The Thoth Tarot-Knight of Cups & The Barbara Walker Tarot-King of Cups: DEWI.
In the Thoth Tarot, Kings are called Knights, who are armored, sitting astride their powerful "Spirit- Will-to- Force"
steeds. Crowley say the reason for this name change from the traditional king, because Armored Battle Kings, are Knights. The Knight of Cups is the fiery part of water, this may sound
strange to the neophyte; However, the fiery part of water is the Power of Solution. Hence, The Knight of Cups is not unlike the fiery attack of rain or springs and therefore, a Battle King.
He rules the Zodiac from 21st degree of Aquarius to the 20th degree of Pisces.
Thoth Tarot card, the Armor, bright wings, and the leaping white charger, all represent the
most active aspects of water. The crab represents the aggressive nature
of water and it's regenerative state, as crabs individually regenerate
by shedding their hard outer shell.
Knight of Cups totem is the Peacock, as the very nature of active water
is it's brilliance. The Peacock is also the totem of the Peacock God
Myths of the Middle East and Asia.
fluorescence characteristics of the person signified by this card are
surprisingly passive, as dictated by the Zodiacal attribution. With the
qualities of Venus, he is a graceful dilettante (a weak Jupiter) .
Passively amiable and quick to respond to attraction but the stimulation
fades away as this Archetype Persona is not very enduring. Emotionally triggered by outside
influence, this personality has no real material depth of character.
However,The Knight of Cups has an undeniable innocence and purity, that
is hardly clouded by his ill dignified sensuality, idleness, and
untruthful nature. However, he is so superficial that it is hard to reach
any depth in him; Hence, he is comparable to a cascading shallow stream rather than a deep ocean.
There is great difficulty in
rightly mating water with Fire, as the swift violent nature of fire (as
shown by the Knight of Wands) ill suits a character that is naturally
as placid as water. It is a rare persona indeed that has mastered the
balance, so most often we find the personality mismanaging their affairs
and unless good fortune attend them, their career and life is littered
with a trail of failure and disaster. There is a mental "civil war"
here, and this can lead to depressions, and/or schizophrenia; the abuse
of stimulants, alcohol, and narcotics is not uncommon with such a
As always the case, the surrounding cards
will help the Reader decide the positive or ill dignified nature meaning of
this card for the querent. Also, often within the reading is recommended the nature of
correcting the unwanted behavior of his ill dignity, which is one reason why we use established tarot divination patterns.
Mundanely, all in all, The Knight/King of Cups is a very
fun bubbly, bright person to be around---as long as you show attraction,
to stimulate his attention. Good fun for short visits!
The Thoth-KNIGHT OF CUPS is the King of cups in other traditional Tarot decks.
Knight/King 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 Supreme Conscious, which is the dual couple of the unconscious and consciousness in the mental world. Hence, the
Knight/King of Cups is a personification of the specific motivational will-to-force (conscious)
that activates the currents of the unconscious, which is usually depicted as a Sea or Ocean. Giving rise to the concepts of a sea god and goddess.
The Crab rising
from the Cup carried by the Thoth Knight symbolizes the sign of Cancer
(Cardinal Water) which ruled by the Moon and directs the flow of the tides.On the Barbara Walker Tarot, the King of Cups is name Dewi, the Celtic Sea god. However, Dewi is a general term used to designate a god, and not any particular god, as it is from the Indo-European deu,dewi, devi, or deva all of which mean a deity.
As most all ancient gods
have been Christianized, Dewi
became St. David
, the patron saint of Wales. This was because of simple necessity, as David
was the biblical name most easily identified with Dewi
Many of us in the West have heard of "Davy Jone's locker", which is the name the Welsh sailor's called their patron Saint and his domain.
However, Dewi, was also known to the British, as Bran the Blessed, a male twin of the goddess Branwen who was one of the primordial trinity of Matriarchs guarding the original Cauldron of Regeneration (shown as crab and cup on the Thoth Card). At the bottom of the Lake of the Basin, rested the blessed Cauldron, until Bran the Blessed carried it up to the surface and therefore, became guardian of the sacred cauldron. This mythology became Christianized as the Holy Grail romantic legends, where Bran the Blessed who was the custodian of the Sacred Cup, became known as the Fisher King or Rich Fisher named Bron. Much romance and legend is given to this ancient Sea God, as the Sea was still a place of mystery and often death, in medieval Europe, demanding that the great power of the Oceans have a god image to pray to, in hopes of surviving his terrible power, before and after death. Therefore, Dewi, Bran or Bron, became the patron of sailors, and fishermen, as he gazed forever from his seaside throne out across his ancient home, the Sea.
