THE PRINCESS OF THE RUSHING WINDS;
THE LOTUS OF THE PALACE OF AIR
The Princess of Swords – Princess & Empress of the Sylphs & Sylphides
Throne of the Ace of Swords
EARTH of AIR
Meditation pattern: Place side-by-side Atus XV, The Devil; XVII, The Star; and XVIII,
The Moon. Center the Princess of Swords above them. Optionally, place the Ace of Swords
Traditional Description: An Amazon figure with waving hair, slighter than the Rose of the
Palace of Fire. Her attire is similar. The feet seem springy, giving the idea of swiftness. Weight
changing from one foot to another and body swinging around. She is a mixture of Minerva and
Diana; her mantle resembles the Ægis of Minerva. She wears, as a crest, the head of the Medusa
with serpent hair. She holds a sword in one hand, and the other rests upon a small silver altar
with gray smoke (no fire) ascending from it. Beneath her feet are white clouds.
HEH-Final of VAV (EARTH of AIR). Heh-Final is the natural mate and complement of Vav. She is
Psyche to his Eros, Eurydice to his Orpheus. More than that, the relationship between the
Yetziratic (or astral) world and the physical body is complex. In occult science, much is known
regarding this relationship of psyche and soma, and we shall not be able to cover more than a
touch of it here. This, therefore, is a card of magick, witchery, and sorcery, among other things.
Heh-Final of Air is Action taken in response to Idea: informed and strategic action, well-grounded
and with foresight. Heh-Final in Yetzirah is the subtle “astral” counterpart of our physical body. This
Princess is poised at a gateway, battling astral wraiths: she is the part of us that stands alert and
keen in the subtle domains behind physical manifestation, at home in the realm of telepathic and
empathic rapport, and the mechanism of the reciprocal influence between psyche and soma. She
also, therefore, represents those functions of consciousness most involved in psychic healing.
She rules that quadrant of the heavens about the North Ecliptical Pole reaching from 0° Capricorn to
30° Pisces, centered on the Airy Kerubic constellation Aquarius, and is the Throne of the Ace of Swords.
Her primary relationship is to Aquarius and the letter Heh. Aquarius corresponds with that Power of the
Sphinx which is To Know, and to the trait of Liberty or freedom. Knowledge is readily at her
hand, and it is liberation for which she battles: liberation from the strictures of the physical sense,
as well as from delusive ideas and thought patterns. She is the irresistible current of science, both
exoteric and esoteric, the purpose of which is to liberate with unveiled truth. Heh links the egocenter
(Tiphereth) with the source of Wisdom (Chokmah), and her crest, Medusa’s head, identifies
her with Athena. Capricorn corresponds to Ayin, “eye”: It represents the delusions inherent in
the outer forms draping inner reality. The Princess stands on this threshold between a subtler
(thus truer) inner reality, and the outer forms that veil it. Hers is the consciousness that enables
us to peer through the veils by looking more deeply at things, behind the veil of event to psychological
patterns of causation. Pisces corresponds to Qoph, “back of the head,” and to those border
realms and subconscious domains where she is most easily at home. Qoph also signifies gelling of
inner patterns into cellular form. Thus, Capricorn/Ayin and Pisces/Qoph are reciprocal in her symbolism.
In divination, the character is wise, strong, acute, vigilant, strategic, subtle in material
things; with grace, dexterity, and practical sense; battling for insight, knowledge, and wisdom. If
ill-dignified, she is frivolous and cunning.
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