The Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah-3 of Cups-Abundance:
Pomegranate Cups of the Three of Cups, represents the fruit Persephone
ate in the realms of Pluto (Hades), thereby allowing him to hold her in
the lower world even after the most powerful influence was brought to
bear. There is a subtle message here, that the good things in life
should be enjoyed, but with a level of distrust.
Although the name
pomegranate means "apple of many seeds", its biblical name was rimmon, from rim,
to bear a child. Hence, throughout the ancient world, the pomegranate, with its "numerous offspring" and red juice, was used as a representative symbol of the womb. Representing fertility, pomegranates were carved in the pillars of Kings Solomon's Temple (1 Kings 7:18-20).
Solomon himself, was said to impersonate Baal-Rimmon, the Lord of the Pomegranate, when he mated with his holy bride and drank the juice of her pomegranate (Song of Solomon 8:2).
To the Queen of Heaven
, was the pomegranate assigned in Europe. Be she Hera, Mari or Juno, the shine of Our Lady with the pomegranate (near Paestrum), still shows the Madonna with her child in one hand and the pomegranate in the other. Before the Madonna, at the same shrine, was a very ancient "pagan" Goddess, seated and holding her child in one hand and a pomegranate in the other; both were worship in the same way. Hence the pomegranate is a worthy symbol of the Divine Feminine.
In the Thoth Deck
The Three of Cups represents Binah (All Mother) in the suit of Water
and is the the card of the "Queen of Heaven
", Demeter, Hera, Juno, Mari, or Persephone. Binah, the second Sephira-Understanding, is symbolized by the
calm dark Sea, from which arises a multi-bloomed single Lotus (many
states of the One Goddess) that fills the Cups to overflowing. Being the
Spiritual basis of fertility, this card is the fulfillment of the Will
of Love in abounding joy.
The Three of Cups zodiacal
reference is the influence of Mercury in Cancer. Mercury, is the Will
or Word of the All Father, and here it is descending on the most
receptive of Signs, Cancer, whose planet is the Moon; another symbol of the Womb.
However, the mysterious ideas brought
about by this objective card abound, as Binah, the Great Sea of Life, is also the
Moon in one aspect and Saturn in another (eater of its own children); and Mercury who is also known as
the guide to the souls of the dead. Needless to say, this card requires
great subtlety of interpretation.
Since the Qabalistic Thoth Deck Tarot is inseparable from the Tree of Life, and
the minor arcana (small cards) are numbered according to the Serphiroth
that rules their action, the threes are all associated with Binah,
Understanding. Thus, in each suit of the threes the idea has become
fertilized, i.e. Understood and because of this fertilization,
the triangle has become formulated. In Qabalah and geometry, we know that the triangle
is the strongest structure (Trinity), an empirically stable plane
and therefore, the idea of the card is now a strong union that is able to
give birth to children, and thus evolve.
the Three of Cups, the idea of Love has become fruitful and has
multiplied. It is now known that Love is the foundation of all Forms,
i.e. Abundance. It is love that has made you. The Love of Being you,
is why you exist. Hence, your Greater Self, The Divine Creative, is your true Parent, composed of a Triad of
Love that operates the Divine Collective Unconscious Macrocosm and the Microcosmic collective that is"YOU", as Itself.
The Three of cups represents
the understanding of
the idea, of "Above all things know thyself", i.e."I AM ME". This is Just
the Understanding that has willed form
and has created all that is!
may note that Love is sufficiently far enough down the Tree (Binah) to
give Form to idea, which introduces a very definite distinction between
the suits, which before was not possible as the distinction
between Kether, Chokma, (Will to Force) is most subtle; being that the distinguishing
fire/ vibration/ sound is heard only in Dark-Silence.
Hence the Thoth-3 of Cups-is Emotional Abundance.
This special card represents the fulfillment of The Will of Love in abounding joy.
the 3 card also reminds us that the good things in life are not to be
trusted as stationary, rather they are temporary items.
this card represents emotional or intuitive clarification; clearer
about what your feelings and intuition are saying.
Again, astrologically, this card is Mercury in Cancer.
- Mercury, on top of card, is the symbol of communication.
is the ability to communicate the emotional feelings one has especially
the nurturing, loving, and light feelings one has as represented by the
golden lotus blossoms spraying the "pollen of golden light" into the
- Pomegranate cups, represent the rich emotions one has received from others.
golden lotus represents the "solar plexus" chakra of an enlightened
being, so this is emotion from deep within; the master within each of
The Connolly Tarot, 3 of Cups,
also represents abundance. As the Red Wine flows from the Cherub of the Suit of Water, as Yods of red life force, filling the cups of the loving couple.
Here again, the roses and rose pink colors and the happy Cherub, represent the emotion of Love.
When Thrown during a divination,
the 3 of cups can also represent:
- The deep emotional , abundant feelings that we have for three important people in our lives;
it can represent that the next 3 weeks or 3 months should be a good
time to communicate your deep feelings and utilize you nurturing
communication abilities to motivate, empower, and comfort others.
- Remembering the Cancer people in your life (June 21 to July 21) with loving abundance and/or to communicate your deep feelings.
- This card is about love, abundance, healing and the expansion and liberation of self that those feelings generate.
ternary, this card states that all three states of self identity are
involved in communicating these abundant feelings; sub-conscious,
consciousness, and self-conscious (ego to some).
- Plenty, hospitality,eating, drinking,pleasure, dancing, new clothes and merriment.
- Abundance, plenty, success, sensuality, passive success,good luck and fortune.
card reminds me of the God of Wine, Bacchus, who engages in all the
above in a bounty of food and wine....and suffering the hang-over the
- The observant Reader should caution the Querent,
that although great abundance is available, and to be enjoyed; try not
to over do it.
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