The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Cups: Disappointment.
reading tarot, inappropriately term some tarot cards as "bad" and others
as "good" which is the errant two dimensional thinking of our culture ;
errant thought as the Tarot is about intelligent energy, both subtle
and objective and its spiral-movement as "your multidimensional life" of at least 10 dimensions of Life, as depicted by the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
fives, which have often been termed as bad, are really the necessary
disruption of the placidity of the fours. Your inner self
is telling the
it is time to move! This is also true for the 5 of cups as
emotional disappointment makes us fragile (the 5 glass cups), and
vulnerable. Like the murky sea in the background we become depressed and
then angry, as the orange/red sky. We are now off balance (the askew
star) and feeling uprooted (the lily pads with falling lotus blossoms).
The transformational aspect of disappointment is shown by the universal
sign of the butterfly (the roots of the lily pads in the shape of a
butterfly). Disappointment is the result of imagining a different future than what one is now experiencing. Hence, emotional responses are merely responses to our own imagined perspectives of right and wrong, or good and bad.
The Thoth card, astrologically, is
Mars in Scorpio; Mars is the planet associated with vitality,
assertiveness and dynamic activity. Scorpio is the sign of emotional depth, thus
disappointment is felt deeply "to the core" here. Don't get me wrong, it is not bad to be disappointed, "shit happens"; However, to be disappointed merely means that your perspectives have become reacting to preferred fantasies, rather than action in the here and now.
have previously stated,
Geburah, the Fifth Sephiroth, may be called Severity
but this intelligence
brings a necessary corrective in our lives, by cutting away all that is
useless thought and emotion, that is outdated and unproductive.
this Universe, as understood by modern science, there is only one
energy that we can't create, nor can we destroy it. We can however,
transfer it and transform it. Transformation is a process of
deconstructing and then reconstructing that which is envisioned; a form of remodeling .
Transmitting is done in some from of intimacy and/or
communication, where we are in communion with someone or something. Such
as the intimacy of healers, lovers or shamanistic rites etc.
The flow of this
vital force is often
called love, as such we could say that the intimacy
of the negative pole as it joins with a positive pole of a magnet
proves love as an energy-in-motion. But being Spiritual beings, we know Love is more that
energy flow (emotional flow), it is a communion of multiple attributes. Intimacy is not
just physical touching, tasting, smelling, hearing or seeing, even
though those are usually involved; Intimacy is where one Auric Field
blends with another. Vibration/ harmonic weaving into a new pattern for both parties.
A multiplication of 7 dimensions (The 7 auric bodies) weaving with another 7 dimensions,
becoming 49. These 49 are really a numeric 4+ 9= 13 and Key 13 is the
Death Card, which means a "Spiritual Transformation". Hence, the experience that Love causes a Spiritual transformation of the duality of individuals into a Oneness.
wonderful energy in motion is constructed, it also has and end. That would be the
second law of Thermodynamics where"...all things proceed from order to
disorder". Therefore, a Master weaver of Self Identity, would see the discord in
Self-patterns, and deconstruct them and reconstruct a new harmonic order
of Self. Here's where sharp edged intelligence of Geburah steps in to assist us, she makes us view
the discord, and as a corrective, we can now remove the old and build
In the Hermetic Qabalah, THE FIVE OF CUPS- DISAPPOINTMENT:
also known as Lord of loss in pleasure. Here the planet Mars is
in Scorpio. The angels of the Decan are: Livoyah and Pehilyah. As the 5
of cups, Geburah is influencing the Mental World, Geburah in Briah.
now you may know that the Alchemical Element-Water is conscious and unconscious emotion
and therefore, a severe situation is sensually presented in the 5 of Cups. Mars is
violent energy and in the water sign Scorpio, this produces an extremely
emotionally turbulent effect.
The once full cups are empty,
implying loss of
that which is loved. Geburah is fiery of nature, and still water is
totally at odds with this active force, thus causing a disturbance and
loss of pleasure. This card, if supported by he accompanying cards,
can even mean death of a loved one. The inverted pentagram represents
the triumph of matter over spirit (of senses over imagination) and where disturbance arises in the
middle of ease.
What is even more disturbing
is the fact that this card is also
attributed to Mars in Scorpio. Scorpio is in its worst aspect in Mars, a
lowly scorpion on the lowest plane of Geburah, which in this case, is
the putrefying aspect of water.
However, the powerful
masculine aspect of Mars, slows down the putrefaction so that it is
internal and not external, frustrating the anticipated pleasure that is
The symbol representing all this disturbance
the lotus blooms being dried out by a hot wind, over a dead sea and the
pentagram inverted, again, showing material trump over spirit
. Mars is
too hot for this card's natural watery peace and balance.
scenario is shown 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
thought to bring pleasure, does not, and the person is disturbed. Not
a totally devastating card, but disappointing none the less, as the
Spirit points out to us that dependency on other persons, places, or
events to make us happy, breeds disappointment, since Happiness ( I AM) built us
to be Us, therefore, happiness is "inward" and we don't need to outwardly seek happiness any more than a fish swimming in
the ocean needs to seek water.
The Five cups are shown forming an inverted pentagram which symbolizes matter's triumph over spirit; crystallization over motion, what is often called "upside down" thinking.
The B.O.T.A. Tarot- 5 of Cups:
Shows the silver and blue cups that represent the colors of the element of water (consciousness and emotions), arraigned in a pattern of 5. The 5 in the center, disturbing the balance of the solid 4.
However, as in all the B.O.T.A. "small cards", it is inferred that the reader is already educated in the doctrine of the Builder's of the Adytum, and therefore knows their description.
Also, Dr. Paul Foster Case, was a Hermetic Qabalist, and didn't think that anyone could just read the tarot, without a formal education in the Hermetic Qabalah (I to understand this to be true). However, the meanings described in the Thoth Tarot -5 of Cups also apply to this B.O.T.A. card. I therefore, have designed this blog series as a "formal education" in Tarot and the Hermetic Qabalah, unencumbered by all the nonsense of lodge degrees, titles etc.
You already have your Highest Title, ( I AM) as a Adam Khadmond, a collective of all the Intelligent collective of the Tree of Life... a demiurge of One's own identity, and therefore, destiny.
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.
- Emotional disappointment for 5 weeks or 5 months.
- Usually implication of relying too much on others for love, rather than loving themselves.
- Here, there is a certain crying over past events, a experience of grieving over what has been lost.
- Emotional discord as one begins to adapt.
- This is a card of regret, loss and separation.
- The corrective of Geburah is being applied here, and it is the beginning of recovery.
this card is thrown you may want to release past patterns of
disappointment either with the Scorpio people in your life and/or in the
next 5 weeks or 5 months be no longer willing to hold onto past
disappointments and will make a conscious decision to let them go.
- It's now time to transform your emotion into a free butterfly rather than a "worm" encased in a hard shell of disappointment.
happens to the just and unjust alike and by releasing disappointment,
we can then turn anger into a personal ambition to create more motion in
- This card states, " Release the past, for that is a dead place, fly forward into the sunny now!"
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, let go, and 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 making the action of today a past death.
- 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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