The Thoth 5 of Cups-Disappointment -compared to-The Wild Wood Tarot-Five of Vessels-Ecstasy:
number 5, this card is ruled by Geburah-the 5th Sephiroth, a fiery-red Sephiroth of Severity,
who is now in a Water Suit of Cups. There is a natural antipathy in fire and water, as
fiery heat causes a natural disturbance in water when it is at 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, represents
the putrefying or dark aspect of water.
However, the powerful masculine-expressive
of Mars, slows down the putrefaction so that it is internal and not
external, frustrating the anticipated pleasure that is emotionally
sought. But it still looks good, so we think there is something wrong with ourselves, rather than the issue.
The symbol of all this disturbance, on the Thoth Tarot Card-5 of Cups-Disappointment-is the
lotus blooms being dried out by a hot wind, over a dead sea and the
pentagram inverted, showing material trump over spirit; instead of mind over matter, here, matter is over mind. Mars is
too hot for this card's natural watery peace and balance. What was
thought to bring pleasure, does not, and the self-conscious is disturbed.
Hence, the card
represents emotional disappointment caused by a loss of that which is
loved (symbolized by the once full cups that are now empty).
Since astrologically this is Mars
in Scorpio on the pillar of Severity, the action of the 5 of cups
produces an extremely emotional effect.
To a Qabalalist,
the 5 of cups is the influence of Geburah (Severity) in Briah
(Mental/Creative world-2nd triangle on the Tree of Life) where severe energy is needed to establish a
growth movement that the placid nature of pleasure has interfered with.
Life being about force becoming simulated as form
and the fact that if energy-in-motion stays in form to long, it becomes
stagnant (stasis), severe measures are often needed to get energy moving
- The 5 of Cups card is about loss
of love due to expectations and like all Tarot cards, is subjective to the intuition of a
open reader. There are some cases where this card can even mean the loss
of a loved one through the process of death. But this depends on the
surrounding cards supporting this observation.
- This card
may say,"sorrow", but it also shows acceptance which begins the process
of recovery (the Growing Leaves of the Lotus above the Thoth cups). Hence this
may be a card of loss, but it is also about inheritance, patrimony,
transmission, but not corresponding to expectations.
The Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Vessels-Ecstasy
shows a different approach to the severity of the 5's. Here, a Female Shaman, is dancing in ecstasy, holding a Thyrsus in her right hand, and a leather rattle in her left. She is dancing within a pentagram, with candle lit vessels at every one of the five points. With a star filled sky, she is channeling a higher frequency of life force, and thus feeling a rapture.
However, at this height of intense emotion, there is only one way to go, and that is down. So, this can says enjoy the moment, for soon, it will be gone.
truth be told, most of our emotional loss is from assumptions and
expectations not being met by others. That is why relationships are best
enjoyed on a daily basis rather than founded on a future expectation.
The 5's, are of
a conscious energy state of Severity (Geburah). The 5 of an element,
such as the 5 of Wands-Fire, or 5 of Cups-Water, are the idea of motion coming to the aid
of the material of that element.
The 4's represent perfected stability,
which is a state of stasis, and energy in stasis, is the end of
motion. Energy not in motion, would be the end of the Moving Universe, i.e. the end of the
. Thus, the severity of the 5's is needed to "kick start" the
engine of Life before it succumbs to the demands of entropy.
Again the message, that change is the only constant, rings loudly in the Fives.
Hence, in the statically
emotional comfort system, a storm arises and stresses the system into an unbalance, thus,
a new motion is begun. Knowing this, we know the 5's are not "evil"
but rather just the opposite. For it would be evil (live spelled
backwards) to insist on not moving forward.
