The Thoth, 6 of Cups-Pleasure
, represents the influence of Tiphareth
in the suit of Water.
the 6th Sephiroth
on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the Son/Sun of God
(Beauty) and the number Six also represents the Sun. Contrary to the
Patriarchal Christian doctrine, "The Son of God",
is in reference to an
"expressive/excited State of Energetic Psyche"
and not an individual sex of any species. Thus the
whole image of the Card is that of the influence of Sun on Water (Bright Intelligence in consciousness);
Sun is in the sign of Scorpio which is the basis of fertility in life.
In this Qabalistic Tarot
card, the depiction of dancing lotus stems, with blossoms gushing forth
water into each golden cup, without overflowing implies well-being,
harmony of natural forces without strain or effort; the gushing Sun Radiant Semen (Golden light)
fills the magnetic vessel of Earth. It is ease and satisfaction in
harmony. Pleasure, in this sense, is not gratification of natural or
artificial desires. Rather, it is Pleasure in the highest sense and yet
it does emphatically represent the fulfillment of the Sexual Will
(Law of Attraction) as shown by the ruling Sephira, sign, planet and element.
Therefore this card represents the fierce energy
of the Sun in a harmonious state with water, as a time of warming
evaporation; a type of birthed containment in motion such
as of clouds, rain etc. that nurtures all life, mentally, emotional,
spiritually and physically. A warm sensual harmony that can only be
described as the "ecstasy" that powers creation.
As stated, astrologically
this card represents the Sun in Scorpio.
the Hermetic Qabalist this card is the Sixth Sephira-Tiphareth ( Beauty) in Briah (the mental
world) Briah is considered a "watery world" which means it's
intelligence acts as water with currents, eddies and flow so Tiphareth
in the Watery World of Briah, means the current or beginning of pleasure.
is a sign of hidden qualities, it is magnetic (female/cup) and
discriminatory [many Scorpio's can become harshly judgmental] and if attack is believed, the
scorpion may sting where the Will directs.
However, the Serpent
is also a symbol of the sign of Scorpio, which is the symbol of the "occult sexuality" of this sign. Yet again, there is another symbol for Scorpio, that of the Eagle,
a representation of the Occult Mind that flies above the mundane world.
The Sun activates Scorpio
it does the Oceans on earth, eddies,and currents of conscious and unconscious swirl and dance because
of the Focused Force
of the Sun and Pleasure
commences. The Goddess (
Binah-water-Unconscious) and The God (Chokma-Sun-Conscious) Dance in a rhythmic Pleasurable Union, that disturbs the ether of Space, as waves of ecstasy which animate the "Living" . At
least, that is the Esoteric explanation.
In our daily
reality, this card is considered one of the best cards in the pack and
it stands for well-being, harmony of natural forces, without effort or
strain just ease and satisfaction. This is not vulgar pleasure, brought
on by artificial stimulants, such as alcohol or drugs, but the deep
inner pleasure understood in the highest sense of Being. I have reached
this state many times in my Tantra Yoga work, and I call it the inner orgasm that never stops . It is the Joyful Communion of Creation with the Divine Creative!
Some people believe that pleasure is a fleeting thing
, "It won't last",
ys the fearful of discomfort; implying "why bother"? But this is the "Inner Pleasure" that
Drives Creation in this Universe. It is the underlying foundation of
ALL! It does indeed last, for it is all around us, but here comes the caveat, only when one's
mental, emotional, spiritual and physical states of conscious energy are in harmony can one sense it.
is the Rapture of St. Theresa,
that is achieved by pure devotional
union to the Son/Sun (conscious) of the Divine Creative (the Qabalistic 6th Sephirothic
Intelligence of Beauty-Tiphareth)
. Since the mundane are devoted mostly
to their "slave jobs", mundane pleasure can be like atmosphere of Earth,
the pleasurable Sun heats the Ocean into clouds (when our emotions become overcast
by survival thinking) and we feel less joy and more worry until our
fears rain from our "I's". We then
rain, (cry over our troubles) expressing turbulent emotion and then the
Sun may temporarily come out again.Trying to hold life into a "place in stable in time", is impossible, for Life is a movement of moments, and time is ever changing. Pleasure is a moment of harmony, but to continue movement we must become "unbalanced", just as walking begins by a "fall".
all know, the Sun/Son never left us,
but we left it by forgetting to be the
Spirit who owes its own sense of pleasure to the human body, but because of "fear of discomfort" our self-conscious rejects the physical world. This is silly, for self-conscious is a body self-awareness. Besides, there
is no pleasure without a sensual body, for even "mental pleasure"
(satisfaction) can't be felt without the body!
