The Starman Tarot Court Cards seem to be named after the Court Cards of the Thoth Tarot. The Princess of Wands, in the majority of traditional tarot decks she is represented as a male person in some traditional Tarot cards and is often called a Page or Knave. Then wands are called clubs or rods. But no matter what you call them, wands are the fiery nature of Spiritual expansion and expression.
The Princess of Wands, is one who sparks the impossible. As a dazzling sun-child, she is young, formidable and free, when in her presence, one feels that nothing is impossible. She is a Tantric Space goddess, that burns away past fears and failures, releasing new cleansed emotion as a catalyst for future creations. She transmits the drive to experiment, and innovate, causing one to burn with curiosity and the love of vigor. One can't help but let go of the past belief in how things should be as their personality is teleported into the hot possibilities of excited creation. By letting your personality be consumed by her flame, one casts away fear, failure and gains the creative innocence of the youthful soul, where anything can be achieved. When she is met in the heart, one feels that exuberant youthful confidence and innocence to surge, and dance in fiery jumps of accomplishment while taking on something that appears to be impossible, while flourishing and growing in the challenge.
Although surrounded in alien calligraphy and the artist's own interpretation of magical symbols, such as a bristle-cone pine branch as the wand, whose fire hatches the egg of Akasha (both above her head): the Archetypal personality of the Starman Princess of Wands is the same as that of the Thoth Tarot, including the Arcana of this Archetype. So read on and burn with the Lust to be yourself!
The Thoth Princess of Wands:
Since this card represents a combination of Fire and Earth (fire of earth card) it is truly an androgynous expression of mastery of internal blocks, obstacles and obstructions as if she is the youthful Pele'; The Volcanic princess of lava. Fearless, and spontaneous of expression, this one will melt all resistance.
On the Crowley card she has the tiger by the tail! Implying fearlessness.
She is both magnetic and electric; a free and liberated spirit that resides in all of us as a divine inheritance. This is all about motion; "moving up" in new directions that fearless and energizing like her Sun wand. Wearing the Aries crown, the Princess has placed her old obstructions and fears on the altar of spring and offers them as a spring sacrifice. Totally exposed and seemingly defenseless she boldly expresses her new motion creating her own beauty by her essential vigor and force. She believes in the power statement of "Get over yourself and get on with you, impeccability is what we do"!
She is a Solar Self that owns and runs her physical self as if it was jet powered by her own essence as the volatile fuel. The Princess of Wands is the earthly part of fire and/or the fuel of fire. She represents the irresistible chemical attraction the combustible substance, the connotations of which go beyond physical matter into Spiritual potency.
As before stated, the Princesses have no zodiac attributions, yet they represent four types of human being. They are more of an "elemental" personage, whose moral character---is often open and freewheeling. Lots of Passion but not a lot of the "common sense" which is often a gift of maturity. In the Thoth Deck they are sub-divide according to planetary predominance. The Princess of Wands is associated with one quadrant of the sky above the North Pole, held by the element of fire.
When we examine the image of this card, we see that she has plumes of fire radiating from her brow; these symbolize justice. Since chemical action can only happen when each element is free to combine with its partner, thus she is shown unclothed. She is surging leaping flame, with the Sun Wand in her left hand and the "tiger by the tail" in her right, she shows both her solar power and fearlessness. She actually represents the Virgin Fire Priestess of the Lords of Fire (also the Roman Vestal Virgin keepers of the eternal flame) and is in attendance of the Rams headed flaming -altar of spring. Further championing this fact, is the illustration of the flame topped Altar of Spring, in the left lower corner of this card.
Just looking at this card tells you that this Person is highly individual showing passionate qualities of brilliance and daring. Being too hot for the controlling male, her best mate must be one who loves heart rending passion without possession while she vigorously lives life to the fullest.
