, in the left lower corner of this card.

The "seed of fire", The Ace of Wands" is now given a personal Willful expression in the Princess of Wands, as she is brilliant and daring. She has bridled passion, shown by grasping the Tiger by the Tail, and given it direction----where she goes--Passion goes.

Just looking at this card tells you that this Person is highly "flammable", showing passionate qualities of brilliance, seduction and daring. Being too hot for the controlling male, her best mate must be one who loves heart rending passion without possession. For her devotion is ambivalent. In fact, anywhere she appears she causes unrest that ruminates in the emotional depths of other people, and provokes passionate entanglements without committing herself on an emotional level.

Her beauty is created by her own vigorous energy. Her passion is so great that one is dazzled by a chemical reaction that enforces the impression of beauty on the beholder. Being a type of "spontaneous combustion", in anger or love she is violent, sudden, and implacable. She can often be irrational, when displaying her enthusiasm, fiery ambition, and aspiring nature. Such a Princess, never forgets an injury-----and the only patience she shows, is when lying in ambush to revenge a perceived wrong.

She is often self-absorbed to the extent that she is entirely reckless in achieving gratification and is notably insatiable. When referring to Tantra, she would be the young Shakti , seducing Shiva, as she could absorb any fire/energy-in-motion he could display. However, as is all Sexual Power-----it is as destructive as it is constructive, so caution and encouragement compete with each other in this one.

The Knaves or Pages are traditionally androgynous cards and Aleister Crowley replaced them with Princesses, simply because of the formula of Tetragrammaton (YHVH) is well met with Princesses who are Daughters of the Queen. Knaves just didn’t work in that Qabalistic formula which is well explained in his Book of Thoth.The name Yod He Vau Heh, often called the Hebrew name for God, is attributed to the Court Cards, where Yod, is attributed to Knights, Heh-to Queens, Vau-is attributed to Princes and the last Heh-is attributed to Princesses, the Earthly Manifestation, as the ultimate issue of the original Energy in its Completion, i.e. crystallization. However, they also represent the counter-balancing and re-absorption of the Energy. They are also the Silence into which all things return.

For myself, Passion is the foundation of the Universe, and its "Big Bang" beginning ; Therefore, this type of person is a thrill to behold and to a Prince of Wands, the improper mate of the moment, as his swiftness and vigor is to be "invoked" and her insatiable Passion will invoke the very rocks into flame! But like all fires, one must know how to work with it to properly achieve the necessary transformations of their Great Work. When a Prince of Wands and a Princess of Wands come together, it is a fiery explosion, that does not go well as both have individual self-absorbed passions that clash in immature sexuality. She needs to blend her passions with a Prince of Cups, for the water fire union, although hard to maintain, gives her more foundation than spontaneous actions.  I'll not go further into the Magick applications here, as this is not a treatise on eroticism, although if our eyes are not blinded by the fear of Passion, we'll see that the Universe is a hotbed of Pure Passion to be; an insight that the Princess of Wands surely has.

Needless to say, if ill-defined The Princess of Wands person, would be the defects of such passion. She would be superficial and theatrical, shallow and false while never expecting that she is anything of the sort. She becomes predominantly a "spasm of mood" and she is cruel, unreliable, faithless and domineering.

To meditate on this card is to invoke the "inner fires" of the "Big Bang", sending a plumb of vigorous life force up the spine and/or raising the Kundalini; be sure you are willing to become a Phoenix before you try. You must be strong in virtue (true to yourself) and need not a state of permanence, seeking only personal comfort; in other words, "Above all things know thyself" before entering the Core Fires of Spirit, for in this state, the violent motion of change is breathtaking and often fatal to the weak personality, as it burns it away. But for those who succeed in the discipline of Kunalini Yoga----you'll love your fiery phoenix wings!

Princess of Wands and the Ace of Wands

The Thoth Ace of Wands, shown as a fiery club. (Flames in shape of Yods), represents the essence or seed of the Alchemical Element-Fire. It is a solar-phallic outburst of flame from which lightning springs forth in multi-direction. If you were looking at the Sun, it would comparable to multiple solar flares, as this is how the Sun acts as a phallus by ejecting its "seed" into the dark womb of space-time.

It is the earliest stage of Primordial matter, unwilled and violent.

It is important to remember that, although the small cards are sympathetic to their numbered Sephiroth, they are not identical nor are they Divine Persons. They are more like sub-elements and/or parts of "Blind Forces" whose ruling intelligences are of the Realm of Yetzirah, The Formulate World (Shemhamphorasch). What is astounding to note, if not confusing, is that each Major Arcana (Atu) has its own Tree of Life and hierarchy. Obviously this requires more investigation on the student’s part. As a student who teaches, I am still investigation this phenomenon.

