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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth- 3 of Cups-Abundance and Gothic Tarot- 3 of Cups

Western Qabalistic, Tantric, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- 3 of Cups- Abundance

Lord of abundance.

"the fulfillment of the Will of Love in abounding joy. It is the spiritual basis of fertility" [Crowley-Book of Thoth,pg.,196]

The 3 of Cups, is also called the Lord of Abundance. Here Mercury is in Cancer, The Angels of the Decan Rachael and Yehomayah.

The Three of Cups, signifies the influence of Binah in Briah, the mental World.

Cancer is the most sensitive of watersigns, and is under the command of the Moon. Therefore we have represented here Cardinal Water, i.e. Consciousness. Thus, The 3 of Cups is perfect affinity with Binah, who is Mother of the Waters and "Will to Form".

Mercury-by John W. Kelly

The rushing water, swift and extravagant as it overflows the Pomegranate cups, represents the gifts of Mercury. The Water arises from a single cup which denotes the "dark calm Sea of Binah" a characteristic of the Universal Collective Unconscious from which all consciousness springs. She is also seen as Persephone (spring), to whom the Pomegranate is sacred. With the Plenty of Persephone as spring, this card also represents plenty, hospitality, and abundance of Love. Those who have been following this blog know by now that Binah is "will to form", and underlying force that makes imagination a womb. She is the Will of the Womb of all forms, not the Womb itself for that is reserved to the Action of Chesed the Sphere of Mercy. Again the sexing of this forces is limiting and short on insight. Chesed may be Masculine in its expression of form, and yet it is feminine as it receives the Will of Binah. However, here we have the Trinity Goddess and 3 states of Love, Eros (love of flesh), Philo (love of family/brotherly love) and Agapé (Spiritual Love) and the only masculine suggestion is Mercury.

maid-mother-crone by Archseer

What may surprise you, is that none of us are the sex of our bodies. We are Androgynous, in that we are both receptive (female) and expressive (male); both magnetic (female) and electric (male). Being Electromagnetic entity, we have great power, "to be or not to be". The body is a tool, powered by the Electromagnetic Entity that you are. For as a power tool the human body is unexcelled, but as its operator, you are beyond the reason of bodies. You are obviously a "Will to be" which is very much a combination of “Will to Force” and "Will to Form", so here is a kicker, YOU ARE THE IMAGINATION and the Imagined. Remember, Hu is Mandarin for God and Man is from the Hindu word for mind-Mannas, (Before Latin). Thus you are called a God Mind! The body is not described in the world human. So you are a Hu-Man, who owns a animal body.

Image-maker, is what the Imagination means, and that dear soul, is the Divine's Power. So get off of your suffering butt and stand up and Yell-----I AM Me! And get on with you, for self- impeccability is what you came to do! Remember, what we command in this Universe is our own image. Take charge of yourself and stop blaming environment, or person or thing. Sure they may influence, but they only have the power you give them. What you are is up to your Passionate use of Imagination!

Abundant love seems a great thing! However, there is always a shadow and one must remember the legend of Persephone whose sacred fruit is the Pomegranate. Because she swallowed a few seeds of the pomegranate, Persephone was sentenced to spend a few months in Hades, with her Husband Pluto/Hades, god of the underworld and because of a deal between Pluto and Demeter/Artemis (her mother) she was allowed to spend the spring months above ground in the world of light. There seems to be a implied suggestion that no matter the good things in life that are to be enjoyed, they should also be mistrusted.

Gothic Tarot- 3 of Cups

The Gothic Tarot- 3 of Cups, shows 3 vampire bats flying around a chalice full of blood. The message of loving abundance is somehow hidden or implied in the bats desire for blood. It is obvious that the Gothic Tarot is just a mechanism for displaying Anne Stokes Gothic Art.

When the 3 of Cups is thrown during a reading:

  • The querent may have an outpouring of love and positive emotion toward three very significant people in their life An overwhelming desire to communicate such to them,
  • Happiness and a full life.
  • May become clearer about what the querent's feelings and emotion are saying.
  • Letting the spirit come through and expressing the joy of being with others.
  • A steady and timeless affection is being felt by the querent that is unconditional and thus more powerful and more deeply felt than romantic love.
  • Feeling the dance of love, often called the Three Graces. A very exuberant joyful feeling of being. 
  • Happiness and a full life.
  • May become clearer about what the querent’s, feelings and emotion are saying.
  • Happiness.
  • Joy.
  • Harmony.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout:

  • Lust.
  • Hedonism.
  • Raw Sensuality.
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