Knight of Swords tarot card meanings and description

Knight of Swords tarot card meanings and description


the Knight of Swords represents the fiery
part of air. and he rules the 21st degree of Taurus to the 20th degree of Gemini. He
is the wind, the storm, he represents the violent power of motion applied to the power
of the unmanageable element. So there is great energy and fire. If you look at the card you
see him, looking from above, this horse galloping through the air, and on top of his helmet
he has the four wings like a helicopter. In the early 1940s very early 1940s when this
card was created were a novelty and very rare kind of thing. I think this is designed to
show the swishing around of energy to make things happen. Crowley says that he drives
down the heavens so it has a stormy aspect, but there are no storms in the card it is
almost like cirrus clouds that you see going along the sky at a very high level. In the
bottom right corner you have three birds, symbols of the air. He says the steed is a
maddened steed, moving on, it will not stop. In his hand he has a sword, and in the other
a poniard, which is another kind of sword. He is ready to attack, he is not holding his
horse, he is gripping the horse with his knees and legs, but his arms are free to move forward,
his hands can do whatever he wants to do. He is ready for the fight. So what are the
characteristics of the knight of Swords? Crowley describes him as active with skills and subtlety
with cleverness. He is fierce, delicate and courageous. But altogether the prey of his
idea, which comes to him as an inspiration with reflection. So he thinks of something
and he just goes out and does it. he doesn’t sit there and think about it. Shall do it?
Shall I form a Committee? Bang, he has got the idea, he is off. So someone like him you
plant the seed, and he is off. In a negative sense this is almost the total opposite, because
he becomes incapable of decision or purpose. Any action that he takes is easily brushed
aside by opposition. Inadequate violence spells futility. Futility
is of course the 7 of Swords. Chimaera bombinans in vacuo, which is kind of nature abhors a
vacuum, but actually it is a slight misquote from Francois Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel.
Rabelais, Crowley identified with very clearly with. He kind of translates fully as as most
subtle question whether a chimaera buzzing in a vacuum will be devoured with second intentions.
Someone on the internet says, a counterpart would be much more in Crowley’s keeping would
be If a Chimaera farts in a vacuum does it make a noise? On a higher level Crowley describes
this image as extended flame of mind as Zoroaster calls it. So now we are on this higher level
of the mind as an intellect, which can achieve great things. It is the True Will exploding
the mind spontaneously. The influence of Taurus makes for steadiness and that of the first
decanate of Gemini for inspiration. So let us picture him at the highest levels we can
picture him as the light shining of the Ideal absorbing in the entire life in concentrated
aspiration, passing from earthy Taurus to exalted Gemini. There is this element of,
it can be greatly powerful, as Crowley says, shortened force, which is the 8 of Swords,
and this is the downside, the mind locking and controlling things so that nothing can
be seen or moved. But ultimately we have the flame of mind, it is gorgeous, desirable,
able to achieve the highest moments through will and desire.

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