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 Sephiroth Chesed is also called Gedulah or Magnificent and Glory."
With such flowery words of ritual adoration, it is often difficult to realize that the Tree of Life is a glyph of your Whole Self and part of your Inner inheritance as a Divine Child. However, inside of you, which is infinite in depth, you are compose of these 10 Sephirotic "states of intelligent energy conscious". Therefore, the value of inner self meditation and skrying (scrying) of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested in knowing the Truth of Self.
THE 4 OF CUPS-Luxury, in the Thoth and/or Lord of Blended Pleasure. The Planet is Moon and the sign is Cancer. The Angels of the Decan are: Hayayel and Mevamayah.
The 4 of Cups is 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, 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 and 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, but slowly and action must be taken soon. However, when strength and efficiency are needed, it's number 4 to the rescue. The 4 in Numerology is a no-nonsense number with a heads-down approach to life and work. It is extremely dependable and lends a great amount of stability to a person or situation. The 4 is dedicated to advancing, but in a more conservative way than a progressive one.
The 4 part stem of the Rose colored lotus, symbolizes the condensation of the 2 achieving completion in the 4. However, to the same degree it represents the restriction as stability rules out further development. The unruly sea emphasizes this point. Strife is due, change will happen but the 4 chalices are balanced and therefore, the stability slows down change.
On a personal level, this card warns us that our wish for stable feelings, emotional security, and love without risks leads us into a life of mediocrity, dulling any intensive feelings. Now I know that the tendency for the Mind to control and/or intervene in the world of personal emotions can prove eriching in some cases. However, too much mental control quickly leads to "diluted love", resulting in gapping inner emptiness.
In our profession, this card stands for a home, that despite all of its security, has become too small. Hence, we should understand and appreciate the inner peace, but at the same time understand that satiety can become dangerous, just like long standing pools of unrefreshed water (emotions) become undrinkable.
Therefore, new growth processes , even if they bring insecurity, are necessary.
The Tarot of Druids-4 of Chalices, suggests new awareness and lucidity. Here we see a scene of a Druid Priest teaching a group of spellbound children. The number of the children is 4, therefore, suggesting that their "heads" are the chalices being filled with the security of the druid teachings.The Priest may mean well; However, as we all know, dogma, allows only itself, and growth beyond it isn't culturally allowed. The implication here is that dogma is an dead end, and its security is that of compliance and not that of a freely creative growth. Old traditions, are not new growth. Hence the denuded and slowly dying tree behind the Druid.
When the 4 of Chalices or the 4 of Cups-Luxury card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
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