The Thoth Tarot-6 of Cups-Pleasure & The Night Sun Tarot- 6 of Cups:
The number 6, is Tiphareth on the Tree of Life, and the number of the Sun/Son (also all of the tarot Princes) which is known as the "Christ or Buddha" consciousness. As the number for the Sun (Son), which is in the Sign of Scorpio on this card, places the whole influence of the Sun in the suit of Water. The 6 is the number of Soul, your Solar Psyche collective, that builds the individual personality that operates as self-conscious for the body.
Therefore this cups card represents the basis for fertility of all life. In the Thoth Deck 6 of Cups, we have the Lotus stems in a type of sensual dance, gushing water from their Golden blossoms into Sun-gold cups; However, the cups are not yet overflowing, as 9 is the number of completion.
As most of us know, pleasure is relative to the individual perspective, but in this case pleasure is seen as of the Highest Sense; often called "the Rapture". In the 6 of Cups, Pleasure, implies, well-being, and harmony of natural forces without effort or strain. There is only ease and satisfaction, yet foreign to the card's definition, is the gratification of animal desires, for this is a Pleasure of the Soul, who is enraptured in its creation. Hence, one's body has established yet another sense; a sense of the Divine.
However to some, there may seem to be some contradiction to the gratification of animal desires, because this card is the emphatic fulfillment of the Sexual Will, as shown by Scorpio, the Sun and the Water sign. However, the Sexual Will-is the Law of Attraction, where the Sun (Fiery creative Conscious) is in communion with the Watery- Unconscious. The image of which could be a Very fertile and Warm Tropical Sea or a very erotic union of male and female divinity.
The idea of Pleasure (purification) as a Sacrament may seem an outlandish idea to the mundane who have been taught that pleasure is tantamount to sin. In fact both Aliester Crowley and myself have been tared by the same brush on that one; However, the 6 of Cups-Pleasure is one of the master- keys to the Qabalistic Gate of Initiation. To know and understand this is to experience the ecstasy of the Christ-conscious that is Tiphareth,#6 Sephira on the Tree of Life as it pulses through the chakras of your body. This one of the reasons for "sex magic".
The Night Sun Tarot, 6 of Cups, shows an image of a Divine Feminine, capturing water from the Sun, in her Chalice/Cup. The sacred octagon makes this feminine figure divine. This is a very subtle artistic meaning for something so Universally erotic. Here, the Father-Sun, is ejaculating the "semen that heals the anointed" and impregnating the Mother-Water, a communion that establishes life. The feminine figure is wearing a garment, with the upside down triangle that in alchemy represents water, while also carrying on her back 5 more cups to fill.This also applies that the "sense of pleasure" is a 6th sense.
In an inadequate attempt to explain this Pleasure, I call it the "orgasm that never stops"......it is a harmonic generated by the complete balancing of imagination, the womb of idea and the masculine conscious creative self; of the "As above, so below". This Pleasure is of Cosmic proportions, such as the uninhibited union of "Soul Mates" or Tantric Unions of Divine Beings, or that of the "Secret Lover" within, that is often shown as the "Dancing God and Goddess". This dance implies moving in rhythm together, where force and form are married as one Movement. Normally, the higher states of this card are not experienced by the "normal" and/or "mundane" people of society, who fear the sensuality of the body; a fear generated by "fear of Pain". So to many, I am speaking a language they, the "flesh-0-phobes" refuse to hear.
The 6's of Tarot, 6 of wands, 6 of cups,6 of swords, 6 of disks, are all attributed to the 6th Sephiroth on the Qabalah's Tree of Life- Tiphareth (Beauty), which is arguably, at least for humans, the most important Sephira of all 10 Sephiroth. In this rendition of the Tree of Life, we see the Solar Self-Soul- as yellow sun, six pointed star, and the unequal armed cross, all symbols for the Human body. Hence, we understand that the Soul's beauty, creates the human form. To think of the human form as something to fear, sinner, nasty, bad or whatever negative one's self consciousness is indoctrinated with, is to deny one's own beautiful Soul. The body is loved into being by the Most Beloved!
