Prince of Wands – Book of Thoth

Divinatory Meanings of the Prince of Wands

The Prince of Wands is a strong, impetuous, sometimes violent young man.

The Prince of Wands is the Great Beast himself, Aleister Crowley. In the Charioteer’s hand is the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus Minor Ritual.

Characteristics of the Prince of Wands

Just, but always feels that justice is not to be attained in the intellectual world. His character is intensely noble and generous. He may be an extravagant boaster, while slyly laughing both at the object of his boast and at himself for making it. He is romantic, especially in matters of history and tradition, to the point of folly, and may engineer “stunts” or play elaborate practical jokes. He might select some inoffensive nobody, and pursue him for years with every weapon of ridicule) as Swift tormented the unhappy Partridge, all without the least animus, ready to give the shirt off his back, should his victim be in need. His sense of humour is omnivorous, and may make him a mysterious figure, dreaded without reason by people who actually know nothing about him but his name-as a symbol of Terror. This is due to the influence of the last decan of Cancer upon this card. One of his greatest faults is pride; meanness and pettiness of any kind he holds in infinite scorn. His courage is fanatically strong, and his endurance indefatigable. He is always fighting against odds, and always wins in the long-the very long-run. This is principally due to his enormous capacity for work, which he exercises for its own sake, “without lust of result”; perhaps his haughty contempt for the world at large-which however coexists with profound and ecstatic respect for “every man and every woman” as “a star”-is responsible for this.

When this card is badly dignified, the character degenerates. Each of the qualities mentioned above is found in its antithesis. There is great cruelty in him, partly sadistic and partly due to callousness arising from indifference-and, in a sense, laziness! So too he may be intolerant, prejudiced and idle-principally because it saves trouble. He may furthermore be an empty boaster and a great coward.

Attributions of the Prince of Wands

Symbols of the Prince of Wands

  • Lion
  • Flames
  • Fire Wand

Elemental Attributions

Air of Fire

Zodiacal Attributions

20 Cancer – 20 Leo

Sephirah on the Tree of Life

Tipareth

Similar Cards

Prince of Wands – Golden Dawn

Prince of Wands – Golden Dawn

Swift, strong, hasty, rather violent, yet just and generous, noble and scorning meanness. If ill-dignified, cruel, intolerant, prejudiced, and ill-natured.

Knight of Wands – Rider-Waite

Knight of Wands – Rider-Waite

Departure, absence, flight, emigration. A dark young man, friendly. Change of residence. Additional meaning: A bad card; according to some readings, alienation.

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