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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Queen of Cups & The Legends Tarot-Queen of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Queen of Cups & The Legends Tarot- The Queen of Cups:

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The Great Mother of Intelligence is Binah, the Third Sphere/Sephira called Understanding on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. She is the Sanctifying Intelligence  and as the Queen of Cups, Binah is represented as the Queen of the Thrones of the Waters; Water being the flowing conscious/ Unconsciousness of the Universe; known as Imagination. Therefore, if you are into the Elemental Mysteries, The Thoth Queen of Cups represents the Queen of the Undines and Nymphs.

Astrologically, the Queen of Cups is in the last Decan of Gemini and the First two Decans of Cancer.

The Queen of cups represents  Specific Water in the Realm of Primal Water. In other words; She is the "will to form" intelligence that resides in the Divine Collective Unconscious.Here the "Will to Form" of Binah is "reflecting on consciousness".

Crowley's  Thoth card shows this reflective nature in an abstract way. Here The Queen is enthroned on still Water, her image is of purity and beauty as she is robed in veils of pure light. Here the Truth of her is not seen by the observer, who can only see themselves in reflection.
In her hand is a shell like cup with a crayfish climbing out of it, a symbol relating to the Moon and its reflective qualities. Truth being, one of the characteristics of this card is that like water (consciousness), the flow changes according to the influences around it.
There is also an Ibis in abstraction shown on this card, Here, we see the influence of  Thoth-Hermes . The Ibis is a traditional Egyptian symbol of this Moon God. Thus, again the Male and Female influences are never separate.

Chokmah (the 2nd Sephiroth-Wisdom) is often represented as Python, the First Husband, thus as a snake or Serpent Force. In Mythology, the Ibis  eats the eggs of the Snake, which relates to her "consuming the seeds of ideas"  from Chokmah who is represented as Wisdom.

However, the Ibis also consumes the corpses of the dead. This may seem contradictory, but the corpses of the dead are "Conscious seeds"; personalities recycled so that data is consumed and recycled in the Universal Unconscious. Thus, we have reference to the Great Sea of Binah (Universal Unconscious)  from which life flows out, and also  flows back into, Here the Moon and the cycle of tides add to the Thoth Tarot image. 

The Lotus is the Eastern Rose, and is the Sacred flower related to Great Mother Isis an Egyptian form of Binah.  Rather than through the touch of her hand, as the Queen of Wands is shown controlling the Leopard, The Queen of Cups uses the intermediary of the Lotus (Womb)  to cause the Ibis to do its work. The Tranquil waters, on which the Lotus float, are the means of force transmission.

The key characteristics to The Queen of cups, are dreaminess, illusion and tranquility. As is Water the perfect agent and patient solvent, the Queen of Cups, is able to receive and transmit everything with out affecting herself in so doing.

The Legends Tarot-Queen of Cups card concentrates on this aspect of tranquility. Here She is with her moon-dogs or white wolves. The scene is a fantasy winter theme, and everyone is dressed in white. The blue color and the one silver cup at the bottom of the card, are the only signs that this is a cup card.
She seems to radiate compassion and tenderness and therefore, she seeks to help those who are emotionally overwrought.

If the Queen of Cups is caused to be ill dignified by the accompanying cards in a reading, then everything is refracted and distorted, as she is directly affected by surrounding influences.

When the Queen of Cups is thrown during a reading:

  • The querent is showing issues surrounding motherhood
  • Suggesting emotional empowerment, as the querent is able to express feelings honestly, blamelessly and without judgment.
  • Implies too much imagination about issues and not enough action taken to solve them.
  • Emotional and Intuitive capabilities that show  highly evolved interpersonal interactions and psychic abilities.
  • Implies the querent is extremely empathetic and thus must watch out for moodiness and fluctuating feelings that often come from those around her.
  • Suggests that one inspires from within and could be a time of Deep inner musings, thoughts focused within where the mind is engulfed in Imagination. 
  • That a mature woman of deep sexual and fertility powers, where everything in her life is related to nourishment, sexual exchange, passionate giving and receiving maybe involved in the life of the querent or is the querent.. 
  • Motherhood, or new ideas formulating for a creative line of work.
  • An ethereal person of the highest ideals imagined....sometimes unattainable in the physical  world of constant change.
  • Wisdom and virtue, Can denote a perfect spouse and a good mother.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Knight of Cups & The Legends Tarot- King of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Knight of Cups & the Legends Tarot-King of Cups:

In the Thoth Tarot the Knights are comparable to the Kings in the Medieval Tarot and most other decks. Therefore, the King of Cups of the Legends Tarot, although fantasy art, is also considered to be compatible to The Thoth Knight. The Thoth Knights are Kings who are shown armored, sitting astride their powerful "Spirit Force" steeds. Crowley understood the Kings to be battle Knights, active and powerful energy states of the unconsciousness world, rather than sedate throne bound medieval kings.

The Knight of Cups is no exception and is the personification of the force which motivates the currents of the unconscious mental world; the fiery part of water. This fire/water compatibility may sound strange to the neophyte; However, the fiery part of water is the force behind the Power of Solution.

The Knight of Cups is not unlike the fiery attack of rain or springs. He rules the Zodiac from 21st degree of Aquarius to the 20th degree of Pisces.

The Thoth Knight, is depicted in armor, adorned with bright wings, and astride the leaping white charger of wave top foam origin; all represent the most active aspects of water, with the wings of Mercury. Hence, is also a message bearer from and to the Graäl (Grail).