To reiterate, THE PRINCESS OF WANDS: represents the Earthly part of Fire. She or he is the expression of the irresistible action of a combustible substance and rules from the Heavens from one quadrant around the North Pole (She=Magnetic Force).

It is interesting to note, that the Female Magnetic Force gives Form to the Fiery-electric male force, which in its primeval stage, as the Ace of Wands, is unwilled, unformed and undirected. But like the Magnetic Field of Earth, giving form to the Solar rays, not unlike the Aurora in the night sky, she justifies the direction of this male Force. Seen in the Thoth Card with flames of justice leaping from her forehead, and wearing nothing as a sign that she is perfectly free to combine with her partner; she bears a wand crowned with the Disk of the Sun and leaping into Yod shape surging flame.

Like Fire, it is her essential vigorous energy that describes her beauty. Beauty seen, as the force of her personality dazzles her beholder. Such force can also be expressed as love and anger, which is passionately charged into sudden forms of violence and implacability. Much like a Coral snake, stand back and enjoy its beauty, but don't try to possess it, as its anger is terminal.

Crowley we has pegged the Princess of Wands or Page of Fire as a personality/intelligence that harnesses the Ace of Wands or 1 of Fire, to Earth (mate to the solar phallus) and is volatile in nature. She consumes all within Her Sphere. She is ambitious, aspiring and full of enthusiasm and is often accused of being irrational. Being the Earthly Part of Fire, She is likened to the Polynesian Volcano Goddess, due to her Volcanic Personality. She is the Earthly fiery womb, rather than the Earthly Watery Womb. If the Princess of Wands is ill dignified or thrown together with the Ace of Wands, we have a person omnivorous in passion of whatever kind, entirely reckless in the means of obtaining gratification, and insatiable. It is notable, that She has given Will to the primeval violence of Male Force ...".by naming Him Father." using His fiery flow to impregnate her every action, as does Earth, the Sun.

Of such elemental persona Eli Levi wrote:" The love of the Magus for such creatures is insensate, and may destroy him." Which it will, as lovers of the Scarlet Woman (Babalon) have found out. She will consume you, as fire does a wyrm, only for you to rise again as a phoenix out of the ashes of Universal consumptive passion, a form of Dragon is made manifest. Be very cautious young magic practitioner, she is spontaneous and unforgiving elemental power! But if there is any of the Eternal Fire unperverted in you, and your Will is unshakable in unrequited- Passion's extreme heat, she'll make you blaze as a Star! If your sanity doesn't return expanded, then your will was flawed. Needless to say, this Elemental Persona is not for the timid.

In mythology, Atargatis was a fish-tailed goddess, who is represented by the Princess of Wands. She was reputed to give birth to men by swallowing them, and gave rebirth to Jonah in his earlier Babylonian form as the fish-god Oannes. The Philistines called Jonah, Dagon who was Atargatis’s mate. Lots of fun researching this!

All in all, The Princess of Wands represents a mysteriously dark power that is both irresistible and with great force. She may be misunderstood or misrepresented by misuse. Such is the reality of all great passions.

When interpreting this card, it behooves the reader to remember that the Princess of Wands, can represent a person, in any area of life, but can just as well mean an experience in the corresponding area in question.

Santa Muerte- Page of Wands

The Advice of the Dead:

This is the moment to become more independent and to manage your own affairs by yourself, given that you are more than able. Delaying this will only bring about problems.

---From the Santa Muerte-Book of the Dead, by Fabio Listrani

The Santa Muerte-Page of Wands, is a vigorous youthful messenger, as symbolized by being on a swing and carrying a scroll in one hand. Here is an active messenger, of continual movement, bringing a message of good news and contacts who come from afar. This messenger brings small displacements, reliable new things and subordinate situations, that because of acting inconclusively can transform into uncertainty in acting, or causing excessive delays. Since it is understandably hard to show a skeleton, the traditional figure of Santa Muerte, as a vital sexual and spontaneous fiery force of emotion. This is a smart example of constant movement from "empassion flower to another". The characteristics of the Santa Muerte Page of Wands, are that of the Thoth Princess of Wands.

When the Princess of wands card is thrown during a divination it states:

  • That it is time to express one's sense of Freedom (from the Anglo-Saxon Free-doom--which means "I choose my own death".), adventure, passion to be and initiating something new.
  • If you are male, it points to the anima within you that doesn't want to be limited or obstructed by fear or the false morals of society.
  • This is the symbol of the ultimate free spirit within us all that overcomes fear and accelerates creative purpose.
  •  We are all "star seeds" and have a deep inner fiery nature that will not be subdued.
  • This person’s inner passion is best/ or being, channeled in life.
  • Passion and sexual charisma.
  • Joy of Life.
  • High Spirits.
  • Enthusiasm , courage , beauty and power.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Reduced intuitional grasp.
  • Reduced ability to be devoted.
  • Sexual problems: moodiness, arrogance, and egocentricity. 

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