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The Tarot of Eli: The Running Press Tarot- Knight of Cups & The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Cups

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Traditional Tarot Knights, who are the Son's of the King and Queen, are the Princes of the Thoth Tarot . Crowley's Knights, are "Battle Kings", who aren't enthroned and sitting on their "cans" but rather active and aggressive astride a Charger (Large War Horse).

The Running Press Tarot, is Traditional Tarot in design, therefore, the Knight of Cups, is comparable to the Thoth Prince of Cups.

Here, The Knight, is astride a porpoise or dolphin , leaping and frolicking through the ocean waves. Above the Porpoise's spout is the Grail-Cup of the Great Mother. This is a very playful picture of the Mythological God- Tempest, of whom the Prince of Cups represents.

The Dolphin represents the constellation of Delphinus. The Term Dolphin came from the Greek Delphinos, which also meant, womb. The Dolphin was Demeter's totem, in her role as Mistress of the Sea.

The Running Press Tarot-Knight of Cups, seems to be emulating the famous statue called The Boy on a Dolphin, which was once a famous religious image of the young sun god born out of the Sea, raised up on the back of a Dolphin. Therefore, linking the Knight of Cups to the 6th Sephiroth, Tiphareth, the Son/Sun.

The Thoth Tarot Prince of Cups

All four Princes are dependent on the Union of the King and Queen. Unless set in motion by the Royal couple, the Prince’s power is illusionary

The Prince of Cups is known in the Mysteries, as the Prince of the Chariot of the Waters, Prince and Emperor of the Nymphs and Undines, as he represents the last Decan of Libra and the first two Decans of Scorpio. In mythology, he would be the God Tempest. Hence, a volatile personality.  

He is Specific Air of Primal Water.

By now, you may know the Yod Heh Vau Heh formula, which is also shown in the Prince of Cups. Here we see the water Lotus and the cup that is issuing a serpent. The Serpent represents Chokmah, the Yod Force and in this card, it has the fiery unsettling qualities of Scorpio. The cup, is Heh, and encloses the Yod serpent; a Victorian way to show phallus and womb and/or the King and Queen in Union.

The Prince, as Vau, carries out the activities of Yod and Heh combined, here then is Water (consciousness). The Eagle drawing the Chariot, is the Kerubic symbol for Water (also the highest symbol of Scorpio). And as we know, if we've swam in a river, the Eagle also suggests that the calm appearance of water, may hold violent and fiery energy-currents beneath the surface, Thus, in the Prince of Cups, Water suggests the Universal Collective Unconscious which bears dynamic energy. Hence, what activity we can expect from the Prince of cups personality is on one hand, elastic, volatile and hydrostatic equilibrium; on the other hand, the catalytic faculty and energy of steam which is shown in the Tarot card as wings of tenuous vapor, sprouting from his back that is also suggesting a spiritual sense of vaporization.

Scorpio is noted as being the most Mysterious of Signs, making this card very complicated in its Water imagery. The Lotus is sacred to Water and represents the Great Womb. The calm and stagnant Lake beneath the Prince, is shown being disturbed by heavy rain; Rain being the volatile expression of Vapor that has become clouds. The reason the lake is shown stagnant, is because of the Alchemical secret process of putrefaction which is also symbolized by the scorpion (not shown because it is secret and a crawler on land), the other two processes of Scorpio are shown as the Serpent and the Eagle. Sexual force and Higher Motion, in that order.


Assigning the astrological sign of Pisces to this card, implies gentleness, understanding, kindness and hyper-sensitivity.

As I've said before: The Princes of Thoth Tarot- represent the coming and going of an event or person.

In the case of the Prince of Cups, the morality or moral characteristic of such a person is implied as:

  • Subtlety, secret violence and craft.
  • Being also an artist in all his ways, he would be intensely secret.
  •  The calm and imperturbable surface he displays mask his most intense passion.
  •  He accepts only external influences that aid him in his secret designs. 
  •  His conscience is not that of an ordinary person, for it is of a more impersonal nature, making him suspect and distrusted by acquaintances.
  • He is perfectly ruthless and inspires fear in those that distrust him.
  • His abilities are immense, going beyond ordinary senses in to realms of the subtle. He is, however, fluid and being volatile as well, does not care to work in harness.

The fact that this Thoth Tarot-Prince of Cups card is Libra going over into Scorpio, suggests great volatility, as this influence implies tremendous power, energy and weight.

Such a person must be well mated, with good will and sincerity, for loyalty is all important to keep their good nature. When this is so, they are extremely romantic, sensual and generous to a fault and are great lovers.To reiterate: The Princes are the personified Elemental Forces, of those 4 elements that are brought into balance in Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth of the Sun/Son.

As far as personal events go, the Prince of Cups represents for the querent:

  • A personal process of the quiet inner aspect of the male/Animus principle where self-reflection, inner meditative peace and awareness are being experienced by the querent (The person the reading is for).
  • The event of Mind is turned towards deep feelings and artistic visions with the necessary passion to do them but with the secrecy that may prevent it.
  • Is completely involved in emotional sensation, psychic awareness and spiritual awareness. All of which they have in abundance .

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