The Tarot of Eli. LLC-Court Cards: Thoth-Knight of Disks & Santa Muerte Tarot- King of Pentacles

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

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Thoth-Knight of Disks

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Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth is the wisdom and power behind the Knights-Kings, is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity.

The indoctrinated believe being "first" is a value statement and to 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 or visa versa. There is no male concept without the concept of female, no positive pole without a negative pole and no electric without magnetic . So the argument of whom came first, is null and void when intellectually talking about the Universe and the Supernal Triangle and/or upper trinity of the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

The Will to Force (Chokmah) and the Will to Form (Binah) united produce the I Am Being; which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am produces the idea of Being and that being is a - Me. Our concept of sexuality is in need of adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself two so it could be many and/or 0=2.

Chokmah is the 2nd Sephira and thus is the force behind the four Deuces. The Personification of that force is represented in the 4 Knight-Kings. In other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth.


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This Knight-King 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 and methodical. 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 Knight's power to regenerate as does the organic matter he is a symbol of.

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[The Tarot birth wheel-from The Qabalistic Tarot-by Robert Wang]

Many of us have seen the destructive Fire of Earth, in its volcanic upheavals; However, how often do we realized that Volcanism is Earth regenerating itself ; a kind of shedding its skin? Thus is the Fire of Earth that is the Knight; Powerful and 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. Therefore, instead of a battle sword, he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that of solid nutrition. He is harvesting a just sowing. Hence, we have a personality of a stocky but sturdy person who is down-to-earth and whose main concern primarily is that of securing what has been accomplished, actualizing opportunities and examining new plans on the basis of their feasibility. This makes a pronounced pragmatist who does not let himself/herself be led astray by wishful thinking. With this one, the entire process from seed to harvest is in good hands.

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Santa Muerte-King of Pentacles

Advice of the Dead:

Help someone who needs it and asks for support, as you can. Your reward will arrive in another form, but it will enrich you just the same.

---From the Santa Muerte-Book of the Dead by Fabio Listrani

The Santa Muerte-King of Pentacles depicts a wise (bearded) ration, and mature Santa Muerte person. This one has manage through the use of intelligence, to prosper and accumulate a lot of material goods. Hence, the treasure chest. This person brings with them, good earnings, rationality and certainty. If ill defined, this one brings the illness of materialism that poisons their moral and spiritual characteristics.Therefore, it is best to share the wealth here, so that it continues to grow and prosper.

Therefore the Santa Muerte King of Pentacles, shares the same characteristics of the Thoth Knight-King.


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.

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