Tiphareth-the 6th Sephiroth and the 4 Princes
The Princes are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth, The Son/Sun of the Divine Creative.
The Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are a stable force as they are being pulled along in their chariots.
The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the 4 Kerubim of Qaballah. They are very ancient symbols for the elements of multiple religious belief systems. Not only appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the 4 Animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, they also are the 4 symbols of the Christian Evangelists
In the vastness of Kether, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. Anthropomorphically personified, The Princes are the balance of the 4 Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar- Personality, the 4 Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves.
Because of their affinity to the King and Queen, it should be no surprise then that the Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will.
- Therefore, the forces of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty;
- The unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be evil.
- The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive and last but not least;
- The material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil.
- However, the Grounding Element for the Princes lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants.
When thrown during Divination, the Princess often represent the coming and going of an event or person and the Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.
The Prince of Swords is the mental element of ideas that can be constructive or destructive. He is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.
Zodiacly, he is the last Decan of Capricorn and the first two Decans of Aquarius.
He is Specific Air of Primal Air. The Element Air, is Mind, so this one is like the mind itself, which can love thought alone, and not care what thought it is thinking, for it can argue all thoughts with tremendous bombast.
The Golden dawn card, had two fairies pulling the chariot but in the, Thoth Tarot card of the Prince of Swords these fairies are shown as spheres of light in front of the Chariot, accompanied by three winged children who are pulling it. Implying that, this chariot may be pulled capriciously and/or mischievously in any direction, imitating the Mind itself. Also there is significant Yesod-Moon symbolism here to suggest this is a card of mental illusions, for the realm of the Fairies is ruled by the Moon.
In the right hand, the Prince is swinging the Sword of invocation and creation and in his left is a sickle which immediately destroys that which is created. With childlike innocence, the Prince of Swords wields his Sword of Geburah; Sword of Severity. The logical mental processes of the Prince have reduced the Air (mind) into geometric symbols that represent no real plan, but are demonstrative power of undefined purpose. Like I said, bombast*.
high-sounding language with little meaning, used to impress people.
"the bombast of gung-ho militarism"
bluster · pomposity · ranting · rant · nonsense · empty talk · humbug · wind · blather · blether · claptrap · turgidity · verbosity · verbiage · periphrasis · euphuism · fustian · pretentiousness · affectedness · ostentation · grandiloquence · magniloquence · hot air · bunkum · guff · bosh · braggadocio · rodomontade
The astrological sign Aquarius assigned to this card implies, affection, kindness. And a good heart, as well as, a mind divided. The 2 halves of one mind or brain are shown as Sword and Sickle.
Once again, the Prince of Swords represents the airy part of Air which as air is directed by "outside influences" such as the heat of passion and the coolness of pure coldness. Any emotion will do.
This is the Archetypical personality of the intellectual, pure mind, as such, the Prince of Swords rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Capricorn to the 20th degree of Aquarius.
To clarify and reiterate: The Prince of Swords is dressed in woven-full armor of definite device. His chariot is composed of geometric ideas. This chariot is drawn by unharnessed wing children "who are flights of fancy" and may go any-which way they like, as the reins are attached to passing geometric ideas. This is like the knowledge of Euclid expounded upon by an idiot, whose argument takes any twist and turn it wants to, and yet be totally "rational". Thus the chariot is easily moved but unable to go into any definite direction---except by the winds of the moment.
This is pure intellect without direction supplied by an specific goal but that of gaining attention. Nevertheless, the Prince of Swords is crown by a Child's Head, for there is a secret Divinity here that is linked up to Tiphareth (the Son/Sun of God), but usually, if this personality thinks in terms of the divine, one believes they are above all others and suffers from the righteousness of a fanatic.
Since the logical process of the Prince of Swords has reduced the Air to many diverse geometric patterns, they reduce the power of creative mind, as they have no definite purpose. This is symbolized by the Sword in his right hand (willingness to create) and in his left hand a sickle, which destroys what he immediately creates. Being that his thoughts require no practical effort, he is purely intellectual, full of ideas that tumble over one-another in a mass of ideas unrelated to each other. He has all the apparatus of the Mind, intensely clever, admirably rational thought in its highest degree, but unstable of purpose as even his own ideas are approached with his indifference. He knows that any idea is as good as another and can rationally persuade an Eskimo into buying a “walk in freezer” even though nature has already provided one! By removing the substance of an idea, he can place every idea into an ideal world of ratiocination....it always looks good on paper no matter how impractical it is to build!
Being that ratiocination is purely formal, even the very facts that promote his ideas are ignored so that his ideas become baseless and unreal.
This personality is immensely powerful because of their unsettled principles which enable them to put forth any argument without regret or remorse. The Prince of Swords personality is glib to quote scripture, cunningly supporting any thesis without considering the fact that he supported an opposite thesis earlier in his bombast. He is impossible to defeat because any position is as good as another and ready to enter into combination with the nearest element available. He really doesn't care if his or her ideas are detrimental to reason, the idea is its own purpose! His/her momentary Vision is above all else!
