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Thoth-Princess of Disks
The Princess of the Echoing Hills; The Rose of the Palace of Earth; Princess and Empress of the Gnomes; Throne of the Ace of Disks
This Thoth Court Card is about Mastery of Creativity and Birth of New Forms. She is the pregnant one. As you may have gleaned by now, all these cards represent states of conscious energy that weave a pattern of energy conscious in the material world and the Princess of Disks is Earth of Earth; Hence she's the carrier of the highest- high and the lowest- low forces of the Tree of Life!
The Greeks called this state of consciousness, Persephone, who enters Hades, every winter and escapes Hades and manifests on Earth every spring. She is the pioneering nature of fertility (represented by the Aries horns on her head) and the serpent transforming into an ermine cape, represents her ancient earthly passion to create, from the Highest High (Kether) to the Lowest Low of Malkuth. She is both pregnant with the highest/lowest of the suit of Disks, and with everything between the Highest-High and Lowest-Low of every tarot suit. She carries within her body the potential of all possibilities and the key to perpetuating the life of the Universe. Therefore she is on the brink of transformation, and as the Princess of Disks, the Earthly part of Earth-The Malkuth of Malkuths, she also implies that material transformation is possible here. Shown brooding in wonder, she is strong and beautiful while pregnant with the secret wonder of the future.
Her lighted crystal staff, shows her desire to give birth to new forms that are in alignment with who she is. The diamond is the sacred stone of Kether, The Highest High and whose tetrahedral form represents the basic structure of all carbon-based life. Her determination to manifest the organic balanced harvest is shown by the pedestal of grains that she is standing on.
The balanced union of female magnetic and male electric forces are represented in the yin/yang center of the Great Seed/Shield composed of 36 sections, which illustrates the creative approaches to Motherhood issues or issues surrounding her own mother-Demeter.
Winter is shown on the Thoth Deck Princess of Disks as the ermine cape becomes an implication of snow on the ground, amid winter trees bereft of leaves; trees that will soon sprout green leaves. She is crowned in the horns of a Ram, illustrating the first House of Spring that astrologers call Aries. Therefore, what is presented is a lovely Priestess of Demeter, who wears the crest of the Ram and in her right hand a scepter descending into the Earth where its head becomes a diamond. To Qabalists, the Diamond is the Precious Stone of Kether (The Highest and purest Light) and symbolizes the Purest Light formed in Matter-the Lowest of the Low- in the “diamond form of as above-so below". When this card is thrown, for male or female, this card represents the: creative part of the Earth anima within the organic form.
In our Native state of Photonic Mind (Soul), We are all Androgyny and/or Hermaphrodites, (female side of brain and male side of the brain) and both Sexes/Polarities of the Energy Mind can become pregnant with desire and creative ideas. This creative idea and the desire to manifest it, has been gestating with in your nature for some time. For a woman, this card can represent the need to resolve motherhood issues. For male and female, this card can represent the need to resolve or restructure relationship issues with Aries or Scorpio people in your life. (Aries-March 21 -April 21) (Scorpio: October 21-November 21). Due to the very nature of the Princess of Disks "tunnel focus" on creation, this card can warn us of the dangers of becoming so focused on one thing and therefore, not observing what is in the life all around us.
As would Freya, (Norse Grove Goddess) she stands in a grove of sacred trees, before an altar suggesting a wheat sheaf which is a symbol for Demeter. But she is not alone. Contrary to the sexism of divisionism thought, she is never without He and He is never without She, so she holds in her left hand a disk of Seeds, which bears the Chinese ideogram denoting the twin spiral force of Goddess/God (Creation), in equilibrium. The design of the Seed Shield resembles the Rose of Isis (Lotus), the Great Fertile Mother of the Nile delta.
tarot personality birth-wheel
One may see her as Persephone arising from the nether world of winter into the bright light of spring, symbolizing that from the deepest, darkest depths arises the Wisdom of "Womb-Rite"; the resurrection and regeneration of the Living. As a personality archetype, there really isn't any negative here, unless one finds her ability to "be purely in the moment" to rapid and unsettling for their need for linear- stability. Such a shallow one would be unable to see that stability is based purely on "the clothoid curve of momentary movement " (the spiral- now) and not a linear line of addition. Thus is she serpentine in her motion which is also represented by the spiral horns and the swirling ermine cape. The universe is Spirals upon Spirals, dimensions upon dimensions, union upon union and suffers no division. To enjoy her, you must dance with her in her sacred grove of Life and learn to spin in joyous celebration of renewal.
