The Lord of the Flame and the Lightning King of the Spirits of Fire

Reading Tarot Cards Revealed

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"A winged warrior riding upon a black horse with flaming mane and tail. The horse itself is not winged. The rider wears a winged helmet (like an old Scandinavian and Gaulish helmet) with a royal crown. A corselet of scale-mail and buskins of the same, and a flowing scarlet mantle. Above his helmet, upon his cuirass, and on his shoulder pieces and buskins he bears, as a crest, a winged black horse's head. He grasps a club with flaming ends, somewhat similar to that in the symbol of the Ace of Wands, but not so heavy.

"Beneath the rushing feet of his steed are waving flames of Fire. He is active, generous, fierce, sudden and impetuous. If ill-dignified he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted, brutal. He rules the celestial Heavens from above the 20th degree of Scorpio to the first two Decans of Sagittarius and this includes a part of the constellation Hercule (who also carries a club).

"Fire of Fire. King of the Salamanders."

In the teachings of the Golden Dawn, the four Kings are shown to be on horseback. They represent the Yod-Fire Forces of Tetragrammaton in each suit. This energy is swift and ecstatic but not lasting.

The King of Wands in particular is extremely dynamic. He is the Fire of Fire, the volatile igniting spark of the Father Force; the first action. He can be fierce and unpredictable, but his energy is not so durable. Like a brush fire which flashes through the prairie, he quickly burns himself out.

The King of Wands depicts a red-haired man with blue eyes riding upon a fiery black stallion. The horse and rider both seem wild and warlike, but this is due to raw, unleashed energy. Salamanders, the elementáis of Fire are shown leaping at the feet of the horse in ecstasy. The overall feeling that the card gives is one of great uncontrollable energy which erupts with volcanic force. The background is a wall of flame, and the overall color is red, the color of (Yod) Fire of elemental Fire.

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The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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