Beauty (Tiphareth) is a synchronization of the entire Tree of Life, focused in the Center of the whole System of Force and Form intelligence, often shown as the Hexagram.
Tiphareth, is the only Sephiroth below the Abyss that communicates directly with Kether (Crown) while being fed directly from the Union of Chokmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) as Daath (Priestess) and also from the Union of Chesed (Mercy) and Geburah (Severity). Thus, being a balanced Center of both the above and below, it astrologically represents the Sun; in the system of Tetragrammaton, it represents the Son. Making, Tiphareth, the Sephira that represents consciousness in its ..most harmonized Force and balanced Form; a dance of Will to Force and Will to Form that creates the "Divine Child", the Buddha or Christ Consciousness. You may say, the Son is an interpretation of the Father in terms of the Mind. Knowing this, the educated reader knows that the Sixes represent the practical best of their respective elements.
As stated: The zodiacal sign governing the 6 of Cups is Scorpio; Scorpio, a water sign, tends to be exalted in the Sun and this kind of Pleasure is completely harmonized. Fire is balanced in Water here, as He is balanced in She. Scorpio is also the sign associated with the "glands of the Pelvis'', so pleasure in the Six of Cups, is rooted in its "most convenience soil", making this a most fertile card of magic sexuality.
Both Crowley and I deem this to be one of the best cards in the pack. Of course, my bias may be apparent here, as I have Scorpio natal and rising in my own Astrological Chart. Never the less, this is one moment of harmonized pleasure that is most satisfyingly occult. In that regard, I have personal experience in such.
To the Hermetic Qabalist this Tarot card is Tiphareth ( Beauty) in Briah -the mental world composed of Geburah, Chesed and Tiphareth. Briah is considered a "watery world" of the Unconscious, which means it's intelligence acts as water with currents, eddies and flow so Tiphareth in the Watery World of Briah, means the beginning of pleasure, as the Sun instigates the molecular dance that creates activation.
Scorpio is a sign of hidden qualities, it is magnetic (female) and discriminatory [many Scorpio's can become harshly judgmental] and the scorpion may sting where the Will directs. The Sun activates Scorpio as it does the Oceans on earth, eddies,and currents swirl and dance because of the Focused Force of the Sun and Pleasure/Creation commences. The Goddess ( Binah-Will to Form) and The God (Chokma-Will to Force) Dance in Pleasurable Union. At least, that is the Esoteric explanation. The Tibetan explanation is , "Om mani Padme-Hum".
... Om Mani Padme Hum, means that in dependence on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body. In Qabalah method is Binah-Understanding and Wisdom is Chokmah.
In our daily reality, this card is considered one of the best cards in the pack and it stands for well-being, harmony of natural forces, without effort or strain, just ease and satisfaction. This is not vulgar pleasure, brought on by artificial stimulants, such as alcohol or drugs, but the deep inner pleasure understood in the highest sense of Being that can only be achieved by the union of the Beloved and loved. I have reached this state many times in my Tantra Yoga work, and I call it the inner orgasm that never stops. It is the Joyful Communion of Creation Itself, where the personality meets the "Secret Lover" within! That "secret lover" is also often called the "Holy Guardian Angel", who really is the Soul/Psyche, that built the Real Personality, that mankind has corrupted with fundamental religion. That nagging "hole in your heart", dug by indoctrinated self-rejection, is filled here, and never again is there "emptiness within".
Some people believe that pleasure is a fleeting thing, "It won't last", says the fearful of discomfort, implying why bother. But this is the "Inner Pleasure" that Drives Creation in this Universe. It is the underlying foundation of ALL! It does indeed last, here comes the caveat, but only when one's mental, emotional, spiritual and physical states of conscious energy are in harmony.
