The Thoth Tarot Prince of Cups & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Galahad.
The passionate heart and mastery of emotional desire.
The Thoth Tarot
Prince of Cups displays
symbols of emotional desire and transformation as the Eagles, (one
pulling the chariot and the other on the helmet) and the snake emerging
from the cup. His archetype rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Libra to the 20th degree of Scorpio. Scorpio, a sign known for its deep passion, desire and
transformation, is represented in the symbols of both snake and eagles.
The Tarot-Prince of Cups
represents the airy part of Water. He
is on one hand, elasticity, volatility, hydro static equilibrium; on
the other he is the catalytic faculty and the energy of steam.
He is the lover
within each individual that expresses and experiences deep and often occult passions
which simply means secret deep mental/ emotional passion---the kind that created all
things in the Dark Universe and is an inheritance from the "Divine Couple"/ The Divine Creative. Intense Desire
ignites the heart and propels us forward, which all seems wonderful
except that it gives us "target fixation", and we are not viewing what
is going on around us. Mastery of desire, rather than being mastered by
desire, is the key here. The upside down lotus held in his hand,
represents the ability to let go of desire when it is necessary to do
When thrown for a male
, The Prince of cups represents the Animus/Galahad within; the hero known as Lancelot of the Lake,
who quested for the holy Grail (Graäl)
He was often associated with the Lily Maid
-Elaine,(the youthful rendition of the Lady of the Lake) the one who according to Arthurian legends, raised him as a mature-Lady of the Lake,
and changed Galahad's youthful name, to the adult Lancelot of the Lake
. This divine lady later sent him on a quest for the sacred cauldron or Graäl. ( In the latter Arthurian legends, the mother of Galahad was known as Queen Elaine).
This hero prince, discovered the Gaäl, in the Elaine's castle, which is symbolic of the Moon-goddess's realm. He as, Lancelot became the intimate lover of the younger aspect of Lily Maid Elaine, and begot on her his own reincarnation, Galahad. A very common example of the ancient mysteries, kind of cyclic reincarnation of the father-son figure that is also found in the Christian religion. However, the original Galahad was of the ancient pagan kings that ruled for a lunar year, for a "year and day" and then was dealt a sacrificial death. This continued on into the Christianized revised version of Galahad, for he died at the end of his kingship, at the altar as soon as he received a vision of the Graäl.
The earliest known root version of Galahad
, was from the land of Galatia in Asia Minor, the early home of the Gaels/Gauls who believed they were offspring from the union of their ancestral goddess, Galata
and the immolated king-for-a year, Heracles. Heracles, was also known as the dying and resurrecting "Phoenician"/ the Phoenix. However, to the Phoenicians he was called Pumiyathon, the consort to the goddess Astarte. Later, the Greeks called him Pygmalion, the consort of Aphrodite.Depicted on the Barbara Walker card is the Milk white image of the goddess, Galata, who was another of the Milk giving goddesses.
Therefore, Prince of Cups represents, gallantry, gentleness, self-sacrifice,
sensitivity, courtesy to women. He is in touch with the "feminine"
/Anima 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 steamy emotion, one of being moody and jealous but only if controlled by desire and passion
rather than mastering it. However, this is solve once the mind turns to
artistic visions and/or recognizes deep feelings as one's own.
The Thoth Tarot Prince of Cups
partly armored Warrior who is depicted almost naked, thus,
showing his volatility as does his steam-like- wings. The eagle, both on his
helm and pulling the Chariot, are symbols of Scorpio in its higher
element of expression, while the most significant figure representing
Scorpio is absent in this card. This is because the Scorpion symbolizes a
very occult alchemical process of putrefaction that is an extremely
secret process that begins purification.
The lotus flower, which he bears in his right hand, is
sacred to Water and the cup in his left holds a cup issuing a serpent.
This can be lightly said as,"The Womb that births the Serpent Force";
However, the understanding of this statement is difficult and is often called the Graäl. Beneath the
Chariot is a stagnant lake upon which a steady rain falls. Lots of water
symbolism showing the great depth of Spirit and emotion in the
Mysterious Sign of Scorpio...a truly occult and secretive sign. That is probably why many a
Magus is of this sign.
The Tarot 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 declared to be Specific Air of Primal Water.
By now, all of you faithful followers of my blogs, may know the Yod Heh Vau Heh
formula, the cyclic mating and birth, reincarnation cycle of the old myths, which is also shown in the Prince of Cups, who is the reincarnated youthful Father, who marries the younger version of the Queen, the Princess.
Presented on the Thoth Tarot Card,
water Lotus and the cup that is issuing serpent. The Serpent represents
, the Yod-PhallicForce
and in this card, it has the fiery unsettling
qualities of Scorpio. The cup, is Heh
, and encloses the Yod
-serpent which is a common lingam in yoni theme as shown as a shivalinga-yoni Hindu sculpture,...."The serpent in the cup", is a Victorian way to show phallus and womb ; King and Queen in Union. The Prince, as Vau
, carries out the activities of Yod
combined, here then is represented the element of Water ( emotional consciousness).
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. Thus, in the Prince of Cups,
Water suggests the Universal Collective Unconscious/Imagination, which bears dynamic
energy. Hence, what activity we can expect from the Prince of cups
personality, is on one hand, elastic, volatile and hydro-static
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
Scorpio is noted
as being the most Mysterious of Signs, making this card very
complicated in its Water imagery. The Lotus is sacred to Goddess, Moon and 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. This raining, represents the Deep Abyss of the Unconscious being distrubed by a siring of passion that soon expands into consciousness. 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 Wisdom, in that order.
As I've said before:The Princes represent the coming and going of an event or person. All Princes are offspring of the "Sun of God"- 6th Sephiroth-Tipareth/Beauty.
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 and deeply
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 personality must be
well mated, with good will and sincerity, for loyalty is all important
to keep their good nature. When this Is so, they are 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 calm and imperturbable surface of this Archetypal 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 moral characteristics of this archetype personality are:
- Subtlety, secret violence, and craft.
- A person who is intensely secret and artistic in all their ways.
- The calm and imperturbable surface of this person, hides a deep and powerful passion.
- A personality that seems susceptible to external influences, but only to use them to further their secret designs.
person's conscience is not the same as the ordinary person, so they are
often distrusted by others, as many feel they can't nor will understand
a person of such deep and secret passions.
- Scorpios are
often feared because of their perfectly ruthless nature, that cares for
power, wisdom and their own aims rather than the concerns of others.
person knows that all people define themselves, and feels no
responsibility for others, so even though their abilities are immense,
The Prince of Cups personalities can't be relied on to work in harness.
consequence of this card is of great power as Libra going over into
Scorpio is of tremendous activity, critical energy and weight. Here is a
personality that prizes good will, sincerity and right mating as
essential to success in life; their danger is overweening ambition.
Will-to-Be, the Deep Passion of the Greater Self, is powerful in such a
personality.....tread on their designs and the Scorpion stings
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