The armor and chain mail of the Tarot of the Old Path Knight of Cauldrons reflects images of water thereby establishing the element of this card. He appears to be lost in thought which implies he is a imaginative person.
In the golden cauldron that he bears, are flowers of Sweet- William which in the language of flowers implies one is gallant, diplomatic and posses great dexterity.
The primary implication of this card seems to be that of a imaginative young person who is socially at ease and open minded. Someone who is artistic and poetic, convincing and easily convinced.
The Thoth Deck Prince of Cups, is as all Princes, dependent on the Union of the King and Queen. Unless set in motion by the Royal couple, his power is illusion rather than substantial.
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 blog readers, 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 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 ..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. 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 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.
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 or Knight of Cauldrons:
As far as events go, this is 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). Here 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. Here a person is completely involved in emotional sensation, psychic awareness and spiritual awareness. All of which they have in abundance.Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper