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The Tarot of Eli: The Witches Tarot- Knight of Cups & The Thoth Tarot- Prince of Cups

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Witches Tarot- Knight of Cups, is the comparable card to the Thoth Prince of Cups, but without the tempestuous emotions. He is the Grail holder, but is in a serene space. Siting astride a horse at rest, in green grass and near a slow running stream, he is without drawn sword and at peace. His goal seems to be the mist covered castle in the back ground, but he is in no hurry. The Silver Armor and blue cloak, symbolize both the Moon, and water. The Moon being the Water element's ruling planet and symbol of the Goddess. The Twin tailed mermaid heraldic art on his cloak, symbolize loyalty, eloquence and truth. The Mermaid is known as Melusine, an elemental spirit of springs and rivers.

The Personality of the Knight of Cups, can be moody, and passionate as he always follows his heart.

When thrown during a divination, the Knight of Cups implies:

  • A young intuitive and passionate man will arrive soon. 
  • He is sensitive, gallant, and chivalrous. 
  • Being perceptive and empathetic, he can be a little reserved.

All four Qabalistic Thoth- 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. He is Specific Air of Primal Water.

By now, you may know the Yod Heh Vau Heh *(YHVH) 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 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. 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), the other two processes of Scorpio are shown as the Serpent and the Eagle. Sexual force and Higher Motion, in that order. The fact he isn't shown with a swollen phallus, is the Victorian addition of a Serpent to "suggest fertility".

The fact that this Thoth Tarot 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, but only when the act of loving is deeply felt and passion explodes as if a volcano has erupted from the deep core of the earth.

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

As I've said before: The Princes 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.

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 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.

To reiterate" The Princes are the personified Elemental Forces, of those 4 elements that are brought into balance in Tiphareth.

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