Above all things, Know Thyself!
Thoth- Knight of Wands
Lord of the Flame and the Lightning; The King of the Spirits of Fire; King of the Salamanders.
The Declarative Tarot-Flows of Perceptive Passion-Passionate Self-Authority (King of Wands)
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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. This Knight's power comes from the 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah, the first masculine polarity of Energy. Obviously, this is an active personality archetype; so active that he has been called the god Thor by the Danes. Thor, in Norse mythology, is often associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, and protection. He is one of the most well-known figures in Norse mythology and was venerated by the Norse people as a protective deity. Thor wields Mjölnir, a powerful hammer, which he uses to create thunder and lightning. While he is often referred to as the "God of Thunder," it's important to note that his association with lightning is intrinsically tied to this thunderous aspect. However, according to Norse mythology and the traditional beliefs of the Danes and other Nordic cultures, it was not Thor who gave the secret of magic to mankind. Instead, it was Odin, the All father and chief of the Aesir, who is more strongly associated with knowledge, wisdom, and magic.
Odin is known to have made many sacrifices in his quest for knowledge. One of the most famous stories is of him sacrificing one of his eyes at Mímir's well in exchange for wisdom. Another tale tells of Odin hanging himself from Yggdrasil, the World Tree, for nine nights, pierced by his own spear, to gain the knowledge of runes, which included both their writing and magical properties.
While Thor is a powerful and central figure in Norse mythology, known for his strength and protection against the giants, it was Odin who sought and shared the deeper secrets of magic and knowledge with the gods and, by extension, mankind.
The Danish myth of Odin and Thor supports the qualities of generosity, fierceness, impetuosity, pride, impulsiveness, and swiftness in what is most often unpredictable actions. However, if ill defined, he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted, and brutal. In the Thoth Tarot this ill definition will be shown by the nature of the cards around him.
Because the Knight of Wands is "as a lightning flash”, if s/he fails in his first effort, s/he has no resource. Obviously, when needed, this Personality trait can be helpful when the goal is known, and the issue at hand and the Intent is well thought out. However, this is not the lightning like trait of this card, so the Querent is advised to be apprehensive, yet calm and resolute while being energetic and aware of untimely action, thereby, going forward with confidence of their own ability. This is a revolutionary personality is startling in its passion, and perilous in its charge as shown with the Dark Horse leaping. Lots of Primal Sex Force, (represented by the flaming Ace of Wands in his hand) which is also the masculine fertility aspect of Kundalini in the lightning sense of masculine electric force in the sphere of Malkuth. Well placed, the Knight of Wands personality has the power to face all odds. Such King/Knight of Wands personalities known to us moderns are:
Indira Gandhi Born-Nov 19, 1917.
Robert Kennedy-November 20, 1925.
Mary Queen of Scots-Dec 08, 1542.
Robert Fulton, Nov 14, 1765.
Frank Sinatra, Dec. 12, 1915.
As you can see the Knight/King of wands produces a powerful and attractive personality. The Explosive nature of this Knight of Wands is well depicted on Lady Frieda Harris's flaming image, as if he is riding a rocket shaped like a black Charger and that comes with notable risk! If the aim is off, or if there is not enough emotional fuel to continue, s/he will crash in a most dramatic way. If there is too much emotional- fuel, there will be a personality explosion. However, if everything goes well, this launch is one of spectacular successes and their very energy makes them attractive to others.
As history shows, a steady mind is needed to handle such explosive force/Yod power, and the only safe bet is that this force is well contained in the Magnetic Force of the Female- Anima-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 is there to handle and/or contain this volatile personality.
The Declarative Tarot - Flows of Perceptive Passion-Passionate Self-Authority.
The Declarative Tarot- Flows of Perceptive Passion (wands)- Passionate Self-Authority (King) represents the Self-Authority we use in thought and Action. Here passion is shown as different than will. Passion is an inner burning fire, whereas will is a mental focus. Passion heats us to perform in an energetic state where rational thought usually doesn't apply. Hence, we can let it loose into irresponsible behavior by adding emotional fuel to the fire. One must master their emotions like a magus and be able to concentrate this "adorable fire" (Paul Foster Case) on preferred goals of inner-self-authorized actions.
The central image of this card is presented as a pair of Bald Eagles, assessing each other for further life-long commitment to mating and raising young.
Bald Eagle Mating Spiral
Bald eagles, the majestic symbols of freedom and power, have a mating ritual that is nothing short of spectacular. This aerial display, often referred to as the "mating spiral" or "cartwheel courtship", highlights the eagles' exceptional flying abilities and deep trust in each other.
Initiation: The dance usually begins with one eagle catching the attention of another by flying at a high altitude.
Talons Locked: As the two eagles approach each other in the air, they extend their talons and lock them together. This locking of talons is a significant part of their courtship display.
Freefall: With their talons interlocked, the pair begins to freefall, spiraling and tumbling toward the earth in a controlled descent. Their intertwined bodies spin as they drop, creating a breathtaking spectacle.
Breakaway: Just moments before hitting the ground, the eagles release their grip on one another, skillfully breaking away and soaring back into the sky. This dramatic disentanglement demonstrates their incredible agility and coordination.
Bond Strengthening: This courtship ritual not only serves as a display of physical prowess but also strengthens the bond between the pair. Once mated, bald eagles typically form monogamous bonds that last for life.
Nesting: After the courtship, the pair will usually build a nest together, demonstrating further commitment and collaboration. Bald eagle nests are some of the largest bird nests, and the couple will return to the same nest year after year, adding to it and maintaining it together.