The Cancer crab, besides being the symbol of the sign of Cancer, (Cardinal Water) is ruled by the Moon and directs the flow of tides represents the aggressive nature of water and it's regenerative state. This is relevant as it is known that crabs individually regenerate by shedding their hard outer shell.  The Crab also relates to Isis, Stella Maris, Star of the Sea; The Great Mother Mari.

The Knight of Cups totem is the Peacock, somewhat abstract in the waves of the sea, as the very nature of active water is it's brilliance. The Peacock is also the totem of the Peacock God Myths and symbolizes Wisdom, i.e Chokmah and is a bird whose flesh is supposedly incorruptible.  The Peacock image is also related to the Phoenix, a bird which died in flames every 500 years and rose again from its own ashes. The Peacock god myth is one of interesting pedigree, as the origin of this image began with the Bird of Juno, of Roman pedigree. Juno was the Mother of the Roman gods and the peacocks iridescent tail feathers sported "eyes", symbolizing the Goddess's ever watchfulness, her many colored veils and her plumes of justice.

Peacock feathers also were the Plumes of Justice of the Egyptian Mother Goddess Maat,  against which the hearts of men were weighed. The image of which is shown on the Adjustment Card, Key 8 of the Thoth Deck.

I would recommend that the serious student get the book,WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTH AND SECRETS, by the author, Barbra G. Walker for a fast and easy study of the Peacock god, for obviously a greater amount of study is needed if you wish to understand the "Swirling Depths" of this card.

The fluorescence characteristics of the person signified by this card are surprisingly passive, as dictated by the zodiacal attribution and the depiction of the seated king in the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. With the qualities of Venus, he is a graceful dilettante (a weak Jupiter) . Passively amiable and quick to respond to attraction but the stimulation fades away as he is not very enduring. Due to this inherent weakness, this person may be emotionally triggered by outside influence since this person has no real material depth of character.

The Knight of Cups has an undeniable innocence and purity, that is often clouded by his ill dignified sensuality, idleness, and untruthful nature. In fact he can be so superficial that it is hard to reach any depth in him, of which there is much. There is great difficulty in rightly mating water with fire, as the swift violent nature of fire (Knight of Wands) ill suits a character that is naturally as placid as water (Knight of Cups). It is a rare spiritual persona indeed that has mastered the balance, so most often we find the personality mismanaging his affairs and unless good fortune attend him, his career and  life is littered with a trail of  failure and disaster. Hence, there is a mental "civil war" here, when his willful fire is unbalance with his emotional water.
This unbalance can lead to depressions, and/or schizophrenia. He is one minute, fiery hot, anger surges, than the other minute, all emotional and weeping.  The abuse of stimulants, alcohol, and narcotics is not uncommon with such a personality. As always the case, the surrounding cards will help the reader decide the positive or ill dignified nature of this card and often within the reading is recommended the nature of correcting the unwanted behavior of this ill dignity. All in all, a very fun bubbly, bright person to be around, as long as you show attraction, to stimulate his attention. Good fun for short visits!

The Legends Tarot, King of Cups, is shown once again, with a central wolf and/or "moon-dog", howling as a wolf aurora in a polar sky.
The Moon is the symbol for the Goddess, as is the Gaäl.
Here, is depicted a calm, stalwart wolf-king who is recommending calm rather than drama.  He thinks that diplomacy is better than force.

When the King or Knight of Cups is thrown during a divination, it implies:
  • Issues of loyalty to family and friends.
  • That the querent is an optimist.
  • This person has attained their position of authority by action and is looking ahead into life.
  • Listening to one's conscience, being guided by instincts and intuition and trusting one's impulses.
  • The querent is releasing an emotional pattern that no longer serves them well.
  • Creativity, imagination and the ability to love. A caregiver, counselor or priest.
  • A lively imagination and one who can change one's moods at will. A master of emotion who is empathetic but not manipulated by the emotions of others.
  • The querent has the quality of irresistible force, underlying a calm surface.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-10 of Cups-Satiety & The Legends Tarot- Ten of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 10 of Cups-Satiety & The Legends Tarot-Ten of Cups:

MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Serphiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens.
The Thoth 10 OF CUPS is known as SATIETY, and is attributed to Mars in Pisces.

Crowley calls the Thoth card, The Lord of Perfected Success, as this is the influence of MALKUTH in the Universal Collective Unconscious-Mental World known as Briah. Satiety, is word meaning,filled to the point of excess, and in the 10 of Cups, happiness is overflowing from the unconscious to the consciousness and therefore, through the self-conscious of body. Though it may be hard to argue that excessive happiness is a negative thing, it could be distracting and cause one to loose focus on mundane things, as well as, reach the point of numbness and/or emotional overload.
What is exceptional  about this card, is that the general astrological meaning of Mars in Pisces doesn't apply. Pisces is a watery sign, and Mars should signify a dispersal of energy to a point of frustration.
However, the meaning here is that fiery Mars causes the Waters of Pisces to rush furiously into Briah, bringing great success on the Material plane of Malkuth.

The imagery of the Thoth card expresses the opinion that all happiness is inspired from above, i.e. comes from the Divinity that is our Spirit. One could say that Happiness, is a higher-inner state of harmonic energy consciousness, i.e. Love of Being yourself.

To be sure, when Tarot is used for Divination, Legends Tarot card it is best applied to mundane maters, where as the meaning may be different if applied to a more spiritual plane as the Thoth card attempts to do. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement.

