Above all things, know thyself!
Thoth- Knight of Disks
The Declarative Tarot-Flows of Perspective Presence-Authority in Self-Presence. (King of Pentacles)
Chokmah, represents the 2nd Sephiroth and the first Male concept of force that represents the Willed Force behind the Kings/ Thoth Knights of Tarot and is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity. Where Kether is the Energy, the 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah-the power behind the Kings/Knights is the "light-switch" that sends it flowing into expression.
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- dogmatic Misogynistic cultural perspective on sexuality. The startling fact to some, is that if you produce the idea of Male, then you produce the idea of Female at the same moment. There is no male concept without the concept of female and vice versa. So, the argument of whom came first is invalid when intellectually talking about the upper 3 Sephiroth, the Supernal Triangle. Besides, it is and was believed that Sophia, the goddess of wisdom, created him out of herself. The Entire Supernal Triangle (Super Consciousness) is the Plane of 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 simultaneous existence in formlessness.
"Because of God, the Goddess exists,
And without Her, He is not.
They exist only because of each other."
--Amrithanubhave of Jananeshwar
The Will to Force (Chokmah) and the Will to Form (Binah) united produce the Willed images of the I AM; which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am conceives the idea of "Other" and/or being and that conception of Self, becomes a birth as a - Me/Self-Awareness; the first of which is the Golden Child and/or the Soul. Our concept of sexuality needs adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself into 2 (0=2) by the concept of I and Other. Hence the Self (I AM) is a collective of many Selves and a Hermaphrodite state of energy that both female and male in polarity. The Truth of you is "I AM"; what you think you are...is pure assumption. Hence, after the truth of "I AM'" the "Me" is an illusion, whose fate is freely chosen by the individual. That is of course if you are not supporting the parasite of the "false Ego", who is called the ARCHON in Gnostic (meaning "Those who know") philosophy. This parasite that bleeds you like a vampire, and lives in the shadows of the subconscious/body intelligence and rarely seen by the common man, is a slave program implanted by the Anunnaki upon the time of Homo Sapiens genetic creation experiments. Hence, humankind is still worshipping God in slave religions of groveling appeasement.
You are Life, and the false ego is it is antilife! Just as matter and antimatter exist in this universe, so do Live and Anti-live.... which we call evil...and/or live spelled backwards. I have known it intimately, and by seeing it, you cause light to focus upon that which wishes not to be seen. Your inner "Sun of God" vaporizes it. This "false ego" is continually manipulated by the Military Industrial Complex, which owns all media. Time you stop being manipulated by evil---the "deceiver" for it is better to be your own authority in poverty, than a rich slave. This doesn't mean you can't be wealthy and your own ruler in wealth...but that isn't allowed in this world, for money is manipulated by the Military Industrial Complex. I would recommend investments in gold, platinum, and silver as these always keep their value even under the false tax of inflation! I would recommend highly that the true seeker of Self read the Book-WETIKO by Paul Levy. The Wetiko (Archon) is this vampiric deceive that is known to Native American Shamans. It rides us all in our virus riddled brains and since it is a "false ego", we think it is ourselves. Hence, the "deceiver". True "light seeing" requires us to see darkness as well, for shadow is cast by light and in this case, the Celestial Soul casts the light, and the body casts a shadow.
In Qabalah, Chokmah is the 2nd Sephiroth-Wisdom and is therefore, also the force behind the 4 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 a historical personality as Davy Crockett. 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 patient and slow. This powerful fertility is represented in this card using the Stag antlers on the Helm of the Thoth 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 -deceiver (Wisdom eats the false ego) 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/King's power to regenerate as does the organic matter it is a symbol of; it also represents his/her majestic sexuality...A sexuality controlled by the light and not the "darkness" of false ego's.
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 much like a phoenix? Therefore, the Fire of Earth that is the Knight, may be fleeting, yet he is also the cycle of rebirth. On the Thoth Knight card, the same fruition is implied by the oats or wheat on the 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 (Tetragrammaton), as explained in previous blogs and his Book of Thoth. Besides, his Kings are Battle Kings/the Creators of Knights, not courtly knights who are usually pompously displayed on thrones and/or as powdered Princes. However, the Knight of Disks is the only Battle King who seems at repose and without a sword. However, he wears his armor, knowing that battles are in the future. Instead of violent aggression, he is all about the production of food. His horse/charger is 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 and yet he is prepared for any consequence in his battle armor.