This is the Lady of Rebirth and Renewal and to understand the Highest- High and Lowest Depth of the Ultimate Womb---is to meditate long and hard on this card, and to read the Goddess Myths with the eye (I) of the soul. In this world, where love is a profit sharing endeavor, it is hard for most of us to believe that "Love built Me to be Itself"----Love is Now and fears no future. But the truth is, " Creation is Love made manifest" and we are the image of Love made manifest by the Womb of the Divine Creative. Who is both Creator and Creatrix.
Skry this Princess of Disks card and know, it’s great to be you! In your uniqueness you are united with us all on the Highest High and Lowest Low. The Princesses of any suit are the “womb intelligence” that carries the seed of the element they represent thus, the Princesses are the pro-generators of the Aces.
The Princess and the Ace
Thoth- Ace of Disks
The Ace of Disks, is the seed of the most condensed Energy Transformation that we call Earth (Lowest Low means "most condensed") and Earth is ruled by the Princesses, each in their own section of the Northern quadrant. Together with the Ace of Disks, she rules the Aries/Taurus/Gemini celestial quadrant above the North Pole and the area of Europe and Africa. The knowledge of the new Aeon of Horus, dispels the archaic concept of Earth as an evil, passive, immobile, even dead element. Rather, Earth is a transformation of Intelligent Energy Conscious that many moderns call Gaia who is represented in the tarot as the Queen of Disks.
Now this idea of Goddess, may all be new to us who view ourselves via the indoctrination of the "Divide and conquer" military industrial complex of the Patriarchy, but as I tour my Soul, I find a Perspective-Personality, of Native American manifestation, who named this Intelligent Force of Earth, Grandmother River. This "primitive" personality, as did the Alchemists, seemed to understand that the “Water and Sun" union, transformed soil into living forms, long before our scientist "discovered" this very concept in the study of Thermodynamics. To the Native peoples of Earth, water was often seen as the "Blood of Earth".
The Thoth Deck Ace of Disks, the Force behind the Princess of Disks, is invariably linked to the Princess of Disks and is a styled rendition of a Molecule, (the union of atoms) show in the back ground of the Emerald Green of the Aeon of Isis (Grandmother River). This Emerald Green is of the King-Scale color decided upon by the Egyptian Hierophants. However, this green is not the original vegetable green of Isis but that of the “emerald-spring green" of the new Aeon following the resurrection of Osiris as Horus. Nor are the disks considered to be the dead chemistry of coins; rather they are the whirling emblems of Star, Planets, and atoms etc., all of which are whirling spheres.
There is the new doctrine of Tetragrammaton in the Hermetic Qabalah, where He' --the final earthly component of YHVH, and the Daughter (Princess), is set upon the Throne of the Mother, to awaken the Eld of the All-Father. In the words of Zoroaster, Tetragrammaton (YHVH-The Divine Creative) is a “rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud," Therefore, the Name of Malkuth is not a dead symbol, but a whirling Sphere of Divine Action.
The center of the Thoth Deck Ace of Disks, is a complicate Hieroglyph representing the "the chosen priest- and apostle of infinite space" and/or the "prince-priest the Beast." (Liber AL. I.15.). In the center of all is yet another form of Tetragrammaton, the Phallus, showing Sol and Luna, with the number 666 inscribed, as to equilibrate the seven sevens adding to 156 (Babalon-The Scarlett woman.) Now to detail this explanation is far to complicated for a blog, hence there is a book that has already delved deeply into the Phenomena that is the Princess of Disks, so I recommend that you get the Book of Thoth, and scroll to pages 210-212 for further information and references.
This central cypher is enclosed in a Heptagram that is interlaced with Pentagons whose sides are extended forming a wheel of 10 spokes, bounded by a Decagon encompassed in a circular band with the inscribed name of TO META OHEPION , roughly this is Greek for the "Great Beast" (Organic Matter). This card is a research and meditative must for the Student of Gnosis.
About this whirling Disk are its six wings (6 is the number of the Sun) The Thoth Deck Ace of Disks is the glyph of Earth as understood in the new Aeon of Horus. Sol and Terra are known as living beings, one's constant companions in a Universe of Pure Joy.
As I have stated, the Princess of disks represents the earthly part of Earth. This Princess is strong and beautiful and impregnated with a secret wonder as is all organic matter.
Haindl Tarot- Daughter of Stones in the West-Princess of Stones
To Hermann Haindl, a native European, West means North America and North America means Native American Traditions. Therefore, he sees the Daughter of Stones, as ruler over the North American Continent rather than Europe and Africa. Although he experience Native American culture, and experienced the "spirits" touch in sweat lodges, Haindl does not think of himself as becoming Native American, nor does he wish to give up his own culture. He believes there are great lessons to learn in Native American Traditions, that might be called realism, for it teaches us of the reality of our quantum entanglement with all things, and to accept the sacred reality of Earth, that shows itself in the Sky,and the Waters, and the Fires of life.
