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Tarot Card Comparisons; The Thoth Ace of Cups & The Babylonian Tarot Ace of Cups-Fertility

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth-ACE OF CUPS:
The Root Powers of Water.
To be sure, this is not physical water anymore that Ace of Wands is physical fire; However, the Ace of Wands is Kether ( The Dark Energy)  acting upon Binah (The Great Dark Ocean of Dark Matter) causing a rippling effect--a motion that acts upon and directs pure consciousness. This is the Original Feminine Womb-Form of Magnetic Energy and is the feminine compliment to the Ace of Wands, the original Phallic Form of Electricity.
Kether, the 1st Sephira, is shown as the mirror image of "Blazing Dark Fire", but being the source of all Fire, seen as White, the pure balance of all colors of light.

Binah, the 3rd Sephira, is shown as the Dark Matter Sea that the Universe of Form floats in, therefore she is the Black Sephira.

Qaballah is about Force and Form and those images of form and Force/Motion are represented on the Tarot cards. The Ace of Wands is the "First Force" (First Energy-Motion-idea) and the Ace of Cups is the First Form (The Graäl-the form of -understanding). This is the most secret and mysterious first dark form of water/conscious and/or flowing ripples that form spirals (dimensions) in the Dark Collective Unconscious and therefore, is a form unseen by human eyes.

To get a mental glimpse of the invisible that is called subtle, we must come up with an objective concept. This is because:
Kether is ....and that is about all that can be realized. Kether, the source of the Aces, is the Breath of all that is not. It is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the Source of Energy from the Infinite Un-Manifest. It is the Pusher of all the Universe, a Motion within all Movement; the Breath of the Universe. It is the All Seeing, observer, who only observes.  All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again. Kether is unexplainable, and in the Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Crown, the Primary symbol of Kether, The other symbols attributed to Kether are the Point, and the Swastika. Thus Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a dark point in the center.

As with all the Sephiroth, Kether must be approached intellectually just to form a intuitive concept of the Source. For instance, we say that Kether is the point and as a symbol that is true, but the Point in not Kether. Just as The Divine Creative built us in It's own image, is true, but the Image is not the whole of the Divine Creative.

Therefore, the Qabalists are establishing some principles with symbols.  The first principle symbol is the crown. We may think because of our anthropomorphic perspective that this Force of Motion lies somewhere in our head, as a spacial as yet unawakened part of our brain; However, this is not the case.
The Crown represents the Wholly (Holy) Guiding Spirit, the crowning glory that we all aspire to even though it is a Force our brain is subordinate to.  Let me try a more modern explanation:
Because of George Lucas and his marvelous creation of modern myth,  know as the Star Wars series of movies and books; The Force has been described as the personal Aspiration of all Jedi. Which seems to be a word cross of Magi and Djinn.  The ancient Egyptians called the Three Magi, the Three Stars in Orion's belt that pointed to Osiris's star Sothis (Sirius), which "rose in the East". These belt stars were still called the Magi in the middle ages (See The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets- by Barbara G. Walker..page 565). The Word Djinn is Arabian, and originally refereed to Ancestor souls Now this is all very interesting and we have a new word for Ancestor Souls, Jedi (masters of the Djinn), whose power comes from the Three Sephiroth that make the Supernal Triangle (the realm of Aziluth), with Kether as the Crown, i.e.The Force. Again Myth is a storied lie about a Truth.

All fun aside, Kether is the Crown from which all creation springs...as is observation in our mundane world. Observation, begins creation. Thus the Point. The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor external definition (this would be called an "entity" in Quantum Physics). The Seed from which the Universe has grown.  The Big Bang, the outward expression of this Seed that has been caused by a Force called "I Will be" and/or Will, are shown as the Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Each Sephira, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether.
 As you may have guessed, the Qabalistic "god name" of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh, likened to the sound of breath. Because all Work begins and ends with Kether, all ritualistic, or meditative work  must begin with the invocation of the Highest. This idea alone, causes subtle changes and activity on the Inner Planes. The Unconscious guides and directs us toward our Higher Self when we begin to imagine the "Light above".