The Declarative Tarot-Flows of Perspective Presence-Authority in Self-Presence represents the placement of moral and spiritual rigor in us by the Divine Creative of prosperity and preservation. Therefore, prompting us to submit our emotional nature to a transcendent one. Our subconscious (Body consciousness) must welcome its energy as an inspiration directed towards research and moral rigor, specifically when dealing with difficult moral choices that can easily drive us into intransigence. Hence, meditation and prayer, without becoming fanatical, are recommended to reestablish our connection to the Divine that is within us.
Hence, this card is about holding one's place in truth and allowing others to be anything they think they are.
Indicating a forested canopy, the top of this card are Redwood boughs hanging over a meadow. Our journey as Life can take us to liminal spaces, the point of transition from one area of knowing to the next. Hence the Forest, meadows, and lush terrain. We are as much a part of the World as the dirt under our feet and the lush growth around us. To be Present is to authorize ourselves to enact the Truth of Self, no matter the terrain. We are part of the bigger whole but need not lose ourselves in it. We can see the forest through the trees!
A pair of crows have taken rest on the antlers of the Stag. Both Crows and Stag occupy special places in folklore. For instance:
Folklore about Stags can be quite fascinating. In various cultures, stags have been associated with symbolism, myths, and legends. Here's a brief overview:
Celtic Mythology: In Celtic folklore, the stag is often seen as a symbol of the Otherworld and the forest. It's believed to possess a connection to the mystical realms. The "Cernunnos," a horned deity, is often depicted with antlers, emphasizing the stag's spiritual significance.
Norse Mythology: In Norse mythology, stags are associated with the god Odin. It's believed that Odin could transform into a stag, and these creatures were considered sacred to him.
Arthurian Legend: In the legends of King Arthur, the White Stag is a symbol of a quest. Pursuing the White Stag was seen as a noble and heroic endeavor, often leading to great adventures.
Japanese Folklore: In Japan, there's a folklore tale of the "Shika no Tsuno," which translates to "Deer's Horns." These antlers were thought to have medicinal properties and were highly prized.
Native American Symbolism: Among Native American tribes, the stag symbolizes various things, including grace, agility, and sensitivity to the environment. It is seen as a spirit animal that imparts wisdom.
These are just a few examples of the rich folklore surrounding stags in diverse cultures.
Crows have a rich history in folklore and mythology around the world. Here are some fascinating aspects of crow folklore:
Native American Beliefs: In many Native American cultures, crows are seen as powerful and intelligent beings. They are often associated with creation myths and considered messengers between the spirit world and the earthly realm.
Japanese Folklore: In Japan, the crow is associated with the Shinto deity Yatagarasu, often depicted as a three-legged crow. Yatagarasu is considered a symbol of guidance and direction, particularly in times of crisis.
Norse Mythology: In Norse mythology, crows are intricately connected to Odin, the god of wisdom. Odin had two ravens, Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory), which would fly around the world to bring him knowledge. Crows are thus seen as symbols of wisdom and knowledge.
Irish Folklore: In Irish folklore, crows are often associated with the Morrigan, a goddess of war and death. She could transform into a crow or raven, and their presence was seen as an omen of battle or death.
Aesop's Fables: Aesop's fables feature crows in various stories, often as clever and cunning characters. The most famous of these is the fable of "The Fox and the Crow," where a crow is tricked by a fox into dropping a piece of cheese.
In Hinduism: In Hindu mythology, crows are associated with the god Shani, who represents Saturn. Feeding crows is considered auspicious on Saturdays to appease Shani and bring good luck.
Superstitions: In some cultures, crows are associated with superstitions. For example, in Western folklore, a murder of crows is believed to foretell death. On the contrary, a single crow is often seen as a symbol of good luck.
These are just a few examples of the diverse and intricate folklore surrounding crows.
An oak branch is caught in the antlers of the Stag. A metaphor for getting caught up in our own thoughts and not seeing the forest through the trees. Our good friend the barn owl rests on the back of the stag.
Barn owls have their own share of fascinating folklore and superstitions associated with them in various cultures. Here are some aspects of barn owl folklore:
Omen of Death: In many cultures, barn owls have been considered harbingers of death or bad luck. Their eerie screeches and silent flight at night have contributed to this belief. Seeing or hearing a barn owl near one's home was often seen as a foreboding sign.
Wisdom and Knowledge: Despite their association with death in some cultures, barn owls have also been revered as symbols of wisdom and knowledge. In ancient Greece, for example, the goddess Athena was often depicted with an owl as her companion, symbolizing wisdom.