These elusive and elastic persona's are only of use, if mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of Spirit...as in the 6th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life known as Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Divine Child/Golden Soul in manifestation. The Chaotic nature of Pure Mind must be controlled by the Understanding Mother of All form--- as Force or Thought for its own sake is utter destruction of all life. Without the Understanding of Spirit and its purpose for life, these personalities become faddists, fundamentalists, fanatics, devotees of drink and drugs, humanists (those who believe that mankind is the center of the universe----all else can cease to exist.) and bible thumping theologians. But even in such directions there is not stability, and they wander from cult to cult, vice to vice, supporting fanatical convictions for the sake of whim. It is easy to be deceived by such people as they manifest great potency of thought and are often describe as having great depth and breadth of mind. As in all readings, the surrounding cards will show the dignity of this card.
There is however, a bright light here when Pure Mind aligned with Pure Spirit, ideas can become living image that propels life forward. Pure Spirit does not reside in religion...that chaos of ideas belongs to the idiots that praise god for creating life while their fanatical ideas of righteousness and bigotry give them the excuse destroy it all around them. Rather the Purity of Spirit that is the Life itself, that resides as the Great Ocean of Mother/The Universal Collective Unconscious all around, in and through us....AS US! So once again, "above all things know thyself", is necessary here.
I Am Love and all around me Love is expressing itself as another way of being. Everything I see, is another way to be me.
We belong to each other, and not to ideas that separate us from each other. Ideas, have no purpose unless applied to the unification of Life---for that is the Great Work of Spirit. Ideas make God in their own image, while God-makes us into its image! Thus, it is obvious, that to know God is begun by knowing thyself!
The Tarot of The Spirit-Brother Wind, is seen as the warrior of the mind. This is an event when one is torn between to ideals or ideas that seem to be of equal weight or value. In this event, continual analysis will not help as it only fuels the conflict. Here meditation or a teacher to help you focus is the answer.
The highest commitment to brother wind, is to the Universal Collective Unconscious mind. Therefore he is subject to the fantasies of the ungrounded persona. In this rendition of Brother Wind/Prince of Swords, he appears as dead, because of transformation. He is changing. He represents not only the "corpse" that "analysis presupposes"**, but the eternal connection with Spirit/Will. This presupposition of analysis is not new, for even the Gnostic Nazarene's knew this. One of the most quoted Gnostic Nazarene was Jesus and in the Gnostic Text- The Nag Hammadi Library-The Gospel of Thomas:
**(56) Jesus said, "Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."
According to the authors of the Tarot of The Spirit, he is drawn as a skeleton because he can choose his own "skin" by level of attunement and his pattern of thinking. The skeleton is only the foundation of his brilliant capacity as he transforms himself by what he understands. Only the balance of the 4 elements, Fire, Water, Air and Earth, (Spirit, Mind-"conscious/unconscious", and Body) will make him whole and greatly productive. He must become more attuned to the results of his thought pattern both on the spirit and the spirit's physical planes, before he can understand the importance or lack thereof, of what he is attempting to accomplish.
The card is displaying a highly energetic image of movement and the ability to do work/Power. Such force can easily be used in a positive constructive manner, since this is the movement of thought at the highest possible velocity. This velocity supplies the potential insight to transcend old forms of analysis, and tuning into the deepest levels of the Universal Collective Unconscious-the birther of consciousness. But as all velocity goes, it can also be used to create evil-which are thoughts that reverse the direction of the life (evil is live spelled backwards) of an individual and therefore, put them in a grave of dead yesterday's while alive. One must keep a focus on "higher thought", to really take advantage of this event.
As a personality, The Prince of Swords or Brother of Wind- personality is purely intellectual:
- A young man with dark hair and dark eyes, overflowing with ideas that tumble over each other in a mass unrelated to practical effort.
- This is a brain that won't quiet itself down long enough to focus well on one thing.
- Intensely clever, admirably rational, with high degrees of thought, yet unstable of purpose.
- There is in this Prince of mind, an indifference to their own thought, as any idea is worth exploring, but not for too long.
- By reducing every thought to ratiocination, this personality has removed all substance from thoughts, making them formal and fantastical, as they no longer relate to any facts; even those upon which the thoughts are individually based.
- Thus, this person is completely free from settled principles and is capable of conceiving and putting out any conceivable argument without the clutter of remorse or regret.
- This is a mind so glib, that it is able to forget the contrary argument it produced minutes before and go sallying forth with a new argument.
- These people often become faddists, cultists and devotees of drink, drugs, theologies, humanitarianism or music and religion, but without stability.
- As an event:The querent feels the need to release creative and intuitive thought while cutting through any barrier to this release.
- There is a tendency to think too fast so slowing down the thought process is advised if success is to be achieved.
- The querent is showing the tendency to be overly rational, missing the subtle emotional points that would heed success in communication.
If the querent is able or has achieved the ability to focus their thought, they are committed to acting out their ideals and philosophy in their own lives; not really caring about how others do it, as they put incredible energy into supporting or examining particular beliefs.
- They often present a magnetic personality that is extravagant, careless and excessive.
- Ruthlessly brilliant, they can have good business judgment.
- There is a combative nature here that is courageous, turbulent and skilled in the war of wits.
When ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Can be hesitating and yet reliable.
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