Thoth- Knight of Swords
The 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah is the beginning state of conscious energy that is masculine in action. Chokmah (wisdom) is the "idea of male" and its mate, Binah (understanding), is the "idea of Female". Now we have the concepts of Father-Mother God and/or the Divine Creative.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephiroth called---Wisdom, is also the Force behind the four 2's and the 4 Knights.
The 2's symbolize the Forces of the 4 active battle Kings, who are Knights, in Thoth Tarot and the 4 Queens bring about the uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight-Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.
The Knight of Swords, is also known in Qaballah as Lord of Winds and Breezes. King of the Elemental Spirits of the Air, the Sylphs and Sylphides. This is a very Strong masculine mental force whose zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Taurus and the first two Decans of Gemini. Here we have Specific Fire in Primal Air that is the personification of a Force behind the World of Astral/ Universal Collective Unconscious Images and ideas. This Power is violent, aggressive, and a cutting edged force that is much like an overheated wind. He is storm and violent emotion applied to an apparently manageable mind.
The symbols of this Violent Mental Movement, is depicted in the art of the Knight of Swords, as his maddened steed is charging down from the heavens, with Tempest about, and armed with both sword and poniard; he is the very personification of the idea of attack. The Bull like power of Taurus is represented in his steed and the Twins of Gemini are shown in his armament. The crest on his Helm is a revolving wing, showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into submission and pointing out the 4 directions that he can turn to at any moment much like a dragonfly can. Implying that he can change direction of his thoughts in an instant.
Such a character, if personal, would be that of a person who is:
- Clever, skillful, active and subtle.
- Being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragonfly, does not keep him from being prey to his ideas which come as inspiration without consideration.
All of this changes when this card is ill dignified. If such occurs, he is incapable of decisions or purpose, and any action he takes is so weakened by his mental indecision that it is easily brushed aside by opposition. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.
However, we choose to dignify this Knight-King, he is the "Extended Flame of mind" as *Zoroaster, who perfectly represents the Knight of Swords Personality, called this mental force. Here the True Will to Force, as Chokmah is exploding the Mind. The Taurian influence, makes it steadfast and the first Decanate of Gemini makes it inspirational, thus an Idea tends to absorb the entire life of the individual in the blinding light of concentrated aspiration. Therefore, the Knight of Swords implies the danger to this state of mind, for the first Decan is also known as "shortened force" and that shortened force is symbolized by the poniard; shortened force often comes off as defensive and stubborn behavior.
For other uses, see Zoroaster
"Zarathustra" redirects here. For other uses, see Zarathustra
19th-century Indian-Zoroastrian perception of Zoroaster derived from a figure that appears in a 4th-century sculpture at Taq-e Bostan in south-western Iran. The original is now believed to be either a representation of Mithra or Hvare-khshaeta.
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Atar (fire), a primary symbol of Zoroastrianism
Zoroaster (/ˈzɒroʊæstər/, UK also /ˌzɒroʊˈæstər/; Greek: Ζωροάστρης Zōroastrēs), also known as Zarathustra (/ˌzærəˈθuːstrə/, UK also /ˌzɑːrə-/; Avestan: 𐬰𐬀𐬭𐬀𐬚𐬎𐬱𐬙𐬭𐬀 Zaraθuštra), Zarathushtra Spitama or Ashu Zarathushtra (Persian: زرتشت), was an ancient Iranian prophet (spiritual leader) who founded what is now known as Zoroastrianism. His teachings challenged the existing traditions of the Indo-Iranian religion and inaugurated a movement that eventually became the dominant religion in Ancient Persia. He was a native speaker of Old Avestan and lived in the eastern part of the Iranian Plateau, but his exact birthplace is uncertain.
There is no scholarly consensus on when he lived. Some scholars, using linguistic and socio-cultural evidence, suggest a dating to somewhere in the second millennium BC. Most scholars date him in the 7th and 6th century BC as a near-contemporary of Cyrus the Great and Darius I, while some have speculated on datings as far back as the sixth millennium BC. Zoroastrianism eventually became the official religion of Ancient Persia and its distant subdivisions from the 6th century BC to the 7th century AD. Zoroaster is credited with authorship of the Gathas as well as the Yasna Haptanghaiti, hymns composed in his native dialect, Old Avestan, and which comprise the core of Zoroastrian thinking. Most of his life is known from these texts. By any modern standard of historiography, no evidence can place him into a fixed period, and the historicization surrounding him may be a part of a trend from before the 10th century that historicizes legends and myths.
Santa Muerte-King of Swords
The advice of the Dead:
You do not need to deal with and argument directly, one you already know you can win, but rather direct your efforts towards more profitable emotional objectives.
The Santa Muerte-King of Swords, uses the traditional tarot title for this court card. The imposing Santa Muerte figure, seems to be the image of an South American dictator, whose facial features are both shouting and the Ace of Spades, which is the playing card suit that represents swords. The embossed machete, is the prefered "sword" of the area. Therefore, this card represents dominion, security and justice as understood by the Patriarchy.
The King of Swords represents a shrewd and intelligent personality. If ill dignified, he exhibits excessive rationale and methodicalness and becomes very cold and calculating. Pure mind must be tempered by heart/empathy/Understanding (the feminine), to really aid in advancement of personality by avoiding the snare of thinking everything is about security. Therefore, this one must remember to keep one's heart open, empathy and Understanding will direct the mind properly.
WHEN THE KNIGHT/KING OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
The querent is or may be experiencing:
- The Will to transcend.
- An analytical period, where the power of idea and motion come into play.
- Letting go of old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve the motion of the individual.
- The querent is a person of tough- minded common sense which is usually based on preconception and prejudicial determinations.
- The arrogance of a powerful mind turns on itself in its own desire for control.
- Tends to judge harshly but with scrupulous fairness.
- A lawyer, senator or doctor.
- Mastery of creativity and confusion, as he sees new points of view, while brainstorming new thoughts that vent the mind.
- Intellectual, and mental prowess whose only emotion is to control.
- A strong personality of fiery emotion and powerful thought.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Too much emphasis on mind.
- Emotional coldness.
- Biting and cynical criticism.
- Dazzling ambiguity.
- Fickle instability.
- The snare of thinking.
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