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The Tarot of Eli: Court Cards-The Starman Tarot-Princess of Cups & The Thoth Tarot- Princess of Cups

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

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The Starman Tarot-Princess of Cups- represents a gentle, delicate being who is finely tuned to the watery world of emotions. Extremely empathetic, she can't stand to view the violence and cruelty that humans practice on each other or other forms of life. Hence, she has bandaged her own eyes. She believes in a Utopian world where everything and everyone is practicing unconditional love and where only joy, pleasure and laughter exist. Hence, she is far from a realist. As an inner child of spirit, where everything is evolving to its purist potential, she is able to commune with this vast Universal Collective Unconscious, receiving useful karmic information that is mostly unavailable to the modern consciousness. Therefore, like a muse she is privy to both the conscious and unconscious worlds. Not realizing a separation, for in the One Mind there is none, she can become a powerful messenger using her perceptive nature, and intuitive sensitivity to visualize and evoke the archetypal transitions and journeying in life that we endeavor to use to "go home and become whole" again. In other words, she can weave a tapestry of each and every Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, allowing us to see what has been unseen.

She teaches us to walk the more miraculous path of the beautiful Soul, showing us that to allow the pains, hurts, and challenges of life to inspire, and make us a more beautiful and loving human being as we become more magic and less tragic. She shows us the alchemical device of transforming our burdens, the ball and chain at her ankle, into radiant possibilities and thereby, moving through life with grace.

The art of this card is "space aged", with magic geometry and images of human like beings, bowed by life's troubles, while others fly free of these, released by the loving Princess of Cups. I find it interesting that her hair resembles that of the Medusa, whose glance was said to turn men into stone...The Philosopher's stone, to be exact. Something the Patriarch can't allow, for men then wouldn't listen to his hate, violence and cruelty and to believe enslavement to be an honor . Therefore the myth of Perseus, a warrior of the Patriarch, had to behead her, and/or blind men to the Matriarch and her loving message of Life that frees us from the Patriarch's ball and chain. Throughout history, serpents have been use to symbolize the "life Forces", and/or frequencies of vibration that operate all life. Only the Patriarch's propaganda has made them "creatures of evil", just furthering the vilification of the Matriarch. Serpent forces radiating from the Mind of the Creatrix, the creator of Form, represents the many frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum that operate the Alive. Even the ancient Greeks believed that the First Husband to the First Wife was Lord Python.

The Thoth Princess of Cups also represents mastery of emotional objectivity achieved by working through manipulation, jealousy, possessiveness and seduction.

The turtle in the sea shell symbolizes the capacity to offer emotional loyalty and longevity to others by being objective and non-possessive.

The Swan coming out of her head, represents emotional security and the ability to communicate her feelings, desires and concerns in realistic and meaningful ways (the dolphin emphasizes this ability).

The crystals on her gown, show a crystal clear ability to look at things as they are instead of what we want to see.

The free floating lotus blossom shows her trusting heart. She is devoid of a possessive and controlling heart.

This is Elaine the Virgin Moon-goddess of Arthurian legend, who was the keeper pf the Grail in the Grail temple, where she wove the tapestries of life, death, and fate. She is the "Dispenser of Joy" but also a source of hidden knowledge, bestower of mystical insight and the gift of wisdom. The Ace of Cups, her power, is the root of the powers of Water. This is Water, in its most arcane form, Life-Fluid, (Dew of the Mother) symbolically represented as Water, Blood or Wine.

The Ace of Cups is the compliment to the Ace of Wands, as is the Sun to the Moon and the Lingam to the Yoni and represents the essential form of the Holy Grail (The Womb with a view). The Princess and the Ace of an element are inseparable.

The Great Mother, Binah, is often symbolized as the Dark Sea and in the Thoth - Ace of Cups, She is both the Sea and the Lotus: the Lotus (two in one) being the fertile expression of the Great Mother.

Descending from above, a ray of light representing the Holy Ghost and beneath the Grail we have the Moon. The Waves of Life-Fluid, are shown as a web of fluid energy from which the tapestry of Creation is woven from. To many Native Nations, this would symbolize the Work of the Great Spider Woman,

THE PRINCESS OF CUPS, represents the Earthly part of Water (Life-Fluid), in particular, the faculty of crystallization. The Princess of Cups, also represents the Grail's power of manifestation, she is the power of water that gives substance to idea, to support life and to form the basis for chemical combination that is often called solution.  

Again, the Princess of Cups in the Thoth is represented as a Dancing figure robbed in a flowing, crystal edged garment, all of which indicates her flowing and crystallizing abilities. Hence, we can determine that she is an active rather than passive force from the Great Mother. This determination if continued in the imagery of the Swan taking wing. The Swan is the symbol of AUM (of oriental philosophy) that is the vibratory harmonic of Universal Creation.