The bald eagle's mating spiral is a testament to the bird's mastery of the skies and serves as a powerful symbol of partnership and commitment in the animal kingdom. In this card it represents the ability to hold on to and when to let go. It also shows us the commitment the Soul has to the human body as it will always be with us as the breath in our lungs.
With the fiery sun and the torch, as images of fire, warmth, and light that can be applied in many creative ways. Inside each of us is a piece of a star, residing at the Croix of the spinal column that provides the inspiration of the Kundalini.
The word "kundalini" is derived from the Sanskrit term "kuṇḍalinī" which can be translated as "coiled one." In the context of Indian spirituality and yoga, "kundalini" refers to a form of primal energy or shakti believed to be located at the base of the spine. This energy is often visualized as a coiled serpent.
In many yogic and spiritual traditions, awakening the kundalini is considered to lead to spiritual enlightenment. This awakening process can involve specific meditation, pranayama (breath control), and physical postures. When awakened, kundalini energy is said to rise through the chakras (energy centers) along the spine, leading to heightened states of consciousness and spiritual growth.
It's worth noting that kundalini experiences and practices can vary widely, and not everyone interprets or approaches kundalini in the same way. As a note of caution: No one must prematurely attempt to raise the Kundalini, for it is a lightning strike to the emotional self. It can cause great harm to the emotionally insecure. Yoga, Hermetic Qabalah, parapsychological, and metaphysical practices that clear the emotional garbage stored in our subconscious are highly recommended. Fire consumes, and the Kundalini fire is no different, as it consumes all the programing that isn't you, leaving only the Authentic Self that was created by your Solar Self and/or Soul. One can only guess the damage this conflagration would do to a fragile ego. The body must be tempered before this inner fire of the demiurge is let loose in the body. When the body reaches the right temperament and the false ego is already cleansed by the individual, the Kundalini will naturally rise and become the "adorable fire" of enlightenment.
In the upper left is a Tall Cedar bough complete with plenty of cones/seed pods implying that the smallest of thoughts, when warmed by emotions, will often grow into an exceptionally large creation. Implying that you must analyze your thought constructs before applying emotions, as they are the fire that feeds massive growth. You will live what you put out....so be discerning.
The tailed Emperor Caterpillar reminds us to gather knowledge rather than reaction, by being curious and adventurous, so that we can transform into a majestic being who flies above the turmoil of the mundane herd of media hypnotized people. The emperor is also Chesed on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and is called the Architect. This may help to remind us that we are the Authorized Architect of our lives. We reap what we sow.
Since the Knights/Kings all represent the 2nd Sephira, Chokmah, they represent the ultimate male authority. Therefore, the Knight/King of Wands also represents the flame or spark that will ignite the 72 parts of our subconscious that form inside our inner temple. This King/knight also represents the first dynamic and powerful emanation of our will, a copy of the Primal Eheieh (I Will Be) the god name of Kether, the first Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. Without will, no work can be done, and no solutions will be reached, nor will one be able to clear away confusion. Hence, one must analyze and illuminate the best direction and forms our desires should take -for if neglected and accumulated, they will fall into the lower realms of our "false ego", feeding this parasite, arousing anger, and frustration. The Native Americans called this "false ego" the Wetiko and I would suggest one gets the book-Wetiko by Paul Levy, so that they know intimately how to deal with this dark phantom that bleeds us mentally and emotionally until we feel hopeless, helpless, and unable.
The King of Wands is an inner fiery authority that is as much about a male in a relationship, as it is about the Animus (within) the person that is the inner knowledge about self and the domain of the suit s/ he represents. Master of one's own process has been achieved, as well as, overcoming the lesser or false ego-self, and reaching pure consciousness in the "Sex Energy" (fertility/fecund force) of Spiritual Will. Hence, he has a perfect understanding of the Yin/Yang, Female-Male, forces that are the Harmony of Spirit. S/He is aware of the gentility of love, the unconditional depths of those waters in the Great Sea of Mother Binah.
Kings are also healers, making this a card of arrival and carrying significant responsibilities with it. A strong male-like Leadership is represented here, with his enviable persistence, he achieves his goals. His generosity knows no bounds and he is strong and brave. Therefore, S/He must understand the significance of error and how it is 50% of all Wisdom, and thereby, not interfere with another's path to Wisdom. In other words, he may be able to teach one how to "fish" but never "fish" for them. To do so would violate their ability to " know themselves". His axiom is: "Above all things, know yourself". It behooves one to declare themselves, such as I AM The Light, I Am the Will, I Am the Way, I own the Day! For a Magus knows that declaration is how one whose Psyche is infinite and in full Solar Power, declares itself to know itself. Without declaration, the Soul is infinite, unmeasured, and timeless; Hence unknown. Therefore, Declaration establishes identity. "I Am," shouts "I exist". What "Am" is ---is all assumption. "I AM Greatness made manifest" makes a life motion that is far above "I AM Feebleness". "I Am the Image of The Divine Creative", is a far greater understanding of Self, than any words of mankind can give for those who think they rule mankind are idol worshippers, who build stone temples or churches as "images of God", building the Divine Creative in their own image; Idol worshipers because the Divine Creative already declared you, the human, as its Solar Temple!
You decide what you are, and thereby, let no outside authority into your inner temple of I AM!
Above all things, Know thyself!
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF WANDS/KING OF WANDS, IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION: It implies:
- Humane ideals.
- 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 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.
- A calm and stuffy person.
- A rooted quality that gives strength.
- Meeting interesting people.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:
- Despotic nature.
- Intellectual Snobbishness.
- Confusion and the resulting weakened will it creates.
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