The Rider-Waite-Smith King of Pentacles is most effective in illustrating the fecund growth of this Earthly Fire. Surrounding his throne- bound King, dressed in robes of greenery, is a dense growth of green plants. On his head he wears the royal crown, decorated with the five petaled rose of the Western Goddess and surrounded in a wreath of fertillity. The heads of the bulls on the thrown are a medieval symbol of fertility and the Lion heads show his link with the Sun. Waite's King holds the scepter of the Sun in one hand and a Pentacle, the symbol for earth and also mankind, on his lap with the other, acknowledging the union of male and female forces (Sun and Moon) in this one King. Dressed in a robe of harvest, the purple grapes also support the fact that this king is fertile and of good harvest; he sows well and therefore, reaps well. Hinting at his active battle status, underneath his robes, he shows an armored leg. However, here he is in repose and not in battle, as no sword is shown.
Faithful followers of this blog, know by now that Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth and ruling intelligence of the Kings and Thoth Knights is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity and is the dynamic motion that is projected as the kings or in the Thoth Deck, the Knights.
Because of Patriarchal rule of our cultures it is proper to think that Male came first and that Female came latter. This argument is also because of our short-sighted animal physical perspective on sexuality, where big strong stud is better than soft small female. 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 talking about the Supernal Triangle. Chokmah is the second Sephira and thus is also the force behind the four Deuces. The Personification of that force is represented in the four Knights (Thoth) or Kings (Rider-Waite-Smith). In other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth.
The Will to Force (Chokmah) and the Will to Form (Binah) united produce the Will - To - Be, i.e. The Divine Creative,which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am produces the idea of Being , which when "made manifest" is a "me" and/or a personality. Our concept of sexuality is in need of adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself Two.
THE THOTH KNIGHT OF DISKS:
Represents the Lord of the wild and fertile land and as such is the King of the elemental spirits of earth such as 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 most dense manifestation of the Elemental Yod (Fire) force he is the force behind fruition, and growth but tends to be slow. This fertility is represented in this card by the use of the Stag antlers on the Helm of the Knight or shown in the Rider-Waite-Smith deck as fecund plant growth. 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 (antlers), 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 he 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 or King the cycle of rebirth. The same fruition is implied by the corn (sacred to Isis-Ceres)) or fruitful plane that Thoth Knight's horse is grazing on. Thus he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that of solid nutrition. He is the most expressive force of fertility that is expressed through the legendary Green Man. In the Knight of Disks, this is the legendary green man in autumn, the time of harvest.
As a Archetypal personality, the Knight/King of Disks, is usually born as a dark hair man with dark eyes. Unless very well dignified, he is heavy, dull and material. He would be very laborious, clever, and patient in material matters; "A man of the sod".
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF DISKS or KING OF PENTACLES IS THROWN DURING A READING It implies:
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