The art of the Haindl Daughter of Stones, represents White Buffalo Woman, a central myth of the Lakotas who gave the sacred pipe to the Native Peoples. I could paraphrase the story as Black Elk told to Joseph Epes Brown, but I'd rather you read it for yourself .
The Gift of the Sacred Pipe
by Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
as told to Joseph Epes Brown in The Sacred Pipe
“White Buffalo Calf Woman”
by Mary Selfridge, signed giclée print
Early one morning, very many winters ago, two Lakota were out hunting with their bows and arrows. As they were standing on a hill looking for game, they saw in the distance something coming towards them in a very strange and wonderful manner. When this mysterious thing came nearer to them, they saw that it was a very beautiful woman, dressed in white buckskin and bearing a bundle on her back.
Now this woman was so good to look at that one of the Lakota had bad intentions and told his friend of his desire. His friend said that he must not have such thoughts for surely this is a wakan woman. The mysterious person was now very close to the men; and, putting down her bundle, she asked the one with bad intentions to come over to her. As the young man approached the mysterious woman, they were both covered by a great cloud. Soon, when the cloud lifted, only the sacred woman was standing there. At her feet was the man with the bad thoughts who was now nothing but bones, and terrible snakes were eating him.
“Behold what you see!” the strange woman said to the good man. “I am coming to your people and wish to talk with your chief Hehlokecha Najin (Standing Hollow Horn). Return to him, and tell him to prepare a large tipi in which he should gather all his people and make ready for my coming. I wish to tell you something of great importance!”
The young man then returned to the tipi of his chief and told him all that had happened—that this wakan woman was coming to visit them and that they must all prepare. The chief, Standing Hollow Horn, then had several tipis taken down, and from them a great lodge was made as the sacred woman had instructed. He sent out a crier to tell the people to put on their best buckskin clothes and to gather immediately in the lodge. The people were, of course, all very excited as they waited in the great lodge for the coming of the holy woman, and everybody was wondering where this mysterious woman came from and what it was that she wished to say.
The Sacred Pipe
Soon the young men who were watching for the coming of the wakan person announced that they saw something in the distance approaching them in a beautiful manner. Suddenly, she entered the lodge, walked around sun-wise, and stood in front of Standing Hollow Horn. She took from her back the bundle, and holding it with both hands in front of the chief, said: “Behold this and always love it! It is lela wakan, and you must treat it as such. No impure man should ever be allowed to see it, for within this bundle there is a sacred pipe. With this, you will, during the winters to come, send your voices to Wakan-Tanka, your Father and Grandfather.”
After the mysterious woman said this, she took from the bundle a pipe and also a small round stone which she placed upon the ground. Holding the pipe up with its stem to the heavens, she said: “With this sacred pipe, you will walk upon the Earth, for the Earth is your Grandmother and Mother, and She is sacred. Every step that is taken upon Her should be as a prayer. The bowl of this pipe is of red stone; it is the Earth. Carved in the stone and facing the center is this buffalo calf who represents all the four-leggeds who live upon your Mother. The stem of the pipe is of wood and this represents all that grows upon the Earth. And these twelve feathers which hang here, where the stem fits into the bowl, are from Wanbli Galeska, the Spotted Eagle, and they represent the eagle and all the wingeds of the air. All these peoples, and all the things of the universe, are joined to you who smoke the pipe—all send their voices to Wakan-Tanka, the Great Spirit. When you pray with this pipe, you pray for and with everything.”
The wakan woman then touched the foot of the pipe to the round stone which lay upon the ground, and said: “With this pipe, you will be bound to all your relatives; your Grandfather and Father, your Grandmother and Mother. This round rock, which is made of the same red stone as the bowl of the pipe, your Father Wakan-Tanka has also given to you. It is the Earth, your Grandmother and Mother, and it is where you will live and increase. This Earth which He has given to you is red, and the two-leggeds who live upon the Earth are red; and the Great Spirit has also given to you a red day, and a red road. All of this is sacred, and so do not forget! Every dawn, as it comes, is a holy event; and every day is holy, for the light comes from your Father Wakan-Tanka; and also you must always remember that the two-leggeds and all the other peoples who stand upon this earth are sacred and should be treated as such.
