Thoth-Knight of Cups
The Notoria Tarot in Light- King of Cups
The propitious God.
Invocation: Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos: quemadmodum speravimus in
Lord of the waves and waters; The King of the Hosts of the Sea; King of Nymphs or Undines.
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 (Tetragrammaton=72 names of God) 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 Notoria Tarot in Light shows its King of Cups, sitting on the Throne with a head of lion juxtaposed over a head of a man. There is no indication of water, or seas in this artistic rendition of the King of Cups. However, his head is a golden cup with a crown above it. Rather, the Angel Aladiah is all fiery gold and red, suggesting the Lion Leo and the Sun. Here he is holding the emperor's scepter that is intertwined with the serpentine forces of fertility. Aladiah instills in us a divine grace that surpasses mercy making us innocent without first requiring repentance or a change of attitude. Upon receiving this grace, changes will spontaneously arise, enabling us to forgive ourselves and then others. Unless we repeat the same mistakes again, this Cherub will confer fruitful and stable success, harmony, concord, with crowned and fruitful fidelity.
The attributes of this card are shown on the left-facing sideboard of this card:
- Angelic seal.
- Original number assigned by the Shem ha-Mephorash : 10: Chorus of Cherubim (2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah).
- Name of Angel.
- Tarot Card number and name: King of Cups.
- Planet: Saturn.
- Zodiac sign: Taurus.
- Esoterica, as assigned by Eliphas Levi and Alister Crowley: 2 of Cups- Love.
- Sigil of Element: upside down triangle of the Water element.
The Qabalistic Tree of Life
The Thoth Knight/King of Cups is not unlike the fiery attack of rain or springs. He rules the Zodiac from the 21st degree of Aquarius to the 20th degree of Pisces. All Tarot King's Authority radiated 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 are often seen in Hindu mythology. However, in Western Mythology the peacock is associated with the Greek god Argus. Who was a huge many eyed Warrior.
Hindu Peacock God-Mayura
The Greek God-Argus
Whether those fixed unseeing eyes on a Peacock's feathers are the tragic eyes of Goddess Hera’s favorite spymaster, Argus, remains questionable. But the story, so poignant in its emotional ebb and flow, that for echelons of time, made people look at the peacock as the 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, who was at the time thinking of indulging himself with Io, a river nymph. Zeus, clever enough to take and manipulate himself into the role of the king of the God’s could easily solve this problem of being under constant observation. 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 to keep his protective eye and his spirit close to her, also to remind her of his trust and loyalty, also a bit about his incompetence despite his giant size in the world of Gods. Scholars really don't seem to know. However, this myth explains Argus's and the Tarot King's utter devotion to the Grail/Creatrix.
In the Indian/Hindu 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. Its 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 the link that 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 can 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 true that peafowls can eat poisonous snakes without obvious disruption to their digestive system.
The Peacock with eyes that see the Past, Present, and future and into all dimensions of the Multiverse.
Often many mythological god traits are represented in one Thoth Tarot Card. The Knight of Cups is no exception for in Western Myth, this card also represents Dewi, the ancient lord of the Abyss, who is also later known as Bran or Bron 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.
Dewi- Lord of the Oceans
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, s/he is a graceful dilettante (a weak Jupiter) who is amiable and quick to respond to attraction, but the stimulation fades away as s/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 their ill dignified sensuality, idleness, and untruthful nature (a storyteller). 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 or gal".
tarot personality birth-wheel
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 (Will to Form). It is a rare persona indeed that has mastered the balance, so most often we find this personality mismanaging their affairs and unless good fortune attends them through the Jupiter connection, their 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 common with such a personality. As always, the surrounding cards will help the Reader decide the positive or ill dignified nature of this card and often within the reading is the recommended nature of correcting the unwanted behavior of this ill dignity. Overall l, an incredibly fun person to be around---if you show attraction, to stimulate his/her attention.
Some of the modern personalities associated with the Knight of Cups/King of Cups Tarot Card are:
Sonny Bono, Mia Farrow, and Burt Reynolds. However, there is something in this card that engenders the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, and Thomas Edison, 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.
WHEN THE KNIGHT/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 ended.
- Releasing an 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, it implies:
- Helper syndrome.
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