The Thoth Princess of Cups, 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 (Graäl) in the Grail temple, where she wove the tapestries of life, death, and fate. Hence, the fabric of the Princess of Cups gown is like a new tapristry; as yet unembroidered . 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 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 Kether 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 is represented as a Dancing figure robbed in a flowing, crystal edged garment, all of which indicates her flowing and crystallizing abilities. Therefore, 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 Elephants "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 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 peccadillos, and it behooves the practitioner of western 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. Representing the Undines.
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.
These Princesses are representative of Elemental Intelligence, and are part of the elemental unconscious that can be communicated with as personification of that element; However, their nature is in direct union with a Force beyond the practitioner’s control. Tried and true rituals of magic (k) 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 as well as, the core of personalities. Because of the Patriarchal thinking of "Divide and Conquer" we have forgotten that our human bodies, are Elemental Beings! However,We are a Spiral Entity of Spirit with our very own psyche (Soul) 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 Spirit-Mind-Body trinity of intimate creation; united with that which it activates, i.e. The Alive Form. We are attempting the Whole Union of Master (Spirit) and Masterpiece ( In-Form-Action) which is often called "As above, so below".
To a Qabalist, New Age Enlightenment is a misconception, we are I AM ( Will toForce and Will to Form) who builds a Me (Manifested-Self- Awareness) and the knowledge of the Universe 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-Idea/identity made manifest as “Me”. A plane takes 3 points to exist in ourselves, this plane is I AM Me. This gives a "plane of reflection" but there is no depth yet, for that takes a 4th point. When one puts the 4th point within the plane, one can draw lines form the other 3 to this point and we now have depth/manifestation of form. Hence, 3 is the magic trinity of creation becoming a "self-reflection", and 4 is the number of manifestation. For this is how thought can be examined sensually, as information (in-form-action) making the Creator intimate with the Created! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination, i.e., intimacy? The Body is a "Sense of Presence" and as the fish is a Sense of Ocean, you are the senses of The Universal Collective Unconscious being lucid in its dream of Self.
As a fellow I AM, I did not come to seek spirituality (I Am That), I have come to seek a sense of informed presence so that I can examined my creativity (i-magi-nation) for errors that may impeded the Great Work of As above so Below! I am a Western Qabalist, because that knowing of myself, aids me in the purpose that I AM; the purpose of us all is the fulfillment of Eheieh-"I Will Be"! The "I AM" turns information into knowledge through being a "Me", a collective of self-awareness! As a Qabalist, I have also married the Four Daughters. which may seem a process of polygamy: However, it is a process of uniting with the intelligences behind Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Therefore, we are the Elohim Malichem that rule all elementals!
Sure we are a Spiral Entity (Spirit) and not of the Elements, thus, we are not seeking to become more spiritual by seeking elementals, as that would be like a fish in the Ocean, looking for water! Spirit is Spiritual and being infinite and eternal---something more or something less is a ridiculous concept.
We have succeeded in becoming a united and discriminating Life Force; united with that which it activates, i.e. ,The Alive Form and discriminating and/or discernment is our operative thought of such forms. We are attempting the Whole Union of Master (Spirit) and Masterpiece (Form) which is often called "As above, so below". As before stated, but never over stated, enlightenment is a misconception, as we are an “I AM” (Force of existence) who builds a Me (Manifested Awareness) and the knowledge of the Universe 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-Thought made manifest and sensual, as this is how thought can be examined sensually! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination? The Body is a "Sense of Presence", 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 self-information for errors that may impeded the Great Work; Even the information done by elemental intelligences can be changed just by our observance. Remember, 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; TO be made manifest! I am Spirit who is Energy, and a Psyche who is Soul/Mind and a Body, who is intimate self-awareness.
The Tarot of The Ages-Page of Cups, interestingly, is sticking to the traditional Tarot of the Middle Ages, by using a Page, where Crowley-Harris, used a Princess. This is because Crowley is representing the YHVH of Tetragrammaton, and Medieval Tarot didn't as that knowledge was a secret that could get one "burned at the stake". However, we have a Mayan priest, holding the Cup, overflowing with the "fountain of youth" water. He is showing courage as he floats a raft across a river. The quetzal*, a bird sacred to the Mayans flies above his head.
The Quetzal is one of the most sacred animals for the Maya. Its iridescent feathers were used in royal and ceremonial garb for Mayan kings and priests. This resplendent bird symbolizes Creation itself; in fact, the famed Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent, is a composite entity the Maya created by marrying the Quetzal and the Serpent.Quetzal Lovebirds | The Mayan Calendar Portal
Therefore, the Page of Cups, represents the Son of the Waters whose pathway is that of a lover, friend, brother, advisor and loyal servant, painter and musician, priest and panderer, hero and coward. With this personality, emotions are heavy, and can darken the art of this artist.
The Page of Cups is comparable to the Princess of Cups and therefore the divinatory meanings are similar.
When this card of Page/Princess 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.
- And relates more to "feelings" than logic.
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 Inner muse of an artist.
The Princess/Page 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).
- A studious and intent person.
- Reflective and meditative.
- Willing to offer services and effort towards a specific goal.
- A trustworthy worker.
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 flatterer.
- Temporary distraction.
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