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The Tarot of Eli: The Running Press Tarot- Page of Cups and the Thoth Tarot-Princess of Cups.

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Running Press Tarot artist, Julie Paschkis, has chosen to use the Traditional Tarot image of the Page of Cups, instead of Crowley's more radical Princess. Here, the heart decorated Grail-Cup, seems to be offered, along with a bouquet of daisies, as a token of heart felt emotions in a marriage proposal. However, this card descriptions, recommend that one thinks before reacting and avoid childish behavior. Hence, one should be flexible and open to alternatives to their previous planning.

The Crowley 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 see wants 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, 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 Deck 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 that what 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, 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 Tarot is represented as a Dancing figure robbed in a flowing, crystal edged garment, all of which indicates her flowing and crystallizing abilities. Thus 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 Elephant "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.

The Princess of Wands, Cups, Swords and Disks, all give a Character to the Root Power Ace 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.

The Princesses are the Intelligently Focused Energy of a Root Power and are thus aware and more personalized intelligences with conscious characteristics. These Great Daughters of the Great Mother, have their own peccadilloes, and it behooves the practitioner of magick to know them. For instance, the Princess of Cups 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 nature of the Princess of Wands. 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.

As stated:These Princesses represent 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 magick 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 human bodies, are Elemental Beings! We are a Spiral Entity (Spirit) and not of the Elements...we are not seeking to become more Spiritual, for that would be like a fish in the Ocean, looking for water! Spirit is Spiritual and being infinite and eternal. Hence, more or less is a ridiculous 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 Universal Collective Unconscious 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-Measurement, made manifest as “Me”; this is how thought can be examined sensually and given measurement! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination by supplying measurement? The Body is a "Sense of I AM" 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 so that I can examined my creativity (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work; 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! I find knowledge through being! Since Qabalah means "receiving", we don't have to "learn the Universe" for it is already known into existence. All we have to do, is receive this inheritance, as Princes and Princesses of the Divine Creative, Universal Collective Unconscious, by allowing our Unconscious to become our self-consciousness. This is done by communicating with the Unconscious through images, rather than words. Images, such as Tarot, are the communication medium of the Greater Self as all that you see is ...Self Image!

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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