However, change must
happen if Life is to
continue, and often we must change perspectives to keep the inner sun
on the horizon, so yesterday's pleasure seems to flee the new day. Knowing that inner Sun/Son of Pleasure is always with
we see it or not, helps us to remember that we are the Joyful Creative Identity who came to
be human and that Human is a Spiritual experiment in Pleasure! For I AM ME, is pleasure, where I AM is merely existence!
From the Sepher Yetzirah and the text of the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom:
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.
In the Hermetic Qabalah the SIX OF CUPS-PLEASURE is the,
Lord of Pleasure and as stated, the Sun/Son is in Scorpio. The Angels of the Decan are Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
The influence of the Solar Logos-Tiphareth, in the Mental World known to Qabalist as Briah.
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 (activated consciousness in the unconscious).
Here, Scorpio revels in the Sun, and is likened to a fertile, warm,
fruitful Sea--a Spa of Life generating qualities. Astrologically 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 Moon influenced currents. Within, Bacchus revels in my halls of
hearth and heart I live this card, in a daily Glow of Bright Pleasure,
undisturbed by outer catastrophe. Thus I have no need to seek pleasure, for
as a Spirit, 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, the Intellect rides the Solar thermals as an Eagle souring high. Therefore Love is the Willful overview of
Life; the I Am Willfully Me
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
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.
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; The Rapture, implying well-being, harmony of natural force and forms and Spirit, 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 student of Tarot vigorously studies the Six of Cups-Pleasure
investigation of the Sephira-Tiphareth, the Sign of Scorpio, The Sun,
and the Pythagorean Element of Water (as an Alchemical element), they
will find that this card is the actually the highest sensual/spiritual
card in the Suit of Cups. For it is the Pleasure of Union, that is the
God (Fire) and Goddess (Water) in Communion, that builds this entire
Universe of Force and Form. In other words, the Big Bang
orgasm of Energy that spreads forever outward in a joyous flow like a
living water. Now I know that most people will not seek to understand
this Passionate flow of creation, but if you do, you'll be greatly
rewarded with a Sun of Rapture glowing in your Navel Chakra and warming
the Heart Chakra, as if in a summer sunrise.
The B.O.T.A. Tarot,
mundanely shows six silver-blue cups (water) with three above being reflected below. Representing the upper Supernal Triangle (Aziluth) being reflected as the Creative Triangle (Briah), which is depicted on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Again, the Builder's of the Adytum cloak their occult knowledge in simple art.
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.
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.
- Joy, deep pleasure of memories, of happiness like that of very young children who are the Happiness that Came to be in communion with all of creation.
- Inside all of us is the Original Joy of Being and such is this card.
is not about goals, achievements, or getting what one wants,its about
the United Orgasmic Flow of Self Awareness that has created the All.
- Experiencing the Spirit's Joyful Love that drives Force and Form into united expression.
- The Inner Son/Child of the Divine Creative united with its Parents.
- When one feels the true Sun of Creative Consciousness Rises over the Ocean of Self-----one will know such joy!
- In the period of six weeks or six months, the beginning of a wish, happiness, success, enjoyment.
- Commencement of gain in a steady increase of pleasure, But a commencement only.
pleasure is also depicted here as in a higher state of harmonious union
of the Dual Creative. Such as a Tantric would experience.
- Amiable and patient emotions will also be experienced.
If ill dignified:
defective knowledge (perverted sexual knowledge) contention and strife
arising from unwarranted self- assertion and vanity.
- Sometimes thankless and presumptuous.
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