August 20-22, 2014; Knight of Cups

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August 20-22, 2014; Knight of Cups

Postby Al-Shariyf » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:40 pm


The Knight of Cups – King of Undines & Nymphs

Meditation pattern: Place 7 of Swords, 8 of Cups, and 9 of Cups side-by-side, with the Knight of Cups above them. Below the two Cups, place Atu XVIII, The Moon.

Traditional Description: A beautiful, winged, youthful warrior with flying hair, riding upon a white horse (not winged). His general equipment resembles that of the Knight of Wands, but upon his helmet, cuirass, and buskins is a peacock with opened wings. He holds a cup in his hand, bearing the sigil of his scale (Yod); from it issues a crab. Beneath his horse’s feet is the sea.

YOD of HEH (FIRE of WATER). He is the enormous force and power of Water itself. In consciousness, y in Water is the creative impulse especially in poetry, music, and other inspired artistic creation. However, the fiery impulse of y is “watered down” in Cups. He has not his usual virile energy. There is passivity, which, however, is also a receptivity, so that his creative impulse takes on a quality of true inspiration. Briatic consciousness has made itself genuinely receptive to the Will-impulse inaugurated in Atziluth. This Knight, therefore, represents that inner
receptiveness which the spiritual consciousness bears toward Divine Will: the recognition that we are vehicles of True Will, conforming ourselves to its requirements. True manifestation of Will in the lower worlds is in our responsiveness, conformity, and obedience to what is received.

He rules the heavens from 20° Aquarius to 20° Pisces (thus including the greater part of Pegasus). His two watery decanates are called INDOLENCE and HAPPINESS. Pisces (Qoph), the Corporeal Consciousness, governs the structured, nurtured building of our bodies, cell by cell. Yod in Water/Briah is the form-giving consequence of the original creative impulse; and Qoph is the Path whereby the fiery Will-force, manifest as Desire, is permitted to establish its imprint on the patterns of our physical bodies. In these two Aquarius decanates, ruled by Saturn and Jupiter, we see the interplay of opposites: the time of scarcity, stillness, and broodiness that establishes the conditions for creativity; after which there is the full, rich, happy, bountiful fulfillment of it.

The Saturn decanate of Pisces, called INDOLENCE, means laziness, inactivity, stagnation, depression, stillness – even soullessness, loss of heart, and exhaustion. In both creative and mystical processes, it is the “Dark Night of the Soul” that occurs when a new stage gestates and appears not yet. Will and enthusiasm are impeded. The Jupiter decanate following this is called HAPPINESS. As soulless as was the other, so is this a soul-enrichment. Pleasure, happiness, enjoyment, contentment are all of the product of the fulfillment of the creative impulse.
The Knight must be realized as a positive expression of life, Will, and creation. This need is emphasized, in contrast, by his shadow-aspect, the final, or lunar, decanate of Aquarius, called FUTILITY. Futility is always the danger of his passivity, if his heart is not centered on receiving, nurturing, and expressing the Divine Spark. Energy is lost altogether, diffused, uncertain, unstable, vacillating. It lacks the singular vision, keenness, and certainty of Will. Our comfort is in recognizing that this is not the actual expression of this Knight… when he is truly being himself!

In divination, the character is graceful, artistic, poetic, soul enriching, soft, indolent, passive-receptive, but enthusiastic if roused; a calm exterior with passionate, and even violent, buried emotions and creative impulses. Pleasure, happiness, enjoyment, contentment. If ill-dignified, he is sensual, idle, lazy, stagnant, brooding, and untruthful; subject to periods of depression and melancholy, loss of heart, exhaustion, and feelings of futility.

"To advance—that means Work. Patient, exhausting, thankless, often bewildering Work. Dear sister, if you would but Work! Work blindly, foolishly, misguidedly, it doesn’t matter in the end: Work in itself has absolute virtue." -Magick Without Tears
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Re: August 20-22, 2014; Knight of Cups

Postby danica » Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:23 am

- He is utterly irrational, simply flowing through experiences, freed from any worry, adaptable so much that it’s hard to actually define him; he takes on the characteristics of the person (or circumstances) he interacts with at the given time, easily entering into any role. Disregards problems, pays no attention to what he does not want to be there, and this is his own way of dealing with them.
- Power of faith, in the sense of being completely surrendered to an Ideal – but depending on the Ideal itself, this can be as much good and healthy as it can be deteriorating.
- If I had to choose one phrase to describe this Knight, it would be: DYNAMIC FLUID
- He goes through many experiences and takes many forms, and thus he absorbs everything and learns from everything (evolves)
- There’s nothing he’s not interested in, he likes everything, whatever new comes into his field of perception, he enters it and “becomes that”.
- Feelings deep, but not necessarily long-lasting (although as a Fire of Water, he has a lot of passion).
- He is personification of lucid dreaming.


- He is the thrusting-forth power of Love; passion in the sense of pathos, his general way of approaching experiences.
- The message & lecture he carries: to intuitively flow & swim through all phases of life, going equally smooth through ups and downs; thus surrendering all of oneself to every experience.
- A poem, mystic, bohemian nature; person without any fixed determinations of character, fascinated by the Mysterious and the Un-knowable.


- The most-primordial, purest aspect of Water (Water in Atziluth). He is characterized by sharp inner contrasts: may be barren and dry (8-of-Cups), and may be exceptionally fertile and joyful (9-of-Cups).
- He personifies the principles operating our automatic consciousness and the subconscious psyche connected to biological drives (XVIII). Power of Wishing & Longing, in its creative and evolutionary sense.
- Potent & fecund, if aroused (inspired); the contrary, if the inspiration or other impetus lacks.
- Explorer of that which is mysterious, hidden, fascinating, etc.
"Write, & find ecstasy in writing! Work, & be our bed in working! Thrill with the joy of life & death! Ah! thy death shall be lovely: whoso seeth it shall be glad. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our age long love. Come! lift up thine heart & rejoice! We are one; we are none."
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Re: August 20-22, 2014; Knight of Cups

Postby Hermitas » Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:21 pm

Good stuff.
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