The Thoth Tarot-6 of Cups-Pleasure & The Wild Wood Tarot- Six of Vessels-Reunion:
number 6, is
Tiphareth on the Tree of Life, and the number of the Sun/Son (also all
of the tarot Princes) which is known as the "Christ or Buddha"
consciousness. As the number for the Sun (Son), which is in
the Sign of Scorpio on this card, places the whole influence of the Sun
in the suit of Water.
Therefore this cups card represents
the basis for
fertility of all life. In the Thoth Deck 6 of Cups, we have the Lotus
stems in a type of sensual dance, gushing water from their Golden blossoms into Sun-gold cups; However, the
cups are not yet overflowing, as 9 is the number of completion.
As most of us know, pleasure is relative to the individual perspective, but in this case
pleasure is seen as of the Highest Sense; often called "the Rapture". In the 6 of Cups, Pleasure, implies,
well-being, and harmony of natural forces without effort or strain.
There is only ease and satisfaction, yet foreign to the card's
definition, is the gratification of animal desires.
However to some,
there may seem
to be some contradiction to the gratification of animal desires,
because this card is the emphatic fulfillment of the Sexual Will, as
shown by Scorpio, the Sun and the Water sign. However, the Sexual
Will-is the Law of Attraction, where the Sun (Fiery creative Conscious)
is in communion with the Watery- Unconscious. The image of which could
be a Very fertile and Warm Tropical Sea.
of Pleasure (purification) as a Sacrament may seem an outlandish idea
to the mundane who have been taught that pleasure is tantamount to sin;
However, the 6 of Cups-Pleasure is one of the master- keys to the
Qabalistic Gate of Initiation. To know and understand this is to
experience the ecstasy of the Christ-conscious that is Tiphareth,#6
Sephira on the Tree of Life.
The Wild Wood Tarot, Six of Vessels-Reunion
, shows an image of a Divine Feminine as the uterine cave, water gushing from within, forming a small lake, with 6 candle lit vessels floating on it. On the shore, two otters have come to drink. This is a very subtle artistic meaning for love and affection in a situation that may take time to resolve.
Here, the 2 Otter's represents the polaric love of "soul Mates". Hence, recognition of ancestral and reincarnation memory. Emotional reunions, sometimes can refer to the Arcane cycles of reincarnation that bring lover's back through time,space and life times. This card, may also refer to the reunion of the individual with their own True Self, and/or the reunion of the Anima and Animus, i.e., of the Spirit and Soul.
In an inadequate attempt to explain this united Spirit, Soul and body Pleasure,
I call it the "orgasm that never stops"......it is a harmonic
by the complete balancing of imagination, the womb of idea and the
masculine conscious creative self, of the "As above, so below", reuniting in the honeymoon suite that is the human body. This
is of Cosmic proportions, such as the uninhibited union of "Soul Mates"
or Tantric Unions of Divine Beings, or that of the "Secret Lover"
within, that is often shown as the "Dancing God and Goddess". This dance
implies moving in poleric rhythm together, where force and form are married as
one Movement. Normally, the higher states of this
card are not experienced by the "normal" and/or "mundane" people of
society, who fear the sensuality of the body; a fear generated by "fear
of Pain". So to many, I am speaking a language they refuse to hear.
The Sixes of Tarot,
6 of wands, 6 of cups,6 of swords, 6 of disks, are all attributed to the 6th Sephiroth on the Qabalah's Tree of Life- Tiphareth
(Beauty), which is arguably, at least for humans, the most important Sephira of all 10 Sephiroth.
(Tiphareth) is a synchronization of the entire Tree of Life, focused in
the Center of the whole System of Force and Form intelligence, often shown as the Hexagram.
