The Princes symbolize passion, intensity, and focus of concentration. There is single-minded purpose involved when they appear in a spread. The purpose of their focus will be related to the element which rules the suit. However, there is also the danger that total focus can be carried to the extreme. In this situation, it can manifest itself as a dogmatic, fixed, and narrow viewpoint.
Each of the Princes is shown in a chariot, and bears a tool representative of his suit. The Prince of Swords bears two swords, one short and one long; the Prince of Cups bears a cup in the hand controlling the reins; the Prince of Wands holds a torch wand aloft; and the Prince of Pentacles shoulders his disk shield.
The specific meanings of more than one Prince in single spread are as follows.
PRINCE OF CUPS
|Dropped flower and Snake shedding skin:||Symbolic of death, release, and transformation|
|The Phoenix:||Symbolizes rebirth, especially emotional rebirth|
|Eagle on helmet:||Represents wisdom and a willingness to seek change|
|Card colors:||Also the sad face, represent the pain involved in an emotional rebirth|
|DIGNIFIED:||Happiness in love and romance; emotional satisfaction. Many invitations, offers, and opportunities. Complete immersion in an emotion. if in the past, this could be an emotional block, discouraging present relationships.|
|ILL-DIGNIFIED:||Disappointment in love, unhappiness, depression. Unhappy events or misfortunes. Dishonesty, deception, and fraud. Also indicative of a secret and all consuming relationship.|
The Prince of Wands is the Seeker and represents the airy part of Fire. He is impulsive, intuitive, and highly creative. This card symbolizes swiftness and strength in word and deed. Inherent in this are his qualities of individuality, ambitiousness, justice, and straightforwardness. His is a pioneering personality, as symbolized by his crossed legs which form the number 4, the number of the master builder.
The individual represented by this card is easily influenced by external circumstances and is inclined to act on impulse. He is often violent in his desire to see the ideals of truth and creativity upheld. He is fair and just, but in his heart of hearts, he knows that true justice is not to be found in this world. Therefore, he tends to look beyond this world for guidance and inspiration, thus earning his title as the Seeker. He is the essence of intuitive creativity, and he pours his energy into the creation of his dreams.
This individual can also be an extravagant boaster. He loves to argue simply for the sake of arguing; the original devil's advocate. He is a romantic, but people often fear him without knowing any specific reason for their fear. His intensity of purpose and constant motion tend to make bad first impressions.
|Crown:||Symbolizes enlightenment and the ability to foresee the future|
|Chariot:||Symbolizes a single-minded pursuit of self-realization|
|Phoenix staff:||A symbol of power and energy, it represents the willingness to be led by spirit. This is also seen in the draping of the reins over his arms. The Prince is not driving the chariot, he is allowing a higher power to guide it|
|Darkness:||Dark points behind the Prince represent the confusion of the past|
|Green color:||This is seen n the flames and represents fertility and creativity|
|Fire:||Symbolic of mastery over emotions|
|Lotus:||Represents his surrender to a higher love|
|Lion:||Symbolic of the seeking of the true Self|
|Nakedness:||Symbolizes openness and freedom, and the courage to reveal the true Self|
|DIGNIFIED:||A positive trend in business; opportunities abound. Can also signify changes in residence and/or sudden departures.|
|ILL-DIGNIFIED:||Loss of respect; setback in career or business. Possible need to withdraw to reconsider goals. Procrastination; trips and/or plans are delayed.|
The Prince of Swords, also known as The Thinker, represents the airy part of air. He is the true intellectual of the Princes. His domains are intuition and creative thought. He rules from Capricorn to Aquarius.
The individual represented by this card is often full of ideas, yet they are often unrelated to practicality. He is intensely clever, rational, and stable, but without commitment to anything, not even his own ideas. He illustrates the qualities of the Aquarian. He charts a new course for others to follow, stirs the hearts of the rebellious, and then stands back to let others finish the task.
In order to achieve this degree of intellectual commitment, this individual must be totally free and unrestricted. Therefore, he shuns anything which suggests attachments or ties. He forcefully cuts loose anything that seeks to bind him, whether it be a person, place, belief, or emotion.
|Green Armor:||Symbolic of creativity|
|Armor:||Ready for battle against all that stands opposed to free thought|
|Crystals:||The many crystals in the card represent a multitude of ideas and personality characteristics|
|Chariot:||Symbolizes forceful revolution|
|Sword:||Represents destruction of old ways and beliefs|
|Figures:||Three small figures draw the large chariot. These figures represent outdated ideas, restrictive thought, and limiting relationships|
|DIGNIFIED:||Swiftly moving events. Intuition, creative thinking, and clear perception. The removal of all restrictive ties and bonds.|
|ILL-DIGNIFIED:||Negative thoughts; an unwillingness and inability to defend opinions. Overwhelming pressure and strife. Arguments and quarrels.|
The Prince of Pentacles is known as The Builder, and is ruled by Taurus. He represents the airy part of Earth.
The individual represented by this card is rooted in the physical world; a master of design and architecture. All his energy is focused on material and practical matters. He is unshakable, stubborn, and bull-headed. He is also enduring, a good manager, and a responsible worker. He is competent, trustworthy, and cautious, but also curious. He is always looking for new uses for old things. He is a typical plodder; trustworthy and good, but almost entirely lacking in emotion. He is slow to anger, but unappeasable when he does explode.
This type of person will stop at nothing to build his fortune. Everything and everyone is something what can be used for his gain. His determination is unmatched.
|Chariot:||Represents forward movement and direction|
|Bull:||Symbolizes determination, ambition, and power. Also seen on the Prince's helmet|
|Boulders:||Obstacles to be defeated on the way to success|
|Earth in hand:||Representing worldly success|
|Fruits:||Symbolic of the fruits of labor|
|Nudity:||Symbolizes openness, trust, and honesty|
|Sexuality:||Several symbols speak of sexuality: the bull, the sexual symbols on the tapestry, and the Prince's own nakedness|
|DIGNIFIED:||Increased income, good health. Correct timing for action. Symbolic of a workaholic. The establishment of security for its own sake.|
|ILL-DIGNIFIED:||Financial conditions at a standstill; loss of money. Withdrawal into oneself in order to regain self-esteem and security.|
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