Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Prince of Cups and the Babylonian Tarot, Prince of Cups Enbilulu
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Prince of Cups and the Babylonian Tarot, Prince of Cups Enbilulu

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Tarot Princess are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth, The Sun/son of God.

The Thoth Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their chariots.

The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qaballah.  They are very ancient symbols for the Pythagorean elements of multi-religious belief systems. Appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the Four Animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, and they are the four symbols of the Christian Evangelists.

In the infinite vastness of Kether, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. Therefore, even though anthropomorphically personified, The Princes are the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar-Personality, the Four Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves.

It should be no surprise then, that the Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will.
  1. Thus, the forces of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty.
  2.  The unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be evil.
  3. The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive.
  4.  And last but not least, the material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil.
The Grounding Element for the Prince's lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants.

When thrown during Divination, the Princess often represent the coming and going of an event or person and the Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.

The Thoth Prince of Cups: the passionate heart and mastery of emotional desire.

The symbols of emotional desire and transformation are the Eagles, (one pulling the chariot and the other on the helmet) and the snake emerging from the cup. Scorpio, a sign known for its passion, desire and transformation, is represented in the symbols of both snake and eagles.

He is the lover within each individual that expresses and experiences "hard desire" which simply means deep emotionally focused passion---the kind that created all things and is an inheritance from the "Divine "Couple". Hard Desire ignites the heart and propels us forward, somewhat drunkenly, so much so that it becomes a "do or die" situation. Mastery of desire, rather than being mastered by desire, gives us great power to achieve. The lotus held in his hand, represents the ability to let go of desire when it is necessary to do so.

When thrown for a male, The Prince of cups represents the Galahad within; the hero known as Lancelot of the Lake, who quested for the holy Grail (Graäl). The Prince represents, gallantry, gentleness, self-sacrifice, sensitivity, courtesy to women. He is in touch with the "feminine" aspects of his own being.

When thrown for a woman, The Prince of Cups, represents a visual portraiture of dynamic emotional desire which is expressed and mastered by the animus (male) figure within. She has the desire to follow the song of the heart and move in directions that are both life expanding and passionately liberating. Giving art to the world through love, imagination, grace, style, and deepest feelings.

There can be a negative to this  archetypical personality type, of being moody and jealous, if controlled by desire and passion rather than mastering it, which is shown by the turbulent air behind the Prince of Cups. However, this is solve once the mind turns to artistic visions and/or recognizes deep feelings.

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 illusionary.

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 (Mind immersed in emotions).

By 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:
  1. The Serpent represents Chokmah, the Yod Force and in this card, it has the Fiery unsettling qualities of Scorpio.
  2. The cup, is Heh, and encloses the Yod serpent,a Victorian way to show phallus and womb; King and Queen in Union. 
  3. The Prince, as Vau, carries out the activities of Yod and Heh combined, here then is Water (consciousness) combined with Fire (Spirit).
  4. 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.
  5. 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 the morality or moral characteristic of such a person would encase subtlety, secret violence and craft. Being also an artist in all his ways, he would be intensely secret.
The calm and imperturbable surface of this Archetypical personality implies:
  • He displays mask his most intense passion.
  •  He accepts only external influences that aid him in his secret designs. 
  • His conscience is not that of an ordinary person, for it is of  a more impersonal nature, making him suspect and distrusted by acquaintances.
  • He is perfectly ruthless and inspires fear in those that distrust him.
  • His 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.

The fact that this card is Libra going over into Scorpio, suggests great volatility, as this influence implies tremendous power, energy and weight.
Such 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:
  • The Personality is extremely romantic, sensual and generous to a fault and are great lovers.
  • 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.

The Babylonian Tarot, Prince of Cups-Enbilulu, shows the son of the Water God, Ea.  The Sumerian Poem, Enki and the World Order, Enbilulu, the son of Ea, is put in charge of streams and rivers. Being the "knower of rivers", the people of Mesopotamia put Enbilulu in charge of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. As of Divinity of Water, he was also the official divine inspector of canals and irrigation.  Illustrated on the card, is Enbilulu standing in clear water, a large fluted cup is shown in the upper right.  All the personality traits that apply to this card, are that of the Thoth Prince of Cup.

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This is an image of my favorite little dirty Prince of the Waters.

2 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Prince of Cups and the Babylonian Tarot, Prince of Cups Enbilulu:

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A Student on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 4:42 AM
Hello, I've been learning tarot for around 2 years, it's a very slow process and I'm met with many blocks, constantly, but I also can't stop delving in and carrying on with these studies. Can I ask...if the prince of cups was thrown as a querent, could it still be someone outside of the querent that's influencing them or is the querent card generally only the querent themself? Thank you so much Eli. I can't tell you how grateful I am that you make this blog. It's of course quite hard to digest as the knowledge is so deep, but I find that this unshakable need to carry on studying despite any blocks is from the quest to know thyself. And having guides like you is really needed for the good in this world.
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Eli on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 6:37 AM
Hi Student. If the Prince of Cups is one's significator card, falls on one's birthdate according to the Tarot Wheel of the zodiac-in this case between Oct.22 and Nov. 12, it is the Querent. If it falls in the divination, it is the coming or going of an event or person. All of this depends on the placement of the card in the reading. If you want further education on the Thoth Tarot, email me for a personal one on one Video class. It goes for 2hrs, once a week for as long as the student wishes. It is listed on my website Price page. Thank you for your question, and interest. The comments are also much appreciated. May you live long and prosper.
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