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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Knight of Cups and the Babylonian Tarot, King of Cups-Apsu

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The Thoth-KNIGHT OF CUPS (King of cups in other decks):

The Knight of Cups rules the zodiac from 21 degrees Aquarius to 20 degrees Pisces making him the Specific Fire in the World of Primal water. Water is the substance used to represent the unconscious mental world and the Knight of Cups  is a personification of the specific motivational force that activates the currents of the unconscious.
The Crab rising from the Cup carried by the Knight symbolizes the sign of Cancer (Cardinal Water) which ruled by the Moon directs the flow of the tides.
There is a dual meaning presented by the crab as it is also a ancient symbol for the Goddess Isis, Stella Maris, the Star of the Sea. The peacock is often attributed to Chokma, the symbol of Wisdom on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

If you have been following, by now you know Chokmah-Wisdom, the second Sephira, to be the Idea of Maleness.
Here the Idea of the Law of Attraction has been determine, as Binah-Understanding, the opposite of Chokmah, is the Idea of the Feminine. 

The mystery of the Two's is the interaction of opposites that composes the Universal Divine Creative.

The Kings are Chokmah-Wisdom, interacting in various elements.


THE KNIGHT OF CUPS;

Often called the Lord of the Waves and of the Waters, King of the Hosts of the Sea. King of the Undines and Nymphs; no matter what accolade one uses, his zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Aquarius and the first two Decans of Pisces.

Since the Knight is Chokmah, he is Specific Fire in the World of Primal Water. If we remember that Water represents the unconscious and consciousness, it is easily seen that the Knight of Cups is a personification of the Force which motivates the currents of the unconscious in a manner similar to the Sun's motivational force over the currents of the Ocean.

The Knight's Cup has a crab issuing forth, which is a symbol of the sign of Cancer. Cancer is cardinal water that is ruled by the Moon that we know to direct the tides. The Crab also relates to Stella Maris, the Star of the Sea known as Isis and later Mari The Great Mother or Binah in the Qaballah. 

The Phoenix or stylized Peacock head gear is a ancient symbol for Wisdom, which on the Tree of Life is Chokmah. The legend of the Phoenix is that of a bird that died in flames every five hundred years, and then rose from its own ashes.

The Peacock also represents the Brilliance that is found in Water and the Wisdom of the Many "I'd" Shiva, who has many I-dentities (shown as eyes on the peacock feathers). [There were many Peacock gods through out the history of civilizations. All depicting the "All Seeing" power.]

  Also, the Thoth Card- Knight represents a personification of Bran the blessed who became the Christianized "Fisher King", the ancient lord of the Abyss and/or the Rich Fisher Bron.  The Mystery story, implying ancient power and strength that is reliably protective of the needy. Here, the calm surface hides a deep and irresistible force, as does the unconscious hide deep emotions.

The Babylonian Tarot-King of Cups, Apsu, is another tail of Kingly wisdom in the Watery world of the Unconscious.
Apsu (Sumerian-Abzu), was one of the most ancient Mesopotamian gods.
The Babylonian Epic of Creation, Enuma Elish named Apsu as the "first one", which just as Chokmah, in the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the primeval masculine entity; before there was a heaven or earth. Therefore, Abzu/Apsu  was the Annanaki God Anu. [ The Annunaki of Nibiru, by Gerald Clark, MSEE PSI]

Apsu was written into the Enuma Elish, as a gigantic liquid mass, which would be the, the Dark Energy (No-Thing) that was at one with Dark Matter- which on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is "Great Sea of Binah", both of which were before material things. Also Apsu was the "waters of the Deep', that supported the flow of all rivers, streams and lakes.
His mate was the primordial saltwater sea, the Goddess Tiamat (Binah), with whom Apsu sired the first generation of gods.

As one reads theEnuma Elish, the Babylonian Creation Epic, one finds that Apsu is unable to sleep because of all the noise the younger gods are making. The now grumpy and tired Apsu, decides to kill these "party on dudes".  This plan is foiled by the Wise god (Wisdom that is Chokmah) Ea, who casts a  sleep-spell over Apsu and and then "snuffs" the old god in his sleep. Then Ea proceeds to make the "gigantic liquid mass" that is Apsu his dwelling place and place a shrine over it. Ea then became known as the "Lord of Apsu" and/or the Cosmic Waters of the Deep.
 What maybe a surprise to us moderns, is that the Babylonians believed the world to be a  disc shaped land mass that floated above the deep waters of Apsu. The Babylonian under world resided below Apsu, and in some cases, a river had to be crossed to reach it; the river Hubar may have been associated with Apsu.

For fun, this concept of a Disk world, was expounded upon by author, Terry Pratchett and his wonderful fantasy books of the Disk World series.

The Babylonian Tarot Card of Apsu, shows the ancient god, as composed of blue swirling waters and below him is a Fluted cup.


When the Knight/King of Cups is Thrown during a reading, it implies:
  • Issues of loyalty to family and relationships
  • A time of giving totally and openly to others.
  • Listening to impulses and intuition, often being guided by instincts.
  • The querent is a counselor or caregiver. Psychologist of Priests who is creative and imaginative.
  • The discipline to suppress his dreams in order to achieve success, believing responsibility comes before self-expression.
  • A mastery of emotions that allows one to change their moods at will.
  • Goodnatured, compassionate, merciful and jovial mature male who doesn't let his feelings control him.
  • Skillful negotiator of the emotional roller coaster of life showing mastery of fear, and passion.
  • Ignoring fleeting desires for the more fulfilling higher goals of group and/or spiritual work.

  •   A fair man of business, law, or divinity who is responsible and disposed to oblige the Querent. 
  • A person of good nature, often mature, and is compassionate, merciful but doesn't let his kindly feelings control him or carry him away on some jaunt of emotional excess.
  • Currents run deep in this person, who has considerable inner strength but works this strength through gentleness rather than overt acts of will.
  • The Knight of Cups represents a quality of irresistible force underlying a calm surface.
In a more esoteric meaning;
  • the Querent is listening to their own conscience and trusting to their  impulses while being guided by their instincts and intuition.
  • This is the Spirit of Water, that establishes emotions of love and relationships in a gentle and sensitive way. 
  • The Knight of Cups often represents the Querent who is a counselor, priest, or a psychologist.
  •  A creative and imaginative spiritual counselor.
 When ill defined,
  • There is a tendency to not be enduring when the person acts in swift passionate attacks, likened to springs and rains which are the power of solution.
  • There is a certain passive amiability that lacks material depth in his character---quick to respond to attraction that results in a type of shallowness.
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