…and the quality of “Conscience.” This finds its radiation in the Tree of Life between the sephiroth on the right shoulder (Peace) and the left shoulder (Activity). Those who know the Grail Knight’s Practice can then perform the 9th part: the third level of trespass (disobedience and grasping) that is overcome by the third healing miracle (the healing of the paralysed man) and the third level of communion (the strengthening quality of milk).
The Apocalypse readings for the Knave of Cups come from Chapter 17:7-15:
And the angel said to me, “Why were you astonished? I shall tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that bears her, the one that has the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the abyss, and is going to destruction; and they who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the cosmos, will be astonished on seeing that the beast was and is not and will presently be. Here is the mind possessed of wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains, there where the woman sits upon them, and are seven kings. The five have fallen, the one is, the other has not yet come, and when he has come he must remain for a little while. And the beast that was and is not, he is himself also an eighth, and is one of the seven, and goes to destruction. And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but receive authority as kings along with the beast for one hour. These have a single resolve, and they give their power and authority to the beast. These will wage a war with the suckling lamb and the suckling lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” And he says to me, “The waters that you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples and crowds and nations and tongues.”
In our work with the Major Arcana, we experienced the journey from the Magician to the World as a journey from conception, to birth, to death, and finally to the Saturn sphere. With the Minor Arcana, we have been imagining them as the journey back into incarnation: the Numbered Coins as the realm of Midnight Hour; the Court Coins as the Saturn sphere; the Numbered Swords as the Jupiter sphere; the Court Swords as the Mars sphere; and the Numbered Cups as the Sun sphere. We have been considering this journey of the soul into incarnation in relation to the musical pieces selected for the Sophia Grail Circle of the same name. With the Knave of Cups, we enter into the Venus sphere on the path of incarnation. The music selected by Robert Powell to express this experience of the Venus sphere is Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61, movement II:
Notes to formal conversations can be found below; again, however, I encourage all readers to take advantage of the comments section to have an extended, virtual “conversation” around the Knave of Cups.