The 10's generally imply, fixed, culminated, completed Force and the Legends card concentrates it's imagery on the phenomena that all happiness comes from  Self Harmony. This concept is opposed to the mundane belief that "Accumulation of Things" makes one happy. The idea here is that Happiness created us as its material expression, rather than the gathering of material makes us happy. When observing a child playing, one may understand that happiness, is what we are, not what we seek. 
As in all the Legends Tarot Cups, we have the Grail,with moon stone and crescents, and the full moon face of the Wolf and/or "moon dog". The number ten is envisioned as ten wolf sigils singing or howling in harmony.

Those who believe that happiness is the process of accumulating more stuff live in the world the Hindus call the "Neti-Neti" world; Neti-Neti meaning, "not this-not that". In the world of "not this and not that", one lives their entire life trying to attain happiness by the greedy, ambitious and even violent accumulation of things, only to find out that each accumulation brings only superficial  happiness that evaporates in the heat of their grasping for life. Thus forcing them to seek and attempt another greedy grasp for happiness.
For example, the European settlers to this land we call the United States, felt happiness came from owning land, and they invaded and destroyed entire nations of indigenous peoples, causing misery and injustice to achieve their greedy grab of land. And as we can plainly see, they still are looking over the dead bodies of thousands and happiness alludes them as tears of frustration cascade down their triple chins of greed. In the USA, happiness is pedaled by the media as consumerism, causing excessive eating, drinking, and buying . In-fact many of us have consumed everything around us, and found no happiness whatsoever so we apply for another charge card. However, this  "pursuit of happiness", does  keep the therapists and physicians busy. Hence, they prosper and consume.

I AM Happiness is much better way to understand "self" than seeking it. For seeking happiness, simply states that you do not have it, hence, "self" is to be pursued. And since that seeking is the core of the thought, you shall not achieve what you claim as not being within your grasp now.

We DECLARE ourselves, that is what individual freedom of choice means. We choose to live our own definitions! For I AM Spirit, Mind, and the Body is the outer expression of Self Definition that lives within the mind; A mind that  we define as "ME".

This Mind Sea (see) that we live within, Carl Jung calls "The Universal Collective Unconscious" or the Divine Self that is Adam Kadmon of the Qabalah, who is the whole Tree of Life. Those who rule definition (your rulers) have destroyed your ability to be happy, simply by controlling your imagination, making you believe that as yourself, you are not "good enough". Rather you must be as they define you to be; a seeker of good or better things; Things that are not alive.  Again, you are good enough for the Divine Creative to create as Life, as it would never build what it doesn't approve of in its own Self Awareness; an awareness we call Life. Your Manifestation is your proof of "good enough" so now go about happily being the best "you- you can think of". Those who are free to define themselves, are evolution itself! Those who rule and enforce definition for others, are creating only stagnation and slavery.

In ordinary matters, the divined meaning of the Legends Tarot and Thoth Tarot card is , matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success. This meaning of material success is reinforced if the 10/Ten of Cup's lands on the position of "Beneath you" or "of House and Home", on a Celtic Cross layout. In fact, that would be paramount for this card, as it is a 10 of Malkuth (Kingdom) in a Earthly existence position.

When one is viewing the Ten's, one must remember that in Qabalistic gematria,  1+0=1, therefore, we are cycling back to the beginning of something new that is willed by the Spirit. Ten's may mean completion, but not of ourselves, just of something we desired to achieve in the material world. We will move on to even greater things as constant transformation is the way of Life. 

  • Emotional contentment.
  • Happiness and contentment for everyone.
  • When motivated by love of being, the unfoldment of the highest wisdom.
  • Experiencing an emotional relationship or psychic work that is stable and satisfying with awareness that soon it will be time to move on.
  • The gift of bringing light and good cheer to others, simply by happily being yourself.
  • The fulfillment of a desire of paramount importance.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-9 of Cups-Happiness & The Legends Tarot- Nine of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 9 of Cups-Happiness & The Legends Tarot- Nine of Cups:

Number 9, is the Sephira Yesod [foundation] on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The 9 of Cups, is Yesod in the Suit of water, and 9, being also the number of the Moon, strengthens Water. Thus the stability is restored to Water. After its wobbly exclusions to Hod (8-left hand path or pillar) to Netzach (7-right hand path or pillar), the suit of Water has now returned to the Middle Pillar.
 Astrologically Jupiter in Pisces is the Ruler of the 9 of Cups, thus adding a benediction that is more than sympathetic to Water. This is obvious, since Jupiter is the Planet of Chesed [Mercy} where water is in it highest manifestation. Plus, Pisces brings out the placidity of Water. Therefore, the 9 of Cups is True Wisdom fulfilled in Perfect Happiness.

As you can see upon viewing of the Thoth card, there are 9 cups arranged into a square, representing Chesed-Jupiter, overflowing and filling one another implying we have the most benevolent aspect of the force of Water;a pleasing state of stable and sparkling emotion.

The Legends Tarot- Nine of Cups illustrates the more mundane meaning of The Lord of Material Happiness. The  Wolf-Moon-Dog figure is enjoying his complete success as a full moon and fulfillment of wishes . The blue color of the card and the Moon represents the element of water.The Silver Chalice, with central moon-stone with surround crescents, also represents the ruling goddess of the water element. The nine wolf sigils, represent the cards nine cups. There is nothing else to this card to explain its representation.

