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

Western Hermetic Qabalah, Tantric, Alchemical, and Astrological Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- Knight of Disks

The Spiral Tarot- King of Pentacles

Chokmah, the 2nd Sepiroth 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 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 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 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.

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 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. 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 "I AM'" the "Me" is an illusion whose fate is freely chosen by the individual.

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 somewhat slow. This powerful fertility is represented in this card by the use of 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 (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/King's power to regenerate as does the organic matter it is a symbol of; it also represents his/her majestic 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 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. Instead he is all about the production of food. His horse/charger 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 and yet he is prepared for any consequence in his battle armor.

The Spiral Tarot- King of Pentacles, represents the ultimate male authority. This card illustrates a King covered in fecund growth , it represents a benevolent, friendly person who has prospered in life by being "present" in all that s/he sent out to do. Therefore, this one is wise, brave, and decisive in all that they choose to do. Being "Present", is the same as "Above all things, know thyself" and to not be afraid to be you, no matter the resistance around you. Here is represented a confident "King" of a personality who enjoys food and good wine and is financially secure. The image of a bull (right shoulder) declares his fertility and stubbornness for he is persistent in business matters. Although he is a steadfast and loyal lover, he can become possessive in some circumstances.

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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 his 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 very intelligent personalities. However, this "nose to the grindstone" type, tend to take little interest, along with little respect, of intellectual musings of others or the finer aspects of culture and/or civilization. They are complete master's 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/KING OF PENTACLES IS THROWN DURING A READING:

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, it implies:

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

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