The Princess of Cups, also bears a covered cup from which s Tortoise is issued. Here, once again, Lady Frieda Harris represents Hindu Philosophy, as the Tortoise is symbolic of a steadily moving platform supporting the 4 Elephants (4 elements) "who holds the world on its back”. In other words, represents the foundation of Life-Force for the Earth which may seem slow in evolutionary terms, but is persistent and undaunted.

The Dolphin that is disporting in a foamy- sea, symbolizes the power of creation known as the Royal Fish, which is also known as the first matter and is also a symbol for the Greek god Apollo.

The Princess of Wands, Cups, Swords and Disks, all give a Character to the Root Power they are associated to. The Princesses are called the Thrones of The Great Mother, as they represent on Earth, Mother's rule. Root powers are without will and thus not focused. Therefore, the Princesses are the Intelligently Focused Energy of a Root Power and are thus aware and more personalized intelligence with conscious characteristics. These Great Daughters of the Great Mother, have their own peccadilloes, and it behooves the practitioner of magic to know them. For instance:

  • The Princess of Cups, Elaine The Moon Goddess,  has an infinitely gracious character that is voluptuous, sweet, gentle, and kind, romance, and the perpetual dream of rapture are her very nature. 
  • Unlike the Volcanic  sexual nature of the Pele like Princess of Wands.
  • Unlike the Wrath of God, Valkyrie personality of the Princess of Swords. 
  • Also unlike the Princess of Disks, Persephone, who is more of birthing new ideas into worldly matters; Early spring after winter.

To the shallow thinker, the Princess of Cups may seem indolent and selfish, but that fact that she goes about her work silently and effortlessly dispels such interpretations.

These Princesses are Archetypal personalities of Elemental Intelligence, and can be communicated with; However, their nature is in direct union with a Force beyond the practitioner’s control. Tried and true rituals of magic are recommended so that these forces can be contained before there is too much overwhelming flow. In the Case of the Princess of Cups, the practitioner’s personality could be overwhelmed by the extreme dreamy rapture of her nature and become unable to operate in the day-to-day world.

Many of us don't realize that the Archetypes of the basic 16 types of personalities, as represented in the Court Cards and seen in our world, are Elemental Forces. Because of the thinking of "Divide and Conquer" we have forgotten that our homo sapiens sapiens- bodies, are Elemental Beings! We are a Spiral Entity (Spirit) and not of the Elements, we are the Pentagram with Spirit on top of the 4 elements...we are not seeking to become more Spiritual, for that would be like a fish in the Ocean, looking to become more wet! Spirit is Spiritual and since being infinite and eternal---more or less is a ridiculous spiritual concept. We are succeeding in becoming a united Life Force; united with that which it activates, i.e. The Alive Form. We are attempting the Whole Union of Master (Spirit) and Masterpiece (Form) which is often called "As above, so below".

New Age Enlightenment is a misconception, we are I AM (Force of existence) who builds a Me (Manifested Awareness) and the knowledge of the Universe is already achieved----obviously! The “Me” needs to seek nothing, it must operate only by the Will of the “I AM”, that seeks awareness through the process of Self-Identity experimentation made manifest as “Me”; This is how thought can be examined sensually! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination? The Body is a "Sense of Presence" as the fish is a Sense of Ocean. As a fellow I AM, I did not come to seek spirituality (I Am That), I have come to seek a sense of presence, intimacy with Self as a self of the One Self, so that I can examined my creativity (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work which is creating the As above so Below! I am a Qabalist, because that knowing of myself, aids me in the purpose that I AM; the purpose of us all is TO BE! As a mind, I find knowledge through being! As a Qabalist, I have also married the Four Daughters....but of this you must find out the magic meaning of marriage with the Anima of Earth .

When this card is thrown during a Divination for a woman, it states that:

  • She is objective, and realistic of heart.
  • Emotionally loving and realistic rather than attached and clinging.

When thrown for a man, the Princess of Cups represents his

  • Inner feminine nature (anima) that is committed to offering emotional longevity while being loyal in realistic non-possessive ways.

The Princess of Cups may represent both genders, and a person in their life who is one's own age or younger and who may be teaching one lessons about emotionally letting go.

When the Princess of Cups is thrown during a reading, the querent is often experiencing:

  • Emotional detachment that is free of jealousy.
  • Being rapturous and gentle, kind and tender.
  • A personality full of romance, dreams and loving vision but also a dispenser of hidden insight and wisdom (see Elaine the Moon Goddess).

Ill defined, the Princess of Cups, suggests;

  • Flightiness, shallowness, and inability to accept reality.
  • The querent is often experiencing emotional detachment that is free of jealousy.
  •  Being rapturous and gentle, kind and tender.
  • A personality full of romance, dreams and loving vision but also a dispenser of hidden insight and wisdom (see Elaine the Moon Goddess).

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