Many people inappropriately term some tarot cards as "bad" and others as "good" which is the product of our two dimensional cultural thinking. "Good/Bad" is errant thought as the Tarot is about conscious energy, fragmented psyche, and its movement as "your multidimensional life".
The fives, which have often been termed as bad, are really the necessary disruption of the placidity of the fours. Your inner self is telling the outer self it is time to move!
Emotional disappointment makes us fragile (the four glass cups), and vulnerable. Like the murky sea in the background we become depressed and then angry, as the orange/red sky. We are now off balance (the askew star) and feeling uprooted (the lily pads with falling lotus blossoms).
The transformational aspect of disappointment is shown by the universal sign of the butterfly (the roots of the lily pads in the shape of a butterfly).
The Thoth card, astrologically, is Mars in Scorpio; Mars is the planet associated with vitality, assertiveness and dynamic activity, such as war. Scorpio is the sign of emotional, and mental depth, thus disappointment is felt deeply "to the core" here. Therefore this is not a trivial disappointment such as not getting the right color of car, but a real stinging disappointment that in the next 5 weeks or 5 months that has been or will be experienced . This also could be 5years of disappointment or disappointment that goes back to a period 5 years ago, or even disappointment that has been experienced deeply when you were 5 years old and is still influencing your present emotional state.
As I have previously stated, Geburah, the Fifth and Red colored Sephira, may be severe but brings a necessary corrective in our lives, by tearing away all that is useless thought, emotion, that is outdated and unproductive.
In this Universe most of us understand that there is only one energy that we can't create, nor can we destroy it, we can however, transfer/transmit it and transform it. Transformation is a process of deconstructing material and then reconstructing that which is envisioned out of the newly "freed" material. 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 etc.
The flow of this vital emotional (energy in motion) 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 beings, we know Love is more than energy flow, it is a communion of multiple attributes and originates in "No-Thing". To the Gnostic, Tantric and Qabalist, intimacy is not just physical touching, tasting, smelling, hearing or seeing, even though those are usually involved. Intimacy is also where one Auric Energy-Field blends with another, forming, at least for the moment, "twin souls" or "Twin flames". Energy weaving into a new pattern for both parties can become a substantial growth pattern. A multiplication of 7 dimensions 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".
However wonderful energy in motion (emotion) 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 phenomena 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.
THE FIVE OF CUPS- DISAPPOINTMENT:
Is also known as Lord of loss in pleasure. Here, as stated, 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, Geburah in Briah.
By now you may know that the Alchemical Element-Water is consciousness and emotional flow. Therefore, what is represented in the Thoth 5 of cups is a sensually severe situation.
Mars being a violent energy and in the water sign Scorpio, this violence produces an extremely emotional effect.
The once full cups are empty, implying loss of that which is loved. Geburah is fiery of 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 he accompanying cards, can even mean death of a loved one. The inverted pentagram represents the triumph of matter over spirit and where disturbance arises in the middle of ease.
The Shadow Tarot Card, Vepar, is a comparable card to the Thoth 5 of Cups, as it to means, "Disappointment and yearning".Vepar
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In demonology, Vepar is a strong Great Duke of Hell, and rules twenty-nine legions of demons. He governs the waters and guides armored ships laden with ammunition and weapons; he can also make, if requested, the sea rough and stormy, and to appear full of ships. Vepar can make men die in three days by putrefying sores and wounds, causing worms to breed in them, but if requested by the conjurer he can heal them immediately.Vepar is depicted as a mermaid. Despite this, he is always described with male pronouns, although this may be due to the fact that words like "merman" were uncommon or not in use when Vepar was first described. Other spellings: Separ, Vephar.
Again, Christian demonology is from the subverted celibate passions of imprisoned monks. That is probably why most demon figures are similar to drawings of impassioned boys suffering from puberty's rampant hormones.
The idea of Mermaids (literally, "Virgin of the Sea") goes far back in history, to the fish-tailed image of Aphrodite, the medieval Minne, Maerin, Mari (of Solomon's time), Marina, mereminne, mare-mynd, mareminde, marraminde, or maraeman, of Old English [Steenstrup, 105; Branston, 133]. Therefore, She was associated with the Death goddess aspect, sometimes named Ran, who received the souls of those put to sea in funeral boats; or, she might trap living men in her fish net. (It seems the misogynistic fear of women is responsible for creating many demons.). Teutons said drowned men went to dwell in the house of Ran.[Davidson,G.M.V.A., 129]
To the exploring "psycho-naught", it behooves us to know that all of the Universe, is within the Divine Collective Unconscious, and that all observable phenomena, is from perspective's of Self-Awareness that reside within, powered by the "Movement within the Motion" called by Qabalists as the Sephira-Kether. What a great amount of people believe, in a society, build the energy-in-motion "reality" of that society. Therefore, we've had histories of gods and goddesses, which were emotionally believed into existence by the worshiping horde. These, after a time, become enlivened by energy-in-motion, i.e. emotion (The No-Thing that animates all things). Therefore, the Astral which is the realm where belief becomes formed, is littered with the Psychic Engines, we call gods and goddesses and/or demons. (Christian revisionism did its best to reclassify pagan gods and goddesses as demons, and thus re-cloaking them in horrific images, but if closely observed the old god/goddess pattern shows through the newer thin one of less time.) But psycho-engines of belief are what they are, providing deception by "spectacle". However, splendorous they appear, they are far less powerful than you, who are the creator of "observable phenomena" (imagination) and therefore, the creator of gods, goddesses and demons.
So if you wish to call on Vepar, just skry the sigil, and welcome a comely astral image of a Mermaid. It is said one calls on Vepar to guide ships to their safe destination. Just remember, "something is fishy" here as this is a 5 of cups, and will be disappointing.
When the 5 of cups or The Shadow Tarot-5 of Quantum Space/Time & the Abyss/ Vepar is thrown during a reading, the querent:
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All of these meanings are determined by where the card lays in the reading. When this card is thrown you may want to release past patterns of disappointment either with the Scorpio people in your life and/or in the next 5 weeks or 5 months be no longer willing to hold onto past disappointments and will make a conscious decision to let them go. It's now time to transform your emotion into a free butterfly rather than a "worm" in a hard shell of disappointment. Stuff happens to the just and unjust alike and by releasing disappointment, we can then turn anger into a personal ambition to create more motion in our life! This card states, " Release the past, for that is a dead place, fly forward into the sunny now!"