Before I go into the subtle and objective meanings of the 4 of Cups: Luxury, I shall explain the intelligence behind the 4's.
By now you may understand that the Sephira, are States of Your Intelligence or Energy States of Data that you can obtain and channel as a Greater Sensual Self. The fourth Sephiroth-Chesed is a Higher State of your Consciousness, but it's frequency of spiral energy ("Serpent force" of the ancients) is so refined it is called Higher and thus, not noticed amongst the low throbbing of sensually drowned thought.
Thought is the "first material" so now we are dealing with a State of Conscious of Higher Thought. What most people generalize as Spiritual thought which is somehow connected to religions, a falsehood the indoctrinated fail to see. Religious indoctrination is not Spiritual thought, it is Ambitious thought of those who wish to rule and thus harness your energy output to power their Ambitious Vision. Spiritual thought is what comes directly from the Divine Creative!
- Chesed means Mercy, and is called the Builder State of Consciousness.
Chesed is the frame work of manifestation. This High state of Consciousness, is also called , " The Loving Father who is King", a kindly Shepard that is the Receptacle of all Powers. Here you must understand that Power is the ability to do work...not some fear based ideology of slaves who fear the "power of the lash": the only power here being the fear of pain.
The Fourth Sephira, Chesed, is the Demiurge and/or "lesser creator", as this is the first Sephira below the Abyss and the first of Six Sephiroth making up the Microprosopus (Microcosm) . "The Bride of Microprosopus" is the Seventh Sephiroth, Malkuth which we call earth.
The first power describe in the Book of Genesis
is this Demiurge and the first part of that Book, describes the origin of the Microprosopus and/or the microcosm from the Elohim of Binah, in Chesed. Above Chesed is the Supernal Triangle, a formless void of Dark energy that gives rise to manifestation through the "will to form" that is Binah. Binah is not form, just the Will to Form. Chesed is the externalization of combined forces or potentcies of the Supernal Triangle
. Almost impossible to grasp, but never the less, Chesed is the initial urge to become manifest, making Chesed the administrator of the Laws first proposed by Binah, who is know as the Sephira of Understanding.
The symbols for Chesed are the pyramid, the square, the orb, and equal armed cross (which you see represented on the Emperor card Key 4) the crook (Shepard) and the scepter. The planet attributed to this Sephira, is Jupiter and the color is blue.
The Sephira Chokma, in its lower arc of spiral is Chesed. Chokma emanates the pure form of Binah, so here we have a problem with semantics. Binah who is "Will to Form", is formless, yet we have a pure form of Binah in Chesed, who is the first "manifester" of form, and the Form of the Universe is the Microcosm, while the Force of the Universe is the Macrocosm. Thus the Blue Sophia, is really Chesed; Hence The Blue Binah, who is the feminine Chokmah, is also the Hebrew Sophia/wisdom that is formed as Chesed. Because, once again, Binah is the emanation of Kether, as "will to form", but as such is formless. So we can say Binah is the Concept of Womb, and Chesed is the First Womb and phallus combination as separates who come together in one place. So here is the problem, Chesed is supposed to be masculine force, yet is very feminine in its function as form producer. Chesed is the emanation of Chokmah, who is Wisdom and is a Hebrew feminine noun, there seems to be some kind of interplay here that is not easy to see in such High Dimensions of Intelligence.
So try this, the pictorial chart of The Tree of Life, has lines connecting the Sephiroth on the Tree, Take a piece of paper, and draw each line between the Sephira as figure eights. This may help you see the interplay of the forces and forms of the Tree. Energy is always flowing back and forth, in infinity. When Chesed "expressed energy" it is masculine in its expression (electric); when Chesed is receptive and gives form to energy (Magnetic), therefore "enforcing the Law of Binah", thereby it is feminine in its action. To truly understand the Tree of Life we must understand that we are dealing with multiplicities of Unity. For all of the Tree is an external modification of the One Divine Energy that is Kether, which is woven upon itself as "threads of energy" and/or Vibrations of Self Identity that are known as frequencies of intelligence that form the "Divine Creative". This One Energy, is called the "One Thing" in Qabalah, and it evolves from Sephira to Sephira, by divisions of "I AM" and union of the Two as Wisdom and Understanding that give birth to the concept of "ME" on the Tree of Life. From descent of Kether to Earth and back up to Kether, we have a cycle of renewing effect from Ain Soph (No-Thing) that constantly stimulates birth, death and rebirth on an increasingly more condensed and more powerful sensual level of Something!
In the Hermetic Qabalah, a Being is an immortal energy- intelligence and it is known that our "Inner Self" is a Being. Therefore it is either Anima or Animus, depending on the "outer Self's" sexual manifestation. This Inner Being, is often called "the Holy Guardian Angel" or the "Buddha within".
Since the Energy of the Tree works in cross patterns, sexuality is the Forces flowing in figure eights; Manifestation being at the "cross roads" of the figure. Hence, Binah is best understood as relating to Chokmah and Chesed is best understood as relating to Geburah. The energy of Chesed is anabolic, while the energy of Geburah is catabolic; He builds, She tears down which is also the dual principle of the figure eight. Here it seems that Chesed is feminine and Geburah is Masculine. But again there seems to be some confusion. Geburah as Mars, is masculine and Chesed as Jupiter, is also Masculine! Jupiter is the benign ruler who is merciful while Mars who is also a King, is destructive and sits in a chariot armed for battle. Here your thoughts can't be linear, but rather woven into figure eights that help us see that Energy is Androgynous in all creation as well as that of Chesed and Geburah.
