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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 10 of Cups-Satiety & Santa Muerte Tarot- 10 of Cups

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth-10 of Cups-Satiety

Santa Muerte- 10 of Cups

The "below" is MALKUTH, Kingdom, that is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens. The 10 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 a 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, as anything excessive blinds one to anything else.

What 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. 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 inner energy consciousness.

To be sure, when Tarot is used for public divination, it is best applied to mundane matters, whereas the meaning may be different if applied to a more inner or spiritual plane. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement. In ordinary matters, the divined meaning of the 10 of Cups-Satiety: Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success of a physical issue, as it is done and finished; the cycle ends.

However, beinga 10, this is a short duration card, as 10's are a union of 1 and 0, so from one to zero is the flow of this cards influence. So often one is only satiated for a short period of time, with change around the corner. The 10 of Cups, although in the seemingly stable form of the Tree of Life, has a conflicting element that causes a tilting of the Cups, spilling water from the Great Lotus that overhangs the whole system. This conflict is from Mars in Pisces. Mars is a noted gross, violent force, depicted in Myth as the God of War who attacks any noted perfection. Pisces, is notably peaceful, spiritual, sensitive, psychic, and receptive and doesn't respond well to the Mars brutal, fiery and dominant tendencies.This Mars-Pisces 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 signs.

Yet, when this card is thrown during a reading, it means that emotional matters are definitely arranged and settled...for the moment. Pleasure proceeds, to dissipation and debauchery, as energy-in-motion follows the second law of thermodynamics which states that "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 avoid debauch, for soon you'll be called on to perform at your best."

Since 10 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 10 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 in material things lasts in a “not this, not that” world!

Therefore, this card represents the end and the fulfillment of the emotional development that started in the -instinctual oriented ego of Aries (Mars) and culminated in the "veil of perception" that is Pisces. However, here the Pisces archetype is in its ultimate perception which also prepares the fertile ground for a new cycle. Here Pisces is the end that is also simultaneously the beginning-Aries/Mars, separated by just a step in the spiral of the eternal. It may be hard to understand, but nameless joy or an unconnected lack of understanding-measured on the scale of life, are one!

Crowley writes: " The watery sign (Pisces) has sunk into a stagnant dream, but in it broods and breeds the violent quality of Mars, to putrefy it".

The advice of the dead: Welcome without indulgence what you have gained and realized, without fear of taking advantage of what you can gain, as this is yours and no one can take it away from you.

The Santa Muerte-10 of Cups, has an interesting way of depicting the completed transformation, as the butterfly has reached the end of its development. Therefore, this card represents the crowning achievement, of an relationship, or of a project we have poured our heartfelt passion into. The house adorned with the sacred heart, implies that this achievement is also connected to the home and family that lives there.

  • Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting emotional success on one issue; which will fade into another unsolved issue, as this will wane after great exaltation. This 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 an Earthly existence position. 
  • The instinct here is to search for the path to inner completion.
  • The goal, is emotional fulfillment in intellectual ideas.
  • Optimism. 
  • Self-confidence.
  • Emotional warmth. 
  • The first warm breeze after a period of strife.

If ill defined by surrounding cards:

  • Sentimentality.
  • Bathos.
  • Inner emptiness. 

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