The Erotic Tarot of Milo Manara, displays a idyllic scene of romantic passion in the element of Water. Water being the "emotional " aspect of The Mind. He has assigned the planet Venus in the house of Cancer, making this a highly emotional card full of romantic passion all happening in the present moment. Here is shown a full moon silhouetting a castle on a mountain top, showing this to be a scene of Gothic romance and as all romantic love, illusionary and playful. A card that depicts the state of Eros.
The principle meaning of this card is romantic passion. However, according to Milo, the Astrological meaning is that of the need to dominate and manipulate money with care, in a personal and even egotistical manner.
Previously I explained Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth called Wisdom, in some detail, and by now one should understand that Chokmah is a state of Pure Maleness or rather the beginning of the idea of maleness, and that Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth is that of Pure Femaleness, or the beginning of the idea of Femaleness but not in linear progress but simultaneous creation. Another way to say this is the concept of Will to Force is electric, while the concept of will to form is magnetic; One always comes with the other.
However, both are from Kether the "I Will Be", that is primarily before the Androgynous became two separate sexes of male "I Will Force" and female "I Will Form". As explained, sexuality as we understand it, is not vast enough of an idea to encompass even a minor understanding of the Supernal Triangle (upper trinity of the tree of life). To help with the confusion, Pure Male is Electric Force and Pure Female is Magnetic Force. But again, understanding of these Two Forces is not complete.
The Thoth Tarot 2 of Cups is also called the Lord of Love and this is easily seen as it represents Venus in Cancer. The angels of the Decan are: Ayoel and Chabooyah. Have fun with those sonic sounds!
The 2 of Cups is the influence of Chokmah, "Will to Force", in the Mental formative world of Briah .
Cups represent the Alchemical Element Water, which is the consciousness, and Cancer is a watery sign that is the House of the Moon, so the match-up is obvious. Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer thus implying benevolence in this most sensitive of signs.
This is a card of feeling and romance in the human world, so misspent energy may apply. Generally, fish are a symbol of the Goddess Venus but dolphins relate more generally to Neptune or the Sun god Apollo, who is the ancient Greek "Lord of love".
On the 2 of cups, we can see (by careful scrutiny as the colors are somewhat faded) a Silvery Dolphin and a Golden Dolphin, The Silver one represents the Moon, Female and the Golden one represents The Sun, male. Here the union of both is loving, romantic, as they work together to bring light into our world. The harmony of male and female which is also the nature of the Water Sign Cancer.
The Water of Emotion, or Self- Consciousness, springs up from the Central Lotus, flowing down into the overflowing cups to ultimately reach the Earth. This imagery implies that only through the energy supplied by Chokmah-Fire, can water flow. E-motion, is energy in motion, and the "motion within the movement' is Chokmah's domain.
In Qabalistic Gematria (the book 777, by Aliester Crowley), the number 2 refers also to Will. Therefore, the 2 of Cups can also imply Love under will or Willful Love. The 2 of Cups radiates a perfect placid harmony, amid joyous ecstasy...often called the "adorable fire".
The symbols on this card maybe subtle, but they represent both the male and female forces that once joined; as a couple, and as the Sun above the castled phallus and the Water that is symbolically female as a lake and fertile earth all covered in exuberant vegetation, produce all things from the vital flow of Love.
There may be a tendency to think of this card as one would the Major Arcana Card of the Lovers. But that is not usually so, as the 2 of Cups is about Love being physical, between two human partners, whereas, the Lovers Card-key 6- refers to the inner Hermetic Marriage of the love between the Yin Yang, balanced in harmonious union as the inner Self a Chinese idiom similar to the Astrological symbol of Cancer.
To a Qabalist, Key 6 rather than the 2 of Cups, would be the Love of Binah and Chokmah, of Wisdom and Understanding. However, the surrounding cards will show if this is the Hermetic Marriage of the Goddess and God within or of two Soul mates in the homo sapiens world. Here is where the intuition of the Reader is most helpful as well. For Love is such a powerful emotion that it can overcome all limits of restriction and burn away in pure "adorable fire" (Paul Foster Case), any reasoning.
Those faithful readers who have been following my blog ( also the blog of eli-lsmerchantile.com) know by now that Binah is "will to form", and underlying force that makes imagination a womb. She is the Will of the Womb of all forms, not the Womb itself for that is reserved to the Action of Chesed the Sphere of Mercy. Again the sexing of these forces is limiting and short on insight. Chesed may be Masculine in its expression of force, and yet it is feminine as it receives the Will of Binah. Chokmah maybe the “pure masculine force”, yet Chokmah was the Hebrew word for the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Sophia. The interplay of masculine and feminine Qualities constitutes all Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
What may surprise you, is that none of us are the sex of our bodies. We are Androgynous, in that we are both receptive (female) and expressive (male); both magnetic (female) and electric (male). Being Electromagnetic entity, we are both sides of the same coin. Thus we have great Divine power, "to be or not to be" male or female or even both!
The body is a tool, powered by the Electromagnetic Entity that you are....as a power tool, the human body is excelled, but as its operator, you are beyond the reason of bodies. You are obviously a "Will to be" which is very much a "Will to Form" and a “will to force” so here is a kicker, YOU ARE THE IMAGINATION ...you don't have it. All the images you see are “Self-Images” !
Remember, Hu is Mandarin for God and Man is from the Hindu word for mind---Manas. Therefore, you are called a God Mind! The body is not described in the world human. So you are a Hu-Man, a Soul, who owns a homo spaiens body.
Image-maker, is what the Imagination means, and that dear soul is God's Power. So get off of your suffering butt and stand up and Yell-----I AM Me! And get on with you, and imagine your divinity, for self- impeccability is what you came to do! Remember, what we command by declaration in this Universe, produces our own image. So take charge of your brain and stop blaming environment, or person or thing. Sure they may influence, but they only have the power you give them by observation. What you are is up to your Passionate use of Imagination and don't accept man-made definitions that only stimulate your imagination to enslavement of your image to another, person, place or thing. You are Imagination; the I-Magi-Nation! When imagination and love flow as one perspective----------You Are Divine in manifestation flowing in luxurious sensation that is known as the "adorable fire".
When the 2/Two of Cups- Love, is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is in a deep love relationship
- The joyous bliss of receiving as one has been received.
- A loving and healing union of opposites propagating a compassionate and caring response.
- The recent loving bond of consciousness and unconsciousness reconciling the harmony of what seemed opposite. Such as the merging of unconscious desires with those of the Heart.
- The beginning of a love affair or pledge of deep friendship.
- Ideas generated between two partners in cooperation and harmony.
- The merging of Lover and beloved.
- A healing harmony where quarrels and disputes are resolved.
- Romance, trust, sympathy, and desires consummated, vows, engagement and marriage, all permutations of active partnership.
- Where the action of body and Spirit are in sync.
- Conflict of interests.
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