The Witches Tarot -King of Pentacles, follows the traditional tarot depictions of kings and pentacles, rather than Knights and Disks. Crowley's opinions are often not traditional. He say his Kings as Battle Kings, and/or Knights of War. Much more active than the traditional king who sits on his throne.
The Witches Tarot-King of Pentacles, depicts a handsome, dark hair, bearded king, staring at a large golden pentacle in his lap. He is surrounded with the Royal color of purple and holds a purple and gold scepter. All indications of his Royal right to rule. Around his neck is a chain of office, studded with emeralds and on his head is a crown studded with the same green stone. In the language of jewels, emeralds are supposed to enhance patience. The king is also wearing chain mail under his royal robes, indicating that he is able to defend his kingdom. The grape vines, complete with ripe grapes, indicates he is fertile, virile, prosperous and lord of plenty. What can barely be seen, is the White Hart herald emblazoned on his chest. The White Hart or Stag, represents royalty. Behind the king is a turreted castle, implying that the quest for knowledge is complete. The basic meaning of this card is the same as in the Thoth Tarot.
Faithful followers of my blog (eli-lsmerchantile.com) know that Chokmah, the Sephiroth of the Kings/Knights, is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity.
Now there are those who think that Male came first, or that Female came first; well let’s just say that they think only in linear time aided by our short-sighted physical-cultural perspective on sexuality. 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 intellectually talking about the Supernal Triangle and/or upper triangle of the Tree of Life.
The Will to Force (Chokmah) and the Will to Form (Binah) united produce the Will - To – Be; which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am produces the idea of Being and that being is a - Me. Our concept of sexuality is in need of adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself two so it could be many, which is shown as 0=8.
Chokmah is the second Sephiroth and thus is the force behind the four Deuces and the Personification of that force is represented in the four Knights/Kings. In other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth.
THE KNIGHT OF DISKS:
Represents the Lord of the wild and fertile land and as such is the King of the elemental spirits of earth; for instance, 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 densest manifestation of the Elemental Yod force, he is the force behind fruition, and growth but tends to be slow. This powerful fertility is represented in this card by the use of the Stag antlers on the Helm of the Knight. 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, along with any illness and old age, just as a serpent does. So to make a long and wonderful story short, the Stag represents the Knight's power to regenerate as does the organic matter it 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, fleeting yet he is also the cycle of rebirth. The same fruition is implied by the corn or fruitful plane that his horse is grazing on. Thus he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that of solid nutrition.
Those born under the Tarot sign of the Knight of Disks or King of Pentacles, have the same personal characteristics assign to the King of Pentacles or Disks.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF DISKS OR KING OF PENTACLES IS THROWN DURING A READING:
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