Prince of Staves
Planetary: Neptune (Above) / Mars (Below)
Diamond Path: Kether, Crown (Above) / Chesed, Benevolence (Below)
Geomantic Figure: Puella
Tetragram: Air (Above) / Fire (Below)
Keywords: Hot-tempered, Passion, War, Bravery, Aggressive, Assertive, Bold, Masculine, Macho, Quickness, Rising, Protection, Military Technology, Uncontrollable, Individualist
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Peril, Hostility, Tyranny, Torture, Rage, Injust Rule
Historical: Lancelot is the traditional historical Page or Knave associated with staves. He was a knight at the Court of King Arthur and famously his most valiant champion, until it was discovered he was having sexual relations with the Queen, Guinevere. This leads to the downfall of the Round Table.
In the Marzoli Visconti-Sforza pack, the Page of Staves holds a scepter topped with an ornate club. An intricate solar disc is in the background. The land is barren.
Golden Dawn: Called The King of Wands, Prince of the Chariot of Fire, The King of Wands card corresponds to the zodiacals Cancer and Leo and places at Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system.
A charging horse carries the King of Wands and his torch into battle on The Hermetic Tarot by Godfrey Downson. A horse’s head is in the sky above the scene. In other decks such as The Golden Dawn tarot he is winged and his chariot is drawn by a lion. His bare arms represent his speed and youth.
Thoth: Called the Prince of Wands, Crowley keeps the same essential imagery from the Golden Dawn. The Prince is a nude warrior in a chariot drawn by a lion. The winged disc crowns him and the disc has a lion’s face. The symbol of the beast, a solar symbol of the key 666 is on his chest. The staff he carries is topped with the head of the Set animal.
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The Prince of Staves burns hot, much hotter than his father, the King of Staves. This can be both an advantage and a curse. The nature of his personality is revealed in his elemental alignment, fire below, air above, with the descending action of The Hidden Diamond path constantly fanning this fire into an inferno. This is different than the air below, fire above of the King of Blades, where the fire acts as a scintillating inspiration into the air below, acting in the realm of mind, thought and consciousness. The image of embers of consciousness dropping into consciousness, into the divine Logos is appropriate. Sparks flying off of the violent adventures of the tarot’s wildest and most energetic prince lead to great ideas.
In the tetragram we have the discordian yin line pushing up on the single yang at the top, creating the nuclear for li, fire, and the bigram for air and earth, while two more yang come in to follow creating the bigram for fire. So we get this image of fire cycling all of the elements violently.
The European geomantic character resembles the tip of a spear.
The Scene: Air of Fire, a raging inferno. The old image of a solar disc was included, and the lions are present in the Imdugud. This is a depiction of the Sumerian Ninurta slaying the Imdugud. The Imdugud (or Anzu in Akkadian) is a mythical lion-headed bird that steals the tablets of destiny from Enki, later Enlil in the Babylonian version). Ninurta is a benevolent god of war, adopted by the Akkadians as well as Sumerians, and was associated with the planet Saturn. He carries a mace called Sharur, that carries the power of speech and can transform into a winged lion. This is also said to be the origin of the masculine faced winged creatures known as Lamassu. In the later Babylonian period, thousands of years after he originally appeared in the earliest records of humankind, he was fused with Nergal, the terrifying lord of the underworld, pestilence and the deadly noonday sun who was also ascribed parentage to Enlil and Ninlil. Ninurta, unlike Nergal, was a farmer’s god and a healer as well as an exorcist. As the son of Enlil, the god inherited his mother Ninlil’s place as ruler of the South wind. He is the brother of Ninazu, and thus is Ningishzidda’s uncle. Ninurta was mentored by Enki, Enlil’s brother, who entrusted him with some important mes, or divine edicts, such as the one for the flood. The tablets of destiny encompassed the entirety of the mes, whoever held them could control the entire universe, thus they were of great importance. The Imdugud are fearsome creatures the size of rocs in various depictions over doorways, holding a deer in each claw. They were regarded as excellent mothers, violently protective of their offspring. The sigil of Mars is chosen as the crown of his staff, and the solar power upholds his royal station.
Geomantic: Called Puella (Latin for *the Girl*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Masculine/Creative character corresponding to the qabbalistic Atziluth (Emanation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds.
Jungian Type: Rationals Class / ENTJ (Field Marshal) Type
Efficient at prioritizing and mobilizing resources towards fulfillment of their goals, the ENTJ is a creative planner, using their analytical abilities to bring order to the world. Excelling in business and war, the ENTJ is not attached to emotion, but they do value people for their innovations and ideas, even though they are often awkward in social situations due to their intense drive and ambition which can come across as abrasive.