The Running Press Tarot- 4 of Cups, displays, a well feed personage who has emptied 3 cups of what looks to be "pop-corn", while wearing one Cup on his head. Before him is a large yummy red apple with a worm looking out. This is much like the Thoth card, in that it is about Luxury, that will soon become strife. Here, strife is the worm,looking out of the luxurious apple. The blue corners on the the Running Press Card, suggests the Universal Element of Water.
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 "Wisdom" is Part of your Inner inheritance as a Divine Child. However, inside of you, which is infinity, you have an Axis Mundi, compose of these 10 Sephirotic "states of energy conscious". We must make the Unconscious, the Axis Mundi of our consciousness, operator of the Self-Conscious of the Body and Tarot, using the language of the Unconscious, aids us in this ability to communicate the "Above to the Below". Thus the value of inner-self meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested.
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 Practice calling these names, you may be surprised at the vibratory change.
The 4 of Cups represents the 4th Sephiroth- Chesed in Briah, here Chesed is influencing the unconscious mental realm. This card is assigned the Moon in the House of Cancer. Therefore, 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 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 of Cups-Luxury card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- For a time, say 4wks 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
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