The Seven of Cups-Debauch, seems such a large step into the negative after the Six of Cups-Pleasure,: However, both are astrologically Scorpio, but instead of Scorpio exalted in the Sun , in the 7 of Cups, Scorpio is governed by Venus and Venus is ill dignified in the sign. Venus is the planet of Copper, She is all " external splendor and internal corruption", such superficiality in a martial and watery sign as Scorpio destroys any altruistic tenancies, turning the amiability of Venus into a grosser sensuality. Now the influence of Venus is violent, and becomes intensely physical passion which unless gratified, will become hatred. However, even when such intense physical passion is reciprocated, it will be stormy to the extreme.It may also end in tragedies and treacheries.
Such extreme violence of feelings, may also end in poor health, since no matter the physical strength of the person, the emotional strength of desires are even stronger and may eventually lead to dangerous excess. Therefore, Debauchery is an appropriate title for the Seven of Cups.
The number 7 refers to Netzach (Victory) and is the number of the Goddess (Water), Venus is the Goddess of Love, redoubling the influence of the number 7. As most of us know by experience, when Loving desire goes into physical overload, excessive passion becomes dangerous excess, from which some never recover. In the Human case, Passion must belong to the Higher States of Conscious rather than physical bodies as is explained by the very word Human; the word Human means God-Mind and the High Vibrational Desires of God., burn away the flesh, unless the flesh is trained, in the tempering heat of Tantric, or Gnostic training. The Passion that Created a Universe of Self, is too much for a self-absorbed brain, whose universe is all about "my feelings"!
To carry forth this idea of excess, the poisoned lotuses have become tiger lilies and the cups are iridescent,(dissolving in the Force), and are arranged into two descending triangles, interlaced with the larger lower cup-showing a greater lower influence on the emotions, as it floats in a slime covered morass of putrefaction.. This card is almost a "evil reverse" image of the Six in the reflective world of matter; Zealotry, fanaticism are such evils.
The Seven of Cups, is a wholesome reminder of the fatal ease with which a Sacrament, such as the "Flesh", may be profaned and prostituted simply by losing ones balance with Kether (Higher Mind), and straying ever so slightly from the middle pillar (Balance of Masculine and Feminine), thereby making the holiest mysteries of Nature become the obscene and shameful secrets of a guilt ridden consciousness.
When the Seven of Cups-Debauch is thrown, the querent is being caution about the apparent Victory of Denial. There is a suggestion of deceit , promises unfulfilled, illusion, and error. Slight success may be experienced, a minor victory so to speak, but not enough energy to retain it. The querent maybe experiencing drunkenness, wrath, vanity. lust and promiscuity or even violence against women; a violence which is not limited to the male sex. This card bespeaks of selfish dissipation. Deception in love and friendship. Let it be said, this is a card of passions run afoul because of too much fantasy and denial. The Survival mind of the Reptilian brain cannot be in charge of the body, when this Passion arrives in the body....this is the Passion of the Big Bang....not good for the balance of "little bangers"! "Do unto others as you would have done to yourself", is the place for such passion, for that is the Higher Brain called Hu (Mandarin for "God") Man (Hindu-Manas-for mind), the Human brain, which resides on top of the Mammalian brain, which in turn, rides on top of the Reptile Brain, and is the only one that can bring Holiness, to our ternary brained physical Self. It is a Sacrament given to the animal, when the "Angels fell from Heaven to the Earth". and our personality should reside there, in the higher human brain, rather than in the lower brain of the reptile. Sadly, for the mundane, this isn't so.
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