The Knave of Water and the Princess of Cups, both represent mastery of emotional objectivity achieved by working through manipulation, jealousy, possessiveness and seduction. The Traditional Knave card of Tarot, became the Page and then later the Princess of an element suit. This is because of the knowledge of the Hermetic Qabalah of YHVH. You may investigate this further in Robert Wang's : The Qabalistic Tarot or the Thoth Tarot, by Aleister Crowley.
The Erotic Tarot of Milo Manara, describes the meaning of the Knave of Water as that of Prince charming, messenger, and travel companion to this card. Hence, we have a male explorer, dressed out in survival gear, carrying a naked woman on his shoulders, as he wades through a swamp like area. Artistically, this gets the element of the feminine Water into the picture and the subtle meaning of "new perspectives" that is attributed to the Princess of Cups card. Here the male animus is rescuing or abducting a naked anima from past emotionalized thought.
Naked means purity, in the realms of the Qabalah and Tarot. The Astrological meaning of this card is the beginning of Summer. This implies new fertile growth and this would be caused by Hades personally delivering Persephone to the surface of the World. Which I think Milo Manara is artistically depicting here. He abducted her, and took her to his underworld realm, therefore, causing winter on the surface of the Earth, but later had to make a deal with her mother, Artemis, and let her visit her mother on the surface of the Earth every spring through fall. Whereby she returned to the underworld causing Winter.
Hades was the brother of Zeus and the god of the underworld. Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, the Goddess of nature. The myth of Hades and Persephone is one more myth of love and abduction in the Greek mythology. Hades fell in love with Persephone and decided to kidnap her.Myth of Hades and Persephone - Greek Myths
The Artistic license is duly expressed here.
The Thoth Tarot-Princess of Cups, displays a Tapestry of light that is crystallizing, into new forms and perspective. Clocked in this light is the Princess of Cups. Since we are not dealing with eroticism here, there is no need for Hades. However, there is a longing for union with the Animus(Soul) here. Divine union with the other; transcending homo sapien-sapiens sexual union.
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 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. This is 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, 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 (the fluid imagination), in particular, the faculty of crystallization, the faculty that in this universe, turns information automatically into form. 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 weaving of light 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 intent 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 peccadillo, 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 -passionate nature of the Princess of Wands.
- The Princess of Swords, is an angry courier of the Wrath of God.
- The Princess of Disks, is Persephone, delivering her promise of Spring.
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---more or less spirit is a ridiculous concept. We are succeeding in becoming a united Life Force; united understanding 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". Therefore, New Age Enlightenment is a misconception, 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 seeks awareness through the process of Self- identity made manifest as “Me”; This is how creation can be examined sensually! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination? The Body is a "Sense of Spiritual 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 intimate-presence so that I can examined my creativity (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work; As above so Below! I am a Qabalist, because that knowing of myself, aids me in the purpose that I AM; the purpose of us all is TO BE as we are born of the " I Will Be" that is Eheieh/Kether! I find knowledge through observance of being! As a Qabalist, I have also married the Four Daughters. The consciousness of the Four Elements.
We are succeeding in becoming a united and discriminating Collective Force; united with that which it activates. We are attempting the Whole Union of Master (Spirit) and Masterpiece (Form) which is often called "As above, so below". As before stated, but never over stated, enlightenment is a misconception, as we are an “I AM” (Force of existence) who builds a Me (Manifested Awareness) and the knowledge of the Universe is already achieved in the Dark Womb of the Abyss, and seen as the light which carries data into information! The “me” needs to seek nothing, it must operate only by the Will of the “I AM”, that seeks awareness through the process of Self-Awareness made manifest and sensual, as this is how "I AM" can be examined 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 Creative-Self (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work ; Even the works, done by elemental intelligences. Remember, As above so Below! I am a Qabalist, because that knowing of myself, aids me in the purpose that I AM...the purpose of us all; TO be made manifest! I Am Spirit who finds Self-Understanding through examining In-Form-Ation!
When this card is thrown during a Divination for a woman, it states that:
The Princess of Cupsmay 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:
- She is objective, and realistic of heart.
- Emotionally loving and realistic rather than attached and clinging.
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.
- 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).
Ill defined, the Princess of Cups, suggests;
- Shallowness, and inability to accept reality.
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