Tiphareth, is the only Sephiroth
below the Abyss that communicates directly with
Kether (Crown) while being fed directly from the Union of Chokmah
(Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) and also from the Union of Chesed
(Mercy) and Geburah (Severity). Thus, being a balanced Center of both
the above and below, it astrologically represents the Sun; in the
system of Tetragrammaton, it represents the Son. Making, Tiphareth, the
Sephira that represents consciousness in its ..most harmonized Force and balanced Form; a dance of Will to Force
and Will to Form
that creates the "Divine Child", the Buddha or
Christ Consciousness. You may say, the Son is an interpretation of
the Father in terms of the Mind. Knowing this, the educated reader knows
that the Sixes represent the practical best of their respective
zodiacal sign governing the 6 of Cups is Scorpio; Scorpio, a water
sign, tends to be exalted in the Sun and this kind of Pleasure is
completely harmonized. Fire is balanced in Water here, as He is balanced
in She. Scorpio is also the sign associated with the "glands of the
Pelvis'', so pleasure in the Six of Cups, is rooted in its "most
convenience soil", making this a most fertile card.
and I deem this to be one of the best cards in the pack. Of course, my
bias may be apparent here, as I have Scorpio natal and rising in my own
Astrological Chart. Never the less, this is one moment of harmonized
pleasure that is most satisfying. I have personal experience in that
the Hermetic Qabalist
this Tarot card is Tiphareth ( Beauty) in Briah (the mental
world-2nd triangle on the Tree of Life) Briah is considered a "watery world" of the Unconscious, which
means it's intelligence acts as water with currents, eddies and flow so
Tiphareth in the Watery World of Briah, means the beginning of pleasure, as the Sun instigates the molecular dance that creates.
is a sign of hidden qualities, it is magnetic (female) and
discriminatory [many Scorpio's can become harshly judgmental] and the
scorpion may sting where the Will directs. The Sun activates Scorpio as
it does the Oceans on earth, eddies,and currents swirl and dance because
of the Focused Force of the Sun and Pleasure/Creation commences. The Goddess (
Binah-Will to Form) and The God (Chokma-Will to Force) Dance in Pleasurable Union. At
least, that is the Esoteric explanation.
In our daily
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 Itself, where the personality
meets the "Secret Lover" within! That "secret lover" is also often
called the "Holy Guardian Angel", who really is the Soul/Psyche, that
built the Real Personality, that mankind has corrupted. That nagging
"hole in your heart", dug by indoctrinated self-rejection, is filled
here, and never again is there "emptiness within".
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, here comes the caveat, but only when one's
mental, emotional, spiritual and physical states of conscious energy are in harmony.
Therefore, this is a Pleasure
that is likened to the Rapture of St. Theresa, which she achieved
by pure devotional
union to the Son of the Divine Creative (the Qabalistic 6th Sephirothic
Intelligence of Beauty-Tiphareth) and/or The Christ. She experienced a
"kunalini rising" and/or Sun rising-orgasm, with the "Secret Lover"
Since the mundane are devoted mostly
to their indoctrination and "slave jobs", this pleasure is perverted by
"pleasure-pain training" and can be like stormy atmosphere of Earth,
the Sun heats the Ocean into soggy clouds (when our emotions become
by survival thinking) and we feel less joy and more worry until our
fears rain from our "I's" (our identities). We then
rain, (cry over our troubles) expressing turbulent emotion, which
temporarily releases the unconscious waters and then the
Sun may temporarily come out again; a cycle that repeats in the fear
based self-conscious. As we
all know, the Sun/Reason never left us, but we left it by forgetting to
Spirit who owes its own sense of pleasure to the human body. All of us
are "born of Suns" and are made of Light. We seek not light, for that
would be like a fish, swimming in the Ocean, looking for Water. As
Intelligent light, "Suns of God", there
is no pleasure without a sensual body, for even "mental pleasure"
(satisfaction) can't be felt without the senses supplied by 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. Knowing that inner Sun/Son of Pleasure is always with
we see it or not, helps us to remember that we are the Joy who came to
be human and Human is a Spiritual experiment in Pleasure! For I AM ME, is pleasurable intimacy, where I AM is merely existence! Therefore, as Living Light, we don't merely exist, we are "alive"!
I along with Crowley, believe
this to be one of the
, if not the, best cup card in the deck when it
comes to a deep personal life changing experience. This is the psychosomatic Ecstasy of the Dancing God and Goddess (Shiva and Shakti in Eastern theology) within.
could be called bias here, for my Astrological sign is Scorpio natal,
and Scorpio rising with a Cancer moon. According to astrology, this
makes me a very deeply psychic, spiritual and emotional person who loves pleasure; my inner self is a
bight pleasure to my Watery/emotional World. Within, Bacchus revels in
my halls of hearth and heart I live this card, in a daily Glow of Bright
Pleasure, undisturbed by catastrophe, all because my brain became the
"honeymoon suite" of the Anima-Animus. Thus I have no need to seek
pleasure, for as a Qabalist, 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.
