The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Court Cards: Thoth Tarot-Prince of Disks & Santa Muerte Tarot- Knight of Pentacles

Western hermetic Qabalah, astrological, alchemical, numerical, and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons

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Thoth-Prince of Disks

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In Qabalistic Tarot it is well stated that Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is The Central Sun/Son of Self and the Soul/Psyche of mankind. Tiphareth is called -Beauty, and is as high as our Personal Conscious can go up the Tree. This state of Consciousness is known in the Mysteries, as the Christ, Horis or Buddha consciousness and it brings the body into a "higher" state of vibratory life force that we know as "unconditional Love”, also changing the physiology by doing so. However, only through diligent meditative techniques and ritual divination is this conscious state possible to physically experience.

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The Prince of Disks (Also called the Prince or Knight of Pentacles, in traditional Tarot Decks), is the Prince of the Chariot of Earth. Prince and Emperor of the Gnomes and is attributed to the last Decan of Aries and the first two Decan of Taurus.

This Prince is the Air of Earth and/ or Specific Air of Primal Earth. The Chariot of the Prince of Disks is pulled by the Bull of Taurus, demonstrating this attribute.

Being Air of Earth, the Prince is Intelligible Earth, as Air is the element comparable to Mind. Thus he brings incredible energy to physical matters. Such intelligent Earth, is the instinctual mind that shows its incredible focus on building, as in bees, ants, birds etc.

Because the Prince of Disks is so active, his armor is light and unrestrictive. On his head is the Bull helmet an animal sacred to the earth. The disk in his hand is an orb resembling a globe, marked in agricultural mathematical symbols. The orbed scepter that is surmounted by a cross is a symbol of the Great Work accomplished. The Great Work being manifesting the Higher States of Conscious Energy, in the lower states of consciousness below, on earth; by physical focus of Spirit-Mind-Body-the Trinity of Self and attention to physical work. What many of us don't understand that if you empty your brain of random thoughts, while only focusing on the task at hand, you are meditating! Even a daily commute in your car, with radio off, and doing nothing but "hands on the wheel" driving, while paying absolute attention to traffic, is a meditation and puts your reaction time way ahead of most drivers! The Prince of Disks intelligence knows that multi-tasking, is just another way to do many things "half-assed". Impeccability comes from diligent and focused work on one thing at a time.

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The Prince of Disks, is the Green Man force of Celtic mysteries, whose job it is to bring forth, from the Earthly element, that Vegetation, which is the sustenance of Spirit itself. The Mother Earth makes the form, he enlivens it and enforces the design. He is barely clothed because we have a "pan-force" here who is both fertile and a bull. He is Earth's Husband which in the Anglo-Saxon, means 'keeper of her property". He is a Caretaker of Her Forms.

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The archetypal personality or character of the Prince of Disks, is methodical, competent, ingenious, enduring, trustworthy, cautious, and imperturbable. All the qualities of a very capable manager and a steadfast preserving worker. Very good at horticulture and hard, patient work. His many qualities are shown in a character that is competent, ingenious, thoughtful, cautious, trustworthy, and imperturbable. On a consistent basis, he invents new uses for common things and adapts his circumstances to his purpose in a slow deliberate, well thought out manner. That is to say, his plans are well thought out. His emotions are subdued, thus he may appear insensitive and maybe even dull and slow of wit. But this is because of misinterpretation of his mental activity of which he won't devote to ideas or ideals that he understands to be beyond his expertise. Simply, the reaction of others to this stalwart character, depends entirely on their temperament and not his.

Most often, he makes no effort to delve into ideas he believes are beyond his scope, and may find the more "esoteric" types aggravating. The Prince of Disks personality is slow to anger, but once he is angered---you have an implacable charging bull to contend with and physically this person can be quite "bull-like" for his body is strong . Many bodybuilders have this type of personality. It is almost impossible to differentiate between "Well dignified" or "ill dignified" characteristics of this Card. Suffice it to say, that if "ill dignified" (surrounded by Lower emotional cards) that the quality and quantity of his character is somewhat degraded. To the point of being duller, slower, and even less empathetic.


However, this personality is often referred to in the common vernacular as "the salt of the Earth" because of a character that is so trustworthy and like all "slow quiet types" is easy to get along with...but terrible in anger. He is a force of Nature, that should be respected and loved in all of us and a very necessary "power of the body" needed by Spiritual-Life itself. The Power of Spirit must be aligned with the Power of the Body----to become a "Holy Spirit"...for those Souls who malign the body, proclaiming its nature as evil, are doomed to failure in the Great Work. Life obviously adores the Body and we are a Spiral Energy Expression of Life (Spirit and Spiral come from the same Greek root word Spiro). It's okay to adore your body---as long as you know that all bodies "are another way to be you" and that the purpose of Spirit is to make bodies live while the purpose of Self is to examine "self-awareness" through in-form-action. Information becomes form.

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Advice of the Dead:

Do not let a good occasion escape when it is in front of you. Take a risk even if it is your heart that is pushing you in that direction.

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

The Santa Muerte -Knight of Pentacles, is using the title of Traditional Tarot. Here, a mexican Santa Muerte is shown on his somewhat emancipated charger, bringing forth dynamic gain, such as assured booty, as shown in a sack over his shoulder. As in the Thoth Tarot-Prince of Disks, his character is that of a resistant ( bull/Ox like)and persevering worker who is very practical and taking initiative. His ego can be seen on the forefront of his actions, whereby he is unconcerned about his own or others feelings as long as he can achieve his own interests. He can also be dull, lazy and indifferent.

When the Prince/Knight of Disks/Pentacles is thrown in a divination, it implies:

  • Issues of physical activity. Such as, bodybuilding, muscle tone, sports, and a steel like resolve to move through issues and remove blocks.
  • A good horticulturist. 
  • The querent or person important to them, is in a kind of moving meditation, a focus on the material world, experiencing personal balance and productivity.
  • Becoming or is a builder who works steady towards their goals and being singularly focused on establishing security.
  • The querent, or important person, is both kind and trustworthy and will complete a long and laborious task, "come hell or high water".
  • There is suggested a Mastery here, of change and harvest procured by knowledge and productivity.

When ill defined by surrounding cards:

  • Unfeeling.
  • Laziness.
  • Indifference. 

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