The Babylonian Tarot-Prince of Disks-Sumuqan, was the son of Shamash and the god of cattle and herdsman. In Sumerian, his name was Sakkan, and was appointed by the god of Wisdom as the king of the mountains and high plains.Hence, cattle weren't the only responsibility of this Herdsman god, for all forms of animals were under his care. From antelope to cheetahs, wild pigs to lions, wolves, jackals and bears, amongst the few, all were his to herd and care for. His abode was in the underworld, in Ereshkigal's court. He was a close equivalent to the Green Man of the Celtic Myths.
Therefore, we see Sumuqan, standing on a lush plain with a cheetah at his feet and 2 bulls behind him. Next to him is a sun disk. The meaning for this card is the same as the Thoth Tarot-Prince of Disks.
I have stated that Tiphareth is The Central Sun of our conscious energy expression into incarnation, i.e., Our Soul/Psyche. 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, 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 to the "Philosopher's stone" by doing so. However, only through diligent meditative techniques and ritual divination is this conscious state possible to physically experience.
THE THOTH- PRINCE OF DISKS:
The Prince of Disks (Also called the Prince or Knight of Pentacles, in other 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 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, etc.
Because the Prince of Disks is so physically 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 and attention to 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! The Prince of Disks intelligence knows that multi-tasking, is just another way to do nothing well.
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 by measurement.
The Character of the Prince of Disks, is methodical, competent, ingenious, enduring, trustworthy, cautious, and imperturbable. All the qualities of a very capable manger and a steadfast preserving worker. Very good at horticulture and hard, patient work.
This Prince of Mind and Earth, is ingenious as he constantly seeks new ways of using common things. Always adapting the circumstance to his slow and methodical purpose. This is to say, that 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 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.
Again, the Prince of Disks represents the airy part of Earth (Air is Consciousness) and thus He is the intelligible part of Earth. He rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Aries to the 20th degree of Taurus, thus we have the ox pulling the chariot as the "sacred animal of Earth". The Prince of Disks is wearing a helm crowned with the Bull of Taurus. In his left hand is the Globe of Earth with geometric symbols implying agriculture (which is an invention of Binah-the Great Mother represented by the Queen of Disks) and in his right hand is the orb- scepter adorned with the equal armed cross (Earth-Air-Water-Fire) a symbol of the Great Work (Life) accomplished. He is the stable but active force of the "Green man" as he brings forth from the Earth, vegetation which is the substance that Spirit enlivens. He is barely clothed because we have a "pan-force" here who is both fertile and lustful...like a bull. He is Earth's Husband which in the Anglo-Saxon, means 'keeper of her property". He is a Care-taker of Her Forms.
This Personality is one of great energy brought onto practical matters. This person is energetic, enduring, steadfast, a capable manager, and tireless worker. His or her many qualities are shown in a character that is competent, ingenious, thoughtful, cautious, trustworthy, and imperturbable. On a consistent basis, this person invents new uses for common things and adapts their circumstances to their purpose in a slow deliberate, well thought out manner. Thus, some may think them slow and stupid, to their peril, for they are almost totally lacking in emotion and is somewhat insensitive but is very clever. Most often, this personality makes no effort to delve into ideas they believe are beyond their scope, and may find the more "esoteric" types aggravating. The Prince of Disks personality is slow to anger, but once angered---you have an implacable charging bull to contend with and physically this person can be quite "bull-like". 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.
This person's personality is often referred to in the common vernacular as "the salt of the Earth" because his character 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 spirit's most beloved---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 as a sensual sense of Self.
When the Prince of Disks, is thrown during a reading, depending on the position and the surrounding cards, implies:
- Issues of physical activity. Such as, body building, muscle tone, sports, and a steel like resolve to move through issues and remove blocks.
- 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.
This is a hard card to make negative, the only thought being, that of slowness, and seemingly dull witted.
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