Above all things, know thyself.
Thoth- Princess of Cups
The Princess of the Waters; Lotus of the Palace of the Floods; Princess and Empress of the Nymphs or Undines. Throne of the Ace of Cups.
The Declarative Tarot-Flows of Perceptive Heart-Heart Centering Self-Declaration
Thoth- Princess of Cups
The Thoth Tarot Princess of Cups represents mastery of emotional objectivity achieved by working through manipulation, jealousy, possessiveness, and seduction.
Mundanely, the image of the Thoth- turtle (Tortoise) in the seashell symbolizes the capacity to offer emotional loyalty, while shedding the drama of others and loyalty to others by being objective and non-possessive. In Hindu mythology, the Turtle/Tortoise was also the image given to the force of motion, which caused Earth to travel through space, while being held up by four elephants standing on the back of this Atlas like turtle. Hence, in Hindu mythology the world and Universe is thought to rest on the backs of four elephants who stand on the shell of a turtle (4 directions/4 Elements). In Hinduism, Akupara is a tortoise who carries the world on his back, upholding the Earth and the sea. Also, one of the Avatars of Vishnu is the giant turtle, Kurma. The Universe was represented as a Serpent. In other words, the Turtle represents the foundation of Life-Force for the Earth which may seem slow in evolutionary terms but is persistent and undaunted.
Formally the Princess/Page of Cups
The Declarative Tarot-Heart Centering Self-Declaration is about the declarative of self- as I AM... through voice or action. I Am is your truth, but what you "Am" is all assumption. Therefore, this card represents your inner-Sea of Heart, the place where you emote from and where you hold what you feel. Envisioned here is a calm sea whose only action is the jumping and splashing of Albacore Tuna. Illuminating the scene is a soft moon and the radiance of star shine, reminding us that when we are calmly centered, we radiate an appearance of peacefulness from ourselves and to others. Within the depths of this heart-sea, we travel the currents of emotion just like the Green Sea Turtle, intuitive, sensing, and trusting and remembering with confidence how to live and thrive as self. Self-knowing and knowledge of the environment it lives in, which is passed down through the collective mind of the Green Sea Turtles through the eons, makes a peace filled journey of self-confidence. Hence, the hero's journey of this turtle reminds us that your declaration of life is in the hands of your willful choice. I Am declares existence, but again, what you think you "AM" is totally freedom of choice and becomes your truth. I AM Health is just as powerfully truthful as declaring I Am sick. I Am wealth is just as true as I Am poverty, I AM Love and loved, is just as true as I AM hate or hated, I AM Spirit (spiral current in the Mind Sea of Self), is just as true as I AM mind, and I AM body. All images, declarations, thoughts, and dreams swim in the currents of Mind, as All is Mind. What we call Heart-is our Soul who is the Northern Star in our awareness. How you navigate the currents of the All Mind towards this Star/Celestial Self, is up to your self-declaration of I AM. I AM the Image of the Divine, is just as true as I AM an animal. Your truth depends upon self-declaration.
Showing great presence are a pair of sea roses in bud and bloom. This sea rose, defined by its lack of beauty when compared to the garden variety and its ability to survive being tossed by the sea is a metaphor for the poet, who can withstand life's painful challenges. And yes, each of us is a poet who describes the world around us from our Heart-felt-declarations of I AM. Therefore, be hearty in presence and take root by anchoring yourself in your heart space. This card reminds us that we are the Life we live. By declaring what I AM, we swim peacefully or flounder and drown in the sea of Mind.
I AM the Will and the Way, I AM Wealth, I AM Health, I AM Wellbeing, I own the Day!
In the world of personalities, the Princess of Cups represents a dreamy youngster, who enjoys fairy tales with a vivid imagination. In other words, this one can also represent your inner child where the seed of creativity longs to be acknowledged. On the Thoth Card, she is an emotional personality reweave --weaving new perspectives out of her dreamy vibrations.
Chinese Goddess Kunti
In the Thoth Tarot, the Princess of Cups is represented as a Dancing figure robed in a flowing- crystal edged garment, all of which indicates her flowing and crystallizing abilities. Also, the crystals on the Thoth Princess's gown indicate a clear ability to look at things as they are instead of what she wants to see. Thus, 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 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 dolphinfish emphasizes this ability as it represents the Sun God- Apollo. Not to be confused with the Dolphin mammal).
