The Tarot of Eli, LLC: The Tarot of The Old Path- King of Pentacles & The Thoth- Knight of Disks

western hermetic qabalah, tantric, alchemical, astrological, and numerical Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Old Path Tarot

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tarot of the old path-king of pentacles

The King of Pentacles, of the Tarot of the Old Path, illustrates a strong, shrewd, steadfast looking King.

He is dressed in the Green of the ruling element earth/organic matter.

He protectively holds the symbol of the Pentacle, which is also represented in his crown.

In the language of flowers, the fox glove behind him, implies a man well established in his occupation who is a well-established leader and one who is confident in his authority.

The primary meaning of the King of Pentacles a shrewd, confident man who is well established in his business or occupation. An experienced leader.

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thoth-knight of disks

There are no kings in the Thoth Tarot because A. Crowley wished to express the concept that these are battle kings, i.e., active knights. Thus, the Knights are the Kings of the Hermetic Thoth Tarot.

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Faithful followers of this blog, know by now that Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth is both Wisdom and the Will to Force. He is the idea of male polarity and is the ruling intellect of the Knights/Kings.

Now there are those who think that Male came first, or that Female came first. This argument is because of our short-sighted physical perspective on the sexuality of Psychic energy. The startling fact to some, is that if you produce the idea of Male, then you produce the idea of female at the same moment. There is no male concept without the concept of female and vise verse. So, the argument of who came first is invalid when talking about the Supernal Triangle.

The Will to Force (Chokmah)and the Will to Form (Binah) united produce the Will - To - Be (us). which is the way of saying the mating of I and Am produces the idea of Being-"Me". Our concept of sexuality needs adjustment before we can understand the One Energy that made itself Two who unite to become Three.

Chokmah is the second Sephiroth and thus is the force behind the four Deuces. The Personification of that force is represented in the four Knights. In other words, Chokmah's will to force is at its most concentrated and dense elemental form on Earth.

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Represents the Lord of the wild and fertile land and as such is the King of the elemental spirits of earth, the Gnomes.

The zodiacal attributes to this card are the last Decan of Leo and the first two Decans of Virgo. Being that the Knight of Disks is the densest manifestation of the Elemental Yod force, he is the force behind fruition, and growth but tends to be slow in his movement.

This fertility is represented in this card using the Stag antlers on the Helm of the Knight. The understanding of the mythical animal images of the Middle Ages comes in handy here, as the Stag is the beast that ate the serpent (received wisdom) and in so doing sheds its skin, any illness and old age, just as a serpent does. So, to make a long and wonderful story short, the Stag represents the Knights power to regenerate as does the organic matter it is a symbol of.

Many of us have seen the Fire of Earth, in its volcanic upheavals; however, how often do we realize that Volcanic activity is Earth regenerating itself? The same is true for the Fire of Earth that is the Knight; fleeting yet is also the cycle of rebirth. The same fruition is implied by the corn or fruitful plane that his horse is grazing on. Thus, he carries a flail, used in grain harvest and his disk/shield is that of solid nutrition.


  • It implies:
  • A concern for the body and good health.
  • A doctor or herbalist concerned with health.
  • The querent shows the spirit of fertilization, as joyous practicality, steadfastness, reliability and is an epitome of material success.
  • Generous, courageous but not prone to seeking adventure.
  • Ordinary activity, in social position, accomplishments, experiencing a success that is relaxed and enjoyed.
  • A mature reliable, dependable, and wise male upon whom others may depend on and with whom they lay their burdens. 
  • A dark male, who is both courageous and lethargic in tendencies. However, driven in matters of material success.  
  • A good financial provider who understands and likes work knowing it leads to financial security. The querent may be such a person or involved with such a person in their life. The surrounding cards or position in the reading would support this understanding.

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