Being a number 5, this card is ruled by Geburah, a fiery Sephiroth of Severity, who is now in a Water Suit-Cups. There is a natural antipathy here, as fiery heat causes a natural disturbance in water when it is at ease. What is even more disturbing is the fact that this card is also attributed to Mars in Scorpio. Scorpio is in its worst aspect in Mars, on the lowest plane of Geburah, which in this case, is the putrefying aspect of water. However, the powerful masculine aspect of Mars, slows down the putrefaction so that it is internal and not external, frustrating the anticipated pleasure that is emotionally sot.
The symbol of all this disturbance, is the lotus blooms being dried out by a hot wind, over a dead sea and the pentagram inverted, showing material trump over spirit. Mars is too hot for this card's natural watery peace and balance. What was thought to bring pleasure, doss not, and the person is disturbed
Being emotional, the Five of Cups tells the reader that the querent is experiencing, disappointment in love and marriage. Unkindness from friends, whether the querent deserves it or not, as shown by accompanying cards. The end of pleasure, sorrow and the
loss of things from which pleasure is expected. Sadness, deceit, treachery, ill-will, detraction and ill requited charity and kindness. There will be or is trouble from unexpected sources.
Not a totally devastating card, but disappointing none the less, as the Spirit points out to us that dependency on other persons, places, or events to make us happy, breeds disappointment, since Happiness built us to be Us and we don't need to seek it any more than a fish swimming in the ocean needs to seek water.
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