The Hermetic Qabalah-Thoth Tarot- 5 of Cups-Disappointment
There is a natural antipathy in the Five of cups, as it is ruled by
Geburah in the Suit of Water; Geburah is fiery and therefore causes
disturbance just when everything seems calm, the emotions begin to boil.
The zodiacal attribution is
also Mars in Scorpio, which is in Mar's own house. Mars manifests on
the lowest plane of Geburah, and Scorpio is in its worst aspect, which
all together suggest the putrefying power of water. Hence, the powerful
male influences delay, and decay. Therefore suggest the beginning of destruction and the anticipated pleasure is frustrated.
scenario of overwhelming Mars/Male Force is illustrated by the fiery winds tearing the blossoms of the lotus
plants as they grow out of an arid, dead sea. No water flows into the
The Five cups
are shown forming an inverted pentagram which symbolizes matter's triumph over spirit; crystallization over motion.
Therefore Thoth-FIVE OF CUPS: Disappointment
represents, emotional disappointment caused by a loss of that which is
loved (symbolized by the once full cups that are now empty).
As mentioned, astrologically
this is Mars in Scorpio which produces an extremely emotional effect, such as "war in Scorpio" would.
The Water sign Scorpio is totally disconsolate with the fiery nature of
Mars causing a loss of pleasure. In other words, the placid nature of
pleasure is disturbed by the super abundant energy of Mars.
To a Qabalalist, the 5 of cups is the influence of Geburah (Severity) in Briah (Mental world) where sever energy is needed to establish a growth movement that the placid nature of pleasure has interfered with. Life being about force and form,
and the fact that if energy stays in form too long it becomes stagnant (entropy), and severe measures are often needed to get energy moving again.
- The 5 of Cups card
is about loss of love and like all Tarot cards, is subjective to the
intuition of a open reader. There are some cases where this card can
even mean the loss of a loved one through the process of death. But this
depends on the surrounding cards supporting this observation.
card may say,"sorrow", but it also shows acceptance which begins the
process of recovery (the Growing Leaves of the Lotus above the cups).
Hence this may be a card of loss, but it is also about inheritance,
patrimony, transmission, but not corresponding to expectations.
truth be told,
most of our emotional loss is from our assumptions and
expectations not being met by others. That is why relationships are best
enjoyed on a daily basis rather than founded on a future expectation; after all each of us belong to "ourselves" and love doesn't negate that "freedom of choice".
Being that we are the creators of moments, and call them Life Motions,
it only makes good sense to give each moment of a relationship a joyous
presence without waiting for a goal to be fulfilled. We are Life, who
"make alive"; alive is but a movement of moments and the future is
always trans-formative. Therefore for a full expression of "being
alive", Love with all your heart-now, and know that disappointment comes from imagined expectations not being met. Besides, knowing thyself, means " I AM Love", not the seeker of love.
We will often find
loving relationships are also moments of movement and that loss is a
constant mechanism of changing moments. That being said, this card is not as
negative as it sounds for it does promise a return to pleasure in a
future moment--5weeks or 5 months, where love will be expressed freely
again. To love being yourself and enjoying moments as expressions of
that love, will greatly reduce the influence of severity in your life!
The Connolly Tarot, 5 of Cups
, concentrates on the turmoil of Mars in Scorpio. Here is illustrated a person who is completely unable to explain their inner turmoil, while outside the red of Mars paints the sky. Disappointment, is written on their face as they have turned over their vessels of thoughts (emotions shown as three cups) and found no answer. The two cups on the mantle, show that the answers are not far away, but as yet noticed.
When the Five of Cups is thrown during a reading it usually means;
in love, a marriage separation or divorce, unkindness from friends
(whether deserved or not is shown by the accompanying cards).
- Death or end of pleasures.
- Sorrow and loss in those things in which pleasure is expected.
- Sadness, deceit, treachery, ill-will, charity and kindness ill-requited.
- In other words, all kinds of troubles from unexpected and unsuspected sources.
Not a happy card---but cheer up!
- It suggests to you that changes have to be made in choices of self-precepts or of friends and lovers.
- So grieve, then get on with new perspectives as emotions are only fresh and clean when moving forward.
- Never be afraid to apologize if you are in the wrong will help you move forward as well.
hold to past expectations, is to putrefy your emotional self, who then
is mired in past fantasy which can only be supported by denial.
- You are worth love and kindness and if your relationships are not supportive, support yourself and move on!
is action and matter is crystallization, so the idea is to keep
expanding your emotional awareness so that you don't solidify into a
mire of putrefaction.
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