Therefore this is a Pleasure that is likened to the Rapture of St. Theresa, which she achieved by pure devotional and at first, imaginary union to the Son of the Divine Creative (the Qabalistic 6th Sephirothic Intelligence of Beauty-Tiphareth) and/or The Christ. She experienced a "kunalini rising" and/or Sun rising-orgasm, with the "Secret Lover" within. Imagination creates reality.
Since the mundane are devoted mostly to their indoctrination and "slave jobs", this pleasure is perverted by "pleasure-pain training" that separates us from our Most Beloved-Soul . Such separation can be like stormy atmosphere of Earth, where the Sun heats the Ocean into soggy clouds (when our emotions become overcast by survival thinking) and we feel less joy, even great depression and more worry until our fears rain from our "I's" (our identities). We then rain, (cry over our troubles) expressing turbulent emotion, which temporarily releases the unconscious waters and then the Sun-Conscious may temporarily come out again; a cycle that repeats in the fear based self-conscious. As we all know, the Sun- conscious never left us, but we left it by forgetting to be the Spirit who owes its own sense of pleasure to the human body. All of us are "born of Suns" and are made of Light...everything is! We seek not light, for that would be like a fish, swimming in the Ocean, looking for Water. As Intelligent light, "Suns of God", there is no pleasure without a sensual body, for even "mental pleasure" (satisfaction) can't be felt without the senses supplied by the body, let alone the pleasure of being! However, change must happen if Life is to continue, and often we must change perspectives to keep the inner sun on the horizon. Knowing that inner Sun/Son of Pleasure is always with us whether we see it or not, helps us to remember that we are the Joyful union of the Most Beloved and Loved, who came to be human and Human is a Spiritual experiment in Pleasure! For I AM ME, is pleasure, where as, I AM is merely existence! Therefore, as Living Light, we don't merely exist, we are "alive"!
I along with Crowley, believe this to be one of the, if not the, best cup card in the deck when it comes to a deep personal life changing experience. This is the psychosomatic Ecstasy of the Dancing God and Goddess (Shiva and Shakti in Eastern theology) within. I could be called bias here, for my Astrological sign is Scorpio natal, and Scorpio rising with a Cancer moon. According to astrology, this makes me a very deeply psychic, spiritual and emotional person who loves pleasure; my inner self is a bight pleasure to my Watery/emotional/sensual World. Within, Bacchus revels in my halls of hearth and heart whereby, I live this card in a daily Glow of Bright Pleasure, undisturbed by catastrophe, all because my brain became the "honeymoon suite" of the Anima (feminine-Spirit)-Animus (masculine-Soul). Thus, I have no need to seek pleasure, for as a Qabalist, I am it; as pleasure is state of daily being. In other words, Pleasure is the Fulfillment of the Divine Creative's "Will to Be" , the I AM Me. I find that I rise as the Sun, and warm my consciousness, in the glow of Self-Knowledge and spend the night in my Most Beloveds arms while I sleep. Since, I have become a "honeymoon suite" of the Divine Creative, I have a nonstop inner dance with the "Secret Lover". Therefore, my deepest Pleasure, is the ecstasy of the Anima (Feminine-Spirit) and Animus (masculine-Soul), in Yab Yum which is Tibetan for face to face. The harmony represented by this card, is an actual song that vibrates within the facing of the Empress and Emperor "within".
As you should see by now, the Thoth 6 of cups implies PLEASURE, on a deeply spiritual -emotional way. A pleasure that is healing ( gold reflecting copper cups), revitalizing ( orange blossoms) renewing and regenerating ( the coiled serpents in the cups). This is the underlining pleasure that is the foundation of creation itself--an Ecstasy that never stops as it vibrates the waves of pleasure that builds all things, as well as, the pineal gland in the brain. This vibration floods the body with a core of pleasure and excites magic abilities.
