In the Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, the number Six, is Tiphareth on the Tree of Life, which is known as the "Christ or Buddha"
consciousness. Six is also the number for the Sun (Son), that is also in the Sign of Scorpio on this card, thus the whole influence is of the Sun in the suit of Water.
The Thoth card represents the basis for fertility of all life; therefore, in the Thoth Deck 6 of Cups, we have the Lotus stems in a type of sensual dance, gushing water from their blossoms. The cups are not yet overflowing, as Nine is the number of completion.
As we all know, pleasure is relative to the perspective, but in this case pleasure is of the Highest Sense. In the Six of Cups, Pleasure, implies, well-being, and harmony of natural forces without effort or strain. There is only ease and satisfaction, yet foreign to the card's definition, is the gratification of animal desires.
There may seem to be some contradiction to the null gratification of animal desires, because this card is the emphatic fulfillment of the Sexual Will, as shown by Scorpio, The Sun and the Water sign. However, Sexual Will is from the Supernal Triangle, of the I Am, and is not one of animal DNA fulfillment, that is hardwired into our bodies. This is the Will to Force and the Will to Form, in union, that caused the "Big Bang" of energy movement in this universe, and is "hard wired" into our Souls.
The idea of Pleasure as a Sacrament
may seem an outlandish idea to the mundane who have been taught that pleasure is tantamount to sin; However, the Six of Cups-Pleasure is one of the master- keys to the Qabalistic Gate of Initiation. To know and understand this is to experience the ecstasy of the Christ-conscious that is Tiphareth,#6 Sephira on the Tree of Life. This is where the Kundalini rises as a "burning-bright Sun" within the body, filling one with an ecstatic warmth from root (Muladhara) to crown (Sahasrara) chakra.
In an inadequate attempt to explain this Pleasure, I call it the "orgasm that never stops"......it is a harmonic "fire" generated by the complete balancing of the "As above, so below". This Pleasure is of Cosmic proportions, such as the uninhibited union of "Soul Mates" or Tantric Unions of Divine Beings (your aura is composed of 8 Divine Beings). Normally, the higher states of this card are not experienced by the "normal" and/or "mundane" people of society who are taught only to be the servants of that society.
From the Sepher Yetzirah and the text of the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom:
In Kether is the Radix of a Golden Glory and thence is there a pure, primitive and sparkling, gleaming golden yellow which is reflected into Tiphareth. This is the first reflected Triad complete. And the sphere of its operation is that of Shemesh, the Solar Light, and bestoweth Life, Light and Brilliancy in metallic matter, and it rideth the sphere of action and of the Sun. And YHVH .
Eloah va-Daath is a God of Knowledge and Wisdom, ruling over the Light of the Universe; and its Archangel is Raphael, the Prince of Brightness, Beauty and Life. And the Name of the Order of Angels is Melechim, that is Kings or Angelic Kings, who are also called the Order of Virtues, Angels and Rulers.
SIX OF CUPS-PLEASURE is the,
Lord of Pleasure. Here the Sun is in Scorpio The Angels of the Deccan are Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
Therefore the Thoth 6 of cups represents the influence of the Solar Logos-Tiphareth, in the Mental World known to Qabalist as Briah.
Already we know that Tiphareth in Atziluth (Beauty in Pure Spirit) means Victory after effort, shown as the Six of Wands. Now we see the Six of Cups as Tiphareth in the Watery World, (Mental/Creative World) as the beginnings of Pleasure.
Noted to be a sign of discrimination, magnetism and hidden qualities, Scorpio, in the Six of Cups, is like activated Water by Solar influx. Here, Scorpio revels in the Sun, and is likened to a fertile, warm, fruitful Sea; a Spa of Life generating qualities. Being a Sun in Scorpio, and a Scorpio Natal, and a Cancerian Moon, my inner self is a bight pleasure to my Watery World of consciousness. Within, Bacchus revels in my halls of hearth and heart I live this card, in a daily Glow of Bright Pleasure , undisturbed by catastrophe. Thus I have no need to seek pleasure, for as a Qabalist, I am it; as pleasure is state of daily being. In other words, Pleasure is the Fulfillment of the Divine Creative's "Will to Be". I find that I rise as the Sun, and warm my consciousness, in the glow of Self-Knowledge.
, Scorpio may sting where the Will directs; However, when the Will resides in Beauty-Tiphareth, love is the Willful view of Life; the I Am Will
rather than I have will and the scorpion's sting is reserved for those who would demean life with vial actions of desecration. (Such as J. Christ whipping the money changers out of the Temple).
So as the Sun activates the Forces of Scorpio, gain or pleasure commences. Implied, without need of assurance, is that pleasure and gain will build, as shown by the partially filled cups.
Pleasure, being the natural title of this card, is not that of the mundane and fleeting pleasures of the pain fleeing populace, but of the highest sense; implying well-being, harmony of natural force and forms without effort or strain but with ease and satisfaction. Yet it does emphatically represent the fulfillment of Sexual Will, as shown by the ruling Sephira, Tiphareth, sign of Scorpio, Planet Sun, and element of Water. A communion of fertile force and form, that makes all life possible, it is the mating of the Sun and the Earth.
The Jungian Tarot- 6 of Cups: Sympathetic Attachment, relates to family or for some special association more so than the more "spiritual" side of the mind. Therefore, the importance of the individual is submerged into the collective mind of "others", even to the extent that self-reliance may disappear and be replaced by reliance on the group. This is an important phase for the individual, as the attachment to external things, to people and to possessions is very strong.
Therefore this could be a positive or it could be a problem, such as teenagers seeking out peer support. Here, relationships are deeply felt, and there is a deep concern for the feelings of others. Hence, this could be a very positive selfless dedication card. However, there is a potential of extreme moodiness, and withdrawal from friends and associates. With powerful emotion, there is always a potential for masochistic behavior.
When the Six of Cups-Pleasure is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing:
- Emotional pleasure, in a period of 6 weeks or 6 months of giving to and receiving pleasure form others.
- A period of innocence and taking great pleasure in one's childlike qualities.
- They maybe experiencing an orgasmic rush of feelings, a wave of ecstasy that even sad feelings being actively expressed, feel good in release.
- The querent may also be experiencing sweet memories of the past, as past efforts bring present rewards.
- Sometimes amiable and patient.
If the accompanying cards are ill defined , the querent will be experiencing the opposites of the above, such as:
- Affront, deceptive knowledge, and in some very negative instances, contention and strife arising from egotism and vanity.
- Sometimes thankless and presumptuous.
- This usually happens when the card is surrounded in Swords of a negative vein.
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