In our work with the King of Cups, we are primarily bringing him into relationship with the 6th Arcanum, The Lover. In terms of practice, this is related to the downward stream from the left side of the head (Warmth) to the heart (Glory), the quality of “Love of Neighbor”, and the Hebrew letter Vau. It is also related to the 6th portion of the Grail Knight’s Practice: “Give us this day our daily bread”, in relation to the sanctification of nourishment on four levels (wine, honey, milk, bread).
We continue to invoke our conversations with the mantra SHE FEELS in the region of the heart, as well as the second portion of the Inner Radiance Sequence (the seven stages of the Passion).
We are also reading from Revelation 18: 16-24:
“…’Alas, alas, the great city, which is clad in fine linen and purple and scarlet, gilded with gold and precious stone and pearl, for in a single hour such enormous wealth was rendered desolate.’ And every ship’s pilot, and all those under sail to any destination, and sailors, and as many as toil on the sea stood far off, and cried out on seeing the smoke of her conflagration, saying, ‘Who is like the great city?’ And they threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and grieving, saying, ‘Alas, alas, the great city, wherein all who have ships on the sea were enriched by her opulence, for in a single hour she was rendered desolate.’ Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you the holy ones and the apostles and the prophets, because God has pronounced the verdict of your judgment against her.”
Then a mighty angel picked up a stone like a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, “Thus, with a sudden rush, Babylon the great city will be cast down, and will certainly no longer be found; and certainly no sound of lyricists and musicians and flutists and trumpeters shall any longer be heard in you; and certainly no craftsman of any craft shall any longer be found in you; and certainly no sound of any mill shall any longer be heard in you; and certainly no lantern’s light shall any longer appear in you; and certainly no voice of bridegroom and bride shall any longer be heard in you—for your merchants were the great men of the earth—for by your sorcery all the gentiles were led astray. And inner was found blood of prophets and holy ones, and of all those slaughtered upon the earth.”