The Swords suit is the suit of the intellect, and the Golden Dawn links it to Ruach on the Tree of Life. (The theory is, we've got three components: Nephesch, our physical bodies and existence, Neschamah, our spirit or cosmic consciousness, and Ruach, our intellect or ego, which lies between Nephesch at the bottom of the tree and Neschamah at the top. It is our personal identity, the 'I', the 'Self'. And it can cause lots of trouble, because it thinks it's the only one here, and it can get very defensive.So, the Princess of Swords is defending her identity, and her identity is made up of many illusions. But -- they're all she's got. Or so she thinks.
'When we identify with the Ruach,' writes DuQuette, 'we also separate ourselves from the higher parts of our souls that represent greater realities and levels of consciousness than our Ruach can comprehend. Consequently, the Ruach does everything it can to keep its grasp on our identity. This is why Eastern mystics warn that the mind is a great enemy.'
And just who is it who fights on behalf of the Ruach? 'When the battle begins, the Ruach naturally sends out its finest swordswoman -- a warrior princess who manifests everything that is inherent in her lord, the Ace of Swords, a mighty champion of the mind -- a Minerva, an Artemis, a Valkyrie --the Princess of Swords.'
In my case in particular today, I see her as a warning to stop working against myself by identifying too much with the details of my ego, or as Eckhart Tolle calls it, the 'false self':