To the Qabalist, Consciousness guides, motivates, transforms and even translates the Energy of the Divine Collective Unconscious but does not create that energy, nor can it destroy it. Again Imagination is the Womb, The "Will to form", but Kether is before Imagination. The "Will to be" ( us), is not the same as "I Will Be", for one is individual and idealize, while the latter is without idea...the ideas of being came latter in the conception of Space/Time, as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes three crystallized aspects. The  I Will Be, becomes Will to Force (Chokmah) and Will to Form (Binah), then united becomes, Will to be, which is the Wholly Spirit;i.e depicted as the High Priestess, who is the androgynous Womb of all Form!

The Number One is attributed to Kether, as 1 is the seed of all numbers, and as shown on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, by simple addition, 1+1=2 and 2+1=3, etc.. Then we have the 3 returning to the 1 as male (2) and female  (3) become one, thus, 3-2=1, which is the "Technology of Sex", i.e. Transformation. All seeming very simple until we begin to meditate on simple numbers and simple geometry. The symbol 1 could be pure 1 which is indivisible... so what do we really know? Symbols such as numbers, are themselves not what they represent. Thus Kether is .......but we really don't know What it is.

However, we do know that Kether is not static, for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are in Assiah, the Qabalistic Material World. That is why the symbol of the Swirling Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another symbol for Kether. It seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and have taken a ancient Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause manifestation and as in all propaganda, changed the meaning of the symbol to suit their vision of self importance: but that doesn't change the original meaning of the symbol.

"As above, so Below", in essence states that the Sephiroth of Malkuth, the visible color spectrum of the Physical  world, is equally as "Holy" as the Source. The Divine Creative and its Images, are undivided and inseparable. Therefore, our cultural concepts of separation are just basically denial of our wholeness and errant belief that separateness makes us special. 
Much like the City Person who insists that farmers are "red neck" hicks, a form of lower life than themselves; even though their whole life is dependent on the good, intelligent and diligent work of the Farmer. Such bigoted people are indeed in denial. Much like a parasite, thinking it is more important than the host; such is believing that we are separate from each other. In truth, the City man depends on the Rural man and vise verse. It is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all things, know thyself".

Finally, we must come to understand that Kether as Source of All  is a quality unknown to us, but which we can symbolize to some extent. Thus when an Ace appears in a reading, it implies great power that is beyond our perceptions. The Essence of a Thing; the Idea of Seed.

In human emotional terms, the Ace of Cups card does represent emotional balance and expressing accurately what is in your nature. As seen on the card is also the flowing representation of the open channel of feeling, sentiment,  empathy, sympathy, or enthusiasm.

 You may understand that Kether is the "Dark energy that becomes-Dark Matter", but that really isn't understood by us. Kether, the Crowning Source of All, is not known to us objectively, but it's presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves; an invisible thermodynamic energy.

Again, the Aces are attributed to Kether and they represent the most pure forms of energy and form. Each is a specific type, and density of Energy and Form that we call the Pythagorean or Alchemical Elements.

THE ACE OF CUPS:
Is Kether in Briah, depicting the influence of Kether on the Mental Level. The Ace of Cups is the Root Powers of Water, an element used to symbolize the Unconsciousness/imagination (Swords symbolize Consciousness) and emotions when in combination with Fire .

The Thoth Deck Version of this Card shows the wave action characteristic of physical water implying the activity that encloses and directs pure consciousness. As the Universe of Energy is woven out of waves of consciousness, ideas that are understood. Thus the Web in the background.

The Cup, is the Psyche Womb of Form, (Imagination) and emerges from the Lotus (Crown) implying the idea of Womb; the seed of the concept of conception. Therefore, the Ace of Wands is the idea of Phallus and the Ace of Cups is the Idea of Womb.  The Ace of Cups is derived from-Yoni Moon, as the Ace of Wands is from Phallus- Sun. The Thoth Ace of Cups represents the "Holy Grail".
 
