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The Tarot of Eli: The Thoth Tarot-Knight of Cups & The Babylonian Tarot- King of Cups-Apsu

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Babylonian Tarot- King of Cups-Apsu, who is the Sumerian-Abzu, is one of the oldest Mesopotamian deities. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Apsu was named the "first one". Who as Chokmah of Qabalistic fame as the 2nd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is the first expression of masculine force, long before heaven and earth existed. Not only was he a gigantic liquid mass, he was also considered the subterranean realm of the "fresh sweet water ocean". Hence, he was the subterranean source of all rivers, lakes and streams. Being the "first ejaculation of Force", makes him a masculine force. However, his "ejaculation" took form as the "sweet water Ocean". Hence, he was also considered "the feminine" Will to Form, and/or the Goddess Sophia of Wisdom. It is best, in the Qabalah, to consider the fact that Chokmah-Binah , the 2nd and 3rd Sephira, are one Androgynous Will to force identity and Will to form identity. The first acknowledgement of existence, known as- I Am .

In the Babylonian creation epic, the world was known as a disc-shaped piece of land that floated above the deep waters of Apsu. The Babylonian underworld was beneath the Apsu, and in some cases, one had to cross a river to reach it. Some scholars think the river called the Hubar, was one such river. Therefore, the Babylonian Tarot Card depicts Apsu as an ancient god whose body is composed of swirling blue-water. Below him is a fluted cup.

When thrown in a divination. The Babylonian Tarot-King of Pentacles-Apsu implies:

  • Creative energy, which is held in reserve.
  •  Creativity, working behind the scenes.
  • A mature person, who is empathetic, concerned with social responsibility and compassion for others.
  • Father figure and caring husband.
  • Patron of the Arts.
  • He is noble, gallant, cultured, creative, sensitive, and reserved.
If ill defined and/or reversed:
  • One who suppressed their emotions.
  • Calm exterior that masks a violent interior.
  • A dishonest person that maybe domineering and corrupt.
  • Scandal.
  • 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.

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.

  1. The Armor, bright wings, and the leaping white charger, all represent the most active aspects of water.
  2. The crab represents the aggressive nature of water and its regenerative state, as crabs individually regenerate by shedding their hard outer shell.
  3. The Knight of Wands 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 which a greater amount of study is needed if you wish to understand the "Swirling Depths" of this card.

The fluorescence characteristics of the personality signified by this card are surprisingly passive, as dictated by the Zodiacal attribution. With the qualities of Venus, this one is a graceful dilettante (a weak Jupiter). Passively amiable and quick to respond to attraction but the stimulation fades away as they are 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. This is because of the reflective nature of his personality. Like water, the surface reflects the light, and distorts it so that the depth of the water is not truly seen.

This card represents the personality of 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 He represents ageless power and strength, a reliable protector of the needy with a quality of irresistible force underlying a calm surface.

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 the 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!

From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.

In Arthurian legend, the Fisher King, also known as the Wounded King or Maimed King, is the last in a long line charged with keeping the Holy Grail. Versions of the original story vary widely, but he is always wounded in the legs or groin and incapable of standing. All he is able to do is fish in a small boat on the river near his castle, Corbenic, and wait for some noble who might be able to heal him by asking a certain question. In later versions knights travel from many lands to try to heal the Fisher King, but only the chosen can accomplish the feat. This is Percival alone in the earlier stories; in later versions, he is joined by Galahad and Bors.

Many later works have two wounded "Grail Kings" who live in the same castle, a father and son (or grandfather and grandson). The more seriously wounded father stays in the castle, sustained by the Grail alone, while the more active son can meet with guests and go fishing. For the purposes of clarity in the remainder of this article, where both appear, the father will be called the Wounded King, the son named the Fisher King.

In the Fisher King legends, it is implied that he becomes unable to father or support a next generation to carry on after his death (a "thigh" wound has been interpreted by many scholars in Arthurian literature as a genital wound). There are slight hints in the early versions that his kingdom and lands suffers as he does, and 20th-century scholars have suggested his impotence affecting the fertility of the land and reducing it to a barren wasteland.

The personality of the Fisher King, fits the Knight of Cups. First off, the Knight of Cups is the "Grail keeper", the Grail being the Anima (Feminine Will to Form and /or Divine Womb), therefore, making the King a form of Chokmah, the first Animus (Masculine Soul). Since Chokmah as a state of self, has no form yet, the Anima is also a "inner Feminine" force, that cannot be physically mated with. Hence, the Grail keeper's most beloved, is not an outer female that he can copulate with. Hence, his love is unrequited. Unrequited love is shown as a "wound in the groin" as his most perfect Woman, is not physical but the subjective Great Mother herself and/or The Great Ocean of Binah. Hence, his concept of female is more fantasy, than reality.

WHEN THE KNIGHT 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 conscientious, 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.
  • A "husband" of the Creatrix.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • One who suppressed their emotions.
  • Calm exterior that masks a violent interior.
  • A dishonest person that maybe domineering and corrupt.
  • Scandal.
  • One who has many relationships, but all are broken as he can't find his most beloved in a female of his species.

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