The Babylonian Tarot- Princess of Arrows-Ninlil, depicts "lady wind", Ninlil, the wife of the air god Ellil. She was known for her benevolent nature and was often called upon to intervene for some poor soul whose was facing the anger of Ellil. She was also considered to be the goddess of grain as she was the daughter of Haia, the god of stores, and Ninsebargunna, the goddess of barley.
In Assyria, Ninlil became the spouse of Ashur, the primary god of the Empire. In Greece she was known as Mylitta, which was a variant of her Akkadian name of Mullitu, meaning "the one who brings to birth". Her sacred animal was the lion. Lion represented the Sun, and "... brings to birth" is reminiscent of the season of Spring.
The Babylonian Tarot presents Ninlil, as winged and standing on clouds, with bow an arrow in hand. However, she is not prepared to fire them.
When the Babylonian Tarot-Princess of Arrows is thrown in divination, it implies:
- Decisive, stabilizing force in an erratic environment.
- A young person, who is assertive, self-confident, observant and emotionally detached.
- This one shows dexterity, and intensity.
- A skilled negotiator, debater or emissary.
- Unsympathetic, wrathful, insensitive, vindictive, cunning, devious and frivolous.
- A pretender
- Prone to spying, rumor mongering, and meddling into the affairs of others.
- Bad news.
The Ace of Swords represents the Root of the Element of Air which is also representative of the Seed of Consciousness and is the power personified by the Princess of Swords.
When lacking the Will that is Spirit, consciousness behaves like Air, which blows whichever way of the common current or heated moment. In nature, Air lacks the concentrated will of Fire to unite with water and it lacks a corresponding passion to unite with its twin, earth. Air has no self-generated impulse, and is totally dependent on the heat or cold of the moment. But when set in motion by its Father-Fire and its Mother-Water, it magnifies their power into something horrific, such as tornadoes or hurricanes, or the Princess of Swords. Wind in this state, is comparable to Mind as all embracing, all penetrating, all wandering and all consuming.
The Status of Air, as compared to the other Elements of alchemical origin, would seem minor but in reality, Air is the first Element to follow Spirit. Spirit is of the Element- Fire that begins with the Logos (Word of God) and/or Eheieh, meaning "I Will Be". Air is also attributed to Mercury and most properly, the Breath of Life. Then there is the Hebrew statement," Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim (777) which means," One is the Spirit (not air) of the Gods of the Living". In this case Air is the medium that carries the Spirit of "the gods of the living" which is called Prana in Sanskrit, thus we can see the empowerment of yoga breathing exercises. Being the Souls of the Body, each of us are the Gods of the Living as we make forms alive.
When thrown during a reading, the Ace of Swords is an Invoked force for good or evil. It represents the whirling force and strength through trouble. It can be the Sword of Wrath upholding Divine Authority and thus an affirmation of justice in the querent's life.
THE PRINCESS OF SWORDS,
represents the earthly part of Air. She is the fixation of the Volatile. She represents the influence of Heaven on Earth and brings about the materialization of idea.
There is some suggestion of the Valkyrie, in this card but she also represents Artemis and characteristics of Minerva. To some extent, she represents the anger of the gods, and wears a helm of serpent crest, that symbolizes the serpent-haired Medusa. The heavens and clouds whirl about angrily, while she is stabbing downward with her sword. In the back ground is a profaned altar, whose fire is gone out due to lack of attention which seems to anger this Valkyrie. With Her Sword of "volatile Mind" she cleaves away the dross, so the pure essence is seen as a materialization of Idea. Much like Michelangelo who was known for his perceptive chisel that cleaved away what was not the image he saw in the marble.The Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie, represent the influence of Heaven on Earth. As stated, there is a representation of the "Anger of the Gods" here, and she is helmed in a Medusa headdress. She stands in front of a barren altar, as if to avenge its profanation (The Human Soul is the altar---the profanation is "indoctrination of culture"), as shown by her sword stabbing downward. All around her angry storms rage in the sky.
The Archetype personality of the Princess of Swords is of a stern and revengeful nature. She is firm, aggressive and wields destructive logic with great practical wisdom and subtlety in material things. Her natural cleverness and adroitness in managing controversial affairs makes her a master of settling controversies. She would be a good ambassador. People thus characterized, may seem slow mentally, crushed by every responsibility, especially when it comes to family affairs. We must remember that the Princesses represent the "Throne of Spirit", and that the Princess of Swords has the option of "blowing everything sky high"...she has that potency of mind,
If ill dignified her qualities are dispersed, she becomes incoherent, and all her gifts form into an animal cleverness, a low cunning, that is unworthy of the means.
Such personalities appear to be "Children of Misfortune" which seems to be the most unhappy of people. However, their Soul knows what it is doing, and sharp chisels are needed to "cut away the dross" so that the real beauty can be revealed and it is their intensity that is usually misinterpreted as sadness.
Since Princesses are the "throne of Spirit", the Princess of Swords has the option of "throwing everything overboard" and/or "blowing everything sky high." Again, the Character of this personality Archetype, is stern, and revengeful. Her logic is destructive, as she is both firm and aggressive. She also shows great practical wisdom in material things. Being adroit at controversy, when affairs are controversial in nature, she shows great cleverness and dexterity in the practical management of these affairs.
When this card is thrown during a reading,
· It may represent a young woman or young man with brown hair and blue eyes who shows great wisdom.
· Strength, acuteness, subtleness in material things.
· She or he is graceful and has great dexterity.
- A mood fighter.
- A great negotiator, debtor and emissary.
If ill dignified,
· She or he is both frivolous and cunning.
· Often she becomes incoherent as all her talents tend to combine forming a species of low cunning. This produces a kind of mental slowness and her mind becomes the prey of constant anxiety, crushed by every kind of responsibility, especially in family affairs.
· She is often defensive to the point of rash decisions.
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