The Erotic Tarot- 1 of Water, displays an adventurous pirate woman, exposing one breast (cup). while on the sea. What corresponds to the suit of cups, is Imagination, the sense of sight, and the spiritual emotional sphere. Water controls day-dreams, mental images, the lure of the unknown and of exotic and adventurous situations. The Pythagorean element of Water, is also that part of attraction which comes from what is irrational, and from romantic desire. Romantic desire is shown by the expression on the face of the Pirate lady.
Therefore, Milo Manara assigns:
His astrological meaning is also applied to the element of water as emotional states of awareness.
Because of your previous reading, you may understand that Kether, the Ace, is the "Dark Energy that stimulates-Dark Matter", a phrase that really isn't understood by us. Kether, the Source of All, is not known to us objectively, but its presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves. Hence, the mystery card of the Thoth Tarot which is the Hexaculm, simulating the foundation of The Qabalistic Tree of Life and the "five petaled soul", floating in the Dark Sea of Binah.
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 or Pythagorean 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 imagination and emotions .
The Thoth 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, if you will, thus 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 and / or currents of energy form. Water is the Feminine compliment (magnetic), the Moon- vaginal- womb to the masculine- electric- Sun-phallus.
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 replaced by a Blood Red Rose, thus representing the Blood Red Sea of Binah from which all Life flows, black is dark red. The Blood Red Rose is 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" (identity) by birthing "Am" and then the copulation of I AM, to form the forms of identity-Me. 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 it transforms into Form.
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 dual sex as of yet. Thus, the Ace of Wands is the idea of Phallus-ejaculation/electricity and the Ace of Cups is the Idea of Womb-reception/magnetism.
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; here the dark Sea of Binah supports the Two in One Lotuses that fill the cup with Life Fluid, be it symbolized, by water, wine or blood. Two in One, is the realization of the Womb and 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 gluten or semen that is a catalyst for all life.
The Holy Spirit represents the Will Moving- All of Spiral- Energy. The Womb or Ace of Cups, represents the legends of the "Holy Grail", where the search is to find the Creatrix. For she is the aspect of the Divine Creative, that knows its children. She Understands, whereas, the Divine Father is just a primordial fire, the "one energy that cannot be created, nor destroyed, only transformed and transmitted". As the Ancient Greeks said about Hera and her husband; "There was no father until she called him father." In other words, She created her most beloved, as Form. Form is of in-form-ation, and Understanding produces the observation that becomes form. So she is the amniotic fluid of all form and the firs "baptism" of Idea into Knowing.
WHEN THE ACE OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
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