In Qabalah, the number 9 is also the number of completion. Happiness, is a sensationalizing of success and it's natural bonhomie is a hard one to find any negative connotations for. This is a pleasant card to have in your reading. However, in a Celtic Cross reading, it could be the first card description of the querent crossed by a negative card, such as the 5 or 7 of cups which would suggest why the querent isn't enjoying happiness. Otherwise, be happy!

When the 9 of Cups card is thrown during a divination, the querent is or will be experiencing:
  • Complete success, pleasure and happiness for the next 9 weeks, or 9 months
  • Complete and perfect realization of pleasure and happiness as wishes are fulfilled.
  • There can be some vanity and conceit here, but it is good- natured..
  •  High mindedness and not easily satisfied with small , gossipy, limited ideas.
  • Such a person may be maligned because of their self-assumption but the querent, being of a good generous, sometimes foolish, nature, ...the malingers tend to look overly critical., now is changing to
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Cups-Indolence & The Legends Tarot- Eight of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-8 of Cups-Indolence and the Legends Tarot-Eight of Cups.

The Thoth Tarot 8 of Cups, is subtitled- Indolence and/or The Lord of Abandoned Success. The Legends Tarot, Eight of Cups is the corresponding Tarot card in this element of Water, even thought not subtitled.

Attributed to this card is Saturn in Pisces. The Angels of the Decan: Vabaliah and Yeshivah.
Here, Hod is in Briah, the Mental World.

To reiterate, (past blogs) Hod, the 8th Sephiroth-Splendor, is the intelligence of the concrete mind; However, with Saturn in Pisces the 8 of Cups, being a Water sign doesn't balance Saturn's energy well.
With Saturn in a water sign, a certain amount of  introspection, manifests as disinterest with material conditions. The effect, is discontent or a decline in interest in anything. Thus, one's tendency  is to abandon success.

The interpretation of the 8 of Cups, is based on the fact that Pisces, is calm and stagnant water, that is completely deadened by the heavy influences of Saturn.
We know Water, is the Element of consciousness, so what is progressing within one is a deadening of interest, a complete lack of wonder.
The lotuses of enlightenment droop,for lack of sun or rain. The Sea of mind has become little stagnant pools, in poisoned soil. All the cups are old and broken, symbolizing "an old and worn out" way of thinking.The Sun of Spirit, is a pallid yellowish light barely shinning through the leaden clouds of indigo. Mind and emotions on autopilot so the thought process is not conducive to expanding and liberating the Life of the person. The blood in the body is moving like molasses. This person needs stimulation!
Not my favorite card, but this dullness of mind, is often necessary to warn us that it is time to evaluate our feelings.

The Legends Tarot- Eight of Cups, depicts a  blue background , with the ubiquitous full moon with Wolf and/or "moon dog" face. Both moon and blue illustrate that water is the element of this card.
The Silver Moon Chalice, with central moon stone and surrounding crescents also reinstate the Moon Goddess as central figure to this card.
The eight wolf sigils, declare this card to be 8.
There is no other clues as to this cards interpretation. Therefore, one must know tarot by heart, or read the light accompanying booklet to know the meaning this card suggests.
 The Eight of Cups in Tarot, is supplied with the astrological meaning of  Saturn in Pisces, implying, the need to focus and consolidate in an inspired way, idealistic, and subtle. Sometimes there is just too much past emotional baggage and one needs to let go and move on. 

When the 8 of Cups or Eight of Cups, is thrown during a reading the querent maybe experiencing:

  • Exhaustion, being overly tired, drain and dull emotionally.
  • There is an unconscious change taking place, on a deep inner level of feeling.
  • There is a warning here to Pay attention to your self...stop and examine your perspectives, this is the end of something and the beginning of something new!
  • The emotional state of stagnation and stillness.This could go on for 8 weeks or 8 months, depending on the querent's actions.
  • There is a need to focus and consolidate your emotions in an inspired way.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-7 of Cups-Debauch & The Legends Tarot- Seven of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 7 of Cups-Debauch and the Legends Tarot- Seven of Cups:

The Legends Tarot- Seven of Cups shows a blue, wolf-faced full Moon, a silver moon cup, complete with central moon stone with crescents and sigils of 7 "Moon-Dogs" and/or wolves. All of which suggest the Pythagorean element water.

The Primary meaning of this card seems to be that of foolish whims, fantasy, daydreams and illusionary success. However, there are no visual clues to this meaning, as one must read the little accompanying booklet to get these messages from the card.
To a Qabalist, these cards are just pretty art; nice to look at but revealing nothing of the inner-arcane and outer-objective self. The Qabalistic Tarot is all about "Above all things, know thyself".
Hence, the Thoth Tarot.


To reiterate: NETZACH is the 7th Sephiroth where feelings, and instincts begin. Netzach, the ruler of this card, is undifferentiated and the Sephiroth of Group Mind. It is connected to it's opposite HOD-whose attributes are of the intellect, individualization, and beginnings of the individual mind. When observing this balance we can see that
Netzach is the Sephiroth of which the forces of Nature are attributed. The Angels of this Sephira are called Elohim, often called "the gods", because they are for the purpose of constructing the self consciousness, in incarnation and for the human race.

Also, Netzach is the Sphere of Venus-Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Thus Netzach -Victory, implies that the Victory is in Love of Being. Remember, Hu-man means God Mind*, which declares the spirit of each, Elohim of the Homo-sapiens!
[Hu-Mandarine for "god" and Man comes from the Hindu Manas meaning mind.]

