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The Tarot of Eli-Court Cards: Thoth- Princess of Swords & Gothic Tarot- Knave of Swords

Western Qabalistic, Tantric, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Gothic Tarot

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Thoth-Princess of Swords

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 the Princess of Swords card and as a psychopomps she also represents Artemis and 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 is 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.

The Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie, represent the influence of Heaven on Earth. As stated, there is a representation of the "Anger of the Gods" here. Helmed in a Medusa headdress, she flies 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. In the Norse mythology she is a psychopomps, one who collects the warrior dead and carries them to Valhalla (see below).

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/Will", 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.

Valkyrie

Organization

In Norse mythology, a Valkyrie is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle, the Valkyries take their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. There, the deceased warriors become einherjar. When the einherjar are not preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the Valkyries bear them mead. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens and sometimes connected to swans or horses.

Gothic Tarot- Knave of Swords

The Gnostic Tarot- Knave of Swords, uses the old traditional medieval Tarot title for this court card. Knaves where usually effeminate looking teenagers and therefore, safe to use as images in a theocratic world of myogenic and fundamental religious terrorism. To use the Princess as a title, would show that one understood the Jewish YHVH and/or Tetragramaton; the secret name of god. In medieval Christian culture, this knowledge was punishable by death.

In Crowley's time, it was deemed safe to know of the mysteries of YHVH . Allowing him to use the Princess title. Here, in the Gothic Art of Anne Stokes, a feminine angel, hence, Valkyrie- psychopomps, whose girdle hangs in the shape of a sword, seems to be in prayer, invoking the light from the heavens.  

When this 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.
  • Clear sightedness. 
  • insight.
  • Objectivity.

If ill dignified, by surrounding cards:

  • 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.
  • She or he is either a mood fighter or defensive to the point of rash decisions.
  • Aggressive. 
  • Fragmentation.
  • Destructivity.

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