Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Cups: DISAPPOINTMENT & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- 5 of Cups
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Cups: DISAPPOINTMENT & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- 5 of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 5 of Cups: Disappointment.
Many people 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.

Therefore the 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 outer self 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.

As I 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brings a necessary corrective in our lives, by cutting away all that is useless thought and emotion, that is outdated and unproductive.

In 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.
However 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 the new. 
 Is 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. 

 By 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 emotionally sot.

The symbol representing all this disturbance, is 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.

This 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 cups.
  What was 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;
  • Disappointment 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.
  • When 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.
  • Stuff 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 our life!
  • 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.
  •  To 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! 
  • Spirit 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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