The Prince of Cups represents the airy part of Water. He is on one hand, elasticity, volatility, hydrostatic equilibrium; on the other he is the catalytic faculty and the energy of steam.
He rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Libra to the 20th degree of Scorpio.
This partly armored Warrior is depicted almost naked to show his volatility as does his steam like wings. The eagle both on his helm and pulling the Chariot, are symbols of Scorpio in its higher element of expression, while the most significant figure representing Scorpio is absent in this card. This is because the Scorpion symbolizes a very occult alchemical process of putrefaction that is an extremely secret process. The lotus flower, which he bears in his right hand, is sacred to Water and the cup in his left holds a cup issuing a serpent. This can be lightly said as,"The Womb that births the Serpent Force"; However, the understanding of this statement is difficult. Beneath the Chariot is a stagnant lake upon which a steady rain falls. Lots of water symbolism showing the great depth of Spirit and emotion in the Mysterious Sign of Scorpio...a truly occult and secretive sign. Many a Magus is of this sign.
The moral characteristics of this archetype personality are subtlety, secret violence, and craft. This person is intensely secret and artistic in all their ways.The calm and imperturbable surface of this person, hides a deep and powerful passion. This person seems susceptible to external influences, but only to use them to further their secret designs. This person's conscience is not the same as the ordinary person, so they are often distrusted by others, as many feel they can't nor will understand a person of such deep and secret passions. Scorpios are often feared because of their perfectly ruthless nature, that cares for power, wisdom and their own aims rather than the concerns of others. This person knows that all people define themselves, and feels no responsibility for others, so even though their abilities are immense, The Prince of Cups personalities can't be relied on to work in harness. The consequence of this card is of great power as Libra going over into Scorpio is of tremendous activity, critical energy and weight. This personality prizes good will, sincerity and right mating as essential to success in life; their danger is overweening ambition. Will-to-Be, the Deep Passion of the Greater Self, is powerful in such a personality.....tread on their designs and the Scorpion stings mercilessly!
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