The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Court Cards: Thoth Tarot- Knight of Wands & Santa Muerte Tarot-King of Wands

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

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Thoth-Knight of Wands

The dramatic battle king, the Thoth Knight of Wands, is called the King of Wands in most other decks. Crowley wanted dynamic motion and protection applied to his Kings so they are rendered as Armored Knights on Chargers in the Thoth Tarot instead of the traditional knight of tarot. Kings of traditional Tarot are represented as the Thoth Knights, but not kings that sit upon a throne, but rather King-Knights that are active in battle as true leaders. The Thoth Princes, represent the traditional tarot knights. Plus the fact that traditional tarot hides the mystery of Tetragramaton, YHVH, that demands the King/Queen/Prince and Princess, in the order of Yod-King-Heh-Queen-- Vau-Prince, and last Heh-the Princess. 

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The Court Cards are roughly descriptive of persons whose Sun or rising sign at their nativity, falls within the Zodiacal attribution of the card. For myself, my rising sign is the Scorpio and birthdate is the 24th of October and thus the Prince of Cups would be descriptive of my personality.

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The Knight of Wands represents the fiery part of Fire---The Lightning flash--- and he rules from the 21st degree of Scorpio to the 20th degree of Sagittarius. All Knight/Kings are persona's of the 2nd Sephiroth-Chokma-Wisdom.

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This Primal Phallic energy, is an active personality archetype that has been called the god Valraven by the Danes; representative of the Greek lightning bolt thrower-Zeus. *Valraven was said to be the one that gave the secret of magic to mankind. Valraven becomes Hel’s husband king and lord of the underworld. The myth supports the qualities of generosity, fierceness, impetuosity, pride, impulsiveness, and swiftness in what is most often unpredictable actions. He is also considered the god of Illusion.

*In Danish folklore, a valravn (Danish "raven of the slain") is a supernatural raven. The ravens appear in traditional Danish folksongs, where they are described as originating from ravens who consume the bodies of the dead on the battlefield, as capable of turning into the form of a knight after consuming the heart of a child, and, alternately, as half-wolf and half-raven creatures.


According to Danish folklore recorded in the late 1800s, when a king or chieftain was killed in battle and not found and buried, ravens came and ate him. The ravens became valravne. The valravne that ate the king's heart gained human knowledge and could perform great malicious acts, could lead people astray, had superhuman powers, and were "terrible animals".[1]

In another account, a valravn is described as a peaceless soul in search of redemption that flies by night (but never day) and can only free itself from its animal countenance by consuming the blood of a child. This is reflected in a Danish traditional song that describes how, after refusing offers of riches, the Valravn makes an agreement with a maiden to take her to her betrothed after she promises the valravn her first born son. After the agreement, the valravn flies away. In time, the couple have a child and the Valravn returns, and asks the maiden if she has forgotten her promise. The valravn takes the child away, and tears into the chest of his won wager and consumes the blood contained within the child's heart. As a result, the valravn transforms into a knight. This traditional song was reinterpreted by the electro-folk band Sorten Muld and became a hit for them in 1997, under the title Ravnen.

Other accounts describe valravns as monsters that are half-wolf and half-raven.[2]

If ill defined, he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted and brutal. This ill definition will be shown by the cards around him. Because he is "as a lightning flash”, if he fails in his first effort, he has no resource. Obviously, when needed, this Personality trait can be helpful when the goal is known, and the issue at hand is well thought out. However, this is not the trait of this card, so the Querent is advised to be apprehensive, yet calm and resolute while being energetic. Beware of untimely action and go forward with aware confidence of their own ability.

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This is a revolutionary personality, startling in its passion, and perilous in its charge as shown with the Dark Horse leaping. Lots of Sex Force, (represented by the flaming Ace of Wands in his hand) which is Kundalini in the lightning sense of masculine electric force. A real steady mind is needed to handle such explosive force/vigorous life/death force  and the only safe bet is that this force is well contained in the Magnetic Force of the Female--within or in a relationship with another individual. The Cooling forces of the "Water" (woman) aspect of magnetic female force are needed here for without this Female balance this personality is quick to anger which easily flashes into rages and violence. If a lot of cup cards, or a Princess or Queen are thrown in this reading, the querent may rest assured that the water, as Anima, is there to handle and/or contain this volatile personality.

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This is a great Will-To-Force- personality, bold, adventurous, and a "Proper Spear Point" in battle, as long as there is the Female empathy, and mercy qualities balancing it. Otherwise, a perfect demon. Fiery part of Fire is not easily contained and the person or querent who has this personality archetype will raise up just fine from childhood, if they have understanding parents who won't try to "drug them down" from high levels of activity but rather channel this powerful person into many activities that capture their attention. Needless to say, active parents work well with this child personality. Abusive and lazy parents will easily turn this bright flame into a horrendous monster. We have the Fire of a Dragon here! This is the fiery nature of the Yod [Spirit] which in the mind is shown as a Fiery-Will. It may help you to know that Spirit is Power and is not always friendly. Spirit is will---and sometimes great will without empathy, can cause great harm!

The Thoth- Knight of Wands represents a mature man who is proud, strong, clever, and honorable, with strong motivational and assertive force. This one is the "Boss", a born entrepreneur, organizer and politician.

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Santa Muerte-King of Wands

The Advice of the Dead:

Follow the advice of a strong person in whom you trust without fear and this will be particularly remunerative and rewarding.

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

The Santa Muerte- King of Wands, depicts a Santa Muerte figure of great strength and authoritarian presence, dress in the red of the Wands suit. Here is a personal of rectitude, wisdom, ambitions, but also honesty and faithfulness. When this card shows up in a divination, it pushes the querent to aim high towards our ambitions, and as lightning, diffusing complete success to our projects and desires. However, if ill defined by surrounding cards, the outcome of our desires, could become completely inverted and the King personality becomes an untrustworthy figure, intolerant and without scruples.


It implies:

  • The Moral qualities of Activity, fierceness, impetuosity, impulsiveness, and swiftness in unpredictable actions.
  • A spiritual evolutionary, who is shedding old perceptions for new spiritual insight.
  • Much movement and energy while experiencing a new conviction.
  • Releasing and letting go of an old identity or self-image.
  • An entrepreneur who is achievement oriented, creative and self-expressive.
  • Positive male sexual-power personality that has the energy to handle long term goals, and handle extremely complex situations.
  • Full of wit and charm, having a warm good nature, a sense of humor and love of fun.
  • Humane ideals. 
  • Claim to leadership.

If ill defined by surrounding cards:

  • Despotic nature.
  • Egotism.
  • Intolerance. 

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