The Babylonian Tarot- Ace of Cups- Fertility, depicts a famous steatite vase or libation vessel carved with dragons and serpents. Upon the vase is a dedication inscribed by Prince Gudea of Lagash to his personal protective deity, Nigiszida-Lord of the Good Tree, who presided over the growth and blooming of trees. The symbol of Nigiszida, a underworld guardian, was a horned serpent or basmu. Prince Gudea had a personal description of Nigiszida, calling him "the Throne-bearer of the earth". Astrologically, Nigiszida is associated with the constellation of Hydra, the water snake. Therefore, there are stylized waves at the bottom of the cup, with the inverted triangle, symbol for the water element above and the cuneiform symbol for 1 beneath the cup. Twisted serpents represent the microwaves of energy.
Because of your previous readings of my blog, you may understand that Kether, the 1st Sepiroth is the "Dark Energy-Dark Matter" that really isn't understood by us. Kether, the Source of All, and the ruling intelligence of the Aces, is not known to us objectively, but its presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves. Again, the Aces are attributed to Kether and they represent the purest forms of energy. Each is a specific type, and density of Energy that we call the Alchemical Elements.
The Ace of Cups is Kether in Briah, depicting the influence of Kether on the Mental Level. The Ace of Cups is the Root Powers of Water, an element used to symbolize the Consciousness and emotions (in combination with Fire).
The Thoth Tarot version of this card shows the wave action characteristic of physical water implying the activity that encloses and directs pure consciousness. As the Universe of Energy is woven out of waves of consciousness, ideas of I AM. These waves are shown as the Web in the background.
The Thoth Tarot Ace of Cups, shows us a magnificent Grail filling with "White energy", empowering the surroundings, with Spider Woman's Web emanating from it. For those of us who do not know the Myths of Spider Woman, she is a Native American description of the Great Mother Goddess who wove the fabric of the universe. Today we acknowledge time-space, as a woven grid of energy-----the similarity simply means that we have proven the Myth.
The Ace of Cups represents the secrets of Water in its original form. The Wyrd (weaving) of Atoms into flowing waves/currents of energy form. Water is the Feminine compliment (magnetic), the Moon- vaginal- womb to the masculine- electric- Sun-phallus.
The Thoth Ace of Cups, depicts, upon the Dark Sea of Binah (or Goddess Mari if Gnostic Nazarene/Essene) are Lotuses, two in one, that fill the Grail-cup with Life Fluid, that is either represented as Water, Wine or Blood according to the selected purpose of the symbolism. In such symbolism, the Lotus can be and are replaced by a Blood Red Rose, thus representing the Blood Red Sea of Binah from which all Life flows. The Blood Red Rose is also the image for the "Rosy Cross" symbol .
Remembering that all Aces are the "seed" of a force, no matter how much imagery we use to describe "The Womb with a View" (I've called the Great Her this since I was very young), She is a Force that makes Form from "I" (ideas) by birthing "Am". To represent this amazing Force, in any form of metaphor is difficult at most, and a mystery in the least. It's like trying to identify the one who has left foot prints in the snow. You know someone has been there, but no conclusive clue on their identity. She is the Seed of all Life; of Energy as Form and is often called the Creatrix.
The Cup, is the Womb of Form, and emerges from the Lotus (Crown) implying the idea of Womb, the seed of the concept of conception and not a sex as of yet. Thus, the Ace of Wands is the idea of Phallus-ejaculation and the Ace of Cups is the Idea of Womb-reception.
The Ace of Cups is derived from-Yoni Moon, as the Ace of Wands is from Phallus- Sun. Thus we have the "Holy Grail", the Divine Creatrix; Two in One, is the realization of the Womb and Phallus. We have been divided from our truth, by profaning the female vagina and the masculine phallus. We are the daughters and sons of the Womb and Phallus of Creation. She is the manifestation of the sacred Womb and he is the manifestation of the sacred phallus.
According to Crowley, the White Light descending into the Ace of Cups is depiction of the Holy Ghost and/or Holy Spirit that enlivens all form, i.e. the male semen like flow of force.
The Holy Spirit represents the Moving- All of Spiral- Energy and the Holy Grail represents the Womb that receives this energy and forming it into information.
The Ace of Cups, of both Babylon and Thoth Tarot represents;
- The seed of a form, and idea beginning to formulate; a birth starting in the mind as a zygote that will take about a year to manifest its true form.
- Beauty, fertility, productiveness.
- The Mysterious Seed of Femininity.
- New pleasure.
- Fertility, beauty and happiness.
- Consummation of union.
It also implies:
- A new attitude brings rewards.
- In a period of One Year, the querent will develop a new relationship, or new awareness about existing relationship.
- Is experiencing a new bust of empathy, emotion, sentiment or enthusiasm.
- This is a time for staying open and vulnerable in order to reap rewards.
- The opening of spiritual, psychic, intuitive channels
- Heart opening to the gift of Love.
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