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"She delves down through the waves, seeking to be alone and to find a peaceful place to contemplate her own thoughts. She brings a cup with her. It brims with the captured essence of sunlight from the world so high above her own. It contains the tiny sparks and flashes that have drifted down to the sea bed in bits of golden coin or in the stray shaft of sunlight that manages to pierce through the fathoms. All of that is distilled into the precious contents held in her hands."

- Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore
(Shadowscapes Companion)

The Princess of Cups is the Universal Principle and Worldly Archetype of Mastery of Emotional Objectivity. The Beholder of Life has worked through issues of jealousy, manipulation, seduction, possessiveness and thus has achieved emotional mastery within oneself, and has the capacity to offer emotional longevity and loyalty to others in objective and non-possessive ways (symbolised by the turtle in the seashell).

Within the rich and symbolic Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley, painted beautifully by Lady Frieda Harris, the lush Princess is emotionally secure (symbolised by the swan coming from the top of her head) and is able to communicate her feelings, desires and concerns in realistic and meaningful ways (symbolised by the dolphin). She is the visual representation of emotional acceptance, authenticity and objectivity.



"The crystals on her seashell gown indicate her ability to look at things as they are rather than as she would like them to be. She allows the lotus blossom to go free, a symbol of the trusting heart rather than the controlling, possessive heart."

- Angeles Arrien (The Tarot Handbook)

This strong symbolism represents the capacity to state feelings objectively and realistically, with a firm conviction, and not allowing oneself to suffer emotional abandonment into attachment and clinginess, but rather embrace loving and realistic emotional journeys.

The Princess of Cups is associated with the Water sign months of Pisces (February 21 – March 21), Cancer (June 21 – July 21) and Scorpio (October 21 – November 21), shining bright with individuals born into these Great houses.



During these valuable times, it is important for the Beholder to break patterns of jealousy and possession (if not already done so) and to look at emotional situations realistically and objectively. It is important that feelings are not abandoned or for one not to succumb to the repetition of old reactive patterns.

For men, the Princess of Cups represents the inner feminine nature, the anima, which has total commitment to offering emotional longevity and loyalty (the turtle) in realistic and non-possessive ways. For both genders, the Princess is also reflected by a person who is one’s own age or younger, who appears at the right time to teach lessons about letting go emotionally.




When you are drawn to the Princess, this is a strong indicator that you have had success in working through jealousy issues and are now able to love deeply, in accepting, healthy ways. You have worked through old, reactive patterns of insecurity, jealousy and possessiveness, and have moved through issues surrounding fears of abandonment and loss and are not willing to perpetuate or get involved in emotionally divisive situations.

The concept of compassion and imagination are illustrated perfectly within the Animals Divine Tarot by Lisa Hunt. The card shows Tangorea, the Polynesian god of the oceans and sea-life which symbolises deep emotional empathy within the Beholder of Life.



"Rays of light penetrate the translucency of the ocean. This is representative of tapping into the unconscious terrain of the psyche. The light penetrates the wonderful reservoir of inner life. The fish are swimming harmoniously, representative of the imaginative ideas that are circulating in the mind. The dolphin is an intuitive guide. It is able to help us direct creative energies into physical manifestations. The sea turtle is quietly floating through deeper waters of the psyche, its quiet strength capable of focusing on the less-recognized elements of our inner, deeper terrain. The god is covered with seaweed. The seaweed exemplifies movement and fertile energy. A bright, radiating spiral originates from the young god’s chest area. His heart is leading him through the waters of subconscious exploration. He is learning to listen to his inner voice as it navigates him through unsheltered territory. The birds above the surface represent the spirit and transcendental thinking."

- Lisa Hunt (Animals Divine)

Tangorea is the offspring of the earth and sky gods whose separation resulted in the creation of all life on earth. His magnificent influence scatters across the Pacific archipelagos and depending on which myth you encounter, his influence changes dramatically.



The Maori tell the story of the endless destructive cycle between Tangorea and Tane Mahuta. After being driven from the forests by Tane Mahuta, Tangorea assumed the domain of the ocean. Tane Mahuta provided the mortals with equipment to catch marine life (spears, nets) which sent Tangorea into a rage. He avenged this violation by sending great floods to Tane Mahuta's shore.