The spark (fire is Spirit and the spark of spirit is personality) of the individual mind begins in the Group Soul-Fire that is Netzach, and becomes part of a group of flames (yods) that is self-comprehending/ self-expecting or self aware, while also comprehending the Whole. Therefore, it is not all surprising that the arts, music, painting, poetry and all other things of creative imagination, are attributed to the Netzach/Hod union.

The Three key symbols of Netzach, are:
The Rose.
The Girdle.
 The Lamp.

The Rose is attributed to Venus and often associated with Love, as the most perfect flower. Traditionally the Girdle is also an attribute of Venus and to learn the secret of the knot in her Girdle means to direct the Venus forces of nature, i.e. tie them up or release them at will. The Lamp is the bearer of Fire relating Netzach to Geburah and the powerful warring forces of Mars. Is also known on another level, as the ever-burning light of the Temple of Lower Self; that being the outer and/or objective self.

The 7 of Cups-Debauch, also known as the: Lord of Illusory Success,because here the Moon is in Aquarius. Here  Netzach is  in Yetzirah, influencing the Astral World.

In the 7 of Cups, Venus is in Scorpio, creating a very intense and emotional presence that is often involved in deceit. There is also a tendency to wallow in emotions, and/or self- deception to the point of dissipation. This also makes it a card of egocentricity and selfishness.

Thus Crowley implies a great warning in this card, his lotuses are slimy, and ugly, a perversion of the sacrament of the cup in the Six, usually brought about by over-inflating the ego. The consciousness is polluted and the card implies, error, illusion and illusionary success, by denying today's failure to "live in the moment", with past illusions of success.

Many of us fail to see that our individual consciousness, is a holy sacrament. Rather we debase ourselves, with thoughts of lack, or superiority (bad and good), when neither exist. We are One, who is Many in the Universal Collective Unconscious. The Many are the Sacred Sacraments of the One, i.e., the many Selves of the One Great Self. In other words, our incarnate consciousness is a formal sacred act or rite of Spirit. It is the rite of Spirit to become Sensually Self Aware! I AM ME! Is a declaration of an Elohim, who is self aware.....and now can discriminate self thoughts from group thoughts and build itself to its own expectations.

Thoughts, are the "First Matter", awareness of "First Matter" manipulation, by the process of expectation, which is known as Declaration; I AM! makes us Supreme in our creations! By untying the "knot of not -thoughts" that tie up our emotional power; "nots" that have been installed by social pleasure/pain training, we become masters of our own Existence, which is the meaning of I AM . The I AM ME, is objective existence. So it behooves us to declare ourselves as "I AM",  rather than the polluted thoughts of a "I Wanna-Be Me" who is all tied up in the self absorbed pain-creation of lack thinking ; Which really just states that we are creating ourselves as a "Lack" or a hole in time; an "I Ain't" rather than an "I AM" denying our own sacredness and selling that sacredness on the slave blocks of "fear of rejection"! Fear of rejection, is obviously and ignorant fear, for we are still breathing, showing that Spirit and Mind is still the I AM of Me- who is body.

When the 7 of Cups, Debauch or the Seven of Cups, is thrown during a reading,
  • It implies emotional over extension.
  • A state of depression where one tries to ease the pain by overindulgence.
  • The imagination running away with itself and the resulting patterns are depleting the persons energy.
  • This is the place of Dreams, so it could be the ability to conjure up visions, fantasies, but the vision is watery, making it difficult to see reality.
  • So there is a implication of true talent and insight, but tending towards fantasy, illusion and unrealistic attitudes. The surrounding cards will support this latter  interpretation.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 6 of Cups-Pleasure & The Legends Tarot- Six of Cups

The Thoth- 6 of Cups -Pleasure, is one of the highest cup cards in the Thoth Tarot deck and is about the perfect pleasure of spiritual ecstasy that one feels when the soul, mind and body union is complete.
The approach to this deep inner sun is more subtle in the Legends Tarot.

The Legends Tarot-Six of Cups, illustrates a the blue colors of the element water. The moon-dog full moon and the silver moon cup, complete with moon stone centerpiece and crescent moons on either side of center. The moon, silver and moon stones, all represent the Goddess and her magical element of Pythagorean water.
 To let the reader know it is six of cups, there are six wolf or moon-dog symbols on this card.
Again, one must read the booklet that accompanies this card, to have any idea of what it represents.
According to the Anne Stokes, the author and artist, this card represents nostalgia, past memories, longing and childhood past.

From the Sepher Yetzirah ( 13 th century Qabalalistic text) and the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom:

In Kether is the Radix of a Golden Glory and thence is there a pure, primitive and sparkling, gleaming golden yellow which is reflected into Tiphareth. This is the first reflected Triad complete. And the sphere of its operation is that of Shemesh, the Solar Light, and bestoweth Life, Light and Brilliancy in metallic matter, and it rideth the sphere of action and of the Sun. And YHVH
Eloah va-Daath is a God of Knowledge and Wisdom, ruling over the Light of the Universe; and its Archangel is Raphael, the Prince of Brightness, Beauty and Life. And the Name of the Order of Angels is Melechim, that is Kings or Angelic Kings, who are also called the Order of
Virtues, Angels and Rulers.

Is representative of the Lord of Pleasure. Here the Sun is in Scorpio. The Angels of the Decan are Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
The influence of the Solar Logos-Tiphareth, in the Mental World known to Qabalist as Briah.