The Dolphinfish that is disporting in a foamy- sea, symbolizes the power of creation known as the
Royal Fish, which is also known as the Alchemical first matter. Also, to the Greeks the Dolphin fish, represented Apollo, the Sun god, her consort. The free-floating lotus blossom shows her trusting heart. She is devoid of a possessive and controlling heart.
This card has been said to represent the European 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. Therefore, in Tarot, she is seen as the weaver of a new emotional self-perspective, as all self-perspective is a dream. She is also the "Dispenser of Joy" and a source of hidden knowledge, bestower of mystical insight and the gift of wisdom. The Ace of Cups, whom she personalizes, is the root of the powers of Water, shown as a scallop shaped cup cradled in the right arm of the Princess of Cups. It is the Great Grail (Graäl), the Wisdom/Womb of the Great Mother. Therefore, the Princesses are the Personification of the Grail in the Element they represent. This is Water, in its most arcane form, Life-Fluid, (Dew of the mother) symbolically/ritually represented as Water, Blood or Wine. The Lotus is her Eastern sacred flower and symbol.
Thoth- Ace of cups
The Great Mother, Binah (Egyptian Hathor/Isis/ Maat), the Sphere of Understanding, and the Trinity Goddess, is often symbolized as the Dark Sea and in the Thoth Deck Ace of Cups, she is shown as the Sea, the Cup, and the Lotus: The Lotus (two in one) being the fertile expression of the Great Mother. The Ace of Cups shows a ray of light descending from above, representing the Holy Spirit and beneath the Grail we have the Moon. The Waves of Life-Fluid are shown as a web of fluid energy of which the tapestry of Creation (Matrix) is woven from. To many Native Nations, this would symbolize the Work of the Great Spider Woman. In Western Hermetic Tarot, the Princess of Cups represents the Earthly part of Water (Life-Fluid/blood plasma) the faculty of crystallization and/or alchemical coagulation. 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 in alchemy.
Native American Spider Woman
The Princess of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Disks, all give a Character to the Root Power they are associated with, the Princesses /Pages are called the Thrones of the Great Mother, as they represent Mother's rule on Earth. Root powers are without will and therefore neutral and without focus.
The Princesses /Pages are the Intelligently Focused Energy of a Root Power and are thus aware and personalized intelligences with conscious characteristics. These Great Daughters of the Great Mother have their own peccadillos, and it behooves the practitioner of magic(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 who is the very act of combustion.
- The Princess of swords is a sharp wit which can cut 2 ways and is a mood a mood-fighter, Valkyrie. and/or Shield Maiden.
- The Princess of Disks is Persephone, the power of renewal, springtime growth, and earthly Fecundity.
To the shallow thinker, the Princess/Page of Cup's dreamy rapture, may seem indolent and selfish, the fact that she goes about her work silently and effortlessly dispels such interpretations.
tarot personality birth-wheel
These Princesses not only represent a personality core, but they are also an Elemental Intelligence of Earth, and can be communicated with; as for example the Undines, Sylphs, Dryads, Salamanders; However, their dreamy nature is in direct union with a Force beyond the practitioner’s control and like Narcissus* the unwary consciousness can be dragged into a watery-Astral dimension. Tried and true rituals of magic (k) are recommended so that these forces can be contained before there is 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 as reality is blurred and obscured as if looking through watery depths. One might want to study the myth of Narcissus to understand the immensely powerful dreamy nature of this Princess of the Undines.
*In short, Narcissus, was a hunter in Greek mythology, son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. He was an incredibly beautiful young man, and many fell in love with him; However, he only showed those who were enraptured- disdain and contempt. One day, while he was hunting in the woods, the Oread nymph Echo spotted him and immediately fell for him, smitten by his beauty. When Narcissus sensed that someone was following him, Echo eventually revealed herself and tried to hug him. However, he pushed her off and told her not to disturb him. Echo, in despair, from unrequited love, roamed around the woods for the rest of her life, and wilted away until all it remained of her was an echo sound. To make a long story short, the Greek goddess of retribution and revenge, Nemesis, learned what had happened and decided to punish Narcissus for his behavior. She led him to a pool; there, the man saw his reflection in the water and fell in love with it. Although he did not realize in the beginning that it was just a reflection, when he understood it, he fell into despair that his love, now unrequited, could not materialize and thereby committed suicide. There are some interpretations of this myth, which say he was pulled into the reflecting pool by the Undines that resided in it and drowned him. Either way, he was rendered kaput as a human, and is now a beautiful flower.
