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Thoth- Knight of Wands
Lord of the Flame and the Lightning; The King of the Spirits of Fire; King of the Salamanders.
Triple Goddess Tarot- King of Wands
The Lightning Lord of the Knight of Wands, is called the King of Wands in most other decks. Crowley wanted dynamic motion and protection applied to his Kings as well as the medieval romance of YHVH represented in his King Cards (Queen,King, Princess and Prince), so they are rendered as Armored Knights on Horses/Chargers. The Court Cards are roughly descriptive of persons whose Sun or rising sign at their nativity which falls within the Zodiacal attribution of the card.
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 Knights 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 Valraven by the Danes. Valraven was said to be the one that gave the secret of magic to mankind, much like the Greek god Prometheus gave fire 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. However, if ill defined, he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted and brutal. In both the Thoth Tarot and Triple Goddess Tarot, this ill definition will be shown by the nature of 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 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, 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 persona 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 great risk! If the aim is off, or if there is not enough fuel, s/he will crash in a most dramatic way. If there is too much fuel, there will be a personality explosion. However, if everything goes well, this launch is one of spectacular success and their very energy makes them attractive to others.
As history shows, a real 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 Triple Goddess Tarot, (Elder) King of Wands , shows a industrious female figure sitting on a Throne with the sign of the Triple Goddess and the upside down triangle symbol of water which both point to the Trinity Goddess. The Throne itself, is reminiscent of flames and fire and the wand lies comfortable on her lap. The fiery/lightning nature of this card is not well explained in this image. However, it suggests an innovative willful persona that is jotting down her latest wishes implying she knows what she wants. Be fierce and let your spirit dance.
WHEN THE KNIGHT/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 possibly stuffy person.
- A rooted quality that gives strength.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:
- Despotic nature.
- Intellectual Snobbishness.
- Confusion and the resulting weakness it creates.