Her beauty is created by her own vigorous energy. Her passion is so great that one is dazzled by a chemical reaction that enforces the impression of beauty on the beholder. Being a type of "spontaneous combustion", in anger or love she is violent, sudden, and implacable. She can often be irrational, when displaying her enthusiasm, fiery ambition, and aspiring nature. Such a Princess, never forgets an injury-----and the only patience she shows, is when lying in ambush to revenge a perceived wrong.
She is often self-absorbed to the extent that she is entirely reckless in achieving gratification and is notably insatiable. When referring to Tantra, she would be the proper Shakti for the Real Shiva, or the consort of a dragon, as she could absorb any fire he could display. However, as is all Power-----fire is as destructive as it is constructive, so caution and encouragement compete with each other in this one.
As before stated: The Knaves or Pages are traditionally androgynous cards and Aliester Crowley replaced them with Princesses, simply because of the formula of Tetragrammaton is well met with Princesses who are Daughters of the Queen and King. Knaves just didn't work in that Qabalistic formula of YHVH, which is well explained in his Book of Thoth.
For myself, Passion is the foundation of the Universe, and this type of person is a thrill to behold and to a Prince of Cups, the proper mate of the moment, as his swiftness and vigorous emotional tempest is to be "invoked". Which is easily done by her as her insatiable Passion will invoke the very rocks into flame! But like all fires, one must know how to work water with it to properly achieve the necessary transformations of their Great Work. I'll not go further into the Magick applications here, as this is not a treatise on eroticism, although if our eyes are not blinded by the fear of Passion, we'll see that the Universe is a hot-bed of Pure Passion to be; an insight that the Princess of Wands surely has.
Needless to say, if ill-defined The Princess of Wands person, would be the defects of such passion. She could be superficial and theatrical, shallow and false while never expecting that she is anything of the sort. She then becomes predominately a "spasm of mood" and she becomes cruel, unreliable, faithless and domineering.
To meditate on this card is to invoke the "inner fires" of the "Big Bang", be sure you are willing to become a Phoenix before you try. You must be strong in virtue (true to yourself) and need not a state of permanence for personal comfort; in other words, "Above all things know thyself" before entering the Core Fires of Spiritual Passions, for in this state, the violent motion of change is breath- taking and often fatal to the weak personality. But for those who succeed----you'll love your new fiery wings!
The Princess of Wands and the Ace of Wands
The Thoth Tarot Ace of Wands, is shown as a fiery club (Flames in shape of Yods) and represents the essence or seed of the Alchemical Element-Fire. It is a solar-phallic outburst of flame from which lightning springs forth in multi-direction. If you were looking at the Sun, it would comparable to multiple solar flares, as this is how the Sun acts as a phallus by ejecting its "seed" into the dark womb of space-time. It is the earliest stage of Primordial matter, unwilled and violent.
It is , therefore, important to remember that, although the small cards are sympathetic to their numbered Sephiroth, they are not identical nor are they Divine Persons. They are more like sub-elements and/or parts of "Blind Forces" whose ruling intelligences are of the Realm of Yetzirah, the Formulative World (Shemhamphorasch). What is astounding to note, if not confusing, is that each Major Arcana (Atu) has its own Tree of Life and hierarchy. Obviously this requires more investigation on the student’s part. As a student who teaches, I am still joyously investigation this phenomenon.
To reiterate, THE PRINCESS OF WANDS: represents the Earthly part of Fire. As a personality-core of the Soul, She or he is the expression of the irresistible action of a combustible substance and rules from the Heavens from one quadrant around the North Pole.
It is interesting to note, that the Female Magnetic Force gives Form to the Fiery-electric male force, which in its primeval stage, as the Ace of Wands, is unwilled, unformed and undirected. But like the Magnetic Field of Earth, giving form to the Solar rays, not unlike the Aurora in the night sky, she justifies the direction of this male Force. Seen in the Thoth Card with flames of justice leaping from her forehead, and wearing nothing as a sign that she is perfectly free to combine with her partner; she bears a wand crowned with the Disk of the Sun and leaping into Yod shape surging flame.
