Thoth-Knight of Cups
Santa Muerte-King of Cups
In the Thoth Tarot Kings are called Knights, who are armored sitting astride their powerful "Spirit Force" steeds. The Knight of Cups is the fiery part of water, this may sound strange to the neophyte; However, the fiery part of water is the Power of Solution. Therefore, the Knight of Cups is not unlike the fiery attack of rain or springs. He rules the Zodiac from 21st degree of Aquarius to the 20th degree of Pisces.
- The Armor, bright wings, and the leaping white charger, all represent the most active aspects of water.
- The crab represents the aggressive nature of water and its regenerative state, as crabs individually regenerate by shedding their hard outer shell.
- The Knight of Cups totem is the Peacock, as the very nature of active water is its brilliance. The Peacock is also the totem of the *Peacock God Myths of Greece, Persha, China, and India. With a greater amount of study in myth one can understand the swirling characteristics of this King/Knight of Water.
The fluorescence characteristics of the person signified by this card are surprisingly passive, as dictated by the Zodiacal attribution. With the qualities of Venus, he is a graceful dilettante (a weak Jupiter). Passively amicable and quick to respond to attraction but the stimulation fades away as he is not very enduring. Emotionally triggered by outside influence, this person has no real material depth of character. The Knight of Cups has an undeniable innocence and purity that is hardly clouded by his ill dignified sensuality, idleness, and untruthful nature. In fact, he may be so superficial that it is hard to reach any depth in him.
*Peacocks - Crystalinks Home Page
Peacock is also the mount of Hindu God of war Murugan, also called Kartikeya, the brother of Ganesha. Similar to Saraswati, the Peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Asian spirituality. Kwan-yin (or Quan Yin, Guanyin) is also an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness.Peacocks - Crystalinks Home Page
This card represents Dewi, the ancient lord of the Abyss, who is also known as Bran the blessed who later became the Christianized Fisher King or Rich Fisher named **Bron. Throughout the history of myth, he represents ageless power and strength, a reliable protector of the needy with a quality of irresistible force underlying a calm surface.
The Fisher King appears first in Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval, the Story of the Grail in the late 12th century, but the character's roots may lie in Celtic mythology. He may be derived more or less directly from the figure of Brân the Blessed in the Mabinogion. In the Second Branch, Bran has a cauldron that can resurrect the dead (albeit imperfectly; those thus revived cannot speak) which he gives to the king of Ireland as a wedding gift for him and Bran's sister Branwen. Later, Bran wages war on the Irish and is wounded in the foot or leg, and the cauldron is destroyed. He asks his followers to sever his head and take it back to Britain, and his head continues talking and keeps them company on their trip. The group lands on the island of Gwales, where they spend 80 years in a castle of joy and abundance, but finally they leave and bury Bran's head in London. This story has analogues in two other important Welsh texts: the Mabinogion tale "Culhwch and Olwen", in which King Arthur's men must travel to Ireland to retrieve a magical cauldron, and the poem The Spoils of Annwn, which speaks of a similar mystical cauldron sought by Arthur in the otherworldly land of Annwn.
The bloodied head on a plate in T. W. Rolleston's Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race (1910)
"Peredur had been shown these things to incite him to avenge the wrong, and to prove his fitness for the task."
The Welsh Romance Peredur son of Efrawg is based on Chrétien or derived from a common original, but it contains several prominent deviations and lacks a Grail. The character of the Fisher King appears (though he is not called such) and presents Peredur with a severed head on a platter. Peredur later learns that he was related to that king, and that the severed head was that of his cousin, whose death he must avenge by defeating the Nine Witches.
There is great difficulty in rightly mating water with Fire, as the swift violent nature of fire (Knight of Wands) ill suits a character that is naturally as placid as water. It is a rare persona indeed that has mastered the balance, so most often we find this personality mismanaging his affairs and unless good fortune attends him, his career and life is littered with a trail of failure and disaster. There is a mental "civil war" here, and this can lead to depressions, and/or schizophrenia. The abuse of stimulants, alcohol, and narcotics is not uncommon with such a personality. As always the case, the surrounding cards will help the Reader decide the positive or ill dignified nature of this card and often within the Reading is recommended the nature of correcting the unwanted behavior of this ill dignity. All in all, a very fun bubbly, bright person to be around---as long as you show attraction, to stimulate his attention. Good fun for short visits!
The Advice of the Dead: Rely on your emotions or trust the inventiveness of the male figure who is near you and who will help you in your enterprise.
The Santa Muerte-King of Cups, depicts Santa Muerte as an artfully dressed male figure who wears his heart on his outer chest. Implying, benevolence , steadiness, and calm. Being a balance of fire and water, he is inventive, has artistic abilities, and is capable of comforting, such that his presence is a strong signal of success and expansion. He is assigned all the character traits of the Thoth Knight of Cups.
WHEN THE KNIGHT/KING OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A READING, IT IMPLIES:
- The optimist.
- Issues with family and/or relationships.
- The Spirit of Water.
- One has attained their position of authority by listening to their conscience; by action and looking ahead into life.
- Becoming aware that a psychic process in one’s life has come to an end.
- Releasing and old emotion by realizing it has run its course and is no longer operative in one’s life.
- The ability to love.
- A counselor or caregiver who is creative and imaginative.
- A seductive personality that is good in the art of love.
- Intuitive understanding.
- Willingness to help.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Helper syndrome.
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