The Thoth Deck Prince of Cups,
all Princes, dependent on the Union of the King and Queen. Unless set
in motion by the Royal couple, his power is illusionary.
The Prince of Cups is known in the Qabalistic Tarot, 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.
now, you 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
- 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.
The Elemental Tarot- Son of Water is the comparable card to the Thoth Prince of Cups, and concentrates on the unconscious emotions symbolized by the waxing crescent Moon. The Shadow are of the Moon indicates the unconscious aspects of the Feminine Principle. The young couple gazing into each others eyes, shows a developing emotion or the gathering of several. According to the authors, below the moon is the Egyptian symbol of love. The young woman's hair is curled up in an exaggerated Helmet, with hair also down as if wings, reminiscent of the Egyptian Hathor headdress of Ancient Egypt. Hathor personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. The garland of red roses in her hair, implies the awakening of love.
Venus/Node is the author's astrological attribution to this card, the implication stated is that this implies," Attractive personality, lover." In reality, the attractive personality is shown by Venus in the third house. But again, the aspects of the Moon-Venus is a kind of peace of mind, and in general a longing for love; dreaming of love and of eroticism. This also promotes a personality that is a charmer, who is very willing to fall in love. There is a harmony between disposition and erotic aura and a very feminine quality to the personality. Therefore, attractive personality and lover, are definitely part of this cards implications.
The God name, Abragini, implies the Sun in Autumn.
The upper left of the card shows the symbols for the planet Venus and node. The lower left of the card shows the Egyptian symbols that support this card. The obvious crescent is on the bottom of the card. The crescent-Water along with The Elemental Tarot's triangle for fire is present in the upper right.
When thrown in Divination, the Prince of Cupsor the Son of Water the morality or moral characteristic of
such a person would encase:
- Subtlety, secret violence and craft.
also an artist in all his ways, he would be intensely secret.
calm and imperturbable surface he displays mask his most intense
- He accepts only external influences that aid him in his secret
- His conscience is not that of an ordinary person, for it is of
a more impersonal nature , making him suspect and distrusted by
is perfectly ruthless and inspires fear in those that distrust him.
abilities are immense, going beyond ordinary senses in to realms of the
subtle. He is, however, fluid and being volatile as well, does not care
to work in harness.
fact that this card is Libra going over into Scorpio, suggests great
volatility, as this influence implies tremendous power, energy and
a person must be well mated, with good will and sincerity, for loyalty
is all important to keep their good nature. When this is so, they are
extremely romantic, sensual and generous to a fault and are great
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.
- This card implies that a person is completely involved in emotional
sensation, psychic awareness and spiritual awareness. All of which they
have in abundance.
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