The Princes in all Tarot suits belong to Tiphareth-the 6th Sephiroth-Beauty.
The Princess are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth, The Son/Sun of God. The Druid Craft Tarot has taken the Western Magic Meanings of The Thoth Tarot and successfully converted the avant-garde Art of Lady Frieda Harris, into Celtic symbols and art. Stephanie Carr-Comm, the author and Will Worthington, the artist of the Druid Craft Tarot, have obviously studied the Thoth Tarot and the Qabalah. They even use the Crowley Princes, and Princesses, rather than the traditional tarot's knights and pages.
The Druid Craft-Tarot- illustrates an armed Princely Champion, thrusting his wand high in the air as a sign of victory in battle, while his Charger is leaping over a mound. This mound is a very subtle implication of arising out of a grave, such as resurrection, or a resurrected Sun, which is one of the definitions of the Prince of Wands, who is also a Phoenix image of one arising out of fire, pure and powerful. Hence, is is dressed in the red and golds of the fire element. On his face, he wears the expression of enthusiasm and displays a joy of travel.
The Thoth Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their chariots. However, he is Prince of the Chariot of Fire, Prince and Emperor of the Salamanders.
The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qaballah. They are very ancient symbols for the elements of multiple religious belief systems. Not only appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the Four Animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, they also are the four symbols of the Christian Evangelists. Here the Lion, is Leo, a powerful Sun-Sign.
In the vastness of Kether, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. Anthropomorphically personified, The Princes are the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar- Personality, the Prince of Wands is the Son/Sun in his resurrected glory. The Four Princes are the Elemental Kings in our psyches, the Vau forces of the Name (YHVH) giving each of us inherited Power over the elements.
It should be no surprise then that the Princes can be taken in any direction by our inherited Divine Will , as well as, focused intent. Thus, the fiery forces of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty; the unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be evil. The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive and last but not least, the material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The Grounding Element for the Princes lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants
When thrown during Divination, the Princes often represent the coming and going of an event or person. and the Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.
The Prince of Wands, is Air of Fireor Specific Air of Primal Fire. His power is tremendous, so Lady Frieda Harris appears to show the "flaming chariot" of the Greek god Helios, that is being pulled by Leo (the Sun) the Lion. There is a caveat of discretion about this archetypal-persona, because of his enormous strength of passion, he can go any direction, even unto violence if angered. The Thoth Tarot card, emphasizes this caveat by showing the Marital Prince holding the Phoenix Wand of Geburah, and thus wields the fiery Severity of Geburah.
Ruling from the 21st degree of Cancer to the 20th degree of Leo, he is endowed with a powerful faculty for expanding and volatilizing. His arms are free of armor and mail, as he is vigorous and active. As you can see, he is aflame in every way above. The rayed crown surrounded by a winged Lion head sending from his crown a curtain of flame, suggesting the Solar Logos. In his left hand (side of the Goddess) he holds the Phoenix Wand of Power and Energy, while the other is holding the reigns of the Lion. His sexual energy is renowned and yet immature in some ways, as sexual play is innocent and fun without a need for emotional attachment.
With wheels radiating flame, he rides on a sea of flame, both waved and salient. This card shows Swiftness and Strength as his primary moral qualities. Upon his chest is a sigil of the Sun in a 6 rayed star and upon his head is a 9 solar rayed crown, of the Yodic Forces.
The Queen aspect of the Prince of Wands is shown as the Chariot and wheels in the Red color of Mother Binah, who supports his stability, and motion.
The Divinatory meaning of The Prince of Wands Archetypal Personality is:
- Impulsive, often easily directed by outside influences, even trifling ones, he can be prey to indecision.
- His or her opinions are often violently expressed but being emphatic does not mean he'll hold the opinion long. He just loves vigorous statement just to feel the vigorous flow.
- The truth being, that he is often slow to make up his mind, and is essentially just and takes time to see both sides of a question.
- Having a character noble and generous causes him to lean towards expressing extravagant hyperbole while secretly laughing at the boast and himself for making it.
- Being of fanatical courage linked with indefeasible endurance, he often chooses to fight against the odds and always wins in the very long run.
- The Passion radiating off of this person frightens most people because of the mystery it presents.
- He is "of Dragon", and thus he strikes terror in the heart of the less inclined.
- His generosity and deeds maybe impeccable, but the heat of his passion scares the pale soul who avoids the Sun/son.
- His great pride, which is his main fault, makes him hold in contempt, meanness and pettiness and he is adept at wielding every weapon of ridicule, while still giving the shirt off of his back to the one so scorned.
- Without lust of result, he loves work and exercise for its own sake.
- Paradoxical is his contempt for the world at large, while holding ecstatic respect for every individual man and woman.
- The Mystery of such a one who is a Sun/Son. This Sun Warrior is an aspect of the Solar Logos that puts ideas into action and will fight for their survival!
- There is a sense of Romantic Revolution with this one.
- Most people enjoy his passionate demeanor, but woe to the person that focuses his wrath.
- Because of this Swift and agile personality, many of his acquaintances are not committed to him as friends, for his swift mystery baffles most of them as he is all that is unexpected, startling, unpredictable, unconventional, but having a deep underlying consistency of motion.