Represents emotional over extension where depression is causing us to over-indulge in certain habits to avoid pain. This card indicates that imagination is running away with itself and we have a problem with facing reality.There is suggested here that there is a tendency for us to emotionally wallow in negative emotions of the past rather than changing our moods to live in the now of reality. Overindulgence in food, drink, drugs,smoking ,gambling, sexual antics, even shopping ...all from a tendency to feel sorry for ourselves. In other words, the 7 of cups represents a self destructive way of coping with depression, or uncomfortable issues that one doesn't want to face by indulging in distracting patterns of excessive behavior. Here, fantasy is preferred over daily life.
The astrological symbol of the 7 of Cups Tarot card is Venus in Scorpio; Venus represents love and beauty while Scorpio represents transformation and deep-emotional exploration. This suggests that a choice has to be made with much care and consideration during a time of run-away imagination and innumerable thoughts. This confusion is only enhanced by the abundant creativity, artistic talent and energy of the querent, which is well illustrated on the Tarot-7 of Cups.
In the Qabalistic Tarot, Netzach, is the 7th Sephira; that Venus-green Sephiroth on the lower illustrated Tree of Life, Netzach/Victory is the ruling intelligence of all the Tarot 7's.
Green is the color attributed to Venus, and indicates, love, feelings and instinct, the Group Mind, Nature, and the Arts, all of which radiate from this Sephiroth. The Symbols for Netzach are The Girdle, The Rose. and the Lamp.
Traditionally the Girdle is also an attribute of Venus and to learn the secret of the knot in her Girdle means to direct the Venus forces of nature,i.e. tie them up or release them at will.
The Rose is attributed to Venus and often associated with Love, as the most perfect flower.
The Lamp is the bearer of Fire relating Netzach to Geburah and the powerful warring forces of Mars. The lamp is also known on another level, as the ever-burning light of the Temple of Lower Self.
Netzach is the first Sephiroth of the Astral triangle or The Formative World, Yetzirah, and is the first energy intelligence to make up the personality of the individual.
You may remember that I stated that the Personality is made up of the Four Alchemical Elements, each of which are represented by the lower Sephira, in the familiar sequence of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, Netzach-#7 is Fire, Hod-#8 is Water, Yesod-#9 is Air and Malkuth-#10 is Earth. Which in mundane language means, our personalities are composed of Spirit, Imagination/emotion, Mind and physical matter-in that order. Therefore, our personalities are a psychosomatic simulation of Self.
Netzach is the lower form of the fiery Yod of Chokmah that is reflected from Geburah through Tiphareth. This is the formula for Yod Heh Vau Heh(Hand-Window/Sight-Nail/Hook-Window/sight), The Arcane name of the Divine Creative. Malkuth being the final Heh, because of the "fall" which is really a condensing or "down sizing" of Self from Macrocosm to Microcosm. In other words, the Heh, a Hebrew simple letter meaning -sight, starts out as the "I" sight of the All Seeing One-Kether, and becomes, throught the process of light condensation, the individual "I" sight of a personality on Malkuth. The symbol of the eye, is a sigil for Identity, and/or "I" sight.
In Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the Astral Triangle and its many fantasies and the component parts (perspectives)of the Personality that were or were not original. After all, we are not of the Personality, for it is of the Spiritual-Psyche Nature,and/or Soul, who is the Real Person, experimenting with Self-Awareness throught the establishment and operation of a "personality" program! The Soul, is always at peace, meditating on you as it's self. Personalities are therefore, artificial intelligence created by very advanced software programs that are created to operate and experimental identity, with Sensual Hardware (or brain Wetware), and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the physical body properly. Therefore, the Soul or Real Person is not of the physical world, but that of the Solar Self (Solar Logos or Christ/Buddha consciousness) we call Tiphareth-the 6th Sephiroth.
However, the personalities original "software", has been perverted by man-made cultural indoctrination. Since sensation is often new to the Real Person, and the fact that it is needed to aid in discernment. However, there are no programs in one's personality to block "pleasure pain training", which is often called "brain washing". Therefore, the original "wet ware", is invaded by the "fear of pain" virus of our Pavlovian guided experiment called "society", and/or "peer pressure". This fear of pain virus is cleverly engineered, by religious and ruler sponsored social experiments over centuries, to attach itself to the normal animal mind's fear of rejection; expanding that fear far beyond a child's fear of parental rejection to that of anyone who has the "color" of authority. Therefore, most people's emotional self identity is kept as that of a 9 year old or lower. This emotional lack of growth, really messes up personal- self authority, as well as, adult-relationships and leaves us in the swamp of past emotions.
