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 as Will. The Princess of Wands, is also a male person in some cards and is often called a Page. However, the Pages were traditionally drawn as an effeminate male and/or androgynous figure. Being a spontaneously joyous figure, this one knows that tact and diplomacy will bring the best results in any future result. The Pages are traditionally androgynous cards and Aliester Crowley replaced them with Princesses, simply because of the formula of Tetragrammaton ( Yod Heh Vau Heh)is well met with Princesses who are Daughters of the Queen and the Thrones of the Aces. Knaves just didn't work in that Qabalistic formula which is well explained in his Book of Thoth.
Since the Page 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 as shown by the figure walking on a pepper plant, holding a paper lantern on a fruited wand, while waving good by to past relationships and looking forward, fearlessly to new ones. Interestingly, this is a Chinese paper lantern, which slyly implies the Chinese Tiger image of the Thoth Card. To "Grab the Tiger by the Tail" is the traditional expression of going forth fearlessly.
On the Crowley card The Princess of Wands, has the tiger by the tail! Implying her fearlessness. Her many Western magic names are, Princess of the Shinning Flame, The Rose of the Palace of Fire, Princess and Empress of the Salamanders, The Throne of the Ace of Wands.
She is Earth of Fire, the personification of Specific Earth and Primal Fire. She is the Bride of Microsoprosopus (Microcosm), as Heh final of Yod Heh Vau Heh, she is therefore known as the inferior Mother. Young and immature, she represents a young planet that owns and runs her physical self as a Solar Wand. 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.
She is both magnetic and electric; a free and liberated spirit that is conjoined with the Tiger of Fire, that produces the Season of Spring and resides in all of us as a divine inheritance of will-fire. This is all about motion; "moving up" in new directions, fearlessly as she is pulled forward with her Sun wand. She is an expression of immature female sexuality, and therefore, isn't ready to "settle down" with anyone but can "burn the socks" off of any lover.
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.
On the Thoth Card, Lady Freda Harris illustrated this Princess of flame, totally exposed and seemingly defenseless she boldly expresses her new motion and therefore, 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"!
As before stated, the Princesses have no zodiac attributions, yet they represent four types of human personalities. 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 Deck 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, thus 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 without 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, as the Divine Frenzy "To Be" has created every form as motion in space and this type of person is a thrill to behold and to a Prince of Wands, the proper mate of the moment, as his swiftness and vigor is to be "invoked" and 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 Magic (k) 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 cruel, unreliable, faithless and domineering.
To meditate on this card, as an elemental contact, is to invoke the Primal "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 Phoenix wings!
When the Princess/Page of wands card is thrown during a divination it states:
- That it is time to express one's sense of Freedom (from the Anglo-Saxon Free-doom--which means "I choose my own death".), adventure, passion to be and initiating something new.
- If you are male, it points to the anima within you that doesn't want to be limited or obstructed by fear.
- This is the symbol of the ultimate free spirit within us all that overcomes fear and accelerates creative purpose.
- We are all "star seeds" and have a deep inner fiery nature that will not be subdued. If oppressed, this fire can come out in dangerous ways.
- This person’s inner passion is being, channeled in life.
- Tack and diplomacy will bring best results, so calm down a little.
- Don't hesitate to ask for assistance, and get it off your chest.
- One is restless and irritable, wanting to be free.
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