There is also 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 (shown bottom right) is often attributed to Chokma, the symbol of Wisdom on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
If you have been following my blogs, by now you know Chokmah, the second Sephira, to be the Idea of Maleness.
Therefore, here, in the Supernal Triangle, the Idea of the Law of Attraction has been determine, as Binah, the opposite of Chokmah is the Idea of the Feminine. The mystery of the 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah also rules the 2's of all elemental suits and therefore, is the interaction of opposites that composes the Universe. The Kings/Knights are Chokmah interacting in various elements.
THE KNIGHT/KING OF CUPS;
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 title one
uses, Bron, Bran or Dewi, his zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Aquarius and the
first two Decans of Pisces.
he isthe Qabalistic Chokmah, he is Specific Fire in the World of Primal Water and/or the first specified Vibration of "Will to Force" in the amniotic fluid of the Divine Womb/Cup of the Unconscious Ocean Abyss of Dark Matter. If we
remember that Water represents the Conscious, both in its
subjective-unconscious and objective- self-consciousness states, we get an inkling of the dual and simultaneous conception of maleness and femaleness. Hence, it is
easily seen that the Knight of Cups is a personification of the Will to Force
which motivates the currents of the unconscious, "Will to Form" (imagination) in a manner similar to
the Sun's motivational force over the currents of the Ocean.
To reiterate: The
Knight's Cup has a crab issuing forth, which is a symbol of the sign of
Cancer (also shown in the sky, beside the Sacred cup that the B.W.-King of cups is holding). 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 of the Middle East or Binah in the Qaballah.
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.
In the Thoth Card, The
Knight represents a personification of Dewi and later Bran the blessed that became the
Christianized "Fisher King", the ancient lord of the Abyss and/or the
Rich Fisher, Bron. 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 If you have been following my blog these past years/months/ weeks, you have read
about the Tarot court cards and specifically the Knights in the Thoth Deck, all representing the Core Personality that projects the human persona.
So consider this as a side note:
Knights/Kings are Archetypal Personalities.....and from which the core our self-conscious is derived. What many
readers forget, as well as meta-physicians, is that we are "Beyond Self-conscious
Personality" our Power resides between the Sephira of Kether
(crown-potential of Vibration), Chokma (Wisdom-first Vibration), and
Binah (understanding-Mother of Form), i.e., THE REAL PERSON. This invisible Sephiroth is in a position on the Tree of Life called Daath-knowledge and is not usually presented on the Tree of
Life. Being a Womb, it is always dark, and being potential, it is always ready to take shape, but as yet shape isn't formed. Therefore, the union of Daath, with its inseparable parents, Chokmah and Binah forms the "Tau Cross" in the Supernal
Triangle; on top of the Tree of Life.
The Child of the Divine Creative, Chokma and Goddess Binah, is all potential and thus its
invisibility. This gives us "freedom to imagine our-self identity"!
Since we can design our Persona, we can take the best of all Archetypes and combine them as our Personal Identity!
instance: the Gracefulness, and Empathy of the Knight of Cups, combined
with the generosity, swiftness, and passion of the Knight of Wands,
and the skill, courage,and subtle cleverness of the Knight of Swords,
along with the patience and steadfastness of the Knight of Disks, would
make a great software of personality in which to operate the hardware that is your physical
body. Notice, I said "your physical body" because dear reader, you are not a human body!
As I have stated time and time again: The word Human means "God Mind" and that is exactly what you are! You
can Imagine yourself and in fact, must! If you think you are one way you can be otherwise, and if you are depressed, or unhappy, or
angry--- all the time an identity of poverty, hope is not lost, for you can imagine yourself otherwise
and be at all times a wealth! The Qaballah, Gnosis, and other, "Occult
Mysteries" show you how to not only "know thyself" but also how to do
the deed of "Being" the offspring of the Divine Creative that you are. So be you male or
female, imagine the qualities of the Knights, and incorporate them in
your personality...just the way you like! After all, you are always
potential anima (Spirit) and animus (Soul) therefore your identity is
not written in stone....you write yourself into crystallized Light! Because of this freedom "to be me", we are all Bran the Blessed!
. When the Knight 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.
- good-natured, 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.
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;
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
- 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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