many of us westerners, the Buddhist doctrine of Sorrow implicitly
states that inertia and insensitive mental states must characterize
peace. Thus the oriental statement "Life is Suffering", is not a
negative, but a positive
motion towards change that is both empathetic and concerned with
individual progress. When we stay inert because we fear hurt, we are
motion because lack of understanding won't let us move, and to be
alive---is to move. As a Soul being "Alive", is a gift of animation
with the ability to be sensually
observant, and thus able to change mental/emotional direction when
experience, every phenomena is Sacred to Knowledge. Therefore, it can be
said that every Phenomenon
is a Sacrament. In a Soul's perspective, pleasure and pain are both
honored guests, in the
Divine Temple of Human Being. Not because we are obsessed with them, but
because they are the Hierophants that teach us. Pain teaches us error,
and pleasure teaches us accomplishment, each to be enjoyed in the
moment, and then changed into a new motion; pain into healing and pleasure into new action Be that as it may, a
disturbance is disturbing, just as the having Geburah arising out of the
Abysmal Womb of Dark energy and caressing our Soul's suffering, is
One of the greatest disappointments
, in our "new age" of metaphysics, is to seek "enlightenment"
and therefore denying we are already the enlightened Soul, a collective
of light, who knows that by being able to become intimate with its own
emotive energy, it can discern and become a great and powerfully
accurate creator; for, everything is made of Light
! Therefore, the human being, made of a harmony of many vibrations of light, is a blessing to own, operate and emote. Besides, we are not seeking "the light",
for we are built of all 4 Worlds of it! Intelligence, is a phenomena of
Light ! Just stand up and yell, "I AM The Light"! And get on with your
We are what
Light" has become after 4 billion years, alive, emotive, sensual,
interactive, living individual microwaves of intelligence that are
formed into Self-Images of the One Great Self by the collective
Intelligence of the Divine Creative. From Chaos, we have become "ordered
Self Image". Hence, being alive is a union of Spirit (Spiral light
waves) and Soul (Collective self identities/intelligence) and the
harmonics of woven "rainbows" of light . Yet, when what we thought "what
would be" created by our mind and energy-in-motion, isn't created
according to the simulated geometry, we feel the touch of chaos,
something many of us wish to avoid, as we call that dark place the "Womb of the Abyss". This lack of control over what we thought we could
control, causes disappointment and often fear of worth and we feel the
fetid breath of death and/or disorder on our backs. Truth be told, death
would just let you stay static, it is the Great Love of the Severe All
Mother, that severely prods one out of their rut so that they can
continually exist in this Simulation of Self.
As users/sculptors of fire (light), we
know fire delights in superabundant flow of energy, while water, as
does pleasure, delights in its peaceful and stable nature. However, this stability is just a simulation. According to the Simulation Theory of Quantum Physics,
all light/energy is a wave (fire), only upon observance can it be
formed into particles (Air, Water and Earth). Therefore, as sculptors of
form, light into particles, any
disturbance to this placidity that we have enforced by "e-motional
thought" can only be regarded as misfortune and
thus disappointment. It helps to know that all of the manifested universe is but a simulation,
and that we can only keep it formed, by changing the simulation for all
things proceed from order to disorder. Since "we" are all connected to
the Universal Collective Unconscious (the Dark Womb) and give order to
the I AM (existence) by becoming Me (will to be), through the process of
the Soul's self-observation, we fear disorder. That is why each of us
is the implicit expression of the Tarot- Emperor-Intelligence (4 is the
number of form)of our own simulation of Self; simulations that are but
"moments in time" and/or collectives of particles called "points in
time" made out of waves of the One Energy. Therefore, each of us is a
Chesed/Architect of our own simulation! However, the Mother of the Light
Universe is the Dark Energy of the Abysmal Womb, and by being the
process of connection, by being "you", you also give this Intelligence a
Sense of Presence... and she likes it! So, as Geburah, she'll be severe if it is necessary to get you "off of your suffering butt" and get you moving and therefore, experiencing again!
Being that we are the creators and/or designers of moments,
and call them -Life Motion
it only makes good sense to give each moment of a relationship a joyous
presence without expecting a goal to be fulfilled. A day in the life,
being a day in the love of living, is a gracious movement of Self.
We are Life Simulations, who
"make alive"; alive is but a movement of moments and the future is
always trans-formative. Therefore for a full expression of "being
alive"; Love with all your heart/soul ---now! As Intelligent energy-in-motion (serpent forces), we will often find that
loving relationships are also moments of movement and that loss is a
constant mechanism of change. That being said, this 5 card is not as
negative as it sounds for it does promise a return to pleasure in a
future moment--5 weeks or 5 months, where love will be expressed freely
again. To love being yourself and enjoying moments as expressions of
that love, will greatly reduce the influence of severity in your life!
The Thoth 5 cups are shown forming an inverted pentagram which symbolizes matter's triumph over spirit; crystallization over motion. Not
a totally devastating card, but disappointing none the less, as the
Spirit points out to us that dependency on words, other persons, places, or
events to make us happy, breeds disappointment. "Will to be", i.e., Happiness built us
to be Us and we don't need to seek it any more than a fish swimming in
the ocean needs to seek water.
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.
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, 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.
- 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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