Like Fire, it is her essential vigorous energy that describes her beauty. Beauty seen, as the force of her personality dazzles her beholder, who bewitched by her hypnotic dance. Such force can also be expressed as love and anger, which is passionately charged into sudden forms of violence and implacability. Much like a Coral snake, stand back and enjoy its beauty, but don't try to possess it, as its anger is terminal.
Thus we have pegged the Princess of Wands as a personality/intelligence that harnesses the Ace of Wands , to Earth (mate to the solar phallus) and therefore, is volatile in nature. She consumes all within Her Sphere. She is ambitious, aspiring and full of enthusiasm and is often accused of being irrational. Being the Earthly Part of Fire, She is likened to the Young Polynesian Volcano Goddess, due to her Volcanic Personality. She is the Fertile Earthly fiery womb, rather than the Earthly Watery Womb. If the Princess of Wands is ill dignified or thrown together with the Ace of Wands, we have a person omnivorous in passion of whatever kind, entirely reckless in the means of obtaining gratification, and insatiable. It is notable, that She has given Will to the primeval violence of Male Force ...".by naming Him Lover," using His fiery flow to impregnate her every action, as does Earth so use the Sun and her own internal heat.
The name Yod Heh Vau Heh, often called the Hebrew name for God, is attributed to the Court Cards, where Yod, is attributed to Knights, Heh-to Queens, Vau =is attributed to Princes and the last Heh-is attributed to Princesses, the Earthly Manifestation, as the ultimate issue of the original Energy in its Completion, i.e. crystallization. However, they also represent the counter-balancing and re-absorption of the Energy. Therefore they are also the Silence into which all things return.
The Princesses have no zodiacal attribution, they are likened to "elemental" people who are recognized by their lack of all sense responsibility and whose moral qualities are very flexible so they are sub-divided according to planetary predominance.
Of such elemental persona Eli Levi wrote:" The love of the Magus for such creatures is insensate, and may destroy him." Which it will, as lovers of the Scarlett Woman (Babalon) have found out. She will consume you, as fire does a wyrm, only for you to rise again as a phoenix out of the ashes of Universal consumptive passion, a form of Dragon is made manifest- a personality shed of all man-made beliefs and fears. Be very cautious young magi, she is spontaneous and unforgiving! But if there is any of the Eternal Fire un-perverted in you, and your Will is unshakable in unrequited- Passion's extreme heat, she'll make you blaze as a Star! If your sanity doesn't return expanded, then your will was flawed. Needless to say, this Elemental Persona is not for the timid.
In history, Atargatis, who is considered the ancient "princess of wands", was a fish-tailed goddess, who came from the Sea. She was reputed to give birth to men by swallowing them, and gave rebirth to Jonah in his earlier Babylonian form as the fish-god Oannes. The Philistines called Jonah, Dagon who was Atargatis’s mate. Lots of fun researching this!
All in all, The Princess of Wands represents a mysteriously dark yet dazzling power that is both irresistible because of her with great force of personality. She may be misunderstood or misrepresented by those who fear such spontaneity . Further championing this fact, is the illustration of the flame topped Altar of Spring, in the left lower corner of this card.
When the Princess of wands card is thrown during a divination it states:
- That it is time to express one's sense of Freedom (from the Anglo-Saxon Free-doom--which means "I choose my own death".), adventure, passion to be and initiating something new.
- If you are male, it points to the anima within you that doesn't want to be limited or obstructed by fear or male dominance.
- This is the symbol of the ultimate free spirit within us all that overcomes fear and accelerates creative purpose.
- We are all "star seeds" and have a deep inner fiery nature that will not be subdued, let it out and enjoy the vigor.
- This person’s inner passion is best at/ or being, channeled in life.
- Youthful enthusiasm and confidence.
- One who is seeking and innovative.
If ill defined:
- Reduced intuitive grasp.
- Very little ability to be devoted.
- Sexual problems.
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