The Druid Craft Tarot- Four of Cups, illustrates the boredom that comes from having so much, one could careless about it. With one golden cup in the barrow of an ancient tree, and three others, on the ground, neglect is shown as one cup is overturned, and the other cup is not even missed. Here is the perfect image of the Hindu world of "Neti-Neti", which is Sanskrit for "not this-not that". Where one errantly goes looking for happiness in the accumulation of the "latest and greatest" thing; errant, because happiness is a state of harmony achieve only in the equilibrium and/or harmony of Spirit, Mind and Body, that which we already are.
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 and/or a Psyche/Soul. However, "inside of you", is the infinite. Since this can't be seen, the Qabalist design a Tree of Life, to show your "One Mind" and/or "Whole Psyche", is compose of these 10 Sephirotic "states of energy conscious". Hence, the value of inner self meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested in "Knowing Thyself".
THE 4 OF CUPS-Luxury, in the Thoth Deck is called Luxury or Lord of Blended Pleasure. The Planet is Moon and the sign is Cancer. The Angels of the Decan are: Hayayel and Mevamayah. Above, is the Pink Lotus of Love, showering down, the luxuriant life giving consciousness of the Great Mother, symbolized as Lotus. This consciousness becomes a "self-conscious" in our bodies. Self-conscious produces what many call emotions, as a reaction to "self-awareness". However, e-motion begins in the Astral body called the "emotional body", as it is the "movement of energy" to create form. Which is exactly what self-awareness does, for as we perceive , we emote into a form we call "life" and/or "self-imaginings".
Above this lotus, is a Crescent Moon, just before the New Moon, dark phase, suggesting this luxury is soon to go into another phase and/or even end.
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 and/or boredom 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 and action must be taken soon.
When the 4/Four of Cups- card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- For a time, say 4 weeks 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