Tangorea's deep ties with the ocean demonstrate how influential his emotions are. This is a time to nurture the love we may feel for someone. It is a good time to let emotional bonds strengthen and be willing to show loyalty to those we care about.

In the glittering and enduring Fantastical Creatures Tarot illustrated by Lisa Hunt and written by D.J. Conway the Princess (Page) of Cups is symbolised by the Nereids, creatures of great mythos and sanctuary.



"The beautiful sea nymphs known as nereids were the fifty granddaughters of the old sea god Pontus and Gaea, the Earth mother. Though related to mermaids, the nereids had no scales or fish-tails. Unlike the mer-folk, the nereids of the Mediterranean seas had emotions and feelings similar to those of humans. They enjoyed their ocean romps with Poseidon and the mer-folk, and also rode their dolphins alongside Greek ships."

- Lisa Hunt & D.J. Conway
(Fantastical Creatures)

The symbolism of the Nereids warn us to carefully consider emotional involvements. This could be related to a message of love, engagement or a wedding. You have decided to take an emotional risk but have no idea where this will take you. This card can also be used to meditate upon for the Beholder of Passions to take control of emotions and to also decide if a choice is worth the risk.

Illustrated within the sparkling Shadowscapes Companion Tarot is the message of sentimentality, connecting with the true romance within the longing Heart, which breathes deeply the space and peace to take in all the pleasures of Life.



"She lifts the cup underneath her face, feels that remembered warmth of the sun’s kiss upon the wavetops. The heat spirals out through the water with tendrils of peace and tranquillity. The radiance sparks her thoughts and imagination. She feels her mind begin to set adrift, and her vision fills with dreams of the fantastic."

- Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore
(Shadowscapes Companion)

The Princess listens to the still voice from deep inside that speaks with understanding and intuition, longing to make the impossible, possible!



In the ancient Haindl Tarot, the Princess of Cups is also given the heroic name “Daughter of Cups” and is portrayed as Brigid, the steadfast goddess of the Celts. Brigid is the patroness of poetry, prophecy, divination, livestock and produce. She radiates with calm peacefulness from the decisive strength of her character.

In the reflective Rider-Waite Tarot which is illuminated by Joan Bunning in Learning the Tarot, the message is of cupid bringing opportunities for Love, delivering real opportunities to experience romance, deep feelings and the inner life, which is the epitome and wonder of the Cups suit.



"An opening appears that stirs your emotions and pulls at your heartstrings, bringing you great joy. When you see a chance, Act on it!"

- Joan Bunning (Learning the Tarot)

The Page of Cups (Princess of Cups) who is fair and contemplates a fish rising out of the Cup in a studious mood, symbolizes a child, a young-at-heart adult whose interactions with you involve emotional needs, moodiness, love, intimacy and spirituality. Take this time to express and enjoy feelings with light-hearted abandon!

This exemplified symbolism also represents a fair young lady, one impelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected. This message of love and intimacy are expressed in the vibrant Kleopatra Tarot, expressed by Sebek (Sobek), the Egyptian Nile Crocodile god symbolising power, fertility and prowess. This card also represents the Love of Art in all forms.


"The Princess of Cups represents the earthy part of Water; in particular, the faculty of crystallization. She represents the power of Water to give substance to idea, to support life, and to form the basis of chemical combination. She is represented as a dancing figure, robed in a flowing garment on whose edges crystals are seen to form."

- Aleister Crowley (The Book of Thoth)

In The Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley, the Princess of Cups is expressed from a deeply esoteric viewpoint (Malkuth in Briah); the crest of the vibrant lady is that of the Swan (in Oriental philosophy represented by AUM). The Tortoise in Hindu philosophy supports the Elephant on whose back is the Universe. The Dolphin is the ancient symbol of the power of Creation.




"The character of the Princess is infinitely gracious. All sweetness, all voluptuousness, gentleness, kindness and tenderness are in her character. She lives in the world of Romance, in the perpetual dream of rapture."