Therefore, your personality was made for you out of the illusions, delusions, and ambitions of "Authority", leaving one with confusion and mental interference as to who or whom is the author of their fanciful identity. In other words, one hasn't a clue who is operating the body and fear the "devil" or some "evil" must be influencing them or their "life", as the virus is automatically done by the unconscious because of constant repetition. Therefore, our identity is out of the realm of conscious reason and in the realm of astral fantasy. One just automatically becomes a slave to their environment and the fantasy world of words. Remember, the definition of a Ruler, is "one who enforces identity"! Hence, the swamp like quality of the Thoth 7 of Cups, states that one is in a state of perverted emotion, caused by excessively reacting to imagined environments because of fear of confrontation and/or pain, rather than acting in them.
Yet again the axiom of Qaballah: "Above all things, Know thyself!" rings true! Or better yet, "Above all things, is the Real Self"!
The most important part of Qabalistic initiation is to observe the layers of lies, that your personality is constructed from, removing layer after layer of false you, until the Real Person shines through the illusion. These layers of Authority sponsored lies is call "Garbage in". This "garbage in" makes the man-made persona and the "Garbage out" is the dysfunctional action of "seeking yourself" in the eyes of your peers, or of an outside authority. You are already Soul- approved----you exist, and your Software for operating the Wetware of your brain, was already created by a Higher Self Identity and/or Real Person who is the "Golden Child" of the Divine Creative.
Often, Mystery schools use a set of Tattva exercises as a type of "controlled day dream" (guided meditations), intended to bring the student into direct contact with the subtle elemental realms immediately underlying the material sphere of sensation. When teaching the Qabalah, I bring those elemental realms into sensual manifestation for my students, all of which is necessary to prepare the student for more advance techniques of skrying with Tarot Cards.The Student learns that the 78 Tarot Cards, are 78 fragments of Self, that they must rejoin into a fractal, to become "Holy" and/or Whole Self.
It should be understood, that the astral realm beginning with Netzach, is a fluid, non-solid electromagnetic psycho-somatic realm where everything begins in illusion,dream or fantasy. It is the place, where our Formative consciousness can experiment with image, such as children role-playing, in order to comprehend in a later stage of growth, the actual manifestation of being an adult. If done with mirth and self control, this is a boon to any creative endeavor on Earth; if taken as rote, all hell will break loose on earth,as any belief, which is mostly fantasy, for belief needs only fear to become fact. Nothing is well dignified, when fear become a serious truth!
The Astral nor its denizens of personal illusions is not a Master of your personality! Nor is anything that you contact in it, your ruler, for most of the Astral denizens are lost personalities, or superstition built demons and/or "psychic engines" built by the Priestesses and Priests of ancient ritualized religions!
The Simulation Hypothesis of quantum physics, already has proven mathematically, through physical observation, that all we see is a simulation. All electrons, in the dark, act as a wave, all of the electromagnetic spectrum is wave lengths, there are act as particles, when a light is turned on or when we "observe them". This is because our observation is of the level of Photonic Mind and/or Quantum Soul. Hence, we "en-lighten" what we observe.
This is also true when concerning identity, what you believe you are, you must enact physically.
Therefore the Astral plane of "liquid light", is Your malleable psychic -thought-substance to create with, not to be created by! Most " Medium-Channels" just channel astral persona's, and live in an illusion of devotional thought, not allowing them to see the delusions that hold their identity in subservience. When one "knows themselves" they find out that they are Self-Images of the Divine Creative, and therefore, subservient to no one or anything. As Souls, we are of the Uncertainty Principle side of the Universe, called the Quantum. Thereby, giving us "freedom of identity choice", which is at best uncertain and at worst chaos. We can be whatever we declare ourselves to be by the "Word of God"...I AM!
Let me explain what few wish you to know: A god is a dominate Collective Consciousness on its Plane of Dominion. Every one of the Ten Sephiroth, is a god or highest intelligence in its sphere of influence. Each of us are composed of the United cooperation and/or a Collective of these energy intelligentsia we call "gods" (microcosmic Demi-urges), which contribute to the make up the One Divine Creative-Macrocosm. You also are a Divine Creative, in the Microcosm, for you have power over all Light and can imagine it into any form of "self identity". You are a god of your own identity and therefore, over your own Life.
