Thoth-Princess of Wands
Together with the Ace of Wands, Rules the Cancer/Leo/virgo celestial quadrant above the North Pole and the area of Asia.
In some tarot decks wands are called clubs or rods, but no matter what you call them, wands are the fiery nature of Spiritual expansion and expression and/or Sexual Energy. The Princess of Wands, is also a male person in some cards and is often called a Page. However,Crowley wrote, "This card may be said to represent the dance of the of the virgin priestess of the Lords of Fire." Hence, a page just wouldn't do.
Yet,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-Harris card she has the tiger by the tail! Implying fearlessness.
She is both magnetic and electric; a free and liberated spirit that resides in all of us as a divine inheritance. This is all about motion; "moving up" in new directions that is fearless and energizing like her Sun wand (She rules the immature Sexuality of Feminine Earth).
Wearing the Aries crown, the Princess has placed her 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"! Since she is Earth of Fire and the Princess of the Shining Flame, she not only officiates before the ram's-headed altar as Princess of the flamining sacrifice, but is herself the fuel of the fire.
She is a Solar Feminine Self that owns and runs her physical world of procreation by the "grinding of her loins", and the Sun's phallic radiants are her own body's power tool. The Princess of Wands is the earthly part of fire and/or the fuel of fire. She represents the irresistible chemical attraction the combustible substance, the connotations of which go beyond physical matter into Spiritual potency.
As before stated, the Princesses have no zodiac attributions, yet they represent four types of archetypal persona's the human being. They are more of an "elemental" personage, whose moral character---is often open and freewheeling. Lots of Passion but do to immaturity, not a lot of "common sense". In the Thoth Tarot 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, besides unabashed nudity, we see that she has plumes of fire radiating from her brow; these symbolize justice. Since chemical action can only happen when each element is free to combine with its partner, thus she is shown fearlessly 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. She actually represents the Virgin Fire Priestess of the Lords of Fire (also the Roman Vestal Virgin keepers of the eternal flame) and as stated, is in attendance of the Rams headed flaming -altar of spring.
Just looking at this card tells you that this Person is highly individual showing passionate qualities of brilliance, spontaneity and daring. Being too hot for the controlling male, her best mate must be one who loves heart rending passion without possession and loves to dance. To her sexual union is part of her dance, and not a permanent partnership with anyone individual. she is a young Parvati who dazzles the young Shiva with her sweltering heat.
Her beauty is created by her own vigorous energy. Her passionate dance 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 proper Parvati/Shakti for the Shiva-linga as she could consume any fire he could display. However, as is all Power-----it is as destructive as it is constructive, so caution and encouragement compete with each other in this one.
As I have mentioned, 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 who wed and/or consorth with the "beast Prince" of Earth. Knaves just didn’t work in that Qabalistic formula which is well explained in his Book of Thoth.
Vigorous energy and/or Passion is the foundation of the Universe, and this type of person is a thrill to behold and to a Prince of Cups, the proper mate of the moment, as his swiftness and vigorous and stormy Fire of Water nature is instantaneously "invoked" by her dance. In truth, her insatiable Passion will invoke the very rocks of earth into flame! But like all fires, one must know how to work with it to properly achieve the necessary transformations of their Great Work. 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 and fecund fertility to be; an insight that the Princess of Wands surely has. One can recognize this Princess in people we meet who are so energetically self-assured and so independant while being irrationally audacious that, while stimulating, inspirational and thrilling, they can be downright dangerous to be around. Once could say that her thrilling spontaneous combustion nature, would make the most celibate a sexual ram.
Needless to say, if ill-defined The Princess of Wands person, would be the defects of such passion; the ultimate "drama queen" who is shallow and so self-absorbed that it never occurs to her that nobody is sympathizing with her. 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", and/or the Empress of the Salamanders be sure you are willing to become a sexuallly empowered Phoenix before you try. You must be strong in virtue (true to yourself) and need not a state of permanence for 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. But for those who succeed----you'll love your fiery wings!
The Princess of Wands and the Ace of Wands
The Thoth Deck 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. She invokes it, owns it and holds it tightly in her "Loins" or in the case of the Thoth card, She holds and directs"him" in her left hand. Seen in the Thoth Deck 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,. all implying her absolute rule over the masculine phallus. She is the Tantric action of the "Swooping Shakti" and/or the biblical Lilith on top.
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.
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.
Thus we have pegged the Princess of Wands 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.
The name Yod He Vau Heh, often called the Hebrew name for God (Tetragramaton) , 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; thereby , the Silence into which all things return.
As stated before, the Princesses have no zodiacal attribution, thus they are likened to "elemental" people who are recognized by their lack of all sense responsibility and whose moral qualities are very flexible so they are subdivided according to planetary predominance.
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 magi, she is spontaneous and unforgiving! 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 and sex magic is not for the charlatan.
In history, Atargatis was a fish-tailed goddess, who is an ancient representation of the Princess of Wands. She was reputed to give birth to men by swallowing them (felicio/penilinctus), and gave rebirth to Jonah in his earlier Babylonian form as the fish-god Oannes-the Philistines called Jonah, and/or Dagon who was Atargatis's mate. Lots of fun researching this! This swallowing the male, was a much touted practice of Cleopatra who was known by the Romans as "she of the wide mouth"-or among the Greeks as the "Great Swallower". Fellatio was also used-according to Epiphanius of Salamis (315-403 C.E.), as a ritual technique among some Gnostic sects. Gnostic sects and schools arose mainly in Syria and Egypt and were believers in gnosis (Higher Spiritual Knowledge). (Encyclopedia of Sacred Sexuality-by Rufus C. Camphausen)
All in all, The Princess of Wands represents a mysteriously dark Feminine power that is both irresistible and magnetically attractive. She may be misunderstood or misrepresented by the meek. Such is the reality of all great passions.
Atargatis /əˈtɑːrɡətɪs/ or Ataratheh was the chief goddess of northern Syria in Classical antiquity. Ctesias also used the name Derketo (Ancient Greek: Δερκετὼ) for her, and the Romans called her Dea Syria, or in one word Deasura. Primarily she was a goddess of fertility, but, as the baalat ("mistress") of her city and people, she was also responsible for their protection and well-being.
Tarot Illuminati-Princess of Wands
The fuel of the Fire.
The Tarot Illuminati-Princess of Wands, deviates from traditional tarot's page, and goes along with the Crowley-Harris concept of this Fiery maid. Her sexuality is more subtle presented in Eric C. Dunne's art but no less dazzling Her fiery nature is shown by the billowing red and gold cape-red of fire-gold of the sun. Her hip hugging green dress links her with fecund nature of green earth. Here, she holds the Golden Wand of the Sun, with both hands, implying her firm grip on the phallic force. As stated by Kim Huggins, the writer of the accompanying tarot book, " I am the grounding into which creative impulses are seeded, the waiting womb into which the fiery burst of inspiration is planted and rooted, the satiating of desire when impulse finds action and result". Hence, this card agrees with the Thoth definitions.
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 male ego.
- 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.
- Instigation of desire.
- First spark of inspiration and desire.
- Desire acted upon.
- Fueling an ambition.
- Somebody with endless passion and energy.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Reduced intuition grasp.
- Stunted ability to be devoted.
- Sexual problems.
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