The Babylonian Tarot- Princess of Cups-Ishara, depicts the Mesopotamian goddess of marriage and child birth, Ishara. Like Ishtar, she was also considered to the goddess of love and war. Ishara, was also identified as the "merciful goddess who heareth supplication." She was also considered to be the mother of the Sebittu, or the "7" benevolent gods associated with the star cluster known as the Pleiades in the constellation Taurus. Being concerned with the enforcement of oaths and divinations, she was associate with a serpent but later on she became associated with the scorpion. This being because of her astrological association with the Babylonian constellation of Scorpio.
On the Babylonian card, Ishara is holding a vase called a hegallu vase, as if she is ready to pour the water of life. The large face that surrounds her, indicates that she is the essence of water itself. The face also contains the large omega symbol which may have been used to symbolize the womb. A scorpion is seen on the bottom of the card. The Divination meaning of the card is the same as the Thoth Princess of Cups.
The Princess of Cups represents mastery of emotional objectivity achieved by working through manipulation, jealousy, possessiveness and seduction.
- The turtle in the sea shell symbolizes the capacity to offer emotional loyalty and longevity to others by being objective and non-possessive.
- 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 dolphin also emphasizes this ability).
- The crystals on her gown, show a crystal clear ability to look at things as they are instead of what see wants to see.
- The free floating lotus blossom shows her trusting heart. She is devoid of a possessive and controlling heart.
- She is Lachesis, the weaver of the three Fates and/or Norns.
The Thoth Card is an illustration of Elaine the Virgin Moon-goddess of Arthurian legend, who was the keeper pf the Grail in the Grail temple, where she wove the tapestries of life, death, and fate. She is the "Dispenser of Joy" but also a source of hidden knowledge, bestower of mystical insight and the gift of wisdom. The Ace of Cups, the essence of her power, is the root of the powers of Water. This is Water, in its most arcane form, Life-Fluid, (Dew of the Mother) symbolically represented as Water, Blood or Wine.
The Ace of Cups is the compliment to the Ace of Wands, as is the Sun to the Moon and the Lingam to the Yoni and represents the essential form of the Holy Grail (The Womb with a view). The Princess and the Ace of an element are inseparable.
The Great Mother, Binah, is often symbolized as the Dark Sea and in the Thoth Deck Ace of Cups, She is both the Sea and the Lotus: the Lotus (two in one) being the fertile expression of the Great Mother.
Descending from above, a ray of light representing the Holy Ghost and beneath the Grail we have the Moon. The Waves of Life-Fluid, are shown as a web of fluid energy that what the tapestry of Creation is woven from. To many Native Nations, this would symbolize the Work of the Great Spider Woman,
THE PRINCESS OF CUPS, represents the Earthly part of Water (Life-Fluid), in particular, the faculty of crystallization. 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.
Again, the Princess of Cups in the Thoth Deck is represented as a Dancing figure robbed in a flowing, crystal edged garment, all of which indicates her flowing and crystallizing abilities. 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 Princess of Cups, also bears a covered cup from which s Tortoise is issued. Here, once again, Lady Frieda Harris represents Hindu Philosophy, as the Tortoise is symbolic of a steadily moving platform supporting the Elephant "who holds the world on its back”. In other words, represents the foundation of Life-Force for the Earth which may seem slow in evolutionary terms, but is persistent and undaunted.
The Dolphin that is disporting in a foamy- sea, symbolizes the power of creation known as the Royal Fish, which is also known as the first matter.
The Princess of Wands, Cups, Swords and Disks, all give a Character to the Root Power they are associated to. The Princesses are called the Thrones of The Great Mother, as they represent on Earth, Mother's rule. Root powers are without will and thus not focused.
The Princesses are the Intelligently Focused Energy of a Root Power and are thus aware and more personalized intelligences with conscious characteristics. These Great Daughters of the Great Mother, have their own peccadilloes, and it behooves the practitioner of 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 sexual nature of the Princess of Wands. To the shallow thinker, the Princess of Cups may seem indolent and selfish, but that fact that she goes about her work silently and effortlessly dispels such interpretations.
These Princesses are Elemental Intelligence, and can be communicated with, however, their nature is in direct union with a Force beyond the practitioner’s control. Tried and true rituals of magick are recommended so that these forces can be contained before there is too much 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.
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 Elemental Forces. Because of the thinking of "Divide and Conquer" we have forgotten that our human bodies, are Elemental Beings! We are a Spiral Entity (Spirit) and not of the Elements...we are not seeking to become more Spiritual, for that would be like a fish in the Ocean, looking for water! Spirit is Spiritual and being infinite and eternal, the concepts of more or less are a ridiculous contradiction. We are succeeding in becoming a united Life Force; united with that which it activates, i.e. The Alive Form. We are attempting the Whole Union of Master (Spirit) and Masterpiece (Form) which is often called "As above, so below". New Age Enlightenment is a misconception, for we are I AM (Force of existence) who builds a Me (Manifested Awareness) and the knowledge of the Universe is already achieved----obviously! The “Me” needs to seek nothing, it must operate only by the Will of the “I AM”, that establishes self-awareness through the process of knowledge made manifest as “Me”. Now the I AM can be examined itself sensually! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination? The Body is a "Sense of Presence" as the fish is a Sense of Ocean. 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 creativity (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work of As above so Below! I am a Qabalist, because that knowing of myself is "received" as an inheritance and aids me in the purpose that I AM; the purpose of us all is TO BE! I find the truth of knowledge through being!
These Princesses of the Thoth Deck Elemental Intelligence, and can be communicated with, however, their nature is in direct union with a Force beyond the practitioner’s control. Tried and true rituals of Magick are recommended so that these forces can be contained before there is too much 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. However, the core personality of person could also be that of the Princess of Cups, as shown on the Tarot -birth date wheel.
When this card is thrown during a Divination for a woman, it states that:
- She is objective, and realistic of heart.
- Emotionally loving and realistic rather than attached and clinging.
- Creative, fertile, energy that has the power to take on substance and form.
- Unceasing power to generate ideas, and new images.
- A sister, daughter, friend or lover.
- A young woman who is gentle, kind, thoughtful, imaginative, artistic or otherwise very gifted.
- Given to quite meditation or reflection.
When thrown for a man, the Princess of Cups represents his:
- Inner feminine nature (anima) that is committed to offering emotional longevity while being loyal in realistic non-possessive ways and with all the above stated characteristics.
- A muse.
The Princess of Cups 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.
When the Princess 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).
- The querent is often experiencing emotional detachment that is free of jealousy.
Ill defined, the Princess of Cups, suggests;
- Flightiness, shallowness, and inability to accept reality.
- Someone who is lazy, selfish and extravagant.
- A drama queen.
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