This may help;
envision a man facing the Tree of Life-with his two arms extended outward from the shoulders. The right arm is Chesed, the Giver, and the Left arm is Geburah the Taker. The flow of give and take, is the balance that keeps energy transforming, and/or moving. Here Chesed is the realm of archetypes described by Plato in the ninth book of the Republic
. The realm of archetypes is the underlying frame work on which all material manifestation is built. The aforementioned geometric symbols of Chesed make suggestions as to the purpose and functions of these archetypes.
is a tetrahedron used as a building form that brings together four sides that culminate in an upward point. Energy flows down from above and is distributed equally between four sides. Thus we have the 4 of Chesed, From above Kether, flows the energy of the first primordial elements to Chesed establishing the archetypal patterns of matter that is distributed equally throughout the Tree of Life and established in the subdivided elements of Malkuth/Earth. As in the pentagram, the Point of the Pyramid is Spirit which is a directing force. Here we can see that Chesed is an intelligence that is measuring, cohesive and receptive.
and the Orb,
that can be found throughout the Tarot deck, not only establish the concept of rule but that of sex as well. The scepter is phallic, relating to Chokmah and the orb is womb, relating to Binah.
The Crook of the Shepard, refers to the Love of the Shepard or ruler for his flock and/ or a Bishop in his role as Pastoral Shepard
What is interesting here, is that many writers of Theosophy and even Dion Fortune have written of the "Masters of Chesed", which some call the "Ascended Masters", who are human beings that have "evolved beyond" the need for physical incarnations and remain by choice to assist mankind in their development; but only when mankind is sufficiently evolved to get in touch with Chesed. Yet, it is Chesed that flows through mankind which is why we are such great Builders! Therefore, this is an error in interpretation, for true mastery is the ability to manifest on All the Planes of the One Mind, and therefore, we are the True Masters of Chesed as we are the combinations of all 10 levels of Force and Form!
Anyone who knows me, understands that the best way to assist those who struggle with incarnations, is to incarnate with them. So to me, an incarnate master is a Being of greater ability, as they are able to be Chesed on every single plane of form....obviously form is what the universe wants to be! We may often as psyche, channel up and down the Tree of Life, depositing greater and greater discriminating data of both Force and Form into sensuality, for that data can only be learned and advanced in a sensual experience of Being "Me"! The fact that evolutionary Being is the top priority of Chesed, makes one wonder, if not doubt, the idea of "masters of Chesed' who reside in non being.
Maybe, we are becoming
so able to consciously travel the Tree of Energy Conscious, that we are channeling directly the Higher states of mind and calling them "Ascended Masters"; When all along they are the Archetypes living as us
! After all, wouldn't mastering the Tree, while still incarnate do this very thing? Something to think about before the "New Agers" stone me.
The Qabalistic Thoth Four of Cups-Luxury, refers to the Sephira Chesed in the suit of Water/consciousness.
Here the Pure Water of the Supernal Triangle has passed through the Abyss to Chesed (Mercy) and although ordered, balanced, or stabilized, it has lost the purity of its conception. You might say, that instead of pure energy in motion, it is now an emotional idea held in conceptional confinement.
Being that the Moon is in her own house in Cancer one would think it was well placed. However, Cancer is so placed that this implies a certain weakness, an abandonment to desire. Which reminds me of the statement made by the boxing champ Mike Tyson:" Everybody has a plan until they get hit".
The calm Sea of the 3 of cups is still present in the 4, but slightly ruffled, implying a disturbance is building, making the Four Cups standing on it less stable. The Spirit of the Lotus, the Dryad, has gathered strength, growing multiple stems, supporting one Lotus Blossom, spewing forth water. The Four stems, are the number of manifestation of the Dryad, it is also secretly preparing catastrophe by emphasizing individuality.
By understanding that the number Four is an "awkward" number; alone among the natural numbers, as it is impossible to construct a "Magic Square" of four cells. Four being a "dead stop" number, a different idea of Order is necessary to carry on the series. Thus, for now everything is seemingly luxurious in stability, but the Changing of the Moon, its waxing and waning, is such that this won't last, i.e., the "hit" is on its way.
Since the element-water also represents emotion (Energy in Motion) and since energy is kept pure by constantly moving, the damning effort of the number four, will fail. Change is the formula for motion. (Change=Stability). Four is the number of restriction, as in "Four walls" etc, and as a cage, it shows a certain amount of stability, until the energy gets tired of confinement. We all know the weakness of putrefaction in stable water; it must keep moving to stay pure or become a stagnant swamp.
The Jungian Tarot-4 of Cups:Benevolence and Pleasure, seems to emphasize the Sephira Chesed as Jupiter, The benevolent father, however, there is a protective security link to the pleasing home of Mother. Here the never ending party, of comfort, of charity, of kindness and good humor, seems endless. Here emotion is expanded into a sensitivity, providing an expanded imagination that easily creates art, poetry, and music. The work may be excellent, but it really is more a symptom of a deluge of stimulation than intuition. Therefore, there is a protective home link to the Mother (cups) who makes every effort to improve security in home life but soon, as the Red Sky suggests, turbulence is on the way.
As always, his "small cards" show very little to suggest the cards meaning. Making the book :Tarot Psychology, by Robert Wang, essential.
When considering all the above, when this card is thrown during a reading,
- The querent will be or is experiencing pleasure, but with some slight discomfort and anxieties.
- They are experiencing a blending of pleasure and success but approaching their end.
- The querent is experiencing a stationary period in happiness which may or may not continue as long as desired.
- It is too passive a symbol to represent complete happiness and some drawbacks to pleasure are implied.
- There is both acquisition and contention in this card. It is not wrong to enjoy the luxury of your labors, but labor will soon have to begin again or you will lose it.
- This card warns us not to get lost in desire.
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