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Thoth-Knight of Disks
Chokmah, the 2nd Sepiroth and the first Male concept of force that represents the Willed force behind the Kings/Knights and 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 versa. 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. In other words, the entire upper triad of the Tree of Life, denotes existence.
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 conceives 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. The Truth of you is "I AM", what you think you are is pure assumption. Hence, after "I AM'" all is illusion.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephiroth and is therefore, also the force behind the four Deuces. The Personification of that force is represented in the 4 Knights/Kings. In other words, Chokmah's will to force, is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth and manifests in such persona's as Davy Crockett (shown in header). As Davy Crockett's archetypal personality, one can see that the Knight of Disks 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.
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; it also represents his/her sexuality.
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 may be 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, he carries a flail, used in grain harvest rather than a sword 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 pompously displayed on thrones and/or powdered 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, in a relaxed pose, with helm thrown back, signifying there is no conflict on the horizon, and all is at peace.
Tarot personality birth-wheel
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. This is not to say there are no geniuses with the Knight of Disks persona, for such persona's also appear (ed) as: Napoleon Bonaparte, Cardinal Richelieu, Louis the XIV, Bill Clinton, Madonna, and H.P. Lovecraft, to name a few very intelligent Knights of Disks. However, this "nose to the grindstone" type, takes little interest, along with little respect of intellectual musings or the finer aspects of culture and/or civilization. Hence, we have such Knight of Disks personalities as : Davy Crockett, Annie Oakley, and Country Western star Buck Owens, Porter Wagoner, Patsy Cline, and Jim Reeves.
Haindl-Father of Stones in the West-King of Stones
The Haindl Tarot- King of Stones, continues Haindl's fascination with the Native American legions. The "Old Man" is what we Europeans call "Bigfoot", but to the Native Americans, he more like the "Green Man" of the Celts. Someone you don't want to mess with, but respect for his care of the Natural. The Old Man is the helper spirit of Earth, taking care of the flora and fauna. Haindl describes him as Father rather than Grandfather and at the same times compares him to the Wakan Tanka, "The Great Spirit" of the Lakota's.
Just like the Divine Creative, who isn't seen, but leaves footprints of creativity about the Earth so does the protective spirit of Earth. Hence, the card shows bigfoot's prints along with various prints of animals. There are also hand prints, representing the ancient hand print pictographs seen in cave art. This is because, contrary to ignorant opinion, humankind is not separate from the Nature of Earth. It is Haindl's, the Lakota's, and my opinion that We should be as the Old Man, who is the helper spirit of Earth.
WHEN THE KNIGHT/KING OF STONES, IS THROWN DURING A READING:
- 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 (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:
- Jealous of what they realize is the superior state of others.
- Proud of their ignorance.
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