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 also often Elemental Forces. Because of the thinking of "Divide and Conquer" we have forgotten that our human bodies, are Elemental Beings as is the Earth! Originally, we began as a Spiral Entity (Spirit) of the Celestial I AM Solar identity and not of the Elements but the Celestial inheritor of them. Therefore, contrary to popular thinking, we are not seeking to become more Spiritual/Celestial, for that would be like a fish in the Ocean, looking for water! Since Spirit is All that is Spiritual-Energy and being infinite and eternal-seeking Spirit-is a ridiculous concept. We are succeeding in becoming a united Life Force by absorbing the "beast mind" (subconscious) of fear-based thought; united with that which it activates, i.e. The Alive Form. We are of the Universal Collective Unconscious and We are attempting the Whole Union of Master (Spirit/Mind) and Masterpiece (Form) which is often called "As above, so below". We are the Union of the Above-Kether- whose God name is Eheieh-"I will be!" and the condensed material forms of Self that are the "Me" which creates "I AM Being!" We are a copy of the Divine Creative Trinity- Spirit-Mind-Body and/or I AM ME and/or the interface of Spirit-"I", with the Mind-"AM" and the Body-"Me".! Hence, the New Age concept of Enlightenment as ethereal "eternal happiness" is a misconception, we are I AM (Force of existence) who builds a Me (Manifested Awareness) making the information sensual ----but not obviously experienced until the body manifests information as in-form-action of Spiritual Will! Happiness comes from the harmony and/or synchronicity of the Trinity of Whole Self. This Trinity is a sonata of frequency and vibration that is the music of the invisible and visible worlds from which the entire world of existence dances to. The God name and identity of I AM is the name of the orchestral conductor.
The journey towards our "remembering" (enlightenment) is not always happy but often strife ridden, a hero's journey. To avoid strife, the “Me” needs to shake off the shackles of indoctrination and dogma for it must operate only by the Will of the “I AM”, that seeks Self-Knowledge/Self- Awareness through the process of Self-Thought and/or Self-information that is experienced through a sensual device and/or made manifest as “Me”; this is how thought/idea/information can be examined/experienced sensually and thereby become Knowledge! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for, up close examination and the expansion of knowledge? The body is a "Sense of Spiritual Presence" as the fish is a Sense of Ocean.
Therefore, 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 Celestial Self-Information, i.e., creativity (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work of "As above so Below!" I am a Western Hermetic Qabalist (Receiver), an Intimate Spiritual Being who knows that the material body gives me intimacy with Self-Awareness, which is the " knowing of myself. Therefore, the body aids me in the purpose that I AM; the purpose of us all is TO BE! I experience knowledge through being, therefore become wise from experience. and therefore, became a Tantric as well. Tantra Yoga means to "Expand and Liberate through Communion" Hence, the Qabalistic Axiom of "Above all things, know thyself" does not exclude the body!
The Princess of Cups, who gives dreams, intuition, and illusion the necessary manifestation, is not all dreams, either. As earth of water, she can ground vaporous and romantic ideas into manifestation and provide a fixed and fertile medium where the water-nourished life of Self-examination can flourish. Princesses do not rule degrees of the zodiacal year. Hence, there are no examples of zodiac born celebrities who are/were Princess personalities.
When Princess of Cups card is thrown during a Divination for a woman, it implies that:
- She is objective, and realistic of heart.
- Emotionally loving and realistic rather than attached and clinging.
- Has a peaceful strength of character.
- She is an insatiable romantic.
- Highly imaginative.
- Time to listen to the child within.
When thrown for a man
- Often, the Princess/Page of Cups/Potions represents his inner feminine nature (anima) that is committed to offering emotional longevity, empathy, intuition, while being loyal in realistic non-possessive ways.
- Time to let the inner child out of repression.
- 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 and about the uses of creative imagination.
When the Princes/ Page 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).
- Poetic charm.
Ill defined, the Princess/Page of Cups implies:
- Flightiness, shallowness, and inability to accept reality.
- Misuse of love.
- Seductive spells.
- Bubbles in the air.
- Loss of self-assurance.
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