The Running Press Tarot-King of Swords, goes along with the Traditional Tarot where kings are usually displayed in royal regalia, standing or sitting on a throne. In the case of the Running Press Tarot, his sword is pointed down to the ground, with a grape vine sprouting at the tip. The Heart shaped sword hilt and fruited vine represent a fertility of the Psyche. Grapes also speak of the Mysteries of Dionysus. The fox is an interesting image. For in the medieval myths, there was a half-secularized god called Renaud or Renaud the Fox, who seemed to be an ordinary fox, but whose exploits seemed godlike, and he often talked in a human voice. Here the fox has gained the image of the Universal Trickster. In Native American legends, the trickster was seen as a coyote. Hence, the meaning of one who is clever, intelligent, of great mental prowess, but whose only emotion is to control.
To reiterate, Chokmah the 2nd Sephiroth, Wisdom, is the beginning state of conscious energy that is masculine in action and the home of the Knights of Thoth Tarot and the Kings of more traditional Tarot. Chokmah (wisdom) is the "idea of male" and its mate, Binah the 3rd Sephiroth -Understanding, is the "idea of Female". Now we have the concepts of Father-Mother God and/or the Divine Creative.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephira, called---Wisdom, is also the Force behind the 4 deuces of the tarot suits.
The 2's symbolize the Forces of the 4 Kings, who are Thoth Knights, and the four Queens uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight-Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.
The Thoth Tarot of Crowley, depicts Kings as Knights, and/or Battle Kings, who are very active forces rather than sitting on their Royal butt or standing in smug authority. The Element of Air, which is always moving, is the element of the Swords. Hence, The Knight of Swords, is also known in Qabalah as Lord of Winds and Breezes. King of the Elemental Spirits of the Air, the Sylphs and Sylphides. This is a very Strong masculine mental force whose zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Taurus and the first two Decans of Gemini. Here we have Specific Fire in Primal Air that is the personification of a Force behind the World of Astral Images and ideas. This Power is violent, aggressive, and a cutting edged force that is much like an overheated wind. He is storm and violent emotion applied to an apparently manageable mind.
The symbols of this Mad Movement, is depicted in the art of the Thoth-Knight of Swords, as his maddened steed is charging down from the heavens, with Tempest about, and armed with both sword and poniard; he is the very personification of the idea of attack. The Bull like power of Taurus is represented in his steed and the Twins of Gemini are shown in his armament. The crest on his Helm is a revolving wing, showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into submission.
Such a character, if personal, would be that of a person who is born between May 11 to Jun 10th. Implying a:
- Clever, skillful, active and subtle Mind. Being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragon Fly, does not keep him from being prey to his ideas which come as inspiration without consideration.
All of this changes when this card is ill dignified. If such occurs, he is incapable of decisions or purpose, and any action he takes is so weakened by his mental indecision that it is easily brushed aside by opposition. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.
However, we choose to dignify this Knight-King, he is the "Extended Flame of mind" as Zoroaster calls it. Here the True Will to Force, as Chokmah is exploding the Mind. The Taurian influence, makes it steadfast and the first Decanate of Gemini makes it inspirational, thus an Idea tends to absorb the entire life of the individual in the blinding light of concentrated aspiration. Therefore the Knight of Swords implies the danger to this state of mind, for the first Decan is also known as "shortened force" and that shortened force is symbolized by the poniard; shortened force often comes off as defensive and stubborn behavior.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
The querent is or may be experiencing:
- The Will to transcend.
- An analytical period, where the power of idea and motion come into play.
- Letting go of old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve the motion of the individual.
- The querent is a person of tough- minded common sense which is usually based on preconception and prejudicial determinations.
- The arrogance of a powerful mind turn on itself in its own desire for control.
- Tends to judge harshly but with scrupulous fairness.
- A lawyer, senator or doctor.
- Mastery of creativity and confusion, as he sees new points of view, while brainstorming new thoughts that vent the mind.
- Intellectual, and mental prowess whose only emotion is to control.
- A strong personality of fiery emotion and powerful thought.
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