The dramatic archetype-Knight of Wands, is called the King of Wands in most traditional tarot decks. Crowley wanted dynamic motion and protection applied to his Kings so they are rendered as Armored Knights on Horses as Battle Kings in the Thoth Tarot. The Court Cards are roughly descriptive of persons whose Sun or rising sign at their nativity, 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.
Fire is this one's Universal Element, and therefore, is an active personality archetype that has been called the god Valravn by the Danes. Valravn was said to be the one that gave the secret of magic to mankind, much like the Greek god Prometheus gave fire/magic to mankind. Valravn 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.
Because he is "as a lightning flash”, if he fails in his first effort, he has no resource and now is uncertain of what to do so this one may lash out in anger. 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 spontaneous card, so the Querent is advised to be apprehensive, yet calm and resolute while being energetic. Beware of untimely action and go forward with awareness and confidence of their own ability.
This is a revolutionary Chokmah personality, startling in its passion, and perilous in its charge as shown with the Dark Horse leaping. Being "Will to Force", he is primeval Sex Force, (represented by the flaming Ace of Wands in his hand) which is Kundalini in the lightning sense of masculine electric force. A real steady mind is needed to handle such explosive force/god power and the only safe bet is that this force is well contained in the Magnetic Force of the Female--within or in an intimate 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. Hence, the Kundalini (inner soul) is a combination of female and masculine spiral energy. Here is needed the Venus-Mars marriage of mythology.
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. If male, he serves his Queen/mate to the death but also demands that she be loyal. Since he is as "lightning" once he gives his "heart" to his mate, he has no other recourse but to always be her lover. If that relationship doesn't pan out, if the relationship runs afoul of loyalty, he will become a stalker for he is "unable" to leave the one his heart is dedicated to.
This is a great personality, bold, adventurous, and a "Proper Spear Point" in battle, as long as there is the Female empathy, and mercy qualities balancing it. Otherwise, a perfect demon whose only goal is force. Fiery part of Fire is not easily contained and the person or querent who has this personality archetype will raise up just fine from childhood, if they have understanding parents who won't try to "drug them down" from high levels of activity but rather channel this powerful person into many activities that capture their attention. This one needs challenges and goals, to feel balanced and happy. Needless to say, active parents work well with this child personality. Abusive parents will easily turn this bright flame into a horrendous monster. We have the Fire of a Dragon here! This is the fiery nature of the Yod [Spirit] which in the mind is shown as a Fiery-Will. It may help you to know that Spirit is Power and is not always friendly. Spirit is will---and sometimes great will without empathy, can cause great harm!
The Tarot of The Ages- King of Batons, depicts an African King whose ostrich feather headdress hides the Sun. Implying his intellect is fiery and a seeker of visions. His dreams stir up lightning and his power is of light-blond lion and of darkness-dark lion. His baton is crowned with fire, as this is his element.
Again, we have the Chokmah Power (2nd Sephiroth) depicted in an archetypal persona. This one is tired of listening to ghosts and communing with stones, he needs a definite goal and/ or a vision, to go after with his Will to Force. For good or ill can this fiery persona devote itself. So once again, this one needs a "Binah"(3rd Sephiroth) to Understand him and mellow out his fiery soul, with love and attention.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF WANDS or KING OF BATONS ARE THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- 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 powerful person of fiery nature, energetic, hard to control, attractive and sometimes dangerous.
- Honest and conscientious person.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- He is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted and brutal.
- Somewhat excessive and exaggerated ideas.
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