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The Queen of The Thrones of Air; Queen of Sylphs and Sylphides.
Thoth-Queen of Swords
The Trinity Godness of Qabalah is Binah, the 3rd Sephira, who is often called the Sanctifying Intelligence , by Paul Foster Case, the founder of BOTA, and known as the Parent of Faith. The Qabalistic Word Binah itself means Understanding. What is often not realized is that she is also Chronos who is the oldest of ancient gods (it has been said the head she holds is the head of Chronos). We may know him as "Father Time" but the highly restrictive nature of time, birth, aging and death are the ultimate result of the gift of Life bestowed by Binah. So once again the Sexing of the individual Sephira proves to be insubstantial for complete understanding. It helps to remember that each Sephiroth has an expressive-male-state and a receptive-female-state of consciousness. This shows up on the Tarot birth wheel, where both Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11) and Stephen King (September 21) are both Queen of Thrones personalities.
The Queen of Swords is Water of Air, which is also called Specific Water in the Realm of Primal Air. Water is the element attributed to emotion and consciousness and air is the element attributed to mind. Thus she is as Crowley stated in the Book of Thoth, "clear, conscious perception of Idea, the Liberator of Mind". Water of Air are clouds (shown on card) that promise life giving rain, or torrential hurricanes.
The Queen of Swords bears the zodiacal attributes of the last Decan of Virgo and the first two Decans of Libra.
The severed head in her left hand reminds me of Kali Ma, the Hindu Goddess of Life and Death. Here the Queen of swords has the severed head of The Patriarch and the Sword of Geburah (and extension of Binah) in her right, pointing downward toward earth; indicating that she removes the masks of deceit and definition supplied by cultural thoughts or as defined by Rulers. She cleaves the masks of lies, made of words, that hides our true identity of our Golden Child Soul (shown on top of her head). This child's head is viewing upward, implying that only the innocent child is unfettered by sterile concepts and useless ideas, for they haven't been programed to believe in a Ruler's definition of themselves. This Golden Child is the original soul identity that all of us have.
The severed head, also implies that The Queen of Swords is the Sanctifying Intelligence; one that removes the "head of programed/indoctrinated man" bring us into the Understanding of the ways in which each of us are deceived by thoughts while also teaching us to transcend them.
Yetzirah, (The 3rd world of Air) is the world of deception and only keen perception, and observation are the Sword that slices away all fantasy, delusion illusion and unreality. Thoughts began by words are the Trickster, the "devil inside", that fools us into believing survival thinking ego is our true-consciousness, when all in all, words themselves are not truth and the ego is ruled by sub-conscious fears. Love is the consciousness foundation of the Sanctifying Intelligence that has given our immortal Spirit Form; Immortals don't worry about survival only mortal bodies do. The Soul is love and created mortal being. Therefore, we see the “tough love” of Geburah (severity), and/or the Sword in Her hand, cleaving away the false identity that is ego. "Tough Love" is another aspect of the Great Binah and her corrective abilities.
The Words of Man, are false identities created by the "useless old men" who create a world to benefit themselves and/or the Patriarchy. Hence, they create nothing but indoctrinated and dogmatic concepts to control the subconscious mind. You may think your identity is a "word" or sentence made of them; However, no word ever created a child, nor can describe the Soul. To be created you already had to be Known to the Divine Creative as an image of self. Your identity is already defined as the "Sun/Son of God" and/or Solar Soul in the 6th Sephiroth known as Tiphareth-Beauty, long before you took up an avatar on earth. Kali Ma cuts away all that is not the original Beauty that you are. One could say that a mask of words is removed by the Original Mind that calls you I AM.
The influence of Virgo moving into Libra gives the Queen of Swords the practicality and grace of a great monarch. In the Book of Thoth, Page 161, Crowley explained that this native, "should be intensely perceptive, a keen observer, a subtle interpreter, an intense individualist, swift and accurate at recording ideas; in action, confident, in spirit, gracious and just. Her movements will be graceful, and her ability in dancing and balancing exceptional." Other well known Queen of Sword's personalities are, Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, H.G. Wells and Stephen King.
But don't let this identity fool you into thinking all is love and light. If ill dignified she is as dangerous and cruel as she looks on the Thoth card.
Haindl-Nut-Mother of Swords in the South-Queen of Swords
While Crowley/Harris seemed to have strayed form their Egyptian Tarot format when displaying the Queen of Swords, the Haindl Tarot went right to it. Here, the Egyptian Mother of All Gods, is displayed in her traditional Sky Goddess image arched over the Earth, with a body filled with stars. Nut's image is very ancient, like the Hindu Goddess Kali, both primordial going back to very ancient times. Nut's (or Nuit) Libyan version, Neith, is describe by Vicki Noble as "possibly the oldest goddess in the world".
Nut or Nuit, was also depicted as having intercourse with her brother Geb, the Earth. The well known Egyptian obelisk, symbolized Geb's phallus, as well as, the power of Ra. This position was in violation of the Jewish and Christian "missionary position" (man on top of woman) as the proper form of intercourse. This is the same attitude toward coital congress that Lilith, the "first wife of Adam" was said to have in the Original Book of Genesis. She insisted on having sexual congress with Adam with her being on top. Adam complained to God about this and thereby, Yahweh banished Lilith to the "land of demons", where she was said to give birth to a "hundred demons a day". The Yahweh "gave" Eve to Adam, a more compliant wife. This is just a metaphor for the Patriarch's need to control Woman, and thereby, dominate sexual activity, which by all rights, belongs to woman, the birther.
Also, Nuit/Nut is also shown standing upright on her toes, a symbol often painted on the inner lid of coffins, as this is how she would look if one was laying down and viewing her from beneath in contrast to the sky. Hence, night and death are depicted in this double image of the goddess. While Nut, Mother Goddess, confronts us with night and death, she also shelters us, as her presence in the coffin implies that she assures the safe passage of the soul through the chaos of death in order to establish a new life in the Other World. She therefore represents autonomy and devotion; much the same meaning to this card as that of the Thoth Card.
When the Queen of Swords is thrown during a reading:
- The querent desires to discard, pretense, masks, roles or defenses that hide their true self.
- Wishes to develop or is developing intellectual thinking.
- Is undergoing a sense of resolution and commitment.
- Is experiencing intellectual maturity and is experiencing well-tuned mental facilities.
- Sharp of wit.
- Experiencing the Wisdom generated by sorrow.
- Finding Wisdom through the acceptance of Pain with courage, and honesty.
- Strong willed and determined this woman will can bear whatever life presents her with.
- Deep comprehension of frightening truths, able to think the unthinkable and giving expression to the unspeakable.
- Seductive and provocative.
- The professional, who can handle situations capably, quickly and efficiently.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Calculating coldness.
- insuperable distance.
- The ice cold woman.
- The phony.
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