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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 4 of Cups-Luxury & Tarot Illuminati-4 of Cups

Western Qabalistic, Tantric, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth Tarot-4 of Cups-Luxury

The Lord of Blended Pleasure.

From the Golden Dawn Texts:

“In Chokmah is the Radix of blue and thence is there a blue color pure and primitive, and glistening, with a spiritual Light which is reflected into Chesed. And the Sphere of its Operation is called Zedekiah or Justice and it fashionith the images of material things, bestowing peace and mercy: and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Jupiter. And all is the title of a God strong and mighty, ruling in Glory, Magnificence and Grace. And the Archangel of Chesed is Tsadkiel, the Prince of Mercy and Beneficence, and the Name of the order of Angels is Chasmalim, Brilliant Ones, who are also called the Order of Dominions. The Sephira Chesed is also called Gedulah or Magnificent and Glory."

With such flowery words of ritual adoration, it is often difficult to realize that this is Part of your Inner inheritance as a Divine Child. However, inside of you, which is infinity, you are compose of these 10 Sephirotic "states of energy conscious", thus the value of inner self meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested. However, the luxury of the 4 comes from the Supernal Triangle, Kether-Chokmah-Binah. Chesed, the 4th Sephiroth-Mercy, is under the auspices of the generous, expansive Jupiter and then there is Cancer, in which Jupiter is exalted. Cancer is ruled by the Moon. Hence, this Luxury or Lord of Blended Pleasure, is about as warm and cozy as luxury can get. . The Angels of the Decan are: Hayayel and Mevamayah.

The 4 of Cups is also Chesed in Briah, here Chesed is influencing the unconscious mental realm. The alternate flow of the Moon is mitigated in Cancer, as the Moon naturally rules in this sign. Changing cycles are still there, but passive, and slow.

When looking at the Crowley Card, we see the Upper Golden Solar cups overflowing but not the lower cups which seem to be sinking into the roots of the Lotus, as the burden of the water is pressing them down; implying that the Pleasure is real but with reservations. The caveat being; pleasure but not without some anxiety and discomfort. Here the Luxurious feeling of pleasure is short and indifference soon takes over, as luxury becomes "same old, same old" and thereby promoting mediocracy. As the multiple stems of the one lotus show, the energy of luxury is divided amongst multiple flows, implying too many diverse issues involved to stay stable. 4 is a "dead end" number so ending is the only place to go and action must be taken soon. Its principle definition is , "Receiving pleasure and kindness from others, but some discomfort therewith."

Tarot Illuminati- 4 of Cups

The closed doors of the heart.

The Tarot Illuminati-4 of Cups, uses the artistic definition of the traditional Tarot. Here, one is suffering from boredom, and mediocrity. The obvious luxury and good luck are in the clothing and the gold and jewel encrusted goblets, one above in the golden light, showing all is this luxury and good will is coming from ones "Higher Self" and/or Divine Self. Yet, this one is so arrogant that he thinks it was all his doing and/or a right bestowed on him by "the gods" and therefore, isn't aware of his blessings from the Soul-(solar self). Here, karma is so good, that one expects everything to be exactly the way they want the world to be. But this one is alone, and there seems to be no one to share his luxury with.

The human heart, has depths immeasurable and it thrives on strong emotions, as such emotions define our lives. When we hide our heart under a caul of mediocracy or boredom, we lose the ability or opportunity to feel joy or love and the heart stagnates; here, mediocracy becomes a tarp that is thrown over a garden of possible delights, the bright light of the Sun is blocked and the new future of growth dies. This scene is often done to avoid further hurt or pain from entering the heart, maybe it feels it cannot withstand another blow like this and from there is nothing worth getting excited about. Gratitude for what one has will of course alleviate such emotional sluggishness but that bright spark of realization is not easily seen in the murkiness of self-pity. Suggested here, is that one gets out of their self-absorbed murkiness and seek someone to share their luxury with. Such a person doesn't have to be a "lover" or even an emotional relationship, but rather a food bank, a homeless Mission, or any community service where one donates not only some of their luxury, but also emotions and time to bettering the prosperity of others. When such is done, holes appear in that nasty old tarp of mediocrity, as the bright Sun begins burning through it, and new growth appears reaching for the enlightenment of the above.  

When the 4 of Cups-Luxury card is thrown during a reading, it implies:

  • For a time, say 4wks or 4 months the querent shall experience emotional luxury, which is the capacity to make other people feel emotionally satisfied, secure and peaceful.
  •  A period of contentment but this is the edge of completion and a new vision of love is being seen. Thus there is both the gift and challenge of a fallow period.
  • There may be boredom, and apathy with a sprinkling of discontent as the querent awaits inspiration.
  • Here there is type of balance that is caught between the worlds of thought and action.
  • A good time for clarity and refining things down to a simple truth.

Ill definition if surrounded by negative cards:

  • Past hurts leading to denial.
  • Despondency and disappointment.
  • Missing opportunities due to dwelling  on sadness or the past.
  • Being closed to love. 
  • Emotional stagnation.

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