Thoth- Knight of Cups
Lord of the waves and waters; The King of the Hosts of the Sea; King of Nymphs or Undinges.
In the Thoth Tarot the Kings are called Knights, who are armored sitting astride their powerful "Spirit Force" steeds. This is because of the YHVH formula used by Crowley. You'll find this explained in depth in Crowley's book of Thoth. The Thoth Knight of Cups is known as the fiery part of water, this may sound strange to the neophyte; However, the fiery part of water is the
Power of Solution. He is amiable in a passive way, as is solution in water.
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. All Kings Authority radiate from the 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah-wisdom.
The Armor, the bright wings, and the leaping white charger, all represent the most active aspects of water.The crab represents the aggressive nature of water and its regenerative state, as crabs individually regenerate by shedding their hard outer shell. The Knight of Cups totem is the Peacock (bottom right corner), as the very nature of active water is its brilliance. The Peacock is also the totem of the Peacock God Myths of which in the Hindu mythothlogy is the most known. However, in Western Mythology the peacock is associated with the Greek god Argus. Who was a huge many eyed Warrior.
Whether those fixed unseeing eyes, are the tragic eyes of Goddess Hera’s favourite spymaster Argus remain questionable. But the story, so poignant in its emotional ebb and flow, that it has for echelons of time, made people look at the peacock as bird symbolizing the transforming power of love and trust between mistress and bondman. As the story goes, Hera had posted her hundred eyed giant to keep an eye on her cheating husband Zeus indulging himself with Io, a river nymph. Zeus, clever enough to take manipulate himself into the role of the king of the God’s could easily solve this problem. Therefore, Zeus put Argus into a rich dreamy state of sleep and chopped off his head. This put Hera in a deep funk. The inconsolable Hera, placed each of the delicate eyes of Argus in the tail feathers of the peacocks that pulled her chariot. This was probably to keep his protective eye and his spirit close to her, also to remind her of his trust and loyalty, maybe also a bit about his incompetence despite his giant size- in the world of Gods. Scholars really don't know.
In the Indian context, peacocks have layered and complex roles in legends and myths. The one element that remains unchanged through it all is the belief that the peacock was created from the feathers of Garuda, the giant mythical bird who is Vishnu’s mount. It’s beauty, fearlessness of snakes and power over time are traits that the peacock inherits from this mythical creation. The most interesting and metaphoric representation the peacock has in Hindu mythology is link that is it has with time- Garuda carries Vishnu through time, preserving and maintaining a balance in a cosmos that tends to lapse into chaos as easily as a blink of Vishnu’s eye, as a default of being created out of Garuda’s feathers, the peacock is able break through the cyclical nature of Earthy or human time as envisaged by the Hindu Mystics. The peacock does this by devouring snakes! Yes, that is because snakes are symbolic of cyclical time in Hindu Myths. And it is absolutely true that peafowls can eat poisonous snakes with obvious disruption to their digestive system.
The fluorescence characteristics of the person's personality, born between Feb. 19 to Mar 20th, signified by this card are surprisingly passive, as dictated by the Zodiacal attribution. With the qualities of Venus, he is a graceful dilettante (a weak Jupiter). Passively amiable and quick to respond to attraction but the stimulation fades away as he is 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. But in truth, he is a really "nice guy".
Some of the modern personalities associated with this Tarot Card are:
Sonny Bono, Mia Farrow, and Burt Renolds. However, there is something in this card that engenders the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Eddison all of whom sport more depth than this card displays. This might be because this card also represents the Myth 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.
To be sure, there is great difficulty in rightly mating water with Fire, as the swift violent nature of fire (Will to Force) 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/her attention. Good fun for short visits!
Haindl Tarot- Father of Cups in the North-King of Cups
The Haindl Tarot-King of Cups, is the All Father God of the North, Odin who does show importantly in the Major Arcana. First as Emperor and then as the Hanged Man returning his energy to Earth and getting the knowledge of the Runes (shown on the bottom of the card) by bring them up from the dark well of Mimir. Therefore, the traditional image of the one eyed Odin hanging upside down from the World Tree-Yddrasil, (" myself sacrificed to myself"). In the myth, Odin had 2 eyes and gave one as an offering to Mimir.
In the art work, we see the left eye missing. This left side signifies the unconscious and therefore, Odin joins his own unconscious side to the greater mystery of Mimir's well, the dark source of life (in Qabalah this would be the Dark Ocean of Mother Binah). The right eye signifies consciousness. Hence, by finding the Alphabet/Runes Odin moves mankind from the dream of myth into the hard reality of literal thought. Erica Haindl comments that this card shows the beginning of linear history, technology, of the world broken into pieces, because it shows the invention of writing which puts knowledge outside the person.
In the illustration, the head and hair of Odin radiate light, suggesting that light surrenders to darkness, in order to bring about knowledge. The dual trunk of the Tree indicates duality, even though Odin only acknowledges himself (" myself sacrificed to myself") here then is the mystical equation 0=2. The 2 birds of Thought and Memory are also depicted.
WHEN THE KNGIHT/KING OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A READING, IT IMPLIES:
- The optimist.
- Issues with family and/or relationships.
- The Spirit of Water; intuitive.
- 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 powerful, dominating person.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:
- Helper syndrome.