In Traditional Tarot, there are no princesses, however, there were and are the androgynous figure of a page. This was because in the medieval misogynistic society of Christian moral control, women were considered to be of "Satan" and the cause of man's down fall in the Garden of Eden. Obviously this is nonsense, but it did succeed in destroying the matriarchal society and in keeping the women from owning property and voting.
Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris, did not believe in such nonsense, and did understand the secret of Tetragrammaton and Yod Heh Vau Heh. The Princesses represent the last or final Heh, and represent the ultimate issue of the Original Energy, in its completion, crystallization, its materialization. The four figures, King, Queen, Prince and Princess, in all suits, and in combination as the 16 figures represents Tetragrammaton.
The Tarot of The Old Path-Page of Swords, shows a youth with a shy expression, holding a sword defensively as he glances over his shoulder. The mushrooms in his left hand symbolize suspicion.
Hence, the character of this page is malicious and untrustworthy.
The yellow uniform of this page, represents the element of air and the military cut of his clothing, suggests that this one belongs to some type of institution.
Here we have a young boy or girl, brown eyed with dark hair, who is a young member or inmate of some institution; school, reformatory or military establishment.
This tarot card seems to suggest that we have here a dubious person of malicious intent. Could even be a spy, messenger or communicant. This one's intellect is very bright, but bent toward distrust.
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.
There is some suggestion of the Valkyrie, in this card but she also represents Artemis with 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, whose fire has 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 Idea. Much like Michelangelo who was known for his perceptive chisel that cleaved away what was not the image he saw in the marble.
As stated, the Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie, represent the influence of Heaven on Earth. Hence, 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"), as shown by her sword stabbing downward. All around her angry storms rage in the sky.
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 exceeding rare and they appear to be "Children of Misfortune" which seems to be the unhappy of people. However, their Soul knows what it is doing, and sharp chisels are needed to "cut away the dross" so that the real beauty can be revealed.
Since Princesses are the "throne of Spirit", the Princess of Swords has the option of "throwing everything overboard" and/or "blowing everything sky high." Again, the Character of this personality Archetype, is stern, and revengeful. Her logic is destructive, as she is both firm and aggressive. She also shows great practical wisdom in material things. Being adroit at controversy, when affairs are controversial in nature, she shows great cleverness and dexterity in the practical management of these affairs.
When the Princess or Page of Swords Tarot 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.
She or he is either a mood fighter or defensive to the point of rash decisions
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.
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