In some more traditional tarot decks wands are called clubs, rods or batons, but no matter what you call them, wands are the fiery nature of Spiritual intelligence, and vital energy expansion and expression. The Princess of Wands, is also a male or an effeminate person in some cards and is often called a Page.
Since Princess 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 she has the tiger by the tail! Implying fearlessness.
Therefore, this personality is both magnetic and electric; a free and liberated spirit that resides in all of us as a divine inheritance; in fact, all these archetypes reside in our souls. This persona is all about motion; "moving up" in new directions fearlessly and energized like her Sun wand implies.
Wearing the Aries crown, the Princess has placed her old obstructions and fears on the altar of spring and offers them as a sacrifice towards new growth.
Totally exposed, unabashed 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"!
She is a Creative Solar Self of Spirit-Mind combination that owns and runs her physical self which is her own power tool and best friend. As stated, 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 previously noted, 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 and is often referred to as immature sexuality; Lots of Passion but not a lot of "common sense". In the Thoth Deck 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 justice. Since chemical action can only happen when each element is free to combine with its partner, thus 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/soul 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 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 and daring. Being too hot for the controlling male, her best mate must be one who loves heart rending passion without possession. Trying to make her into a "dream girl" homemaker, is like trying to stop a lava flow with a news paper.
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 proper Shakti for the Real Shiva, as she could absorb 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.
The Knaves or Pages are traditionally androgynous cards and Aleister Crowley replaced them with Princesses, simply because of the formula of Tetragrammaton 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.
For myself, I understand that 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 vigor is to be "invoked" and her insatiable Passion will invoke his waters into steam! 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 and/or Western sex magic, although if our eyes are not blinded by the fear of Passion, we'll see that the Universe is a hotbed of a 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 can be cruel, unreliable, faithless and domineering.
To meditate on this card is to invoke the "inner fires" of the "Big Bang", 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 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 breath- taking 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 Ace of Wands, shown as a fiery club. (Flames in shape of Yods), represents the essence or seed of the Alchemical Element- of the Universal 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. Therefore, the Ace of Wands represents 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 of Truth about Self.
To reiterate, THE PRINCESS OF WANDS: represents the Earthly part of Fire. S/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 Deck 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.
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 first "ejaculation" of energy, and/or the Ace of Wands" is now given a personal Willful expression in the Princess of Wands, as she is brilliant, daring and totally sexual. She has fearless passion, shown by grasping the Tiger by the Tail, and gives passion direction, for 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 can be terminal.
Thus we have pegged the Princess of Wands or Page of Batons as a personality/intelligence that harnesses the Ace of Wands 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 Heh Vau Heh (tetragrammaton), 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. Therefore, they are also the Fiery-Silence into which all things return.
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 now as a form of Christos. Be very cautious young magi, she is spontaneous and unforgiving and will annihilate your personality! But if there is any of the Eternal Fire unperverted in you, and your Will is unshakable even 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 history, 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 the biblical Jonah, Dagon who was the mate of Atargatis.
All in all, The Princess of Wands represents a mysteriously dark -fire, a power that is both irresistible and destructive. She may be misunderstood or misrepresented by the fearful. Such is the reality of all great passions. Like Mostaffa Jahalidine Rumi -a 12th century Sufi and poet stated: "Give me the burning"!
The Tarot of The Ages-Page of Batons
The Tarot of The Ages-depicts the traditional page instead of the princess. Either name, depicts the "carrier of Fire", whose pathway is the shaman, blacksmith, and hunter. Everything attributed to the Princess of Wands, applies here. Here we have represented the passionate sorcery of seduction as well. The swift cheetah waits patiently beside this "hunter", implying the patient but swift passion of this being. The fiery sky adorns this card, representing the fire element, as it does for all the baton cards in this deck.
When Page of Batons or the Princess of wands card is thrown during a divination it states:
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
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