Each of us have even manifested the "earth demi-god" form, master of matter (photons/electrons), who uses imagination to create idea into form. Each of us have also composed a body of the Animal "god", Top Mammal Predator, ruler of its domain, and the 6th Sephirothic Christos and call it the Human body (Human means, "God Mind")! So, You as The Real Person, are a Great Collective Grouping of Ten demi-gods, who should be working as One Group Soul- fractal, of your individual Tree of Life, called in Qabalah, the Adam Khadmon...A One Conscious Collective/Holy Spirit/ Higher Self. The fact that you are not now master of your masterpiece, is because you've been mentally separated from the reality of your divinity! This was done by the manipulation of "your" imagination,(auto-suggestion) by "The few who wish to rule the many", i.e., Rulers, who are those who control definition! They have received this control by deception, for instance, getting you to believe that you have imagination, rather than you are Imagination (I-Magi-nation)! These enforcers of identity, have defined your body as a perversion of spirit that must be fled from to gain Wholeness (Holiness). Yet, you are a Spirit, a "Spiral Energy Entity" of the Quantum, from the top of the Tree of Life, who has become visible and most condensed on the bottom of the Tree of Life. Hence, needing to ascend from the body, is a concept that divorces one from the most condensed and therefore sensual aspect of Spiritual Forms! Thus, separating one's Soul/psyche from willfully operating one's own creation (imagination means "to image make") and therefore making one "incomplete" in their own "I's". One is only "Wholly" Spirit, when they have mastered all 10 planes of Intelligence------Malkuth is "planetary intelligence", that must be mastered by the "Solar intelligence" of the Christ-self identity. If one believes they must flee this realm to ascend unto heaven, rather than bring "heaven" (Tiphareth-Beauty) to earth as themselves; they are not "holy" for they are rejecting a manifestation of evolutionary self-awareness and therefore, incomplete! "As above, so below", doesn't mean to devalue the below, but rather to enhance it and/or expand and liberate the below from self imposed limits, by being the Real Person manifested on earth.
We all must return consciously to the Astral, by meditation, skrying and lucid dreaming, thereby using willed image to clean up our indoctrinated-identity software on earth!
When we are dealing with Netzach, we are dealing with understanding a particularly difficult State of energy conscious . Netzach is where both the Macrocosm and Microcosm meet. Hence, we are dealing with the understanding of the entire race patterns of human kind, and patterns of individual persona. As if that isn't enough, we must understand that this dichotomy is in itself an illusion!
To reiterate: NETZACH is the 7th Sephiroth, ruler of the sevens, is where feelings, and instincts begin. Netzach is undifferentiated and the Sephiroth of Group Mind. It is connected to it's opposite, the eighth Sephiroth- HOD-whose attributes are of the intellect, individualization, and beginnings of the individual mind.
When observing this balance we can see that Netzach is the Sephira to which the forces of Nature are attributed.
The Angels of this Sephira are called Elohim, often called the gods, because they are for the personality in incarnation and for the human race. Also, Netzach is the Sphere of Venus-Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Thus Netzach -Victory, implies that the Victory is in Love of Being. Remember, Hu-man means God Mind, which declares us Elohim Malachim and/or Gods of the Elements!
The spark (fire is Spirit) of the individual cultural mind begins in the Group Soul-Fire that is Netzach, and becomes part of a group of identities that are self-comprehending/ or self aware, while also comprehending the Whole. Therefore, it is not all surprising that the arts, music, painting, poetry and all other things of creative imagination, are attributed to the Netzach/Hod union.
The 7 of Cups-, also known as the: Lord of Illusory Success, because here the Moon is in Aquarius. Therefore, here is Netzach in Yetzirah, influencing the Astral World.
In the 7 of Cups, is assigned Venus in the zodiacal sign of Scorpio, creating a very intense and emotional presence that is often involved in deceit. There is also a tendency to wallow in emotions, and/or self-deception to the point of dissipation, as is depicted on the
SpellCaster's Tarot 7 of Cups. Here, the 7 Sacred Planets of Astrology are shown above the silver Moon Cups. The magic Window of Yesod, is in the Sky. Beyond the window is the fantasy of the Astral and the dark subconscious. The pure water of the cups has dissipated and become as moon light, as if mist.
Thus, Crowley and Melanie Marquis (author of the SpellCaster's tarot), imply a great warning in this card, as the lotuses are slimy, and ugly, on the Thoth Card, and the water of consciousness is all misty as of moon light on the SpellCaster's card. Here is implied, a perversion of the sacrament of the cup in the Six; a perversion usually brought about by over-inflating the ego or staying locked in past emotions. The consciousness is polluted and the card implies, error, illusion and illusionary success, by denying the failure of past emotions to do the job.
The 7 of Cups- seems such a large step into the negative after the Six of Cups-Pleasure; The 6 and 7 are both astrologically Scorpio, but instead of Scorpio being exalted in the Sun as in the 6, in the 7 of Cups, Scorpio is governed by Venus and Venus is ill dignified in the sign. Venus is the planet of Copper, She is all "external splendor and internal corruption", such superficiality in a martial and watery sign as Scorpio destroys any altruistic tenancies, turning the amiability of Venus into a grosser sensuality.
Many of us fail to see that our individual body and consciousness, is a holy sacrament of communion, rather we debase ourselves with a grosser sensuality, with thoughts of lack, or superiority (bad and good), when neither exist, as body or consciousness. Sensuality is for the expansion and liberation of the Mind for it helps us discern what "imagined thought" should be made "real" !
