Thoth-Knight of Wands
Lord of the Flame and the Lightning; The King of the Spirits of Fire; King of the Salamanders.
The Lightning Lord of the Knight of Wands, is called the King of Wands in most other decks. Crowley wanted dynamic motion and protection applied to his Kings as well as the medieval romance of YHVH represented in his King Cards (Queen,King, Princess and Prince), so they are rendered as Armored Knights on Horses/Chargers. The Court Cards are roughly descriptive of persons whose Sun or rising sign at their nativity which falls within the Zodiacal attribution of the card.
The Knight of Wands
represents the fiery part of Fire---The Lightning flash--- and he rules from the 21st degree of Scorpio to the 20th degree of Sagittarius. Obviously this is an active personality archetype; so active that he has been called the god Valraven by the Danes. Valraven was said to be the one that gave the secret of magic to mankind, much like the Greek god Prometheus gave fire to mankind. Valraven becomes Hel’s husband king and lord of the underworld. The myth supports the qualities of generosity, fierceness, impetuosity, pride, impulsiveness, and swiftness in what is most often unpredictable actions. However, if ill defined, he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted and brutal. In Thoth Tarot, this ill definition will be shown by the nature of the cards around him.
Because he is "as a lightning flash”, if he fails in his first effort, he has no resource. Obviously, when needed, this Personality trait can be helpful when the goal is known, and the issue at hand is well thought out. However, this is not the trait of this card, so the Querent is advised to be apprehensive, yet calm and resolute while being energetic while being aware of untimely action and go forward with confidence of their own ability. This is a revolutionary personality, startling in its passion, and perilous in its charge as shown with the Dark Horse leaping. Lots of Primal Sex Force, (represented by the flaming Ace of Wands in his hand) which is also the masculine aspect of Kundalini in the lightning sense of masculine electric force in the sphere of Malkuth. Well placed, the Knight of Wands persona has the power to face all odds. Such King/Knight of Wands personalities known to us moderns are:
Indira Gandhi Born-Nov 19, 1917 ;
Robert Kennedy-Novemeber, 20, 1925- ;
Mary Queen of Scots-Dec 08, 1542.
Robert Fulton, Nov 14, 1765
Frank Sinatra, Dec. 12, 1915
all of whom were born with the core personality of the Knight of Wands. The Explosive Nature of this Knight of Wands, is well depicted on Lady Frieda Harris's flaming image, as if he is riding a rocket shaped like a black Charger and that comes with great risk! If the aim is off, or if there is not enough fuel, s/he will crash in a most dramatic way. If there is too much fuel, there will be a personality explosion. However, if everthing goes well, this launch is one of spectacular success.
As history shows, a real steady mind is needed to handle such explosive force/yod power and the only safe bet is that this force is well contained in the Magnetic Force of the Female- Anima-within or in a relationship with another individual. The Cooling forces of the "Water" (woman) aspect of magnetic female force are needed here for without this Female balance this personality is quick to anger which easily flashes into rages and violence. If a lot of cup cards, or a Princess or Queen are thrown in this reading, the querent may rest assured that the water is there to handle and/or contain this volatile personality.
Haindl Tarot-Brahma-Father of Wands in the East-King of Wands
The Haindl Tarot-King of Wands depicts art that is much influence by the Hindu. This is because Hermann Haindl was much influenced by the Eastern philosophy. Brahma is shown in the Trimurti of Creator, Preserver, and Destoryer, . The Tanric sees Kali as these three aspects of the One; However, most Hindus attribute these 3 characteristics to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Anyway you choose to name the Trinity, Hindu theology teaches that they all came from one source, which in Qabalistic Tarot is Kether.
The 4 arms of Brahma indicate he has power beyond human limitationsm the 4 Universal elements, the 4 directions and the 4 Yugas,the great ages in each cycle of creation. Interestingly, Haindl painted a foot print above Brahma's 4 blending heads, which is authentic symbology for linking The Father of the East to the Father of the West, Big Foot. The Priestly caste , is depicted by the cord across his chest and the white cloth. Religious laws, are shown by the scroll in one hand, a cup holds milk, and the spoon stirs the milk over the sacred fire.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF WANDS or KING OF WANDS-BRAHMA, IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION: It implies:
- Humane ideals.
- The Moral qualities of Activity, fierceness, impetuosity, impulsiveness, and swiftness in unpredictable actions.
- A spiritual evolutionary, who is shedding old perceptions for new spiritual insight.
- Much movement and energy while experiencing a new conviction.
- Releasing and letting go of an old identity or self-image.
- An entrepreneur who is achievement oriented, creative and self-expressive.
- Positive male power personality that has the energy to handle long term goals, and handle extremely complex situations.
- Full of wit and charm, having a warm good nature, a sense of humor and love of fun.
- A calm and possibly stuffy person.
- A rooted quality that gives strength.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl), it implies:
- Despotic natue.
- Intellectual Snobbishness.
- Confusion and the resulting weakness it creates.