Princess of Blades


Princess of Blades

Planetary: Jupiter (Above) / Venus (Below)

Diamond Path: Chesed, Benevolence (Above) / Netzach, Victory (Below)

Geomantic Figure: Conjunctio

Tetragram: Earth (Above) / Air (Below)

Keywords: Judicious, Seriousness, Courage, Spitefulness, Egotism, Aggressiveness, Vengeance, Change

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Trouble, Anxiety, Incoherency


Historical: The Page of Swords in the Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza pack depicts an adolescent, in contrast to the other pages in the pack. He is armored and his sword acts as a walking stick. His hat is a large wide brimmed monstrosity covered in peacock feathers. The rising solar disc with spiral arms, the Visconti heraldic device, is etched on his silver armor. He stands on the edge of a cliff and green and blue mountains are in the background.

Golden Dawn: Called The Princess of Swords, Princess of the Rushing Winds, The Princess of Swords card corresponds to the North Pole and places at Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.

She is topless and is standing next to a brazier. She has a yellow cape and wears the heraldic device of the Gorgon somewhere.

Thoth: Crowley diverges from historical pretenses drastically, only including the Gorgon as the Medusa on her helm. She is fully clothed and some kind of pillar is next to her. Crowley doesn’t explain what it is. The geometry is strange and the cape may be inferred by the lines of her pinwheel like wings. His opinion of her is quite low, as with all of the other Princesses and Queens. She is fighting upwards and is angry. Thankfully he at least acknowledges her valkyrie character early on in the text.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The Princess of Blades has been given the short straw with regards to many Golden Dawn attributions. While she is a adolescent warrior in the Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza, the rest of the ages leaves her looking a lot like a topless dancer with sword and snake as her gimmick, all in a yellow cape no less.

Her Hidden Diamond path reveals a warrior personality, its strong descending action towards Netzach emerging from Binah crosses Tiphareth to arrive with a powerful force upon landing in Victory. She is very feminine but not in the traditional ways, much like the Valkyrie. The Hidden Diamond path confirms Crowley’s insight many times over.

Earth above and Air below in the tetragram bespeaks suppression and it may be she is there to relieve tension via conflict in some way. The geomantic character, reminiscent of a double lotus blossom or the double wand of power is notable.

Since she has the backing of the supernals behind her we tried to infer this hidden alliance with great and old unstoppable forces behind her in the figure of the Great Blackness, Mahakala.

The Scene: Earth of Air, the Princess of Blades stands supported by the dark masculine aspect Mahakala. Mahakala is called by Tibetan scholars “He who saves even the most horrible”. Mahakala is a very dark savior. He is depicted in paintings by the Tibetans as a fierce and awesome spectacle, and even this is said to be only a shadow or pale imitation of his true form as the lord of the void. Depictions of sacred objects dedicated to Mahakala invoke the gruesome aspects of the psyche which we are all connected to – even if some deny it. The bat is a symbol of his, probably due to their connection with good fortune and the night as well as being the color of Mahakala. They match the Air in Earth aspect of the Princess. The Princess of Blades has come to terms with her psyche and is a bit of a brat because of it. She may be rude or abrasive but is usually truthful, unless she is decieving in order to attain her goals which are not always kind if she is ill-dignified. In this image the princess herself represents Angwusnasomtaqwa, “Crow Mother” from Hopi mythology, who can be considered synonymous with the archetype of Maha Kali. Crow medicine is appropriate symbology for Mahakala and the Princess of Blades/Swords traditional attributions. Crows medicine is death energy, associated with rebirth of the soul through the burning of karmic debt. As a carrion bird they are linked to the 64 dakinis who are the consort of the supreme personality of Godhead. It is worth noting that the keyword Judicious was chosen over the more common “Impulsive” because while the Princess may seem impulsive, this impulsiveness is merely her quick wit, intellect and tongue acting invisibly to those unable to follow her. She is a problem solver and a master escapist. When crows show up in your life it means that you or someone in your physical vicinity has called down the wrath or protection of the dharma guardians. The Japanese can be credited with identifying the proper nature of the crow spirit as essentially the spirit of the martial arts in the Tengu, so it is the Princess of Blades takes a martial pose with her blade readied to cut down criminals out of cruel necessity to maintain the balance of whole universe.

Significant Revisions/Additions:

Geomantic: Called Conjunctio (Latin for *the Conjunction*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Feminine/Analytical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Yetzirah (Formation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds.

Jungian Type: Artisans Class / ISTP (Crafter) Type

They are highly analytical, capable of understanding how a system operates, from a large machine to high volume traffic. Engineering is one of the roles the logical ISTP is well suited to. They store knowledge and utilize it adroitly and daringly. They do not have very much regard for rules, as they consider them unnecessary hindrances to their work.