THE PRINCESS OF SWORDS,
Represents the earthly part of Air. She is the fixation of the Volatile. She represents the influence of Heaven on Earth and brings about the materialization of idea. The Druid Craft Tarot, has chosen an image of a Virginal Priestess, rather than a "Shield Maiden" of the Celts and Saxons. She seems to be more of the element of water, than Air, as she is dressed in the blues of water. However, around her are the yellow colored clouds, that suggest the yellow- element of Air. There is no real implication of her ability as a psychopomp, guide of the souls of the dead, here. However, the falcon in the sky was an often used symbol of such abilities. I would really believe she is Spring time, rather than the Mood fighter Princess of Swords. In my opinion, this card falls short of its implied meaning. This is a very rare occurrence in the art of the Druid Craft Tarot.
There is some suggestion of the Valkyrie, in the Thoth Princess of Swords card but she also represents Artemis and characteristics of Minerva. To some extent, she represents the anger of the gods, and wears a helm of serpent crest, that symbolizes the serpent-haired Medusa. The heavens and clouds whirl about angrily, while she is stabbing downward with her sword. In the back ground is a profaned altar of Spring Time, whose fire is gone out due to lack of attention which seems to anger this Valkyrie. With Her Sword of "volatile Mind" she cleaves away the dross, so the pure essence is seen as a materialization of new Ideas. Much like Michelangelo who was known for his perceptive chisel that cleaved away what was not the image he saw in the marble.
The Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie of the Saxons, represent the influence of Heaven on Earth. As stated, there is a representation of the "Anger of the Gods" here, and she is helmed in a Medusa headdress. She stands in front of a barren altar, as if to avenge its profanation (The Human Soul is the altar---the profanation is "indoctrination of culture" that has taken the "light" out of human souls, as shown by her sword stabbing downward. All around her angry storms rage in the sky.
Hence, the Archetype personality of the Princess of Swords is of a stern and revengeful nature. She is firm, aggressive and wields destructive logic with great practical wisdom and subtlety in material things. Her natural cleverness and adroitness in managing controversial affairs makes her a master of settling controversies. She would be a good ambassador. People thus characterized, may seem slow mentally, crushed by every responsibility, especially when it comes to family affairs. We must remember that the Princesses represent the "Throne of Spirit", and that the Princess of Swords has the option of "blowing everything sky high"...she has that potency of mind.
If ill dignified her qualities are dispersed, she becomes incoherent, and all her gifts form into an animal cleverness, a low cunning, that is unworthy of the means.
Thankfully, such personalities are less common than others and they often appear to be "Children of Misfortune" which seems to be the most unhappy of people. However, their Soul knows what it is doing, and sharp mental chisels are needed to "cut away the dross" so that the real beauty can be revealed.
THE PRINCESS OF SWORDS,
Represents the earthly part of Air. She is the fixation of the Volatile. She represents the influence of Heaven on Earth and brings about the materialization of idea. In Tibetan Lore, she represents the nature of the KHA DRO MA, who are Psychopomps of the dead.
When this card is thrown during a reading,
· It may represent a young woman or young man with brown hair and blue eyes who shows great wisdom.
· Strength, acuteness, subtleness in material things.
· She or he is graceful and has great dexterity.
If ill dignified,
· She or he is both frivolous and cunning.
· Often she becomes incoherent as all her talents tend to combine forming a species of low cunning. This produces a kind of mental slowness and her mind becomes the prey of constant anxiety, crushed by every kind of responsibility, especially in family affairs.
· She or he is either a mood fighter or defensive to the point of rash decisions.
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