The Qabalistic Tarot Princess are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth, The Sun/son of God.
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
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
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.
- Thus, the forces
of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty.
unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and
artistic; or it may be evil.
- The rational mental activities of the
Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or
- 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
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.
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
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).
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
- 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) combined with Fire (Spirit).
- 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
- 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
- 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 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.
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
- 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.