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The Tarot of Eli: The Erotic Tarot- 10 of Water & The Thoth Tarot- 10 of Cups-Satiety.

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Erotic Tarot-10 of Water, depicts a goddess whose hair is woven with stars, and standing in a lake of pure water, observing the sunrise. Here, as if she was the High Priestess, seems to be invoking the light of the Sun.

The meanings attributed to this beautiful card, are :

  • Faithfulness.
  • The perfection of a situation. 
  • Harmony. 
  • Purification. 

However, with Mars in Pisces, there is also a need to struggle, to evolve, to fight in a detached, indifferent and scientific way.

MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens.

The 10 OF CUPS is known as SATIETY, and is attributed to Mars in Pisces. Crowley calls this card, The Lord of Perfected Success, as this is the influence of MALKUTH in the unconscious Mental World known as Briah. Satiety, is a word meaning, filled to the point of excess, and it is the "Condensed" light plane where the "I Will Be" of Kether is fulfilled as the "I AM Being" of you.

What is exceptional about this card, is that the general astrological meaning of Mars in Pisces doesn't apply. Pisces is a watery sign, and Mars would signify a dispersal of energy to a point of frustration.

However, the meaning here is that fiery Mars causes the Waters of Pisces to rush furiously into Briah, bringing great success on the Material plane of Malkuth. The imagery of this card expresses the opinion that all happiness is inspired from above, i.e. comes from the Divine. One could say that Happiness, is a higher-inner state of inner energy consciousness.

To be sure, when Tarot is used for public Divination, it is best applied to mundane matters, whereas the meaning may be different if applied to a more spiritual plane of Qabalistic initiates. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement.

However, being a 10, this is a short duration card, as 10's are a union of 1 and 0, so from one to zero is the flow of this cards influence. So often one is only satiated for a short period of time, with struggle or transformation around the corner. The 10 of Cups, although in the seemingly stable form of the Tree of Life, has a conflicting element that causes a tilting of the Cups, spilling water from the Great Lotus that overhangs the whole system.

This conflict is from Mars in Pisces. Mars is a noted gross, violent force, depicted in Myth as the God of War who attacks any noted perfection. Mars is brutal, fiery and dominant. Pisces, is notably peaceful, spiritual, sensitive, psychic, and receptive. This combination means that the proper work of Water is done, and a substantial disturbance is due. In fact, Mars in Pisces, is considered by many astrologers to be the worst position of the 12 signs.

Yet, through all this supposed doom and gloom, when this card is thrown during a reading, it means that emotional matters are definitely arranged and settled...for the moment. Pleasure proceeds, to dissipation and debauchery, as energy-in-motion follows the second law of thermodynamics ( All things proceed from order to disorder). The message here is," Enjoy the moment of completion, all is done. Sit back, have a "dram", but avoid debauch, as soon you'll be called on to perform at your best."

As stated, 10 is a number that when added together [1+0 =1), you end up at the beginning. It is the "up the down staircase" number that places us on top of one flight of stairs, only to find out that we are at the bottom of another flight. There are some Tarot readers that forgot this part of the Arcana, and call the 10 of Cups, permanent success, but Qabalists know that the only permanency in this One Energy Universe, is change/transformation. Yet here dances the "Lord of Material Happiness", the 10th Sephiroth, Malkuth and all seems well...but then we know how long happiness in material things lasts in a “not this, not that” world!

To reinstate, MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens.

The Thoth -10 OF CUPS is known to Crowley as The Lord of Perfected Success, as this is the influence of MALKUTH in the unconscious Mental World known as Briah.

What is exceptional about this card, is that the general astrological meaning of Mars in Pisces doesn't apply. Pisces is a watery sign, and Mars would signify a dispersal of energy to a point of frustration. However, the meaning here is that fiery Mars causes the Waters of Pisces to rush furiously into Briah bringing great success on the Material plane of Malkuth. The imagery of this card expresses the opinion that all happiness is inspired from above, i.e. comes from the Divine. One could say that Happiness, is a higher-inner state of energy consciousness.

In ordinary matters, the divined meaning is:

  • Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting emotional success on one issue;  which will fade into another unsolved issue, as this will wane after great exaltation. 
  • This meaning of material success is reinforced if the 10 of Cup's lands on the position of "Beneath you" or "of House and Home", on a Celtic cross layout. In fact, that would be paramount for this card, as it is a 10 of Malkuth (Kingdom) in an Earthly existence position. However, the tilting of the cups shows us that 10's are the end of one issue, and the beginning of the unfathomable new.
  • Emotional fulfillment in intellectual ideals.
  • Optimism.
  • Self-Confidence.
  • Emotional warmth.

When ill defined:

  • Sentimentality.
  • Bathos.
  • Inner emptiness.

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