To reiterate, MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Serphiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens.
The Thoth- TEN OF CUPS is known as SATIETY, and is attributed to Mars in Pisces. Crowley calls this card, The Lord of Perfected Success, as this is the influence of MALKUTH in the unconscious Mental World known as Briah.
Satiety, is word meaning
, filled to the point of excess
, though it is hard to argue that excessive happiness is a negative thing; However, it could be distracting.
is exceptional about this card, is that the general astrological
meaning of Mars in Pisces doesn't apply. Pisces is a watery sign, and
Mars would signify a dispersal of energy to a point of frustration.
However, the meaning here is that fiery Mars causes
the Waters of Pisces to rush furiously into Briah. bringing great
success on the Material plane of Malkuth. Hence, the imagery of this card
expresses the opinion that all happiness is inspired from above, i.e.
comes from the Divine. One could say that Happiness, is a higher-inner
state of energy consciousness flowing outwardly.
To be sure, when Tarot is used for
Divination, it is best applied to Mundane matters, where as the meaning
may be different if applied to a more spiritual plane. The Placement of
the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement.
The Thoth Tarot-10 of Cups-Satiety,
as objectively far as you can go with the alchemical element of water.
The Ten- Sephirotic image of the Tree of Life is complete here; the as above and so below
connected. Here water receives the influence of the 10, which is also
(Malkuth) the Virgin; However, there is a conflicting element in
the Ten of Cups and this is shown by their tilting. They are unstable
as they spill the Water from the Great Lotus into one another. What this
tilting and spilling implies is that the work of water is complete and
disturbance is due.
This disturbance comes from the influence of Mars in
Pisces. Mars is the violent and disruptive force which inevitably
attacks every supposed perfection. Since Pisces is both peaceful and
spiritualistic, mars displays the greatest possible contrast with
Pisces. This is shown by the paths of the Tree of Life depicted on the card, for the
skeleton of it, are in the Red of Mars. This combination means that the proper work of Water
is done, and a substantial disturbance is due. In fact, Mars in Pisces,
is considered by many astrologers to be the worst position of the 12
Basically, what this card is
is that in-order to keep water pure and living, once it's work
is complete, it must keep moving; lakes, which are a form of satiated
water must have a run off river to stay pure.Therefore, the Ten of
Cups-Satiety implies saturation is complete and it is soon to
flow past the point of saturation. Again if happiness is based on
unchanging satiety, you'll not stay happy; However, if you know,"surprise to be the greatest gift of all"
, [Jahaladine Rumi] then
happiness is not influenced by change and you are happy being you in any
moment of time. The warning here is that the repose satisfaction brings, is over, time to get moving again!
Yet, through all this supposed Martial doom and Pisces gloom
when this card is thrown during a reading, it means that emotional
matters in the material world are definitely arranged and settled...for the moment.
proceeds, to dissipation and debauchery, as energy-in-motion follows
the second law of thermodynamics [..All things proceed from order to
disorder]. The message here is ," Enjoy the moment of completion, all
is done; sit back, have a "dram", but to avoid debauch, as soon you'll be
called on to preform at your best."
Ten is a number
that when added together [1+0 =1), you end up at the beginning. It is
the "up the down staircase" number that places us on top of one flight
of stairs, only to find out that we are at the bottom of another flight.
There are some Tarot readers that forgot this part of the Arcana, and
call the Ten of Cups, permanent success
, but Qabalists know that
the only permanency in this One Energy Universe, is
change/transformation. Yet here dances the "Lord of Material Happiness",
the tenth Sephiroth, Malkuth and all seems well...but then we know how
long happiness and satisfaction in material things lasts! Hence, the Ten of Cups-Satiety implies saturation is complete and it is soon to
flow past the point of saturation.
The B.O.T.A. Tarot-10 of Cups,
displays the 10 silver and blue cups of the water element, as the Tree of Life.
Everything is in order, and all Ten Sephira are communicating.
There really isn't any display of satiety, for that must already be known by the B.O.T.A card reader who is a graduate of the correspondence courses of the Builders of the Adytum.
The Hermetic Qabalah meanings of the Thoth Tarot apply.
When the Ten of Cups-Satiety is thrown it implies that:
- In ten weeks or ten months, matters will be or have been, definitely arranged and settled as wished.
- There is permanent and lasting success implied here and happiness because of inspiration from "Above".
- This is a less sensual happiness than the Nine of Cups but some would say a deeper happiness.
- There is pleasure but dissipation is soon to be.
- Quietness and peace making are also implied.
- Kindness and generosity.
- Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success.
meaning of material success is reinforced if the 10 of Cup's lands on
the position of "Beneath you" or "of House and Home", on a Celtic Cross
layout. In fact, that would be paramount for this card, as it is a 10 of
Malkuth (Kingdom) in a Earthly existence position.
If ill dignified by the accompanying cards:
- Wantonness, waste, and excess are implied.
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