The Tarot of Eli, LLC:Court Cards: The Starman Tarot- Prince of Swords & The Thoth Tarot- Prince of Swords

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The Starman- Prince of Swords

I live by my ideals.

Tiphareth-the 6th Sephiroth and the 4 Princes

The Starman- Prince of Swords, represents a fiery personality that is ready to sacrifice himself for his idea of a lofty cause. One look at the figure in the Starman Card, and one can see that one is in danger and the time to act is now or never. Now being fiery air, this one understands that a sacrifice will be made, but is ready to accept the consequence of his action; whatever punishment or hardship. All I can say is "Give that boy a band-aid! He seems to be modeled after a punk rocker; a kind of Sid Vicious personality.

The Prince of Swords personality knows that things truly worth doing, such as, protecting or to propagate the ideas or beliefs we value the most will always demand that we destroy or surrender something that we hold dear. David De Angelis, gives his Prince of Swords the qualities of the Hanged Man card. For this Prince knows how to fight a fight, even if the cause seems lost, he is willing to go to places that most terrify one, because he implicitly understands that something of tremendous value awaits and calls forth the biography of life. Therefore, he'll sacrifice what ego he values today, for the Greater Ego of his Soul and in so doing, he realizes that he is being guided by a higher power to do what must be done.

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The Raven in the picture, signifies the arrival of this Princes higher vital force. It is well known that Sid Vicious, had a bad drug induced day, where he ended up in the hospital, beaten nearly to death. He is reported to have had a vision of the Christos, while invaliding in the hospital. The Sun of God (Our Soul) came to him saying he could just give up and die, or go back to his life and help impact the lives of sick children. He decided to do the latter, and got fit, running marathons, and drinking green juice instead of booze, he gained sponsorship instead of drugs,he decided to hustle corporations for hospital equipment. He became unstoppable.

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Yes each of us is a Sun, for "we" are Spirit, the Energy of Photons that comes from the Galactic Central Photon Sun of the Milky way Galaxy. Each of us a fiery Collective of Photon consciousness we call a Soul: Hence, a Sun of the Divine Creative. I Am Spirit and indefatigable, yells our True I AM, which is not the I am we are trained to be. Remember, energy carries data, ideas, and the data once understood, becomes Form. Spirit's new form is -the Homo Sapiens Sapiens. Now, I Am- is intimacy, as I Am Me! The One Mind/Energy, can now live in intimate union with what it is...."All things".

When the Starman-Prince of Swords is thrown in divination it implies:

  • That it is time stand your ground.
  • Surrender what you hold dear to achieve greatness.
  • Fight for what you believe.
  • Be impulsive. 

If reversed:

  • Slow down. 
  • Keep in sight what is real. 
  • One is feeling trapped and burned out. 
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The Princess are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth, The Sun/ Son 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 force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their chariots.

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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 Four Animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, they also are the four 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 Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar- Personality, the 4 Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves.

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.

  1. The unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic or it may be evil. 
  2. The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive.
  3. The Phoenix personality of the Prince of Wands rushes one into action. 
  4. Ad last but not least, the material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The Grounding Element for the Princes lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants.

When thrown during Divination, the Princes often represent the coming and going of an event or person and the Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.

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Thoth- Prince of swords


The Prince of Swords is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides and is the mental element of ideas that can be constructive or destructive.

He is associated with the last Decan of Capricorn and the first 2 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 it does.

The Golden dawn card, had two fairies pulling the chariot but in the, Thoth Tarot card the Prince of Swords, these fairies are shown as spheres of light in front of the Chariot, accompanied by 3 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 mind. The winged children being associated with the Kingdom of the Moon, i.e., the Fey.

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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. The logical mental processes of the Prince has reduced the Air (mind) into geometric symbols that represent no real plan, but are demonstrative power of undefined purpose.

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The astrological sign Gemini assigned to this card implies, affection, kindness. And a good heart, as well as, a mind divided. The Two halves of one mind 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.

This is the Archetypal 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. 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 whatever bombastic wind is blowing at the moment. This is pure intellect without direction supplied by the Will/Spirit. Never the less, 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 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 an fanatic.

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 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 person is immensely powerful because of their unsettled principles which enable them to put forth any argument without regret or remorse...kind of like an insane-used-car salesman from hell. 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 life, the idea is its own purpose! His/her momentary Vision is above all else!

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These elusive and elastic people have great intent, if mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of in the 6th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life known as Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Divine Child/Sun "made manifest". The Chaotic nature of Pure Mind must be controlled by the Understanding Mother of All form--- as Force for its own sake is utter destruction of all life. Without the Understanding of the Feminine 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. 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 destroy it all around them. Rather the Purity of Spirit that is the Life itself, that resides as the Great Ocean of Mother of Light, and the evolution of Light as being,

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. 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 to know thyself!

As a person, The Prince of Swords personality is purely intellectual:

  • 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, and 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.
  • 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.

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