The Erotic Tarot- Knight of Earth, is the equivalent card to the Thoth Prince of Disks. However, Milo Manara chooses to use a female as his knight. She is mounted on a knight's charger, wearing professional riding clothing and is being careful and meticulous as she opens a gate, while overhead is hanging a fertile flowering tree branch. The scene is bucolic and rich with life. The pace is easy and laid back, no galloping about, smiting enemies for this knight.
The card is appropriate in illustration for the meanings implied:
- A professional person.
- Careful and responsible help.
The astrological meaning applied to this card is Virgo, a sign noted for its discernment, method and seriousness.
In the Qabalistic philosophy, Tiphareth the 6th Sephiroth, from which radiate the Princes, is The Central Sun of our conscious energy expression into incarnation and is the Soul. Tiphareth is called -Beauty, and is as high as our Personal Conscious can go up the Tree, without assistance. 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 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 and Earth is fertile organic matter. Therefore, he brings incredible energy to physical matters. Such intelligent Earth, is the instinctual mind that shows its incredible focus on building, as in a forest, bees, ants, etc. and is also a fecund force that stimulates the fertility and vitality of the Living Organic Organism, we call Earth.
Because the Prince of Disks is so active, he is nude and unrestricted. On his head is the Bull helmet, an animal sacred to the earth and a symbol of fertility. 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. Established 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, i.e. focusing! 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 son of the Green Man whom the Greeks named Pan, 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 with his pan flute and the Green Man enforces the design. Much like Osiris and Horus, The Prince of Disks is an attribute of the Green Man, who is in his fertility and fecund stage. Horus being the resurrected Osiris and the Prince being the resurrected Green Man of Spring.
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 worker, even if a bit over-sexed.
This Personality Archetype, is one of great energy brought onto practical matters. He is energetic, enduring, steadfast, a capable manager, and tireless worker. His many qualities are shown in a character that is competent, ingenious, thoughtful, cautious, trustworthy, and imperturbable. On a consistent basis, he invents new uses for common things and adapts his circumstances to his purpose in a slow deliberate, well thought out manner. Thus, some may think him slow and stupid, to their peril, for he is almost totally lacking in emotion and is somewhat insensitive but is very clever. Most often, he makes no effort to delve into ideas he believes are beyond his scope, and may find the more "esoteric" types aggravating. The Prince of Disks personality is slow to anger, but once he is 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 man'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 Organic 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 long as you know that all bodies "are another way to be you" and that the purpose of Spirit on earth is to establish the Kingdom of Spirit in Matter. As above so below.
When the Prince of Disks, or Knight of Earth is thrown during a reading what is implied:
- 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.
If ill defined:
- Phlegmatic nature.
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