The Tarot of Eli, LLC: Court Cards: Thoth-Knight of Disks & Gothic Tarot- King of Pentacles

Western hermetic Qabalah, astrological, numerical, Tantric, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Gothic Tarot

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Thoth- Knight of Disks

Lord of the wild and fertile land; The King of the Spirits of Earth; King of the Gnomes.

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Chokmah, the first Male concept of force that represents the force behind the Kings/Knights and the 2nd Sephiroth, is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity.

Now there are those who think that Male came first, or that Female came first; well let’s just say that they think only in linear time aided by our short-sighted physical-cultural perspective on sexuality. The startling fact to some, is that if you come up with the idea of Male, then you come up with the idea of female at the same moment. There is no male concept without the concept of female and vise verse. So the argument of whom came first, is null and void when intellectually talking about the upper 3 Sephiroth; the Supernal Triangle. The Entire Supernal Triangle is the I AM. Hence, Kether, is I and Chokmah and Binah comprise the Am.

The Will to Force (Chokmah) and the Will to Form (Binah) united produce the Will of the I AM; which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am conceivers the idea of Being and that being becomes a birth as a - Me/Self; the first of which is the Golden Child and/or the Soul. Our concept of sexuality is in need of adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself into 2 (0=2) by the concept of I and Other, so it could be many Selves.

Chokmah is the second Sephiroth and thus is also the force behind the four Deuces. The Personification of that force is represented in the four Knights/Kings. In other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth.

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Represents the Lord of the wild and fertile land and as such is the King of the elemental spirits of earth; for instance, the Gnomes. The zodiacal attributes to this card are the last Decan of Leo and the first two Decans of Virgo.

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Being that the Knight of Disks is the densest manifestation of the Elemental Yod force, he is the force behind fruition, and growth but tends to be slow. This powerful fertility is represented in this card by the use of the Stag antlers on the Helm of the Knight. The understanding of the mythical animal images of the middle ages, comes in handy here, as the Stag is the beast that ate the serpent (received wisdom) and in so doing sheds its skin, any illness and old age, just as a serpent does. So to make a long and wonderful story short, the Stag represents the Knights power to regenerate as does the organic matter it is a symbol of.

Many of us have seen the Fire of Earth, in its volcanic upheavals; However, how often do we realized that Volcanism is the Earth organically regenerating itself? Thus is the Fire of Earth that is the Knight; fleeting yet he is also the cycle of rebirth. The same fruition is implied by the corn or fruitful plane that his horse is grazing on. Thus he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that of solid nutrition. By now you should know that the use of a Knight instead of a King in this tarot card, was Crowley's way of proclaiming the mystery of YHVH (Tetragramaton) , as explained in previous blogs and his Book of Thoth. Besides, his Kings are Battle Kings/ Knights, not courtly knights who are usually Princes. However, the Knight of Disks, is the only Battle King who seems at repose and without a sword. Instead he is all about the production of food. His horse seems to be grazing nonchalantly, in a wheat field while the Knight on his back, holds a flail that is used in thrashing the grain free of the chaff.

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The Personality of this Knight of Disks person, is that of one who keeps his nose to the grindstone and takes little interest, if any, for intellectual musings, or the finer aspects of culture or civilization. Hence, his character is not that of a Rocket Scientist and if ill defined, will take great interest in displaying his ignorance as a virtue while taking obstinate pride in his own lack of sophistication and subtlety.

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Gothic Tarot-King of Pentacles

The Gothic Tarot- King of Pentacles, doesn't seem to represent one who is "all about food" or its accumulation, like the Thoth Knight of Disks. In fact, he doesn't seem to represent any king at all. It looks as if Death is lighting the way to future life here. Like I've said before, the Gothic Tarot is more about Anne Stokes famous gothic art than Tarot. However, maybe Lord Dread is lighting the way to a refrigerator, which is full of food but hard to find in a dark mansion. Hey, it could be so! After all Death isn't such a bad character, once you get to know him, for he is often merciful.


It implies:

  • A concern for the body and good health.
  • A doctor or herbalist concerned with health.
  • The querent is showing the spirit of fertilization, as joyous practicality, steadfastness, reliability and is an epitome of material success.
  • Generous, courageous but is not prone to seeking adventure.
  • Ordinary activity, in social position, accomplishments, experiencing a success that is relaxed and enjoyed.
  • A mature reliable, dependable, and wise male upon whom others may depend on and with whom they lay their burdens.
  • A dark male, who is both courageous and lethargic in tendencies. However, driven in matters of material success. 
  • A good financial provider who understands and likes work knowing it leads to financial security.
  • The querent may be such a person or involved with such a person in their life. The surrounding cards or position in the reading would support this understanding.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Conservative.
  • Materialistic.
  • Dogmatic.
  • Jealous of what they realize is the superior state of others. 
  • Proud of their ignorance. 

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