Since, I have become a "honeymoon suite" of the Divine Creative, I have
a nonstop inner dance with the "Secret Lover". Therefore, my deepest
Pleasure, is the ecstasy of the Anima (Feminine-Spirit) and Animus
(masculine-Soul), in Yab Yum (Tibetan for :face to face). The harmony
represented by this card, is an actual song that vibrates within.
The Thoth 6 of cups implies PLEASURE,
deeply spiritual -emotional way. A pleasure that is healing ( gold reflecting copper
cups), revitalizing ( orange blossoms) renewing and regenerating ( the
coiled serpents in the cups). This is the underlining pleasure that is
the foundation of creation itself--an Ecstasy that never stops as it
vibrates the waves of pleasure that builds all things, as well as, the
pineal gland in the brain. This vibration floods the body with a core of
pleasure and excites magic abilities.
Where there is Ecstasy, there is Creation. Where there is no Ecstasy,
there is no Creation"
the 6th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the Son/Sun of God
(Beauty) and the number 6 also represents the Sun, star of our solar
system. Contrary to the Patriarchal Christian doctrine, "The Son of
God", is in reference to an "expressive/excited Creative State of
Energetic Psyche" and not a sex. Therefore, there is Golden Beauty
in arising in the Unconsciousness, that influences the beautiful reason
of the self-conscious. Thus the whole image of the Thoth Card is
that of the influence of Sun on Water; the Sun is in the sign of
Scorpio which is the basis of fertility in life.
Again, and not to be overstated: In this Qabalistic Thoth 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- Semen/Gluten (White 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 of the Divine Creative and thereby
it does emphatically represent the fulfillment of the Sexual Will
(Will-to-Be) as shown by the ruling Sephiroth, sign, planet and element.
If the student of Tarot vigorously studies the 6 of Cups-Pleasure, by
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/creative conscious) and Goddess (Water-emotive Unconscious) in Communion, that builds this entire
Universe of Force and Form. In other words, the Big Bang is an
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.
From the Sepher Yetzirah and the text of the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom of Dr. Paul Foster Case:
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.
Therefore, the 6 of cups is also called the:
Lord of Pleasure. 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 6 of Wands. Now we see the 6 of
Cups as Tiphareth in the Watery World, (Mental/Creative World) as the beginnings of Pleasure.
Scorpio may sting where the Will directs, however, when the Will
resides in Beauty-Tiphareth, Love is the Willful view of Life; the I Am Will
rather than I have will. Therefore, 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 Temple).
So as the Sun activates the Forces of Scorpio
(Sun sign on left-upper and Scorpio sign on right-upper corner),
gain or pleasure commences. Implied, without need of assurance, is that
pleasure and gain will build, as shown by the, flow of bright water
from above and the partially filled cup of the Night Sun Card. The Solar
glow has permeated the darkness of fearful unconscious emotions, and is
stimulating growth in the background.
When the 6 of Cups- 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.
- 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.
- This pleasure could be experienced with
the Scorpio people in your life (October 21 to November 21) or you could
be experiencing a time of deep emotional pleasure that is spiritually
and emotionally powerful and energizing.
- This is not
pleasure from a great glass of wine, or a wonderful meal, this is an
overall pleasure that bonds both the Pleasure of the Spirit with the
sensual pleasure of the body.
- Something the successful
Tantra practitioners understand; the pleasure of Spiritual Being
created the Sensual Pleasure of the five senses---creating ten senses of
magical being. When all 10 flow in balance there is Ecstasy! Why else
would a immortal Spirit create a body of time/space that can radiate
pleasure---if being physical doesn't please you?
- The deep
understanding of Spirit----Shows us that physical being is not a curse
but a magical gift that makes us intimate with creation and the joy of
- Creation Loves being into manifestation---this card indicates that such deep pleasurable love is felt.
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
- 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 Sun Rise over the Ocean of Self-----one will know such joy! Great Card!
- If ill dignified:
defective knowledge (perverted sexual knowledge) contention and strife
arising from unwarranted self- assertion and vanity.
- Sometimes thankless and presumptuous.This usually happens when the card is surrounded in Swords of a negative vein.
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