The Ananda Court cards take famous people as their models, and so here we have Jim Morrison of The Doors. I have to agree that he seems quite a good match for this card's energy - dynamic, charismatic, a spiritual seeker, highly sexual, passionate, driven, yet also immature.
The companion book says: "The stubborn, somewhat explosive character that is represented by the Knight of Flames embodies a hot-blooded creature with the ability to get things started, to open paths, and to reach his goal with certain aim. Not in long-term, but in short-term use of collected energy,"
Altogether, there is something strange going on with the perspective on this card. The Prince stands on a hill of yellowed grass, yet from his perspective he seems to look down on snow-capped mountains. The totem pole seems to rise up from the fire in front of him, with trees behind it, yet lower down we can still see the unbroken vista to the mountains and sea. Perhaps this is to indicate something about the magical nature of his communing with the elements, and with raven.
While the Ananda Tarot Knight speaks to me of creativity, passion and drive, the Wheel of Change Prince seems more about communing with spirit, about a strong sense of belief and valuing the old ways.
Today my Dear One and I are meeting up with an old friend and his family for lunch. This friend definitely associates himself with the Knight of Wands. Well, he wouldn't put it in those terms, but he used to love being likened to Jim Morrison ;) For myself, though, I prefer the energy of the Prince of Wands: I will make some time to meditate today, come what may.
I am grateful for a sense of being connected to something beyond myself, beyond the everyday.