- Aleister Crowley (The Book of Thoth)

In the Yî King, the earthy part of Water is represented by the 41st Hexagram, Sun. This means diminution, the dissolution of all solidity. People described by this card are very dependent on others, but at the same time helpful to them. Rarely, at the best, are they of individual importance. As helpmeets, they are unsurpassed.

Lon Milo DuQuette in his thesis Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, reminds us that together with the Ace of Cups, the Princess of Cups rules Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, the celestial quadrant above the North Pole, and the area of the Pacific.



There are numerous titles given to the magnificent Princess; the Princess of the Waters, Lotus of the Palace of the Floods, Princess and the Empress of the Nymphs and Undines and Throne of the Ace of Cups.

The Princess of Cups is deeply rooted to individuals with brown hair and blue and brown eyes and rules women aged thirty-six and younger.

Lon Milo DuQuette writes; "I cannot overemphasize the importance of the relationship between the ace of each suit and its Princess …. As earth of water, she literally can ground vaporous and romantic ideas into manifestation, and provide a fixed and fertile medium where the water-nourished life of ideas can flourish."

The magical and effervescent Princess of Cups has come into your Life to affirm your longevity with your own emotional bond and confirms that you have accepted and strengthened your anchors to Love without the need for jealousy, deprivation and reliance. You can now love freely in healthy and fulfilling freedoms!






be moved and touched inwardly
let your feelings show
respond to beauty
be sentimental and romantic
shed detachment
let heart lead the way
reach out and touch someone



receive inner guidance
act on your hunch
remember dreams
have psychic experiences
experience direct knowing
trust your gut reaction
mend a broken relationship



start and renew a love affair
meet someone you’re attracted to
get closer to someone
go beyond formalities
have special moment of togetherness
solidify a friendship
share something personal



make a thoughtful gesture
express sympathy and understanding
forgive yourself and others
apologize to someone you have hurt
brighten someone’s day
respond with caring and not anger
refuse to judge/condemn





- Expressing your Beautiful Heart -

poetic, romantic, idealistic, graceful, gifted, mystical, changeable, forgiving, clairvoyant, nature-loving, gentle, dreamy, adventurous, compassionate, introverted, passionate, beautiful, freedom-loving, of high mind, wild, charming, delicate, enthusiastic, dramatic, sensitive, empathic




- Dragging Yourself into Chaos -

superficial, weak, shallow, two-faced, over-emotional, impractical, showing off, artifice, affected, inexperienced, false, irrational, vacillating, impressionable, sentimental, fantasy prone, deception, self-absorbed, immoral, inconsistent, personal history ignored, altruistic, sensational, coquettish, gullible, shy




- Losing Oneself to Unemotion -

misunderstanding, death, seduction, illness, curtailed freedom, bad news, ill fortune, rigid, conservative, undoing, materialistic, sabotage, unforgiving, maternal upsets, attachment, falseness, insensitivity, coarseness, critical, loss of self-assurance, heavy responsibilities, uncongenial environment, end of happiness, upset hopes and dreams, end of innocence, divorce, inclination, end of naivety, oppression



"The reversal asks to strengthen the positive and release the negative. Any path will always lead to both being fulfilled."

- Michael Tsarion



- Research sources -

Taroscopes by Michael Tsarion

Röhrig Tarot by Carl-W. Röhrig
Arcus Arcanum Tarot
by Hager Gunter
The Tarot Handbook
by Angeles Arrien
The Book of Thoth
by Aleister Crowley
Animals Divine Companion
by Lisa Hunt
Fantastical Creatures
by Lisa Hunt & D.J. Conway
Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley & Lady Frieda Harris
Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot by Pamela Colman Smith
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law & Barbara Moore
Understanding Crowley’s Thoth Tarot by Lon Milo DuQuette
Robin Wood Tarot
by Robin Wood & Michael Short
Kleopatra Tarot by Etta Stoico & Silvana Alasia
Connolly Tarot
by Eileen & Peter Paul Connolly
Learning the Tarot
by Joan Bunning
Haindl Tarot by
Hermann Haindl