The 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 she wants to see. She is the weaver of light into its crystalline form.
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 of the Grail (Graäl) 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, the force of the Princess 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 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/organic 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 manifesting 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 rather than Egyptian, 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. Not to be confused with the Porpoise-Dolphin which is a mammal.
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 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.
These Princesses Are 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 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 lucid dream of 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, as Elemental Forces. Because of the thinking of "Divide and Conquer" we have forgotten that our homo sapiens sapiens bodies, are Elemental Beings! We are a Spiral Entity (Spirit) and not of the Elements. Hence, 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---more or less spirit 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 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/Identity made manifest as “Me”; this is how thought can be examined sensually and intimacy achieved with the creation! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination? The Body is a "Sense of I AM- 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 creativity (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work of 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 and receiving (Qabalah means "to receive")! As a Qabalist, I have also married the Four Daughters, for I am manifested as a Male Force, and must have as my consorts the "Feminine of the Elements".
....but of this you must find out the magic (k)/Tantric meaning. Yoga means "communion" and
Tantra means "to expand and liberate".
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.
The Tarot of The Spirit-Sister Water
The Tarot of Spirit-Sister Water, also incorporates the Swan and the Tortoise images. Here intuition and trusting the Spirit within are stressed. Being a Sister of Water, personality, one is blessed with the ability to know intuitively that which many others don't have access to.
Here the Water Sister is shown riding the Swan of peace that also represents emotional security and the ability to communicate her feelings, desires and concerns in realistic and meaningful ways. This is also her path out of the Cosmic Sea of the Universal Collective Unconscious and/or the Great Dark Sea of Binah. Beneath the Sea Turtle, a symbol of power and resourcefulness, are the glyphs for Libra and Scorpio.
The reigns, are the first appearance of "Yoke", in this Tarot deck. The "yoke" represents the mastery of the Yoga of the Mind, where emotions (Energy in Motion) are under the control of Mind rather than the other way around. Behind her are sea creatures traveling on the dark waves of the Collective Sea of I AM . These black waves also represent the dark wings of Spirit; dark because of the limitlessness of the Dark Energy and/or the "radiant darkness". She weaves and moves on the crystalline path of light.
When the Princess of Cups or Sister Water 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).
- The seductive, unfathomable depths and the quickened desires of our emotional and dream world.
- Poetic charm.
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/Sister Water represents his:
- Inner feminine nature (anima) that is committed to offering emotional longevity while being loyal in realistic non-possessive ways.
Ill defined, the Princess of Cups, suggests;
- Flightiness, shallowness, and inability to accept reality.
- The querent is often experiencing emotional detachment and misuse of love.
- Seductive spells.
- Bubbles in the air.
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