Seen on the Thoth Card, the dark Sea of Binah supports the Two in One Lotuses that fill the cup with Life Fluid, be it symbolized, by water, wine or blood/semen. Two in One, is the realization of the Womb and Phallus.
According to Crowley, the White Light descending is depiction of the Holy Ghost and/or Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit represents the All of  Spiral-Energy; each spiral a circle, each circle a dimension of Self-Understanding. The Qabalist understands that the Whole Universe, is but the "I Will Be", understanding Itself, through imagined self-identity being objectively observed.
The Babylonian Tarot, Ace of Cups-Fertility, illustrates a famous stealite vase or libation vessel with dragons and entwined serpents. Inscribed on the vessel is a personal dedication from Prince Gudea of Lagash, to his personal protection deity, Ningiszida.  The "Lord of the Good Tree", Ningiszida, presided over the growth and blossoming of trees.
Ningiszida, was considered the son of Ninazu and an underworld guardian whose symbol was a basmu, or the "horned serpent". Astrologically, Ningiszida is associated with the constellation of Hydra, the Water Snake, as the average Mesopotamian, associated the movement of a serpent with the smooth flowing of a river.

Stylized water and waves are presented beneath this Babylonian ritual cup, while above the cup is an inverted triangle, the alchemical symbol for water.

Beneath the cup is the wedge, that represents the cuneiform symbol of the number 1.

WHEN THE ACE OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:

It implies:
  • A new attitude brings rewards.
  • in a period of One Year,the querent will develop a new relationship, or new awareness about existing relationship.
  • Is experiencing a new bust of empathy, emotion, sentiment or enthusiasm  This is a time for staying open and vulnerable in order to reap rewards.
  • The opening of spiritual, psychic, intuitive channels
  • Heart opening to the gift of Love.
  • That it is the time for connecting, and becoming vulnerable in order to receive. 
  • This would be a state much like a Channel Medium must achieve to receive the flowing messages of Spirit. 
  • There is also an Ecstasy here, an intense feeling of love of life and the courage to live out the full range of emotions.
  • Fearless Feeling and expressing those feelings. 
  • Channeling the Force of Emotion by absorption and assimilation of the emotions or love rising up from within.
  •  Even  the beginning of new emotions, is denoted here.
  • The Ace of Cups may also be called The Womb of all consciousness. I like to call The Great Mother---The Womb with a view. She is the Feminine flow of Magnetic force that forms energy into image and thus not seen by human eyes but she is the reason energy forms into manifested being. 
  • So when this card is thrown during a reading, it means that the Querent, is either experiencing the flow of new emotions or opening up and flowing their deepest feelings.
  • They could also be able to "channel the flow of Spirit" as a channel medium.
  • It is a One year card, so during the period of One year, the Querent would find that the gift of emotional balance is available to be used and drawn upon, even to the point of becoming a channel medium.
  • This is a card of the First Form of Emotion, so if other cups (emotional/unconsciousness- water) surround it they are being stimulated by great emotional feelings that emanate from the Ace of Cups. 
Note:To let go to such deep and powerful inner feelings, could require a few tissues for catching the tear filled releases that should not be a cause for embarrassment, but for rejoicing. Tarot readers should always keep a box of tissues handy because Spirit often heals during these readings! We are all blessed by this Mystery of  E-Motion, it is our first Form born from the Womb of Dark Matter! For more information about a personal Tarot Card Reading, email [info@eli-lsmerchantile.com].
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2 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons; The Thoth Ace of Cups & The Babylonian Tarot Ace of Cups-Fertility:

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I AM MEAN on Sunday, May 24, 2015 6:22 PM

What are you doing, posting on a Sunday?! You forgot to take your usual break. Bad Eli!

I actually haven't fully read this post yet. I just couldn't resist giving you a hard time first. May you live long and prosper.

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Eli on Monday, May 25, 2015 6:57 AM
You are correct in your admonishment. I found time on my hands this Memorial day weekend, so I decided to publish yet another blog. It helps me think, solidify and keeps me centered, besides the fact that it may do so for others as well. Mostly, I am full of hot Air, as the result of all that Fire and Water copulation within me, such pressure must be vented or the earth part may explode!Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.

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