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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-10 of Cups-Satiety & Tarot of The Ages- Ten of Cups

Western Tantric and Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparison.

MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens.

The Thoth 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.

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. Instead of war, Mars is showing his fertility side here. 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-fertile 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 spiritual plane. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement when major arcana surround this card in a divination.

Therefore, in ordinary matters, the divined meaning of the 10 of Cups-Satiety is  Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success of a physical issue, as it is done and finished.

However, being a 10, this is a short duration card, as 10's are a union of 1 and 0, so from one to zero is the cyclic flow of this card's influence. So often one is only satiated for a short period of time, with struggle around the corner. Then there is the fact that one is so saturated with this happiness over and issue, that they never return to the issue again. Both of these responses to satiety are because 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. Therefore, Mars brutal, fiery and dominant nature is now being saturated with a watery torpor.

This 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, through all this supposed doom and gloom, 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. 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."

As stated, 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 10th Sephiroth, Malkuth and all seems well...but then we know how long happiness in material things lasts in a “not this, not that” world!

Satiety, is 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.

The Tarot of The Ages- Ten of Cups, depicts a Mayan family, giving themselves up to satiety. The sky and ground is saturated with the effluent of the Great Cup in the sky. Tropical birds, relax in fecund trees while all above is a rainbow of humidity. All is happiness. However, this card has a caveat, that to indulge and enjoy, but use caution for satisfaction brings nausea.

When thrown in a divination the 10/Ten of Cups implies:

  • Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting emotional success on one issue; which will fade into another cycle with new issues.
  • Home. 
  • Abode.
  • Happiness.
  • Contentment.
  • Good family.
  • Esteem.
  • Honor.
  • Virtue.

If ill defined by surrounding cards:

  • Loss of friendship.
  • Unhappiness.
  • Family quarrel.
  • Pettiness.
  • Rage.
  • Combat.
  • Difference of opinion.

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