The Babylonian Tarot, The Kerub of Cups-The Eagle Headed Spirit, has no appropriate Thoth Tarot comparison. It one of the extra "Court Cards" that is in the Babylonian tarot and therefore, not comparable to the Four Court cards of Thoth and other tarot.
In Babylonian mysticism, like the fish-garbed spirit, the Eagle Headed Spirit was considered a guardian and one of the Seven Sages or apkallu, who lived in the "first days" before the Great Flood. Shown here, the apkallu, is carrying a ceremonial cone-Mullilu and a Banduddu-bucket, both used in the purification and fertility ceremonies, often referred to as the "cone smearing" ritual. This elaborate ritual involved the Babylonian Tree of Life and the divine rite of kingship.
The bucket being made out of metal or wicker, contained holy water or pollen and sometimes a mixture of both.
Common among Babylonian relief sculptures, the Eagle Headed Spirit was often shown in flanking pairs, guarding the door ways of palaces.
The Hebrew authors of scriptures, called this image the god Nisroch,
who was said to have been worshiped by king Sennacherib. Since there was no Assyro-Babylonian god by this name, it is assumed that Nisrock,
is just a corrupted version of the War god Ninurta
(shown defeating the lion headed bird-Anzu) who according to Zechariah Sitchin, a noted Russian/American author and archeologist, who believed because of his translation of the Sumerian clay tablets, that the human race was a product of an Alien Astronaut Race called the Annunaki (Sumerian for "those who from the sky came") was an "enforcer" of the Annunaki and often flew about in a War Plane, shaped similar to or made to look like an Eagle. The idea of Nisorck
being a version of Ninurta is also reinforced by the connection of the Hebrew word Nesher,
meaning eagle, made by some Hebrew scholars.
Also, it is interesting to note, that Ninurta's earliest name was Imdugud (now read as- Anzu), which means "rain cloud". His earliest form was that of a thundercloud envisioned as a enormous black bird floating on outstretched wings , roaring it's thunder cry from a lion's head [Encyclopedia Britannica]. Later the tendency towards anthropomorphism changed his shape, and the old form became associated with evil and became the revised enemy of the ancient storm god.
Be that as it may, Ninurta (Nimrod in Hebrew), was an important warrior/farmer weather god, to the peoples of Sumeria and Babylon and he was noted for his "stormy" temperament due to his origin as an ancient thunder-god of the spring rains. It is believed that his exploits as depicted in the Epic of Anzu,were believed to have been the inspiration for the Greek Stories of the Labor of Hercules.
The Babylonian Tarot, The Kerub of Cups-The Eagle Headed Spirit, depicts the Eagle Headed Spirit, with both cone and bucket of holy water, ready to purify anyone entering sacred space. According to the author of the Babylonian Tarot, Sandra Tabatha Cicero, when the Kerub of Cups is thrown during a divination, it implies:
- Love of the Divine.
- Spiritual love and purity.
- Fertility, purification, cleansing, and longevity.
- Divine influence coming through the unconscious.
- High ethical standards.
- loss of faith.
- Impurity and contamination.
- Unethical behavior.
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