" Where there is Ecstasy, there is Creation. Where there is no Ecstasy, there is no Creation"
As stated: Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the Son/Sun of God (Beauty) and the number 6 also represents the Sun, star of our solar system. Contrary to the Patriarchal Christian doctrine, "The Son of God", is in reference to an "expressive/excited Creative State of Energetic Psyche" and/or the Solar Logos, and not representing a sex. Therefore, there is Golden Beauty in arising in the Unconsciousness, that influences the beautiful reason of the self-conscious. Thus the whole image of the Thoth Card is that of the influence of Sun on Water; the Sun is in the sign of Scorpio which is the basis of fertility in life.
Again, and not to be overstated: In this Qabalistic Thoth Tarot card, the depiction of dancing lotus stems, with blossoms gushing forth water into each golden cup, without overflowing implies well-being, harmony of natural forces without strain or effort; the gushing Sun- Semen/Gluten (White light) that fills the magnetic vessel of Earth. It is ease and satisfaction in harmony. Pleasure, in this sense, is not gratification of natural or artificial desires. Rather, it is Pleasure in the highest sense of the Divine Creative and thereby it does emphatically represent the fulfillment of the Sexual Will -The Law of Attraction, and/or the "Will-to-Be", as shown by the ruling Sephiroth, sign, planet and element.
If the student of Tarot vigorously studies the 6 of Cups-Pleasure, by investigation of the Sephira-Tiphareth, the Sign of Scorpio, The Sun, and the Pythagorean Element of Water (as an Alchemical element), they will find that this card is the actually the highest sensual/spiritual card in the Suit of Cups. For it is the Pleasure of Union, that is the God (Fire/creative conscious) and Goddess (Water-emotive Unconscious) in Communion, that builds this entire Universe of Force and Form. In other words, the Big Bang is an orgasm of Energy that spreads forever outward in a joyous flow like a living heated-water. Now I know that most people will not seek to understand this Passionate flow of creation, but if you do, you'll be greatly rewarded with a Sun of Rapture glowing in your Navel Chakra and warming the Heart Chakra, as if in an eternal summer sunrise.
From the Sepher Yetzirah and the text of the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom of Dr. Paul Foster Case:
In Kether is the Radix of a Golden Glory and thence is there a pure, primitive and sparkling, gleaming golden yellow which is reflected into Tiphareth. This is the first reflected Triad complete. And the sphere of its operation is that of Shemesh, the Solar Light, and bestoweth Life, Light and Brilliancy in metallic matter, and it rideth the sphere of action and of the Sun. And YHVH .
Eloah va-Daath is a God of Knowledge and Wisdom, ruling over the Light of the Universe; and its Archangel is Raphael, the Prince of Brightness, Beauty and Life. And the Name of the Order of Angels is Melechim, that is Kings or Angelic Kings, who are also called the Order of Virtues, Angels and Rulers.
Therefore, the 6 of cups is also called the:
Lord of Pleasure. The Angels of the Decan are Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
The influence of the Solar Logos-Tiphareth, in the Mental World known to Qabalist as Briah.
Already we know that Tiphareth in Atziluth (Beauty in Pure Spirit) means Victory after effort, shown as the 6 of Wands. Now we see the 6 of Cups as Tiphareth in the Watery World, (Mental/Creative World) as the beginnings of Pleasure.
Of course, Scorpio may sting where the Will directs, however, when the Will resides in Beauty-Tiphareth, Love is the Willful view of Life; the I Am Will rather than I have will, and becomes the Scorpio Eagle. Therefore, the scorpion's sting is reserved for those who would demean life with vial actions of desecration. Such as J. Christ running the money changers out of the Temple, which is a great metaphor for the Soul running the indoctrinated software out of the brain.
So as the Sun activates the Forces of Scorpio (Sun sign on left-upper and Scorpio sign on right-upper corner), gain or pleasure commences. Implied, without need of assurance, is that pleasure and gain will build, as shown by the, flow of bright water from above and the partially filled cup of the Night Sun Card. The Solar glow has permeated the darkness of fearful unconscious emotions, and is stimulating growth in the background. Here the Anima (Spirit) is filling her womb with life.
When the 6 of Cups- is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing:
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