Already we know that Tiphareth in Atziluth (Beauty in Pure Spirit) means Victory after effort, shown as the Thoth 6 of Wands. Now we see the Six of Cups as Tiphareth in the Watery World of Briah, (Mental World) as the beginnings of Pleasure.

Noted to be a sign of discrimination, magnetism and hidden qualities, Scorpio, in the 6 of Cups, is like activated Water by Solar influx. Here, Scorpio revels in the Sun, and is likened to a Fertile, warm, fruitful Sea--a Spa of Life generating qualities.

 For example, having a Sun in Scorpio, and a Scorpio Natal, and a Cancerian Moon, my inner self is a bright pleasure to my Watery World of deep and powerful emotion. Bacchus revels in my halls of hearth and heart I live this card, in a daily Glow of Bright Pleasure. Hence, I have no need to seek it-----I am it! And pleasure is a state of daily being and I can find no greater foundation than pleasure to build the temple of self on.

 Of course, Scorpio may sting where the Will directs; However, when the Will resides in Beauty-Tiphareth, Love is the Willful view of life and the scorpion's sting is reserved for those who would demean life with vial actions. What may not be known to some, is that Scorpio has three symbols that represent this mystical sign. Not only the lowly, ground bound scorpion, but also the Serpent, representing sexuality and the free flying eagle, the sign's higher mind.   So as the Sun activates the Forces of Scorpio, gain or pleasure commences and one "flies high". Implied, without assurance, is that pleasure and gain will build, as shown by the partially filled cups.

Pleasure, being the natural title of this card, may seem mundane in meaning. That is not the case with this card as it does not represent the mundane pleasures of the pain fleeing populace, but of the highest energy sense; implying well-being, harmony of natural forces of Spirit, Mind and Body, without effort or strain but with ease and satisfaction. Yet it also does emphatically represent the fulfillment of Sexual Will, as shown by the ruling Sephira, Tiphareth-Beauty, and sign of Scorpio whose Planet is Sun, and of the element of Water. However, this sexual action is also a personal communion of fertile forces, through all the body chakras, that makes all life possible. Hence, the three
is doubled, 3 states of anima (Maid, Mother and Crone) and 3 states of animus (Son, Father and Grandfather).

When the 6 of Cups-Pleasure or the Six of Cups, is thrown during a reading,:
  • The querent is experiencing emotional pleasure, in a period of 6 weeks or 6monts of giving to and receiving  pleasure form others.
  •  A period of innocence and taking great pleasure in one's childlike qualities.
  • One maybe experiencing an orgasmic rush of feelings, a wave of ecstasy that even sad feelings being actively expressed, feel good in release. 
  • The querent may also be experiencing sweet memories  of the past, as past efforts bring present rewards.
  • The Querent is or soon will be feeling the great inner pleasure of the "inner lover", the Sun of the Divine Creative.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-5 of Cups-disappointment & The Legends Tarot- Five of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 5 of Cups is named Disappointment, where as, the Legends Tarot-Five of Cups Card illustrates a Wolf faced full Moon, surrounded with 5 wolf sigils. The silver Moon Cup is in the center, with a large central moon stone and side mounted crescents.
The moon, the silver cup, the moon-dog (wolf), and the color blue all depict the Goddess element of Water. No where is there a depiction of this card's meaning. One must read the accompanying booklet to find this card's representation of wallowing in loss. The art is very good, so this is more of a show piece tarot deck than an metaphysical one.

The Thoth 5- of Cups-Disappointment:

As I have previously stated in past blogs, Geburah,  the 5th Sephiroth, may be severe but she brings a necessary corrective in our lives, by tearing away all that is unproductive thought, and emotional burdens.

In this sensual- physical Universe of body, most of us understand that there is only one energy that we can't create, nor can we destroy it. We can however, transfer it and transform it.

Transformation is a process of deconstructing and then reconstructing that which is envisioned. Transmitting is done sexually or in some from of intimacy and/or communication, where we are in communion with someone or something. Such as the intimacy of healers, or shamanistic rites and physical copulation, etc. The flow of this vital force is often called love, as such we could say that the intimacy of the negative pole as it joins with a positive pole of a magnet proves  love. But being Spiritual-Sensual beings, we know Love is more that energy flow, it is a communion of multiple attributes. Hence the transmission of Energy.

Therefore, Intimacy is not just physical touching, tasting, smelling, hearing or seeing, even though those are usually involved. Intimacy is a sensual "law of attraction"; a union of forces that can be a balancing agent, such as where one Auric Field blends with another. Energy weaving into a new pattern for both parties is often healing and mutually beneficial; a multiplication of 7 dimensions (Auric Fields) weaving with another 7 dimensions, becoming 49. These 49 are really a numeric 4+ 9= 13 and Key 13 is the Death Card, which means a "Spiritual Transformation". What may surprise many of us, is that intimacy, if complete, can be mutually annihilating, much like if you blend red with blue, you get purple. The red and blue are annihilated, and then reconstructed into a "new thing" called purple. That is why Loving couples, change into a different being, comprised of both and yet neither one. Some people actually feel like they are being torn apart by the power of Love but soon they are also being reassembled into something wonderful.
However wonderful energy in motion is, it also has and end. That would be the second law of Thermodynamics where"...all things proceed from order to disorder." So a Master weaver of Self, would see the disorder in self  identity patterns, and deconstruct them and reconstruct a new order of Self.  Here's where Geburah steps in to assist us, she makes us view the disorder, and as a corrective, we can now remove the old and build the new. Most of our relationship disorders, come from expectation. Some how we think that by expecting someone or something to act a certain way, it will. If it doesn't it all of a sudden goes from a good expectation to a "bad"action. Proving once again we all are self-absorbed. 
 Is also known as Lord of loss in pleasure. Here the planet Mars is in Scorpio. The angels of the Decan are, Livoyah and Pehilyah. As the 5 of cups, Geburah is influencing the Mental World of Briah. 
By now you may know that the alchemical element-water represents  emotional self- consciousness. Hence, a severe situation is sensually presented in the 5 of Cups.  Mars is violent energy and in the water sign Scorpio, this produces an extremely emotional effect. 
The once full cups are empty, implying loss of that which is loved.  Geburah is fiery in nature, and still water is  totally at odds with this active force, thus causing a disturbance and  loss of pleasure.  This card, if supported by negative accompanying cards, can even mean death of a loved one.

