The Babylonian Tarot- Princess of Wands, chooses the wife of the great god Marduk, Sarpanitu to represent this Tarot Court Card. Sarpanitu, was considered the principle goddess of Babylon and was often called "lady" or Belit as her husband, Marduk was often called Bel or "lord". In Acadia, she was called Erua, and worshiped as the goddess of pregnancy and child birth. One of her specialties was the protection of the unborn progeny. Hence, Sarpanitu was said to have knowledge concealed from men. This strikes true, for one of those concealed knowings, is that every homo sapiens form begins its form as female, and not until 8 weeks old, if the form is to be male, does a male sex begin to take shape. Another maybe that there is no male blood. All blood comes from the Mother, as we are formed of it, and nurtured by it as fetuses.
The priests of Babylon gave her the name of "seed-producing goddess" to affirm her connection with the god Marduk , who was deemed the god responsible for the renewal of Spring. Later, this became the Greek Hades and Persephone myth of spring.
The Babylonian Princess of Wands card, depicts Sarpanitu, heavy with child, with her face enlarged on the right side of the card. Below her face is a scepter.
In some tarot decks wands are called clubs but no matter what you call them, wands are the fiery nature of Spiritual expansion and expression. The Princess of Wands, is also a male person in some cards and is often called a Page. The divined meanings of this card are the same as that of the Thoth Card.
Since the Thoth Princess of Wands 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. She is both magnetic and electric; a free and liberated spirit that resides in all of us as a divine inheritance of rebirth and regeneration. This fiery expression is all about motion; "moving up" in new directions that fearless and energizing like her Sun wand. 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"!
She is a Solar -awareness that owns and runs her physical self as her own 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 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 Tarot they are sub-divide 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. Therefore, 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. 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 and beautiful things without need of possession.
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 abuse 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.
For myself, 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 Tempest like swiftness and vigor is to be "invoked"as heat stirs up the waters of an ocean, as 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. 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 hot-bed 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 predominately a "spasm of mood" and she is then 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 Tarot-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. Contrary to male belief, the Phallus belongs to her, and he is just the keeper of this force
which in Its the earliest stage of Primordial matter, is unwilled and violent.
It is important to remember that, although the small cards of which the Aces are the first, are sympathetic to their numbered Sephiroth, they are not identical nor are they Divine Personae as are the Court Cards. 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 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 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, 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 He, often called the secret Hebrew name for God, is attributed to the Court Cards, where Yod, is attributed to Knights, He-to Queens, Vau =is attributed to Princes and the last He-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.
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 sub-divided 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 Scarlett 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 as a persona. Be very cautious young magi, she is spontaneous and unforgiving! But if there is any of the Eternal Fire un-perverted 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 ancient myth, 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 Oannes Jonah. Dagon was Atargatis’s mate. Lots of fun researching this!
All in all, The Princess of Wands represents a mysteriously dark power of the Creatrix-Personality that is both irresistible and endowed with great force. She may be misunderstood or misrepresented by misuse. Such is the reality of all great passions. She'll be looked upon with fear by men of weak character.
When the Princess of wands card is thrown during a divination it states:
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