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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 9 of Cups-Happiness & Santa Muerte Tarot- 9 of Cups

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth-9 of Cups- Happiness

Santa Muerte- 9 of Cups

In Tarot of the Qabalah, the 9's all refer to Yesod, the ninth Sephiroth that is the Foundation of all manifested forms and forces that occur on the 10th Sepiroth- Malkuth-the physical and material plane. Therefore, the 9's show very great fundamental force because they rest on the Firm Foundational Base of Yesod-the Foundation Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.

Now this is pure-energy-in-motion/ emotional power, so that means it can be used negatively or positively, depending on the perspective of the user. Gratitude is the Key here.

The Thoth -9 of Cups is also called the-Lord of Material Happiness, by Aleister Crowley and is the benevolence of Jupiter in Pisces. The Angels of the Decan are Saliah and Asriel.The 9 of Cups is Yesod in Briah influencing the Material World. Here, the benevolence of Jupiter, effects happiness and satisfaction on the Earth plane (Malkuth), by functioning through the placid Water of Pisces.

The 9 of Cups-Happiness is a card of sensuality and pleasure, more mystical than convention allows, and less stable than the 10; However, happiness is now flowing and reaching towards the mystical states of ecstasy. Here, sensual pleasure, may be felt as a religious experience as the influence of Jupiter is strong in the passive, receptive and somewhat psychic character of Pisces. Jupiter in Pisces also indicates pleasant travel by water and brings good fortune through occupations governed by Neptune. The personality inclination here is a tendency for kindness, quiet and unassuming, with an unambitious but joyful approach to life. If the planet is well dignified, there may be a more ambitious but benevolent approach to occupation,

The square arrangement of the Cups, on the 9 of Cups that are overflowing into one another, suggests Chesed-Jupiter, the 4th Sephiroth and the perfection of Water force, a dreamy current of self-consciousness which is also reinforced by Yesod-9, being the number of the Moon. Pisces brings out the most Placid form of Water -emotions, so this card represents a happiness well-spring that peacefully floods into our normal state of consciousness. Jupiter in Pisces, is also note for the expression of spiritual love and the masculine devotion to the feminine emotions. As Crowley has pointed out in his statement: " It is the most complete and most beneficent aspect of the force of water. The wine is poured by Ganymede himself, unstinted vintage of true nectar of the Gods, brimful and running over, an ordered banquet of delight, True Wisdom self-fulfilled in perfect happiness."

The recipient of this Happiness, really doesn't ponder a reason to be happy, for their own consciousness has not reasoned it out as a logical way to be.....they "just are" and they feel "good all over. The astral ocean of the Unconscious is, governed by the Moon,thereby having tides and here the tide is totally in. The Ocean within, is the place where forms appear and dissolve, and where all colors flow together forming the unclear and hazy realm of dreams, symbolizing the unfathomable depths of desire and longing. As in a high Tide, these deep desires and longing , first tentatively surface in dreams and slowly penetrate into consciousness, causing the inner well-spring to overflow. This can be like a slow ever increasing grin across the heart.

The 9 of Cups, is the place where *Joseph Campbell directed us by saying, "follow your bliss".  

*Joseph Campbell

Professor

Joseph John Campbell was an American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. Campbell's best-known work is his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he discusses his theory of the journey of the archetypal hero …

The Santa Muerte Tarot- 9 of Cups, represents the slow and wave like movement; like a sea voyage, to maternity or to gain emotional happiness or and ideal. Here the Sacred Heart is the treasure chest filled with the chiming silver cups of happiness.

 

 

So when the 9 of Cups-Happiness, is thrown during a reading, it implies:

  • Contentment and Satisfaction. 
  • Everything looks and feels "rosy".
  • The querent, is enjoying self-esteem and inner joy; flowing feelings of inspiration and joy. The dull thunk in this chiming joy, is that this is temporary, as Change is the stability of the Universe.
  •  "The cat is away, so the mice can play", kind of moment. Before reason takes over, and finds the logical points of survival thinking that messes up "unmitigated joy".
  • The ideal of Selflessness; resembling the Buddha.
  • Charity.
  • Inner and external happiness. 

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Self-complacency.
  • Vanity. 
  • Arrogance.

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