Above all things, know thyself!
Thoth-Princess of Swords
The Golden Tarot- Knave 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 with 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 background is a profaned altar, whose fire of Spring , and its promised renewal, has gone out due to lack of attention which seems to anger this Valkyrie. With Her Sword of "volatile Mind" she cleaves away the dross of dark emotion, so the pure essence of emotion ( energy-in-motion) is seen as golden pinwheels of light; a materialization of Ideas. 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. Therefore, Lady Harris depicted her Helmed in a Medusa headdress as she flies in front of a barren altar, avenging its profanation (The Human Soul is the altar---the profanation is "indoctrination of Patriarchal 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, (usher of souls) one who collects the warrior dead and carries them to Valhalla, the Great Norse Ale-hall while they await the end of the World.
The Archetype personality of the Princess or Knave 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, as they are 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 intelligent and they appear to be "Children of Misfortune" which seems to be the most unhappy of people. However, their Soul knows what it is doing, and we all know that sharp chisels are needed to "cut away the dross" so that the real beauty can be revealed in any sculpture. Therefore, her logic can be cutting and 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.
Since the Princesses do not rule degrees of the Zodiac, rather they are elemental beings, therefore, we do not have examples of personalities who are directly related to the Princess of Swords Archetype. However, most of us know a personality who is always fighting dark moods within themselves. Hence, the astrology of the Princess of Swords. Rules from the North Ecliptic Pole from 0° Capricorn to 30° Pisces, with Aquarius at the centre. She also rules the Americas. This may explain why the North American and South American continents are always fighting their own "dark moods", as well as, those of other nations.
The name Yod He' Vau He' (YHVH), often called the Hebrew name for God, is attributed to the Court Cards, where Yod, is attributed to Knights, He'-to Queens, Vau- is attributed to Princes and the last He'-is attributed to Princesses, the Earthly Manifestation, as the ultimate issue of the original Energy in its Completion, i.e. crystallization. However, they also represent the counter-balancing and re-absorption of the Energy. They are also the Silence into which all things retur; the reintegration of energy. The Princesses have no zodiacal attribution, thus they are likened to "elemental" people who are recognized by their lack of all sense responsibility and whose moral qualities are very flexible so they are subdivided according to planetary predominance.
What many do not realize, is that we are all Spirit/Intelligent Energy as is the Earth. Therefore, if one is a shamanic or Western Magic Practitioner, the Spirit that is Earth, will actually visit you to just relay information or to hold a meaningful conversation with you as a opposite sex of what you assume yourself to be, which facilitates the flow of energy. That visitation is an example of "elemental being". It behooves you to remember your truth is "I AM" (existence) but what you "Am", is all an assumption. Hence, Spirit can assume any form. She has visited me often, even in such wild places, that no one else is in such as Deer Mountain, in Ketchikan. She came out of the Forest on the summit, She smelled like the forest, and we held a great conversation, as Lady Earth, felt like a very old and dear friend and she new all the lifetimes I manifested a personality on Earth. "Old Souls", a term often misused to define old personalities (Souls are infinite, therefore they can't be old or young), are known to Earth. We are "Old Personalities" because we love the Earth, and wish only to keep manifesting a body with Her and spread her DNA throughout the Solar System, if not the galaxy. The Earth can also be a psychopomps and carry you, the persona, to the True Solar Soul that you are, thereby, insuring the personality resurrection/reincarnation.
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.
The The Golden Tarot- Knave of Swords, ignores the occult and Western Hermetic Qabalah meanings of the Princess of Swords, and uses the Medieval title of Knave for this tarot card. Here the Knave, usually an androgynous figure, is fully armored and wearing a peacock feathered hat. His/her, sword is pointing downward into the ground showing not aggression. However, the dandy represented here, is a mental risk taker and concerned with intellectual ideas and intrigues. Also this one is very insightful and therefore, able to uncover and expose hidden meanings. This one would make a good spy, as they are also discrete; alert, and very adaptable. This card might also hint at an important document is on its way or that a conflict will soon appear.
When the Princess/Knave of Swords 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.
If ill dignified, by surrounding cards it implies:
- 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.
Thank you for your interest, comments, and supportive donations. Your generosity blesses you.May you live long and prosper.
For information concerning Thoth Tarot Readings and/or Master Western Hermetic Thoth Tarot Classes, just log onto my website- elitarotstrickingly.com- and click on the Tarot Pricing Page. Thank you.