Protection from Evil Spirits: In some cultures, barn owls were believed to protect against evil spirits. Their presence in barns or homes was thought to ward off malevolent forces and ensure the safety of livestock and inhabitants.
Native American Beliefs: Various Native American tribes had their own interpretations of barn owls. Some saw them as symbols of stealth and adaptability, while others associated them with the supernatural and considered them messengers of the spirit world.
Hindu Symbolism: In Hinduism, the barn owl is associated with the goddess Lakshmi, who represents wealth and prosperity. Owls are considered her vehicle and are believed to bring good fortune.
Medieval Europe: In medieval Europe, barn owls were often linked to witches and the supernatural. They were thought to be witches' familiars and were associated with witchcraft and dark magic.
Dream Symbolism: In some modern interpretations of dream symbolism, seeing a barn owl in a dream can be seen as a message to pay attention to your intuition and inner wisdom.
It's worth noting that the perception of barn owls in folklore can vary widely from culture to culture. Some view them as symbols of wisdom and protection, while others associate them with death and the supernatural. Here the owl denotes a silent observer, whose wisdom associates itself with the collective of Life but never getting caught up in emotional reaction.
The meadow sweet, Filipendula ulmaria, is the Roseceae family of plants and grows in moist meadows.
Filipendula ulmaria, commonly known as meadowsweet, does have some folklore associations, particularly in European cultures. Here are a few notable aspects:
Medieval Herbalism: Meadowsweet has a long history of use in herbal medicine. In medieval Europe, it was a valued medicinal plant and was often used to alleviate various ailments, including digestive issues and fevers. Its use as a remedy is a form of practical folklore associated with the plant.
Culinary Uses: Meadowsweet was also used as a flavoring and sweetening agent in medieval times. Its flowers and leaves were used to flavor foods and beverages, and it was one of the ingredients used in a precursor to modern root beer. This culinary aspect can be considered a form of traditional knowledge and folklore.
Symbolism: In some European cultures, meadowsweet has been associated with love and romance. It was used as a strewing herb, scattered on the floors of homes and churches, particularly during weddings, to create a pleasant fragrance. It was also seen as a symbol of happiness and harmony.
Mythological Connection: In Irish folklore, meadowsweet is linked to the Irish goddess Aine. It was believed that the plant's sweet scent reflected the goddess's favor, and it was often used in festivals dedicated to her.
Name Origins: The scientific name "Filipendula ulmaria" is believed to have been derived from the Old English "mead-sweet" due to its use in flavoring mead, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey.
While meadowsweet may not have as extensive folklore as some other plants, its historical uses in herbalism, culinary traditions, and symbolism in various European cultures make it an interesting subject for further exploration. Here is a nod to how nature heals itself and regenerates, thereby contributing to the fact that we can find rest and peace in our own sense of self. How do you see this image?
This card denotes a learning experience about setting boundaries, claiming presence, and offering your support to others. Another saying apropos to this card is: Do you honor other people's intelligence and teach them how to fish, or do you give them fish and thereby support their inferiority complex? Those who stand tall in their own Presence will not kneel to imagined weakness in others!
"If you wish to speak to me, you must stand for I will not kneel to your weakness". ----Yo Chen
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The Personality of this Knight of Disks/King of Pentacles person is that of one who keeps his/her nose to the grindstone and takes little interest, if any, for intellectual musings, or the finer aspects of culture or civilization. Hence, the character of the King/Knight is not that of a Rocket Scientist and if ill defined, will take great interest in displaying his/her ignorance as a virtue while taking obstinate pride in their own lack of sophistication and subtlety. This is not to say there are no geniuses with the Knight of Disks/King of Pentacles 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 highly intelligent personalities. However, this "nose to the grindstone" type tends to take little interest, along with little respect, in the intellectual musings of others or the finer aspects of culture and/or civilization. They are complete masters of their art. Hence, we have such Knight/ King personalities as: Davy Crockett, Annie Oakley, and Country Western star Buck Owens, Porter Wagoner, Patsy Cline, and Jim Reeves.
WHEN THE KNIGHT/AUTHORITY IN SELF-PRESENCE- IS THROWN DURING A READING:
- A concern for the body and good health.
- A doctor or herbalist concerned with health.
- The querent shows the spirit of fertilization, as joyous practicality, steadfastness, reliability and is an epitome of material success.
- Generous, courageous but 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, it implies:
- Jealous of what they realize is the superior state of others.
- Proud of their ignorance.
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