The Seven Sacred Rites
“From this time on, the holy pipe will stand upon this red Earth, and the two-leggeds will take the pipe and will send their voices to Wakan-Tanka. These seven circles which you see on the stone have much meaning, for they represent the seven rites in which the pipe will be used. The first large circle represents the first rite which I shall give to you, and the other six circles represent the rites which will, in time, be revealed to you directly. Standing Hollow Horn, be good to these gifts and to your people, for they are wakan! With this pipe, the two-leggeds will increase, and there will come to them all that is good. From above Wakan-Tanka has given to you this sacred pipe, so that through it you may have knowledge. For this great gift you should always be grateful! But now before I leave I wish to give to you instructions for the first rite in which your people will use this pipe.
The Seven Sacred Rites of the Lakota
1. Wanagi Wicagluha—The Keeping of The Soul
2. Hanbleceyapi—The Vision Quest
3. Wiwanyang Wacipi—The Sun Dance
4. Hunkapi—The Making of Relatives
5. Inipi—The Sweat Lodge
6. Isnati Awicalowanp—Preparing a Girl for Womanhood
7. Tapa Wankayeyapi—Throwing the Ball
From “Lakota Religious Traditions,” Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition, pp. 5295-5298.
“It should be for you a sacred day when one of your people dies. You must then keep his soul as I shall teach you, and through this you will gain much power; for if this soul is kept, it will increase in you your concern and love for your neighbor. So long as the person, in his soul, is kept with your people, through him you will be able to send your voice to Wakan-Tanka. It should also be a sacred day when a soul is released and returns to its home, Wakan-Tanka, for on this day four women will be made holy, and they will in time bear children who will walk the path of life in a sacred manner, setting an example for your people. Behold me, for it is I that they will take in their mouths, and it is through this that they will become wakan. He who keeps the soul of a person must be a good and pure man, and he should use the pipe so that all the people, with the soul, will together send their voices to Wakan-Tanka. The fruit of your Mother the Earth and the fruit of all that She bears will be blessed in this manner, and your people will then walk the path of life in a sacred way. Do not forget that Wakan-Tanka has given you seven days in which to send your voices to Him. So long as you remember this, you will live; the rest you will know from Wakan-Tanka directly.”
The sacred woman then started to leave the lodge, but turning again to Standing Hollow Horn, she said: “Behold this pipe! Always remember how sacred it is, and treat it as such, for it will take you to the end. Remember, in me there are four ages. I am leaving now, but I shall look back upon your people in every age, and at the end I shall return.”
in the four sacred colors
Moving around the lodge in a sun-wise manner, the mysterious woman left, but after walking a short distance she looked back towards the people and sat down. When she rose the people were amazed to see that she had become a young red-and-brown buffalo calf. Then this calf walked farther, lay down, and rolled, looking back at the people, and when she got up she was a white buffalo. Again the white buffalo walked farther and rolled on the ground, becoming now a black buffalo. This buffalo then walked farther away from the people, stopped, and after bowing to each of the four quarters of the universe, disappeared over the hill.
“No definitive version of the story exists . . . The story shifts and shapes itself to the people, it grows and adapts. Through the oral tradition, it was handed down, and the story changed over time and will continue to change.
What most versions agree upon, though, is . . . She brought the sacred pipe. She brought meaning, essence, life, spirituality. She brought hope.” —Native Daughters
Buy the Book
The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk’s Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux, Recorded and edited by Joseph Epes Brown (University of Oklahoma Press, 1989) • During the winter of 1947, Black Elk, the Oglala Sioux holy man, related to Joseph Epes Brown seven of the sacred Oglala traditions, including such revered rites as “The Keeping of the Soul,” “The Rite of Purification,” and “Preparing for Womanhood.” The San Francisco Chronicle calls Black Elk’s narrative “a valuable contribution to American Indian literature.” Buy the Book
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As shown on the Card, the Daughter of Stones, is shown with a background of stone, the golden light around her head is sacred energy. Symbolizing the Cosmos, is the Pipe. As is the Thoth Princess of Disks, White Buffalo Woman brought knowledge, magic, and rebirth to peoples.
If the Princess of Disks/Stones card shows up in a reading, it is best said:
- That rebirth is apparent from past defeat.
- Or that a new love is blooming in your life.
- It represents a young woman with rich brown or red- brown hair and dark eyes, she is generous, kind, diligent, benevolent, careful and endowed with persevering courage.
- She may also be pregnant with child or birthing ideas, projects, identity and self-aspects.
- She or he is on the Brink of Transformation and Revelation.
- She or he may also have a concentrated desire to learn, and is applying her/his fertile mind to scholarly pursuits.
- Willingness to take responsibility for something greater than oneself.
If ill-defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:
- She or he becomes wasteful and prodigal.
- Feeling out of place.
- Difficulty in getting across idea or emotions.
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