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The Tarot of Eli: The Babylonian Tarot- King of Disks-Ninurta & The Thoth Tarot- Knight of Disks

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons of the Hermetic Qabalah.

The Babylonian Tarot- King of Disks-Ninurta, displays the head of the "Lord of arable land", Ninurta, who was a very popular War God of ancient Mesopotamia. From the earliest days of Sumer to the later days of Assyria, was he worshiped. The Hebrew scribes called him Nimrod-" the mighty hunter before the Lord" and in the 19th Century, many scholars called him Ninib. Just as the War god Mars, he was both involved with the fertility of the land and War. Ninurta was considered to be the agricultural god, Ningirsu, which was considered an older local form of Ninurta. Being both warrior god and god of agriculture, Ninurta , was known as "Lord plough" and "Master of the Fields". He was also noted for his stormy temperament, due to his origin as an ancient thunder god and god of spring rain. Therefore, he had many other titles, such as "the courageous one", " the mighty one of the gods". Both these facets of Ninurta were revealed in the story of Asag and Ninurta, from the Sumerian poem titled, Lugale. Besides his battle with Asag, he had many other battles, with many other combatants, causing scholars to believe that he was the inspiration for the later Greek stories of the Labor of Hercules.

Ninurta had a powerful weapon, a mace called Sharur -"Smasher of Thousands". This weapon had its own intelligence and could speak. Ninurta also had the power to summon the 7 of Battle, who could create whirlwinds. To the Assyrians, he was considered the son of Ashur and Ishtar and his wife was Gula, the goddess of healing.

Displayed on the Babylonian Tarot Card, is rugged looking man who is both farmer and seasoned warrior and the plough, of which he was Lord of. He is both comfortable in the barely field and the field of Battle. A disk is also displayed on the card.

When the Babylonian Tarot- King of Disks is thrown in divination:

  • A mature man/or person, who is laborious, patient, reliable, brave, resourceful, practical, loyal, methodical and conservative. 
  • Expansive force.
  • A good business person. 
  • A good worker and dependable provider. 

If reversed:

  • A person who is greedy, materialistic, dull, slow, crude or unintelligent.
  • A corrupt business person or competitor. 

Faithful followers of my blog (eli-lsmerchantile.com) know that Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity.

Now there are those who think that Male came first, or that Female came first; well let’s just say that they think only in linear time aided by our short-sighted physical-cultural perspective on sexuality. The startling fact to some, is that if you come up with the idea of Male, then you come up with the idea of female at the same moment. There is no male concept without the concept of female and vise verse. So the argument of whom came first, is null and void when intellectually talking about the Supernal Triangle of Kether, Chokman and Binah.

The Will to Force (Chokmah) and the Will to Form (Binah) united produce the Will - To – Be; which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am produces the idea of Being and that being is a - Me. Our concept of sexuality is in need of adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself two so it could be many. But by just looking at the figure 8, we can see one circle, twisted upon itself. Hence, we have one who is two. The Divine He and She.

Chokmah is the second Sephiroth and thus is the force behind the 4 Deuces. The Personification of that force is represented in the four Knights/Kings. In other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth.

THE KNIGHT OF DISKS:

Represents the Lord of the wild and fertile land and as such is the King of the elemental spirits of earth; for instance, the Gnomes. The zodiacal attributes to this card are the last Decan of Leo and the first two Decans of Virgo.

Being that the Knight of Disks is the densest manifestation of the Elemental Yod force, he is the force behind fruition, and growth but tends to be slow. This powerful fertility is represented in this card by the use of the Stag antlers on the Helm of the Knight. The understanding of the mythical animal images of the middle ages, comes in handy here, as the Stag is the beast that ate the serpent (received wisdom) and in so doing sheds its skin, any illness and old age, just as a serpent does. So to make a long and wonderful story short, the Stag represents the Knights power to regenerate as does the organic matter it is a symbol of.

Many of us have seen the Fire of Earth, in its volcanic upheavals; however, how often do we realized that Volcanism is Earth regenerating itself? Thus is the Fire of Earth that is the Knight; fleeting yet he is also the cycle of rebirth. The same fruition is implied by the corn or fruitful plane that his horse is grazing on. Thus he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that of solid nutrition.

Since the Tarot Court Cards represent the 16 Archetypes of personality, a person born during the time of August 11 to September 11, has a core personality of the Knight/King of Disks. In other words, their personality was built around this archetype, and they shall have the characteristics associated with this archetype. Besides being the querent this card can be someone central to their life.

WHEN THE KNIGHT OF DISKS IS THROWN DURING A READING:

It implies:

  • A concern for the body and good health.
  • A doctor or herbalist concerned with health.
  • The querent is showing the spirit of fertilization, as joyous practicality, steadfastness, reliability and is an epitome of material success.
  • Generous, courageous but is not prone to seeking adventure.
  • Ordinary activity, in social position, accomplishments, experiencing a success that is relaxed and enjoyed.
  • A mature reliable, dependable, and wise male upon whom others may depend on and with whom they lay their burdens.
  • A dark male, who is both courageous and lethargic in tendencies. However driven in matters of material success. 
  • A good financial provider who understands and likes work knowing it leads to financial security.
  • The querent may be such a person or involved with such a person in their life. 

If ill dignified the surrounding cards or position in the reading would support this understanding.

  • A person who is greedy, materialistic, dull, slow, crude or unintelligent.
  • A corrupt business person or competitor. 

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