The dramatic Knight of Wands, is called the King of Wands in more traditional tarot decks. Crowley wanted the actions of dynamic motion and aggressive protection applied to his Kings so they are rendered as Armored Knights on Chargers. 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.
This is an active personality archetype that 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. In Norse mythology, 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.
If ill defined, he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted and brutal. This ill definition will be shown by 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 of "lightning flash" 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 persona, 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 Knight can be called a revolutionary personality, startling in its passion, and perilous in its charge as shown with the Dark Horse leaping. Lots of 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 a relationship with another individual or lady of water. 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(Anima) is there to handle and/or contain this volatile personality.
Some consider this to be a warlike personality, bold, adventurous, and a "Proper Spear Point" in battle,, which can be a problem in daily life. However,as long as there is the Female empathy, and understanding qualities balancing this animus, we have a generous, courageous warrior and protector of the downtrodden . He stands for a personality of great confidence and idealistic striving, much like King Louis XIV. Even if he is showing signs of self-overestimation of his own capacities, he is still always striving for better solutions. He represents a mature man who is proud, strong, clever and honorable, strongly motivated and forcefully assertive. This one is boss, entrepreneur, organizer or politician.
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. Needless to say, active parents work well with this child personality. Abusive parents will easily turn this bright flame into a horrendous conflagration. We have the Fire of a Dragon here! This is the fiery nature of the Yod [Spirit] which in the One Mind is shown as a Fiery-Will. It may help you to know that Spirit is Power and is not always friendly. Spirit is willed Energy---and sometimes great will without empathy, can cause great harm! It is the empathy of a wise Soul, that is the master of masterpieces, such as the homo sapiens sapiens, that is needed here for as we know, lightning strikes without thinking.
The Tarot of Druids-King of Mistletoe,focuses on the Father, or wise person. Much like the positive side of the Knight of Wands. Unlike the Knight of Wands, he is shown regal and sitting on a wooden throne, under an old oak tree, with sacred mistletoe and the golden pruning sickle used to harvest the mistletoe, all lying at his feet. Implying, his great fertility, as the white berries were believed to be the semen of the Celtic Sun god Tartarus.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF WANDS/KING OF MISTLETOE, IS 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.
When ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Despotic nature.
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