We are One, who is Many. The Many are the Sacred Sacraments of the One. In other words, our incarnate consciousness is a formal sacred act or rite of Spirit and our Soul-Psyche, is made of many personalities, each new personality a composite of the past. It is the rite of Spirit and the Universal collective unconscious, to become Sensually Self Aware through the sacrament of creation! I AM ME! Is a declaration of an Elohim Yod, who is self aware.....and now can discriminate self thoughts from group thoughts.
Thoughts, are the "First Matter", also symbolized as fish. Since we are the unconscious ocean of imagination, combined with the awareness of "First Matter" manipulation, i.e. conscious ideas of identity and/or self-image, makes us Supreme in our creations! We are not only Imagination, the Feminine unconscious ocean of mind and builder of Form, but we are also Energy in motion-The Masculine conscious movement that animates form. This goes against social conditioning which states emotions are a woman's domain. Energy-in-Motion is vibration, frequency, etc. It is attributed to the Divine Masculine. Form is Imagination's domain, which is the Divine Feminine. Therefore, we are all an androgynous copy of the United Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine. In other words, we are what the Self has become by Uniting the Unconscious/imagination/ feminine and the Conscious-ratiocination/masculine as one emotive functionary!
A person who is all tied up in self absorbed pain-creation is a swamp of past emotion and/or "past self". To believe "we are not...", really just states that we are creating ourselves as a "Lack" or a hole in time, an "I Ain't" rather than an "I AM". We are perverted by denying our own immortal sacredness with the 2 dimensional thinking of the good/bad survival mind of the animal, who fears its mortality. By untying the "not" of thoughts that have been installed by social pleasure/pain training, we become masters of Existence---the I AM ME, rather than the polluted thoughts of a "I Wanna-Be Me and or not me" and then can teach the body to know mortality and understand the immortal that flows through it as energy.
Therefore the 7 of Cups, as depicted on the SpellCaster's Tarot, mundanely represents a dreamy state of mind where reality is dreams, watery visions, fantasy or imagination and is not connected to anything in Real Life. Therefore, there is a self conscious that is determined to make something from dreams but has difficulty in deciding among the abundant choices.The sacred triple triangles of the Supernal ternary of Kether, Chokmah and Binah, or the Ternary Goddess of Maid, Mother and Crone, as a window into the dark, depicts the balanced union of the Divine feminine and Masculine, implying a cooperation between the unconscious and consciousness. The pool with turtle, is representative of the element of water. The Turtle represents, along with the Tortoise, The ancient Husband of the Deep.
Now the influence of Venus, with it's internal corruption combined with stagnant emotions of the past, is an act of violence in water signs, and eventually becomes intense physical passion which unless gratified, will become hatred. However, even when such intense physical passion is reciprocated, it will be stormy to the extreme. It may also end in tragedies and treacheries.
Such extreme violence of feelings, may also end in poor health, since no matter the physical strength of the person, the emotional strength of desires are even stronger and may eventually lead to dangerous excess and emotional breakdown. Therefore, Debauchery is an appropriate title for the 7 of Cups, for water and emotions can only be purified if they are moving, so something will happen to "stir up" past emotions.
The number 7 refers to Netzach (Victory) and is the number of the Goddess (Water). Venus is the Goddess of Love, redoubling the influence of the number 7. In the Egyptian Thoth Tarot, 7 is a number called Seshat or Sephet, the Egyptian female counterpart of Thoth. She was known as the mistress of measure, and was said to always attended the foundation ceremonies of temples. Her emblem was a seven-petaled flower and was found on the earliest inscriptions. Thus, the correspondence/harmony between 7 and measure was known in the onset of ancient Egypt. However, in the Thoth 7 of Cups, we have an excess of measure, shown as a slimy overflow or in the SpellCaster's Tarot as a misty flow.
On the Thoth Tarot Card, to carry forth this idea of excess, the poisoned lotuses have become tiger lilies and the cups are iridescent, (dissolving in the Force), and are arranged into two descending triangles, interlaced with the larger lower cup-showing a greater lower influence on the emotions, as it floats in a slime covered morass of putrefaction. This card is almost a "evil reverse" image of the Six in the reflective world of matter; Zealotry, fanaticism are such evils.
The 7 of Cups, is a wholesome reminder of the fatal ease with which a Sacrament, such as the "Flesh", may be profaned and prostituted simply by losing ones balance with Kether (Higher Mind), and straying ever so slightly from the middle pillar (Balance of Masculine and Feminine), thereby making the holiest mysteries of Nature become the obscene and shameful secrets of a guilt ridden consciousness.
When the Seven of Cups-Debauch is thrown:
To the querent:
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