The Six of Cups -Pleasure, is one of the highest cup cards in the Thoth deck and is about the perfect pleasure of ecstasy.
The approach in the Tarot of the Old Path 6 of Cauldrons is more subtle.
The Six of Cauldrons, illustrates a young couple, dressed in the colors of the Element water, standing around a table supporting six cauldrons. The young man is holding her hand towards his lips to kiss it and she is demurely gazing at a cauldron that she is holding.
The Cauldron in her hand, has a ox-eye daisy sprouting out of it. In the language of flowers, the ox-eye daisy implies innocent and faithful love.
The cauldrons all glow with reflected light and are full of water which is the cards ruling element.
The primary message of the Sex of Cauldrons, seems to be about an innocent and undemanding love.
THOTH DECK SIX OF CUPS-PLEASURE.
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.
9please refer to past blogs where I have explained the Tree of Life etc. im more detail. My apace is limited in each blog Also consulting THE QABALISTIC TAROT by Robert Wang will help fill in the blanks.)
SIX OF CUPS-PLEASURE:
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 Six of Wands, Now we see the Six of Cups as Tiphareth in the Watery World, (Mental World) as the beginnings of Pleasure.
Noted to be a sign of discrimination, magnetism and hidden qualities, Scorpio, in the Six 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.
Having a Sun in Scorpio, and a Scorpio Natal, and a Cancerian Moon, my inner self is a bight 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...thus 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 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. So as the Sun activates the Forces of Scorpio, gain or pleasure commences. 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, is not that of the mundane pleasures of the pain fleeing populace, but of the highest sense; implying well-being, harmony of natural forces without effort or strain but with ease and satisfaction Yet it does emphatically represent the fulfillment of Sexual Will, as shown by the ruling Sephira, Tiphareth, sign of Scorpio, Planet Sun, and element of Water. This is a communion of fertile forces, that makes all life possible.
When the Six of Cups-Pleasure is thrown during a reading,:
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