card represents deep emotional contentment that radiates outwardly from the inner self.
The back ground pattern that the radiant cups rest on is the Qabalistic Tree of Life which is the symbol of the "Supreme Being". Therefore this card symbolizes complete emotional, mental, and physical contentment. However, since the Astrological aspect of this card is Mars in Pisces, it also states that due to the dynamic vitality and sometimes violent motion of Mars, the peaceful waters (emotions) of Pisces are soon to be disturbed.
This speedy end to satisfaction should not surprise any of us since change is the only constant in life. So for now, enjoy the deep satisfaction of a job well done that comes from an alignment of all the states of energy consciousness that we are composed of. This is an experience of a deep spiritual nature of satisfaction that knows soon it will be time to move on.
To reinstate, MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Serphiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the Qabalistic Tarot- 4 Tens.
The TEN OF CUPS is known as SATIETY, and is attributed to Mars in Pisces. Crowley calls this card, The Lord of Perfected Success, as this is the influence of MALKUTH in the unconscious Mental World known as Briah.
Satiety, is word meaning, filled to the point of excess, though it is hard to argue that excessive happiness is a negative thing; However, it could be distracting.
The Thoth Ten of Cups, although in the seemingly stable form of the Tree of Life, has a conflicting element that causes a tilting of the Cups, spilling water from the Great Lotus that overhangs the whole system.
This conflict is from Mars in Pisces. Mars is a noted gross, violent force, depicted in Myth as the God of War who attacks any noted perfection. Pisces, is notably peaceful, spiritual, sensitive, psychic, and receptive. Mars is brutal, fiery and dominant.
This combination means that the proper work of Water is done, and a substantial disturbance is due. In fact, Mars in Pisces, is considered by many astrologers to be the worst position of the 12 signs.
What is exceptional about this Thoth card, is that the general astrological meaning of Mars in Pisces doesn't apply. Pisces is a watery sign, and Mars would signify a dispersal of energy to a point of frustration.
However, the meaning here is that fiery Mars causes
the Waters of Pisces to rush furiously into Briah, The Creative World, bringing great success on the Material plane of Malkuth/Assiah.
Yet, through all this supposed doom and gloom, when this card is thrown during a reading, it means that emotional matters are definitely arranged and settled, for the moment. Pleasure proceeds, to dissipation and debauchery, as energy-in-motion follows the second law of thermodynamics. The message here is ," Enjoy the moment of completion, all is done. Sit back, have a "dram", but avoid debauch, for soon you'll be called on to preform at your best."
The interesting imagery of this Thoth Card card expresses the opinion that all happiness is inspired from above, i.e. comes from the Divine. One could say that Happiness, is a higher-inner state of energy consciousness.
Ten is a number that when added together [1+0 =1), you end up at the beginning. It is the "up the down staircase" number that places us on top of one flight of stairs, only to find out that we are at the bottom of another flight. There are some Tarot readers that forgot this part of the Arcana, and call the Ten of Cups, permanent success in happiness, but Qabalists know that this is only the permanency of a job done and not happiness. There will be more to do on other issues. For in this One Energy Universe, is change/transformation. Yet here dances the "Lord of Material Happiness", the tenth Sephiroth, Malkuth/Kingdom and all seems well, but then we know how long happiness in material things lasts!
To be sure, when Tarot is used for Divination, it is best applied to Mundane matters, where as the meaning may be different if applied to a more spiritual plane of the initiate. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement. For instance, if the Ten is supported by Major Arcane cards, the reading of the card tends to be of a higher nature than the mundane world.
In ordinary matters, the divined meaning is , matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success. This meaning of material success is reinforced if the 10 of Cup's lands on the position of "Beneath you" or "of House and Home", on a Celtic Cross layout. In fact, that would be paramount for this card, as it is a 10 of Malkuth (Kingdom) in a Earthly existence position.
The Nightside aspect of the Thoth 10 of Cups, is The Shadow Tarot card, Dantalion/10 of Quantum Space/Time and the Abyss.
The Dantalion card's subtitle is "Satiety. Manifestation. Culmination."
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In demonology, Dantalion (or Dantalian) is a powerful Great Duke of Hell, with thirty-six legions of demons under his command; he is the 71st of 72 spirits of Solomon.
He teaches all arts and sciences, and also declares the secret counsel of anyone, given that he knows the thoughts of all people and can change them at his will. He can also cause love and show the similitude of any person, show the same by means of a vision, and let them be in any part of the world they will.
He is depicted as a man with many appearances, all of which are those of men and women. There are also many depictions in which he is said to hold a book in one of his hands, such as the following, from The Lesser Key of Solomon:"The Seventy-first Spirit is Dantalion. He is a Duke Great and Mighty, appearing in the Form of a Man with many Countenances, all Men's and Women's Faces; and he hath a Book in his right hand. His Office is to teach all Arts and Sciences unto any; and to declare the Secret Counsel of any one; for he knoweth the Thoughts of all Men and Women, and can change them at his Will. He can cause Love, and show the Similitude of any person, and show the same by a Vision, let them be in what part of the World they Will. He governeth 36 Legions of Spirits; and this is his Seal, which wear thou, etc."
The Christian Monks, the authors of demonology, have yet inaugurated yet another Duke of Hell, making Hell a planet of Countries, rather than a "place of torture". Maybe Earth, is Hell? Or could it be Heaven? It could go either way, depending on the perspective of the individual, but it would have to be in the only Dense and therefore Sensual Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and that would be Malkuth/Kingdom; a place we call Earth.
Also the name Dandalion or Dandelion, is from the French words "dent-de-lion" or Tooth of the lion. Which really doesn't describe this demon but does describe the healing herb, Dandelion or Dandalion, as it is covered in bright yellow "tooth" like petals. The Lion is the symbol of the yellow Sun. May be this "demonizing" of a plant, was a type of propaganda supporting "Witch" burning, since dandelion is a healing herb often used by "wise women" to help heal the sick. Plus making demons responsible for disease, rather then what we now know to be germs (bacteria and viruses), was a common theological medieval belief.
I have to say I admire the paranoid tenacity of the medieval monks, but there is a lot to be said about their lack of reasoning. In a Universe conceived out of the belief of the Divine Creative's Self Awareness, it behooves us who are the inheritors of that imaginative system of self identity to anchor belief to Knowledge gained by experience rather than faith. For it is our individual belief that builds our individual reality. Faith requires only belief and believing all that one thinks is foolish and dangerous. It seems here, yet again, the powers attributed to the Christ, the Solar Son, and healing herbs are also those of the demons. I am thinking the old medieval monks drank some bad wine, often....maybe bad dandelion wine?
My scholarly opinions on demonology, has no baring on the fact that I think that Linda Falorio's cards are wonderful art, and fun Tarot. The sigils she places on her cards, are indeed code, that when skried, open doors of knowledge in the Divine Collective Unconscious.
When the Thoth 10 of Cups or The Shadow Tarot-Dandalion card is thrown:
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