The inverted pentagram represents the triumph of matter over spirit and the place in the Psyche where disturbance arises in the middle of ease. Here, the animal survival mind and its fear of rejection, has triumphed over the Will that is the Soul. By "doing unto another, as you would have done to yourself", which includes the doing of thought, you will expect very little, if anything from others. You will respect their freedom to act as they will, just as you respect yours. Being free of expectation, is also called "unconditional love". Let each other be and you will find that disappointment is a fleeting thing and doesn't leave foot prints on your heart.

When the 5 of cups or Five of Cups is thrown during a reading,

  • The querent has been or will be experiencing emotional disappointment for 5 weeks or 5 months.
  • Usually implications of relying too much on others for love, rather than loving themselves. 
  •  Here, there is a certain crying over past events, a experience of grieving over what has been lost. 
  • Emotional discord as one begins to adapt.
  • This is a card of regret, loss and separation.
  • The corrective of Geburah is being applied here, and it is the beginning of recovery.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 4 of Cups-Luxury & The Legends Tarot- Four of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 4 of Cups-Luxury and The Four of Cups-Legends Tarot, differ somewhat in presentation of their meanings. The Legends tarot is like many other tarot decks, in that it presents less meaningful art in the "small cards". What many tarot readers forget, is that the "small cards" are another form of the arcane, and are about objective issues, that are "in your face" right at this moment and have just as much to do with spiritual, mental and emotional development as the more subtle Major cards.

The Legends Tarot, presents what is now the familiar blue-background, the Wolf Moon and the silver moon chalice, complete with central moon stone and side crescents.
All symbols of the Goddess who rules the element of water.  Besides the title, the only reason we visually know this to be the four of cups are the four wolf moon sigils above and below the moon cup.

What is offered as description with this card, is that one should look around and enjoy the moment, instead of being all wrapped up in created dramas. Implying a kind of emotional weariness with all the "soul searching" and needing to cherish the moment of life.  All good advice, but unless you know the little booklet that accompanies these tarot cards, by heart, there are no visual clues as to the meaning of this card. Love the art though.

From the Golden Dawn Texts:
" In Chokmah is the Radix of blue and thence is there a blue color pure and primitive, and glistening, with a spiritual Light which is reflected into Chesed. And the Sphere of its Operation is called Tzedek or Justice and it fashionith the images of material things, bestowing peace and mercy: and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Jupiter. And Al is the title of a God strong and mighty, ruling in Glory, Magnificence and Grace. And the Archangel of Chesed is Tsadkiel, the Prince of Mercy and Beneficence, and the Name of the order of Angels is Chasmalim, Brilliant Ones, who are also called the Order of Dominions. The Sephira Chesed is also called Gedulah or Magnificent and Glory."
With such flowery words of ritual adoration, it is often difficult  to realized that this 4th Sephiroth, Chesed -Mercy, is Part of your Inner inheritance as a Divine Child;the Inner self of you, The Spirit, mind and physical form of you are compose of these 10 "states of energy conscious"; these 10 Sephira of Force and Form that compose the Tree of Life. Thus the value of inner self meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested in knowing themselves. In time, the "inner" and "outer" self, become One Self, who is master of all and slave of none.
Past blogs dwell in depth on these 10 Spheres of energy conscious, so feel free to click on past blogs for further insight.
 THE THOTH 4 OF CUPS, in the Qabalistic tarot is called Luxury or Lord of Blended Pleasure. The Planet is the Moon and the sign is Cancer.  The Angels of the Decan are: Hayayel and Mevamayah. Practice calling these names, you may be surprised at the vibratory change.

The 4 of Cups is Chesed in Briah, here Chesed (mercy) is influencing the unconscious mental realm. The alternate flow of the Moon is mitigated in Cancer, as the Moon naturally rules in this sign. Changing cycles are still there, but passive, and slow.

