Saturn in Cancer holds the lesson of empathy.
The Hierophant could not have become the highest representative of the community without the vote and support of his fellow citizens. Now it is time to give something back to his family and the community.
It is a lesson of ethics and morality, a lesson of unaltered fairness and equitability.
We have been taught that ethics, morality, truth and so on are relative and changeable notions. And they are to some extent.
However, they were perverted to become relatives.
Things, in fact, are quite simple and logical.
It is not rocket science, nor brain surgery: when someone has too much, another will have little.
There are ten people and ten apples. If one of them owns six apples, some people will starve.
The lesson of the Knight of Cups is that nobody needs six apples and when somebody has surplus she/he should share and give that surplus back to the community. Is this socialism? Perhaps, but I would call it empathy. It is not an ideology, nor a formality – just for the show –, but a matter of consciousness.
I saw animals with a higher sense of empathy than people who call themselves elevated and civilised. I saw animals of different species feeding each other or sharing a shelter.
Sharing is caring.
However, when someone owns six apples out of ten, she/he will decide how much an apple worth. Although an apple in normal circumstances would worth one unit, now the one who owns six can decide that an apple worth whatever she/he consider it worth. Ten, one hundred or one thousand units.
Next trick was to create the illusion that there are not ten, but one hundred, one thousand, one million apples and, subsequently, there is plenty apples for everyone. However, in reality, there is still only ten apples, and someone owns six of them.
This is how we – humans – have forged a false reality. We believe our own lies, and we enjoy living in those lies. Reality is unpleasant; we are ugly, we are unkind and selfish, we do not have conscious, but all sort of excuses, and we need justification and an alternative, comfortable – virtual, made-up – reality.
The Knight of Cups tells us that the material things are worthless without their emotional value and an apple is sweeter when you can share it with somebody.
The Knight of Cups is also a lesson regarding our attachments.
We love to decorate our lives with things we like to own, but most of them we do not need. It is a sick obsession to possess. The Knight of Cups is also a lesson to let those things go.
If you love somebody set them free.
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Crowley: Prince of Cups. The Prince of Cups represents the airy part of Water. On the one hand, elasticity, volatility, hydrostatic equilibrium; on the other hand, the catalytic faculty and the energy of steam. He rules from the 21st degree of Libra to the 20th degree of Scorpio. He is a warrior partly clad in armour, which seems, however, rather a growth than a covering. His helmet is surmounted by an eagle, and his chariot, which resembles a shell, is also drawn by an eagle. His wings are tenuous, almost of gas.. This is a reference to his power of volatilization understood in the spiritual sense. In his right hand he bears a Lotus flower, sacred to the element of Water, and in his left hand is a cup from which issues a serpent. The third totem, the scorpion, is not shewn in the picture, for the putrefaction which it represents is an extremly secret process. Beneath his chariot is the calm and stagnant water of a lake upon which rain falls heavily.
The whole symbolism of this card is exceedingly complicated, for Scorpio is the most mysterious of the Signs, and the manifested portion of it symbolized by the eagle is in reality the least important part of his nature. The moral characteristics of the person pictured in this card are subtlety, secret violence, and craft. He is intensely secret, an artist in all his ways. On the surface he appears calm and imperturbie, but this is a mask of the most intense passion. He is on the surface sus ceptible to external influences, but he accepts them only to transmute them to the advantage of his secret designs. He is thus completely without conscience in the ordinary sense of the word, and is therefore usually distrusted by his neighbours. They feel they do not, and can never, understand him. Thus he inspires unreasonable fear. He is in fact perfectly ruthless. He cares intensely for power, wisdom, and his own aims. He feels no responsibility to others, and although his abilities are so immense, he cannot be relied upon to work in harness.
In the Yi King, the airy part of Water is represented by the 6ist hexagram, Kung Fu. This is one of the most important figures in the Yi: it “moves even pigs and fish, and leads to great good fortune”. Its dignities and correspondences are manifold and great; for it is also a “big Li”, the trigram of Sol formed by doubling the lines. By shape it suggests a boat, but also the geomantic figure of Carcer, Saturn in Capricornus.
This card is in consequence one of great power; Libra going over into Scorpio is of tremendous, active, critical energy and weight. To~, such people good will, sincerity, and right mating are the essentials of success; their danger is overweening ambition.
Waite: Graceful, but not warlike; riding quietly, wearing a winged helmet, referring to those higher graces of the imagination which sometimes characterize this card. He too is a dreamer, but the images of the side of sense haunt him in his vision.
Arrival, approach – sometimes that of a messenger; advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement.
Reversed: Trickery, artifice, subtlety, swindling, duplicity, fraud.
Fortune Telling with Playing Cards:
King of Hearts – A fair-haired man with a good nature; or a man with Water signs predominating in his chart. Fair, helpful advice. Affectionate, caring man. This man helps you out without much talk. His actions reveal his kindness and concern.