The Knight of Wands in the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck is comparable to the Prince of Wands in the Thoth Tarot Deck. This Prince is a Prometheus, who has stolen Zeus's fire and brought it to mankind.
The Rider-Waite Knight of Wands, is rather less spectacular and has no mention of the Queen. His yellow salamander bedecked outer garment, and the fiery plume like helmet decoration along with the inner red of the garment, suggest fire which is the cards element. His wand is the leafing, and therefore, a fertile, phallic staff that is relative to the medieval Tarot decks. His fiery stead, is moving in an aggressive manner giving us an implication of his motive power.
In the Qabalistic Tarot of Thoth, according to the paradigm of Yod Heh Vau Heh, Princess are the Son of the Queen and King and whose mate is the Princesses, thus they are governed by Tiphareth-Beauty, the Son (Sun) of the Divine Creative.
The Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their chariots; a mobile platform which represent the Queen's stabilizing action.
The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elemental forces) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qaballah. They are very ancient symbols for the elements of multi-religious belief systems. Appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the Four Animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, and they are the four symbols of the Christian Evangelists, and the four elements of Pythagorean Alchemy.
In the vastness of Kether, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. Anthropomorphically personified, The Princes are the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar- Personality, the Four Princes are the Archetypal Elemental Kings in ourselves known as Elohim Malechim.
It should be no surprise then, that the Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will. Thus, the forces of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty; the unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be evil. The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive and last but not least, the material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The Grounding Element for the Princes lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants.
When thrown during Divination, the Princess often represent the coming and going of an event or person.
THE PRINCE OF WANDS:
is Air of Fire or Specific Air of Primal Fire. His power is tremendous, so Lady Frieda Harris, the artist of the Thoth Tarot attempted to show the swiftness of his foundation of motion, that is being pulled by Leo (the Sun) the Lion; Swift, because of his enormous strength that can go any direction, even unto violence if angered. The Thoth deck card, shows the marital Prince holding the Phoenix Wand of Geburah, and thus wields the fiery Severity of Geburah.
Ruling from the 21st degree of Cancer to the 20th degree of Leo, he is endowed with a powerful faculty for expanding and volatilizing. His arms are free of armor and mail, as he is vigorous and active. As you can see, he is aflame in every way above, the Solar-ray crown surrounded by a winged Lion head sending from his crown a curtain of flame, suggesting the Solar Logos. In his left hand (side of the Goddess) he holds the Phoenix Wand of Power and Energy, while the other is holding the reigns of the Lion . His sexual energy is renowned and spontaneous.
The Thoth Deck Card stresses the Solar Power of this Inner Elemental Prince archetype that resides in all of us. Hence, With wheels radiating flame, he rides on a sea of flame, both waved and salient. He is the resurrection of a personality that has returned from the fiery baptism of the "Sun/Son" and/or Soul. Hence, he is cleansed of man-made identity, by the fire of his Soul; being returned to the original spiritual identity the Soul/Psyche had created. In other words, what is considered "good or bad" to the cultural slave thinking of mankind, does not exist in this one. Willful passion powers his/her life. Since, this card is about Persona, it can be either the significator for a male or female of a species sexuality. However, the common practice, is to use the Princess of Wands for one who is born under the Princes's significator on the Tarot wheel of birth.
The Prince of Wands or the Knight of Wands card describe a Personality that is :
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