the Babylonian tarot-prince of cups-enbilulu
The Babylonian Tarot-Prince of Cups-Enbilulu, derives its images from the Sumerian poem of Enki and the world order . The son of the Water god Ea, is Enbilulu, "Knower of Rivers",who is put in charge of streams and rivers. He was also the divine inspector of canals and irrigation. Therefore, Enbilulu is shown standing in a swirling river with a large fluted cup on the right.
When the Prince of Cups-Enbilulu is thrown in a divination:
- Represents a force that is volatile, mysterious and changeable.
- Erratic emotions that can be both sublime and destructive.
- A fierce nature with a calm exterior.
- A brother, friend or lover.
- A young person who is intelligent, romantic, artistic, subtle, reserved and intense.
- Someone who is complex and conflicted.
- A libertine.
- A liar and a cheat.
- A heart breaker.
All four Princes are dependent on the Union of the King and Queen. Unless set in motion by the Royal couple, the Prince’s power is illusionary
Thoth-prince of cups
The Prince of Cups is known in the 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. He is Specific Air of Primal Water.
By now, you may know the Yod Heh Vau Heh formula, which is also shown in the Prince of Cups. Here we see the water Lotus and the cup that is issuing a serpent.
- The Serpent represents Chokmah, the Yod Force and in this card, it has the fiery unsettling qualities of 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 Prince, as Vau, carries out the activities of Yod and Heh combined, here then is Water (consciousness).
- 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, Thus, in the Prince of Cups, Water suggests the Universal Unconscious Animus which bears dynamic energy. 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 that is also suggesting a spiritual sense of vaporization.
Scorpio is noted as being the most Mysterious of 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. 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 secret), the other two processes of Scorpio are shown as the Serpent and the Eagle. Sexual force and Higher Motion, in that order.
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. However, he is Tempest, and extremes come easy to him. So if involved in sexual union, he must have all 3 levels of Scorpio involved in the sex act. The Eagle-or Spirit of him, the Cup or Mind of Him, and the Serpent or physical sexual attraction of him. Without Spirit-Mind-Body copulating as one, he will move on to many other lovers until he finds his Spirit-Mind and body mate. He is also a "little dark" and will love that in his mate. I know this because I am a Double Scorpio who happens to have the tarot significator of the Prince of Cups. The union of male and female, to me, is that of lightning and water that whip up a tempest of passion on all 3 levels of Spirit-Mind-Body.
Assigning the astrological sign of Pisces to this card, implies gentleness, understanding, kindness and hyper-sensitivity.
As I've said before: The Princes represent the coming and going of an event or person.
In the case of the Prince 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.
As far as personal events go, the Prince 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.
When ill defined by the surrounding negative cards in the reading, it implies:
- Lack of sensitivity.
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