It may seem such a large step into the negative after the 6 of Cups-Pleasure. However, both are astrologically Scorpio, but instead of Scorpio exalted in the Sun as in the 6, the 7 of Cups places Scorpio with the planet Venus and Venus is ill dignified in the sign.
Venus is the planet whose attributed metal is Copper and as copper, she is all “external splendor and internal corruption", such superficiality in a martial and watery sign as Scorpio destroys any altruistic tenancies, turning the amiability of Venus into a grosser sensuality. Thus in the 7 of Cups, the influence of Venus is volatile, and becomes intense physical passion which unless gratified, will become hatred. This passion is so unbalanced that even when such intense physical passion is reciprocated, it will be stormy to the extreme. It may also end in tragedies and treacheries.
Such extreme surge of feelings, may also end in poor health, since no matter the physical strength of the person, the emotional strength of greedy desires is even stronger and may eventually lead to dangerous excess. Therefore, Indolence is an appropriate title for the 7 of Cups.
The number 7 refers to Netzach (Victory) and is the number of the Goddess (Water), Venus is the Goddess of Love, redoubling the influence of the number 7. As most of us know by experience, when loving desire goes into physical overload, excessive passion becomes dangerous excess, from which some never recover. Here, one is wallowing in a swamp of past desires, overcoming the present emotions.In the Human case (god-mind), Passion belongs to the Higher States of Conscious rather than physical bodies as is explained by the very word Human*; the word Human Means God-Mind and the High Vibrational Desires of God (The Divine Creative), burn away the lowly desires of the animal body. This momentary expansion of mundane senses beyond the body is temporary unless the flesh is trained in the tempering heat of Tantric, or Gnostic rituals. The Passion that Created a Universe of Self, is too much intensity for the self-absorbed brain, whose universe is all about "my feelings"!
*Hu-is Mandarin for "god" and Man-comes from the Hindu Manas, meaning "mind".
To carry for this idea of excess, the Thoth Deck 7 of Cups displays poisoned lotuses that have become tiger lilies. The cups are iridescent, (dissolving in the indolence), and are arranged into two descending triangles, interlaced with the larger lower cup-showing a greater lower influence on the emotions, as it floats in a slime covered morass of putrefaction.
The Thoth Tarot 7 of Cups, is almost an "evil reverse" image of the 6 in the reflective world of matter; Zealotry, fanaticism, gluttony, drunkenness, are such evils.
The 7 of Cups, is a wholesome reminder of the fatal ease with which a Sacrament, such as the flesh and its intimacy, may be profaned and prostituted simply by losing one’s balance with Kether (Higher Mind), and straying ever so slightly from the middle pillar (Balance of Masculine and Feminine), thereby making the holiest mysteries of Nature become the obscene and shameful secrets of a guilt ridden consciousness besotted with sensuality. Netzach, is that green Sephiroth on the lower illustrated Tree of Life.
Green is the color attributed to Venus, the planet of Netzach. Love, feelings and instinct, the Group Mind, Nature, and the Arts, all radiate from this Sephiroth. The Symbols for Netzach are:
Netzach is the first Sephiroth of the astral triangle and is the first Sephirotic intelligence to make up the personality of the individual.You may remember that I stated that the Personality is made up of the Four Alchemical Elements, each of which are represented by the lower Sephiroth, in the familiar sequence of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Netzach is Fire, Hod is Water, Yesod is Air and Malkuth is Earth.
Netzach is the lower form of the fiery Yod of Chokmah that is reflected from Geburah through Tiphareth. This is the formula for Yod Heh Vau Heh, Malkuth being the final Heh, because of the "fall" which is really a condensing or "downsizing" of Self, by the Psyche flowing into the realm of Malkut and applying itself to an organic avatar. Our real identity resides in Tiphareth as the "Golden Sun/Son of the Divine Creative" and/or the I AM that creates a Me. Hence, a persona (mask-in Greek) is created to represent the Soul/Psyche that is really the I AM of you on earth. The Divine Psyche never came from earth. However, this condensing of Identity has been going on for the billions of years the "I Will Be" of Kether, began the process of "Will to Force" and the "Will to Form" to "I AM Existence" and then to "I AM Being" of Malkuth. Therefore, you are a fulfillment of the Divine's wish, and not a wish waiting to be fulfilled.
In Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the Astral Triangle and/or the state of dream that begins the crystalline forming process of liquid light and the component parts of the Personality, after all, we are not of the Personality, it is of our artificial presence! Personalities are Wetware programs that are created to operate Hardware, and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the physical body properly. However, if your personality was made for you out of the illusions, delusions, and ambitions of an outside "Authority", then you haven't a clue who is operating the body, as you don't know the code of Universal Self/IAM that went into making the physical Psyche's representative. From Soul to body, and then from body to Soul, is how this information gathering of Self-Awareness goes. Not from body to brain and back to some outside authority---such as the propagandized media psyche of the Military Industrial Empire and/or the Patriarchy that indoctrinated you.
Yet again the axiom of Qaballah: "Above all things, know thyself" rings true!