When looking at the Crowley-Harris, Thoth 4 of Cups Card, we see the Upper Golden Solar cups overflowing but not the lower, implying that the Pleasure is real but with reservations.  The caveat being; pleasure but not without some anxiety and discomfort.  Here the Luxurious feeling of pleasure is short and indifference soon takes over.  As the multiple twisted-stems of the one lotus show; the energy of luxury is divided among multiple flows implying too many diverse issues are involved for emotions to stay stable. 4 is a "dead end" number so ending is the only place to go. Action must be taken soon. 
When the Four of Cups or 4 of Cups-Luxury is thrown during a Divination:

  •  For a time, say 4wks or 4 months the querent shall experience emotional luxury, which is the capacity to make other people feel emotionally satisfied, secure and peaceful.
  •  A period of contentment but this is the edge of completion and a new vision of love is being seen. Thus there is both  the gift and challenge of a fallow period.
  • There maybe boredom,  and apathy with a sprinkling of discontent as the querent awaits inspiration. 
  • Here there is type of balance that is caught between the worlds of thought and action.  A good time for clarity and refining things down to a simple truth.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 3 of Cups-Abundance & The Legends Tarot- Three of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Deck 3 of Cups-Abundance, is comparable to the Legends Tarot-Three of Cups.
 The Legends Tarot Card- Three of Cups, is all blue, representing the element of water. The Moon dog or Wolf overlooks the silver moon chalice, with its moon stone and two crescents. There are three wolf sigils surrounding the moon chalice, indicating the number three of this card. Again, moon, is goddess and chalice is the Ace of cups and/or Grail, another symbol of the goddess.

Those who have been following this blog know by now that Binah the 3rd Sephira on the Tree of Life, is "Will to Form", and the intelligent force that makes imagination a womb, i.e., The Creatrix. She is the Creative Will/Womb of all forms, not the architect itself for that is reserved to the action of Chesed the sphere of Mercy.

Again the sexing of  forces is limiting and short on insight. Chesed may be Masculine in its expression of force, and yet it is feminine as it receives the Will of to Form of Binah. So the Real Womb of manifestation, is the combination of the Two. In Qabalah, sex is decided by action. Being receptive is a feminine act and being expressive is a masculine act. So the "sexes" of the Sephiroth change when they are passive or active.

What may surprise you, is that none of us are the sex of our bodies. We are Androgynous, in that we are both receptive (female) and expressive (male) force, intertwined into a Soul and/or Psyche; both magnetic (female) and electric (male) create the matrix of this electromagnetic dimension.  Our Real Being the Electromagnetic Psyche that we call the Aura, is from the Foundation of Life known as Yesod and/or "The Astral". The Qabalistic Tree of Life, shows that we have great multidimensional power of 10,  "to be or not to be".

The  human body is one manifested tool, powered by the Electromagnetic Psyche that you are (Soul). As a power tool, the human body is not yet excelled, and as it's operator, you are beyond the time-space of bodies and were known to be impeccable. Hence, You are obviously a "Will to Be" which is very much a "Will to Form", and the answer to the "I Will Be" of Kether. So here is a kicker, YOU ARE THE IMAGINATION (I-magi-nation) don't have it, for it is not an egoistic possession of the animal brain, which is your "moon-dog"; Therefore, your first familiar is the human brain!  

It helps to remember, Hu is Mandarin for God and Man is from the Hindu word for mind---Mannas. Thus you are called a God-Mind !  The body is not described in the world human. So you are a Hu-Man or God-Mind, who owns a sensual body, designed for the purpose of concentrated Self-Awareness.Since you are not from this dimension, you must use what is of this dimension of material light.
 Image-maker, is what the Imagination means, and that dear soul, is The Divine Creative's Powerful creative mind, hence, you are from the Supernal dimension of the "Spooky Universe".  So stop abusing your earth-body inheritance, hating it for suffering and pain that comes from the Psyche-identity that has been kicked hard by dogmatic definition and stand up and Yell, I AM Spirit, Mind and Body; I AM Me!  And get on with you, for self-impeccability is what you came to do! Remember, what we command in this Universe is our own image and what we expect and/or intend is what makes our life. Take charge of yourself and stop blaming environment, or person or thing, sure they may influence, but they only have the power you give them. What you are is up to your Passionate use of Imagination, which is your "Holy Grail"!

is also called the Lord of Abundance. Here Mercury is in Cancer. The Angels of the Decan Rachael and Yehomayah.
The 3 of Cups, signifies the influence of Binah in Briah, the mental World.
Cancer is a water sign, and is under the command of the Moon. Thus we have Cardinal Water, i.e. Consciousness. Thus, The Three of Cups is perfect affinity with 3rd Sephiroth-Binah, who is "Will to Form" and known in English as "Understanding".

The rushing water, swift and extravagant as it overflows the Pomegranate cups, represents the silvery and sparkling  gifts of Mercury and/or abundant communication. The Water arises from a single cup which denotes the "dark calm Sea of Binah" a characteristic of the Unconscious from which all consciousness springs. She is also seen as Persephone, the goddess of Spring, to whom the Pomegranate is sacred.  With the Plenty of Persephone, this card represents plenty, hospitality, intuition and abundance.

When the Three of Cups or 3 of Cups is thrown during a reading:

  • The querent may have an out pouring of love and positive emotion toward three very significant people in their life An overwhelming desire to communicate such to them,
  • Happiness and a full life.
  • May become clearer about what the querent's.feelings and emotion are saying .
  • Letting the spirit come through and expressing the joy of being with others.
  • A steady and timeless affection is being felt by the querent that is unconditional and thus more powerful  and more deeply felt than romantic love.
  • Feeling the dance of love, often called the Three Graces. A very exuberant joyful feeling of being.
  • A period of celebration, abundance and plenty for 3-weeks or  2 months.
 Reverse meaning or ill-definition of the 3 of cups:
  • Hedonism
  • sex without love.
  • Over-indulgence
  • someone whose abilities and talents are not appreciated.
  • Loss of prestige
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