Prince of Cups
THE KNIGHT OF CUPS – (Prince of Chalices) – Venus – Moon – Harmony (Caring)
Astrology: 21° Libra to 20° Scorpio
Prince of Cups
The Prince of Cups represents the Air above the waters, as the son of the Knight and the Queen (Fire and Water) he combines both the fiery flames and the watery depths of his parents, bringing them up in the heights of the Air.
So the Prince of Cups has all the emotional depths of the water, but also the intellectual values of the Air. He is clever and open minded, and his emotional soul can make him a sensitive artist or philosopher. He appears introverted and reversed, and indeed he tends to keep his secrets to himself. Like both his parents, he seems to be easy susceptible, but the sharp-minded air makes him choose fairly what to accept in the end.
On the shadowy side, the Prince of Cups can be reckless and selfish, always striving to improve his own goals and studies, carelessly sacrificing relations in order to perfectionate his art or passion , and he can be quite shifty in dealings.
This card represents the watery quality of air, and as such brings a very important life principle to our experiences when it rules the day. It teaches us about how to shape our desires into realities, and offers a powerful supportive energy to assist us.
As we’ve said so often, the things that we wish hardest for, invest most energy into, manifest in our lives. This is why it is so crucial to be vigilant and watchful about the way we’re thinking and feeling. If we sink into negativity, and empower that feeling with strong emotions like loneliness, grief or suffering we inadvertently introduce even more negativity into our lives.
Likewise, when we want something strongly enough, and charge that desire with our longing, our hope, our positive energy we will find that thing manifesting for us. This card teaches us how to do this. How to explore our dreams, our desires, our wishes and to propel them into everyday life.
The things we work with can be material, emotional or spiritual. The Prince of Cups works with desire on all levels. All we have to do is wish hard enough. And his energy will help us to achieve our aims.
He is the classic romantic of the Tarot deck. He is in touch with his intuition and emotions, and he uses them masterfully to charm and attract others. He shows compassion and understanding towards others because he has learned to understand his own feelings and emotions.
Drive: The combination of Spirit and Soul
Light: Compassion, warmth, love, artistic intentions
Shadow: Selfishness, unscrupulousness, cruelty
Reversed: When the reversed the Prince of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, a creative project is emerging, but you are not ready to act on it just yet. You may spend most of your time dreaming up what is possible or how wonderful it will be when it comes to fruition.
Keywords: airy aspect of water; our desires, wishes, cravings; opportunity for transformation
Advice: Accept your sexual desires and afflictions, live them wisely. You will make many discoveries during this process. Give yourself full experience and observe yourself.
Questions: What secret wishes do you not want to accept?
Suggestion: Spend some time each day analyzing your desires without losing them.
Revelation: I accept my sexual desires. It makes life fuller and more charged.