The most important part of initiation is to observe the layers of lies, that your personality is constructed from, removing layer after layer of false you, until the real you is shining true. This "Garbage in" is called a man-made persona and the "Garbage out" is the dysfunctional action of "seeking yourself" in the eyes of your peers, or of some imagined authority. Your existence as an "I AM Me" already proves you are "god (good) enough"---you exist, and your wetware for operating the Hardware, was already created by the Higher Self/The Golden Psyche/Horus/Soul. The Mysteries of Debauchery/Dionysus, are well known in Western Magic and Qabalah. This a type of conscious-intoxication where one goes into an overload of sensation that carries them beyond their indoctrinated brain, much like a Shaman who uses psychedelics to enter a higher consciousness. Sensual ecstasy produces endorphins that spew out of the pineal gland and flood the body with "an incredible upper". One feels Joy, and is in a very new state of consciousness. Joggers, and those who use extreme exercise, know this "good feeling" to an extent. The body is an incredible pharmaceutical device and learning how to mentally trigger the needed pharmaceuticals to ease the advance consciousness, is a process of Tantra, Western magic, Shamanism and Yoga. However, one must learn to use the intoxication of ecstasy and not be used by it.
Often, Mystery schools use a set of Tattva exercises as a type of "controlled daydream" (guided meditations), intended to bring the student into direct contact with the subtle Elemental realms immediately underlying the material sphere of sensation. Often, I bring those Elemental realms into sensual manifestation for my students, all of which is necessary to prepare the student for more advanced techniques of skrying with Tarot Cards, for they depict the inner and outer story of the 0 who =2. and/or The Spirit of I AM.
It should be understood, that the astral realm beginning with Netzach, is a fluidic, non-solid realm where everything begins in illusion/dream. It is the place, where our Formative consciousness can experiment with image, such as children role-playing, in order to comprehend in a later stage of growth, the actual manifestation of being "that". If done with controlled will, this is a boon to any creative endeavor on Earth; if taken as serious or by rote, all hell will break loose on earth!
The Astral Plane is not a Master of your personality! Nor is anything that you contact in it! The Astral is Your Malleable substance to create with, not to be created by! Most " Medium-Channels" just channel astral persona's, and live in an illusion of devotional thought, not allowing them to see "holy' delusions. For the "Christ" your Sun/Son of Zeus and/or Soul, has no outside masters. It is the Mastery of I Am who makes the masterpiece of "Me", as an instrument of Intimate Self Awareness.
Let me explain what few wish you to know: A god is a dominant Consciousness on its Plane of Dominion. Every one of the 10 Sephiroth, is a demi-god.......you are composed of the United cooperation of these energy intelligences we call "gods", which contribute to the make up the One I AM. And you're are one better, because you have also composed a body of the "god", Top Mammal Predator", ruler of its domain, the Homo sapiens sapiens body! So, you, are a Great Group of 10 demigods, who should be working as One Group Collective Soul of your individual Tree of Life...A One I AM. The fact that you are not, is because you've been mentally separated from the reality of your divinity! This was done by the manipulation of your imagination, (auto-suggestion) by "The few who wish to rule the many", often the rulers control your dreams! The Astral domains are the beginning of formation, on earth. And by giving you "nightmare" stories of how bad your natural body is ..........you forgot it is a demigod of its domain!
We all must return consciously to the Astral and clean up our software! Each of us a special microwave consciousness of the Universal I Am. Unto each a song, that is the Soul of harmonized identity. Qabalah is about receiving your own song. The Sound of your I AM, as it sonically serpentines its way through the many planes of light, visible and invisible. The Sound of I Am Me, radiates throughout the Universe.
When we are dealing with Netzach, we are dealing with understanding a particularly difficult State of energy conscious. Netzach is where both the Macrocosm and Microcosm meet. Therefore, we are dealing with the understanding of the entire race patterns of human kind, and patterns of individual persona. But if that isn't enough, we must understand that this dichotomy is in itself an illusion! For I Am is existence, and not manifestation. However, only when I AM Me, is self-made manifest, and the only time I AM can become intimate with the All. Hence, the lesson here, is to enjoy the All, but to not let the All become your master.
The Tarot of The Spirit-Seven of Water-Insight, depicts the empty soul being filled as one moves deeper into spirit. Here are shown 6 cups thrown into the Sea of the Universal Collective Unconscious, with a 7th cup rising up out of the swirling liquid light. Within this cup is the Vision of the Original Purpose, the comic vision of love, beauty, peace and insight that is your original Soul/IAM. That vision is represented on this card as a 8 sided octahedron afloat atop the card. Water is the blue facet, red is for Fire, green for Earth, yellow for Air. The dark side is the mirror that reflects the light side; light is necessary to illuminate it. The octahedron is a symbol of the 8 manifestations of consciousness/of I Am. At the 7 there is a physic upwelling. There is a need to sink into the Universal Collective Unconscious, the dark, for answers, in order to make the necessary connections with the Truth of You.
As depicted, the Victory cup, having seen the Truth, receives the energy of the Higher Source (Kether) and radiates the energy towards the cosmic sea. Hence, this card is also about the Dionysian process of Debauchery to reach the Higher Self. Therefore, the divined meanings are the same on both the 7 of Cups and the Seven of Water
When the 7 of Cups- is thrown:
When ill defined by surrounding cards:
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