The Thoth Tarot-Princess of Cups :
Represents mastery of emotional objectivity achieved by working through manipulation, jealousy, possessiveness and seduction.
When viewing the Thoth Princess of cups, which is traditionally a Page of Cups in the middle ages tarot, we see:
- The turtle in the sea shell, symbolizing 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 Graäl (Grail) in the Graäl temple, where she wove the tapestries of life, death, an fate. Elaine was reported to be the "Dispenser of Joy" but also a source of hidden knowledge, bestower of mystical insight and the gift of wisdom. The Tarot-Princess/Page of Cups/Chalices: represents the earthly part of Water; especially the faculty of Water that promotes crystallization. She represents the power of water to give substance to idea, to support life, to form the basis for chemical combinations. This is also the power of Woman and is part of the Magic-Womb-rite that Mothers preform. he Thoth Tarot card, presents water in color, and depiction.
In the Thoth Tarot, Elaine is represented as a dancing figure, robed in a flowing garment at whose end crystals are forming. She is crested with a Swan with open wings. In oriental philosophy the Swan represents AUM---which is the symbol of the entire process of creation which in western philosophy is best describe by the word Magic.
If you can think inwardly you will then understand that the Magus doesn't use magic----it
"marries"Him! Magic becomes his consort. Magic, is how we create, since our Imagination is on the Quantum side of the Mirror, all imagined things, are brought into being by the magic of our abilities.
The sea-shell Cup the young Elaine holds has a Tortoise climbing out of it.
Here, once again, Lady Frieda Harris represents Hindu Philosophy in her art. The Tortoise is symbolic of a steadily moving platform supporting the 4 Elephants (elements) "who hold 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 know as the Royal Fish, which is also known as the first matter.
The archetypal personality that the Princess of Cups represents (consult birth chart from Robert Wang's book: The Mystical Qabalah):
- Is personally, infinitely gracious, voluptuous, gentle, kind, and tender.
- Her life is Romance, a perpetual dream of Rapture.
- Superficially, she seems selfish, and indolent, but this is not so. She just goes about her work silently and effortlessly with no need to consult others but always willing to assist.
- As a helpmate, she is unsurpassed for she is very dependent on others but at the same time very helpful to them.
- This concept of dependency may seem counter-intuitive to Powerful expression; However, it is in Union that Her power flows and in this sense, the art of dependency becomes crystal clear.
To find an ill definition of this card is rather difficult, because her strong points can be considered weak points in the perspective of division-ism, but her strong points are in the perspective of Union and alone she is often envious. To some, being a romantic can seem a negative character trait....to others, empowered artistic expression. All in all She is enjoyable, as a beautiful blue-green-yellow butter fly, flitting from flower to flower and may be just as innocent. I for one, would never try to contain her nor pin her down for display. I'd rather be Pan to Her Romance and play the flute music supporting Her dance on the night of the full moon.
The Thoth Princess of Cups and The Ace of Cups:
The Ace of Cups represents the root of the powers of Water. This is Water, in its most arcane form, Life-Fluid , (Dew of the Mother/Moon light) 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/Graäl ("The Womb with a view").
The Qabalistic-Great Mother, Binah, is often symbolized as the Dark Sea and in the Thoth Tarot 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, on the Thoth Tarot, a ray of milky light representing the "Holy Ghost" or the "Life giving Milk of Mother" and beneath the Grail/cup we have the Moon. The Waves of Life-Fluid, are shown as a web of fluid energy from which 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, therefore, the crystalization of the Life fluid or Ace of Cups. Hence, The Princess/Page 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.
As stated: The Princess of Cups in the Thoth Tarot represents 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 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 intelligence with conscious characteristics. These Great Daughters of the Great Mother, have their own peccadilloes, and it behooves the practitioner of magic to know them. For instance, the Princess of Cups has an infinitely gracious character that is voluptuous, sweet, gentle, kind, Romantic, and the perpetual dream of rapture, are her very nature. Unlike the Volcanic 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. Like a mountain stream, she loves to dance and sing, being effervescent in her personality.
These Princesses are Elemental Intelligence, and can be communicated with, however, their nature is in direct union with a Force beyond the practitioners control. Tried and true rituals of magic are recommended so that these forces can be contained before they become an overwhelming flow.
In the Case of the Princess/Page of Cups as a core personality, the self-conscious could be overwhelmed by the extreme dreamy rapture of her archetypal nature and become unable to operate successfully 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. This is because of the thinking of "Divide and Conquer" which enslaves our minds, we have forgotten that our human bodies, are Elemental Beings! The Whole "We" are a Spiral Entity (Spirit) and not of the Elements, but transformers of them. Hence, we are not seeking to become more Spiritual, for that would be like a fish in the Ocean looking for water! Rather, we are seeking to become more "crystallized" and/or "condensed", rather than just rays of electromagnetic microwaves from the One Energy, we wish to become intimate with creation, while also learning discernment.
Spirit is "Spiritual", and/or Spiral energy, such as a microwave of the electromagnetic spectrum. Spirit, being infinite and eternal, therefore, the idea of "more or less", becomes a ridiculous concept. As "children of the Divine Creative" (Microwaves of intelligence from the Galactic Core) we have succeeded in becoming a united Life Force; united with that which it activates, i.e. The Alive Form. We are more than attempting the Whole Union of Master (Spirit) and Masterpiece (Form )which is often called "As above, so Below", we are the Above connecting to the Below! 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 "truth is made manifest"!
Therefore, in the Trinity of objective self, I AM ME, the Me needs to seek nothing, it must operate only by the Will of the I AM, that seeks awareness through the process of condensing the First Material-thought into "lower and lower" frequencies until it becomes self-conscious thought that can be made manifest; as this is how creation can be examined sensually! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination? Hence, The Body is a "Sense of Presence", as the fish is a Sense of Ocean. Oh, by the way, the human body's gives us as spirit, much more than 5 senses...according to the Tantra Yogis, it supplies 33 senses, that can only be realized when the Real Person (Soul) operates the brain, rather than the automatic loops of indoctrinated data.
As a fellow I AM, I know that I did not come to seek spirituality (I Am That), I have come to seek a sense of discernment so that I can examined my creativity (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work by collapsing the universe (Hindus say it has collapsed 4 times); this discernment enhances the "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 ME! I, who is Psyche/Spirit/ Divine Creative, defined knowledge through being! As a Qabalist, I have also Married the Four Daughters, who rule the elements from the 4 quadrants of the North, thereby, reinstating my "Princely" status.
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).
- May seem to be an exhibitionist, but that is merely her innocence and joy of being showing itself.
If ill defined, the Princess of Cups, suggests flightiness, shallowness, and inability to accept reality.
When this card is thrown for a woman or shows up in her tarot birth chart as significator of her core personality: it states that she is objective, and intuitive, gentle and kind.
- Emotionally loving and realistic rather than attached and clinging.
- Can be impulsive and often takes initiative.
- When thrown for a man, the Princess/Page of Cups represents:
- Their inner feminine nature (anima) that is committed to offering emotional longevity while being loyal in realistic non-possessive ways. Therefore this personality card may represent both genders.
- The princess/page also maybe a person in one's life who is one's own age or younger and who may be teaching one lessons about emotionally letting go.
- This is a water sign card that is associated with Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio and may represent the people born within these time frames who is known to the Querent.
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