Princess of Staves


Princess of Staves

Planetary: Saturn (Above) / Jupiter (Below)

Diamond Path: Chesed, Benevolence (Above) / Yesod, Foundation (Below)

Geomantic Figure: Caput Draconis

Tetragram: Earth (Above) / Fire (Below)

Keywords: Devotion, Zealous Loyalist, Enthusiasm, Volatility, Open-minded, Honor, New Possibilities,  Justice, Daring, Vigor, Spring, Lust, Desire, Loyalty, Vengeance

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Impatience, Drama, Gossip, Domineering, Cruel, Unstable


Historical: The Pages represent the accompaniment to the Knights, in the oldest packs. Their dress and mannerism is usually a reflection of the Knight in the suite they are a part of. Therefore in the Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo Visconti-Sforza this page is shown wearing blue and gold and luxurious stockings. His or her green gloved hand is holding the same ornately double-capped staff as the Knight of Staves. The green glove represents fertility and his or her acts, are creative acts.

Golden Dawn: Called The Princess of Wands, Princess of the Shining Flame, The Princess of Wands card corresponds to one fourth of the North Pole and places at Sephira #10 (Malkuth,) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: The wild and fiery imagery of the Princess of Wands, in Aleister Crowley’s THOTH, features the imagery of a pyre, on a pillar, reminiscent of the Graeco-Roman Vestalea. The book does not state it, but the tiger appears to be either giving birth to the Princess, is in a sexual position with her, or, is a reflection of her. We may never know exactly how Aleister Crowley may have envisioned his tarot in its pure form, as the pinched Victorian social scene and government made every effort to hound and suppress him – as with most European occultists – at even the slightest hint of “impropriety”.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The first thing the new attributions of the MAT tell us, is that she likes to stay above the fray. The path on the Hidden Diamond Sutra moves from Binah, the Mother, down to the male pillar, at Chesed. She is unique in this, the Princesses of the other elements descend much lower. She is the servant of Fire, the aspect of the Great Mother, which is the fiery wrath of war, paired with the righteousness of Chesed. She is Nike, Bia and Kratos, (Victory, Force and Strength,) the three sisters of Nyx, who were the first to declare their support for Zeus. The combination of Saturn and Jupiter is a dynamic and powerful combination.
     In the tetragrams we find a strong, Yang force, overcoming the single Yin line at the top, supporting it. The Father-Mother-Daughter dynamism is reinforced in the nuclears of Heaven the Father below and Lake the Daughter above, signifying a most auspicious state of nature, but also a hidden nature. The Princess of Staves appears to be a kind of sleeper cell, or agent of subterfuge, in at least some scenarios.

The Scene: Earth of Fire, the human form of Ammit, kneels before the sacred flame. Ammit is called by the ancient Kemetic people, who properly identified her, as Greatness of Death, Bone Eater, and Devourer of Millions, or, Eater of Eternity, a title which she shares with the hunting-dog headed male god, Am-heh. It was Ammit who guarded the ancient and mystical lake of fire, within which Am-heh resided. Ammit did take human form, and due to the shared epithet, it is possible Am-heh and Ammit, are siblings.
      Because they were so feared, there is much less written of them. It is known that Ammit shared characteristics of both Sekhmet and Tawaret, which are an important part of her nature. The crocodile’s head may be a nod to Sobek, essentially the God of War, or Kemetic Ares, for all intents and purposes.  In India, she would be equated to the dark aspect of Karma, which acts against the offender. However, India applies no special personality of Godhead to Karma, whereas the Kemetic people, (not to be confused with the immigrant Egyptians of today,) assigned a whole divine chamber to the process, located in Duat, the underworld, which included as its ruling council, the Goddess Ma’at, Djehuti, Anpu (Anubis,) Renenutet, Meshkenet, Shay, Hu, Sia, Khnum, Hathor,  Nut, Geb, Tefnut, Shu, Atum, and Ra-Horakhty. and Hapi. The transition from life, through death, was an important cosmic affair.  Ammit was supposedly feared amongst the ancients, but to what extent, may have been greatly exaggerated. The reasons for her existence is simple – to cause people to try to be better, through psychology. Saturn above Jupiter matches Ammit’s attributes, as the female personification of death and just punishment. With her volatile and passionate brother, the Prince of Staves, she is the only Court personality to cross Da’ath, the Seat of Knowledge. The combination of Earth and Fire in her chart signifies sacred fire of the below, and so, Ammit’s relationship to the Lake of Fire, makes her the most apt and correct personality, for this station.

Significant Revisions/Additions:

Geomantic: Called Caput Draconis  (Latin for *the Head of the Dragon*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Feminine/Creative character corresponding to the qabbalistic Atziluth (Emanation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds.

Jungian Type: Guardians Class / ISTJ (Inspector) Type

ESTP types are dutiful and conservative. They lean towards a reliance on practicality, and focus intently on following through on personal endeavors, while maintaining loyalty to established traditions. Although they do not readily embrace abstract theory, they can be persuaded to accept it, if the practicality can be demonstrated.