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 as in the 6, the 7 of Cups places Scorpio with the planet 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. Thus in the 7 of Cups, the influence of Venus is violent, and becomes intense physical passion which unless gratified, will become hatred. This passion is so unbalanced that 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.
The Erotic Tarot of Manara, illustrates this example of passion gone monstrous, in his 7 of Water card,as his Venus is showering in the element of the card and the astrological sign of Scorpio while being approached by a ghoulish admirer.
Manara has assigned the meanings of whimsy, imagination and intangible danger to this card, along with the astrological meanings of Venus in Scorpio; the need to love ardently and secretly. His astrological concept is also displayed in the art of the cardas this ardent needto love secretly seems to be making a monster out of the shadowy stalker.
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 lowly desires of the animal body. This momentary expansion beyond the body is temporary unless the flesh is trained in the tempering heat of Tantric, or Gnostic rituals. The Passion that Created a Universe of Self, is too much intensity for the self-absorbed brain, whose universe is all about "my feelings"!
To carry forth this idea of excess, the Thoth Deck 7 of Cups displays poisoned lotuses that have become tiger lilies. The cups are iridescent,(dissolving in the debauch), 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.
The Thoth Deck and Erotic Tarot card are almost an "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 or the 7 of Water is thrown:
(Hindu-Manas-for mind);this is the layer of 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 (wholeness), to our ternary brained physical Self. This higher brain, is a Sacrament of a mind given to the animal through genetic modification, when the "Angels fell from Heaven to the Earth"and shared their DNA with the "women of men" (Bible). This higher brain is "tuned" into the electromagnetic waves of higher thought that radiates from the universal mind.
In the age of Horus,our personality should reside in the higher human brain, rather than in the lower brain of the reptile. Sadly, for the mundane, dogmatic definition has kept this from happening.
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