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Thoth- Prince of Cups
The Prince of the Chariot of the Waters; Prince and Emperor of the Nymphs or Undines.
The Spiral tarot-Knight of Cups
All 4 Thoth Princes or Traditional Tarot Knights are dependent on the Union of the King and Queen. Unless set in motion by the Royal couple, the Prince’s /Knight's power is illusionary. The Thoth- Prince of Cups is known in the Hermetic 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. This Prince is Specific Air of Primal Water.
By now, you may know the "secret name" of the Divine Creative, Yod Heh Vau Heh (YHVH) formula , also known as Tetragramaton, which is also shown in the Prince of Cups. Here we see the water Lotus, representing the Divine Feminine and the cup that is issuing a serpent. The Serpent represents the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokmah, the Yod Force and in this card, it has the fiery unsettling qualities of sexual 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 first Heh is the Queen and Yod is the King, the Vau is the Prince, the second Heh is the Princess.
The Prince, as Vau, carries out the activities of Yod (King) and Heh (Queen) combined, here then is Water ( energy-in-motion and Air -Mind). 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. Therefore, in the Prince of Cups, Water suggests the Universal Collective Unconscious which bears dynamic energy (emotions/energy-in-motion). 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 which gives him the name of " Storm King". Steam also suggests a spiritual sense of vaporization. Here we have a passionate Hindu- Shiva as the "Storm King".
Scorpio is noted as being the most Sexual and Mysterious of Occult 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 (Emotions). 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 earthly process), the other 2 processes of Scorpio are shown as the Serpent and the Eagle. Sexual force and Higher Occult Mental-Motion of Pure Passion to Be, in that order. Therefore, the Prince of Cups is considered the Passionate Lover card.
tarot personality birth card
Someone born under the Tarot Wheel Prince of Cups, (Oct. 23-Nov.22nd), has a core personality of all the Prince of Cups characteristics. They do not like working under harness, nor do they express all the deeply held emotions that they create. S/He knows the Magic of Passion and often goes where "angels fear to tread". This I know, as I am a Prince of Cups personality. The Prince of Cups is very strong willed and will do as they think best, no matter the opinion of others. They are very passionate lovers with all that stormy emotion brewing in them as an steam engine creating such volatile passion that they must constantly transform emotional perspectives . These Princes are men of great abilities. My fellow Prince of Cups are/were Friedrich Nietzsche, Timothy Leary, and Pablo Picasso. However, if the Prince of Cups is not guided by the Queen of Cups, and/or his inner Anima, he can go powerfully wrong, such as infamous Princes of Cups-Lee Harvey Oswald and Léo Trotsky. With powerful emotion comes powerful responsibility. Thank Goddess, my Holy Guardian Anima, made herself known to me at birth and I have carried her cup before me all my life!
We know that Crowley didn't approve of the Knight as a Prince, but rather as his Battle Kings, plus the fact that he represents the Hermetic Tetragrammaton formula in his court cards which requires a prince and princess. The The Spiral Tarot-Knight of Cups chooses the Traditional Tarot image of a Knight as a Prince.
Here we have presented the Arthurian Legend of Sir Galahad. He is a romantic knight on the quest for his dream of ideal love. He may become so besotted with his dream that he lacks the initiative to complete the task. He is sensitive, kind, loving and gentle making him easily hurt and sometimes moody.
The Knight of Cups, is shown on the card, holding a Grail cup in front of his chest. The light radiating from the cups is the vital life force that comes from the Divine Creatrix. The blue lotus in the water are the symbols of the Goddess, as is the pool of water, often called a "moon pool" in Western Magic. The frog in the foreground, is an ancient symbol for fertility. The upside down triangle is a alchemical symbol for water.
Thank Goddess that today, we have young people and others of more enlightened mind, confronting the damage done to nature, the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex arms race that is based more on greed than defense, and the ideologies of conquest, empire and genocide; all done by the Patriarchy. We all know of the great gaps between the wealthy 1% and the poor and the problems of racism and exploitation that appears throughout the world. Like the Prince of Cups, it is time we all take up the quest of the Grail and not only heal nature, but each other as well. For all of us are damaged by the Patriarchy, who has wiped out whole generations, if not whole peoples and cultures throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America... the whole world. That is bad enough, and yet there are whole ecosystems erased from the earth, to add even more horror to this story of the Military-Industrial- Complex of World Economy. The Patriarchy has indoctrinated us all, and the Patriarchal religions, were made to exploit the human race, rather than explain the truth of creation and Creator and the proof of this is shown as they war on each other for the control of the minds (spirits) of the people.
The Goddess is Love, Empathy, Intuition and nurturing. She does not war on her children, of which we all are. Rather she weeps tears of sorrow over the rape of her children's souls, by the Patriarchy (3 of Swords). The Divine Creative's grant of "Freedom of Choice", only allows her to observe, the mass exploitation. However, by choosing her quest, we each become Parsifal (a young Galahad-Prince of Cups) awakened as the "Son/Sun" of the Divine Creative (Horus), and through her loving guidance, we heal the earth, and each other. We may have ignorantly become monsters in our own "I's", but not in her's, for we are still her "golden child". Thank Goddess! We are a collective and belong to each other and the more of us that know this, the weaker the Patriarchy becomes.
The Princes/Knights represent the coming and going of an event or person.
In the case of the Prince/Knight 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.
The fact that this Thoth Deck 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.
As far as personal events go, the Prince/Knight 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.
- A good heart.
If the Prince of Cups is ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout, it implies:
- Will carry a grudge for years...maybe even for lifetimes.
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