The Princess of Cups and the Rider-Waite Page of Cups are comparable cards. Waite didn't have Princesses in his deck, as he felt it would revel too much of the Arcane mysteries that he swore to keep secret. Crowley thought all should know.
The Thoth Deck Princess of Cups 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 Magick-Womb rite that she preforms.
In the Thoth Deck,
She 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. In western philosophy this is best describe by the word Magick In Greek myth, the Swan is the reborn form of Orpheus, who chose to be reborn in that for.m. Orpheus was associated with all forms of music and the lyre. A myth that I shall not explain in this short blog, but it is easily researched on the internet. Also to the tradition of men who plied the seas, a swan meant good luck.
Cup borne by the Princess, has a tortoise or Turtle climbing out of it. The Turtle represents wisdom in the west while being somewhat grander in the east as the Hindu
Tortoise that has an elephant on its back supporting the universe. It seems that in the medieval western cultures, being able to pull your head into your own shell was a wise decision.
The Princess of Cups is standing on a foaming sea in which a
dolphin disports; the dolphin represents the Power of Creation ( the
first matter). This is a card of water crystallizing light and life emergent from the sea.
The androgynous medieval Page image of the Rider-Waite deck, is again mundane and rather unremarkable. No secrets of ancient wisdom reveled here, but there is a suggestion of the "first matter" as a fish is shown with head above the rim of the cup. This also suggests life emerging from water or the sea, as does the water Lilly motif of the page's garments. In the back ground is a beach and sea illustration, further supporting the water element of this card.
The archetypal personality that the Princess of
Cups or the Page of Cups, represents is:
- 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
To find an ill definition of this card is rather
difficult, because her strong-positive points of union can be considered weak-negative points when solitary. 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 as an exotic dancer of the seven veils. 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 of Her dance.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!