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The Tarot of Eli: The Thoth Tarot- 9 of Cups-Happiness

& the Qabalistic Tree of Life

· Qabalah,Thoth tarot,tarot comparison

In the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-The four 9's are attributed to the Ninth-Sephiroth,Yesod (Foundation) and after the double incursion into misfortune the energy current has returned to the middle pillar. Balance is restored and energy has crystallized to form the foundation of all things. Yesod is in direct line with Tiphareth (Beauty-the Christ/Sun Sephiroth) so it has a direct  line of succession and manifests the full force of the element. Zoroaster/Zarathushtra said," The number nine is sacred, and attains the summit of perfection".

For those who don't know whom Zoroaster was:

Zoroaster, also known as Zarathushtra

[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

(Zaraθuštra),

Zarathushtra Spitama or Ashu Zarathushtra, was the founder of

Zoroastrianism. He was a native speaker of Old Avestan and lived in the eastern part of the Iranian Plateau, but his birthplace is uncertain. Zoroastrianism was the official religion of Persia (Modern

Iran) and its distant subdivisions from 600 BCE to 650 CE. Zoroaster is traditionally dated from 628 to 551 BCE, and he is dated by scholars as a contemporary or near-contemporary of Cyrus the Great.

The religion named after him is not attested to historically until the 5th century BCE, where it appears in Greek sources. He is credited with the authorship of the Yasna Haptanghaiti as well as the Gathas, hymns which are at the liturgical core of Zoroastrian thinking. Most of his life is known through the Zoroastrian texts.

The Thoth 9 of Cups is called-HAPPINESS and is ruled by Jupiter, a planetary vibration that is known as good fortune.  The Word-Happiness implies luck; However, Jupiter is in Pisces as the 3 of Cups, a watery sign, which is based more on a certain element of illusion. Like the illusion of Romantic Love, it is more like a "dream within a dream". Hence, being ruled by Jupiter does bring good fortune here, but it is based more on satiety stating that the fullest satisfaction begins the next putrefaction as change brings stability to motion.

Absolute rest is an illusion. For instance, the #2 would simulate absolute rest, as it is a balance between dual polarities. As male/female, there is no relationship without Love. Therefore, for any motion to begin the Divine Creative must become a Trinity; The I Am duality must become a Me. To do this, a relationship must be established between the duality. Hence, Understanding (the 3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) becomes the force of relationship, (it is the foundation of Love) that establishes the 3rd point of a triangle. Now, motion happens in Energy (E-Motion).  Since, the Supernal Triangle, the "first relationship" between the Divine Feminine (Will to Form) and the Divine Masculine (Will to Force), produces a third party, "will to be", all the rest of the Trinities of the Tree of Life, are copies and/or Simulations of the Original 3 (3 trinities = 9 beings).

The Thoth Tarot-9 of Cups-Happiness :

The Thoth 9 of cups card represent contentment and satisfaction. Therefore, the 9 of cups is a card of great blessing, emotional fulfillment and overflowing happiness as the will and imagination fuse into flowing creativity.

The Thoth card states that happiness is being experienced internally (three vertical cups symbolize body, mind and spirit) and externally (three horizontal cups represent body, mind and spirit externally).Here, the electro (Male) and female- magnetic universe is in perfect expression and reception.

Open lotus blossoms are the symbol of open spiritual awareness, internal happiness and the pewter cups (Thoth card) represent the body, whose happiness is overflowing.

As stated:The astrological  symbol of this card is Jupiter in Pisces . Jupiter is the planetary symbol of luck, opportunity, and growth. Pisces is the astrological sign of fluidity and fullness.

This is total happiness that flows through Spirit, Mind and Body.

However, in a universe where "Change guarantees stability, Stability guarantees change." Hence, this is not permanent happiness, so my advise is to fearlessly enjoy fully the moment of great happiness and know that it is but a flowing moment that is to be experienced in the now.  Happiness is a momentary stability caused by a inner and outer harmony; However that will change. But it doesn't mean drastic emotional swings, rather a movement towards other creative endeavors and the various feelings new uncharted ground brings; which is a positive!  Especially so, since we know we can experience deep emotional contentment and happiness by our ability to complete new endeavors. When change and stability reach a balance both internally and externally, we experience a deep contentment and happiness.

Again: The Tarot 9  of Cups, represents Yesod (Foundation) in the Suit of Water.

This is the Astral Plane Foundation of astral fluids, often called "liquid light", which when given a thought, form boundaries that  crystallize light into material forms on the Earth plane. This places the suit of Water back onto the Middle Pillar rather than the Left pillar of Hod and the right pillar of Netzach. Balance is now restored to the Emotions in the form of Harmony rather than previous discord. 

Nine is also the number of the Moon who rules Water and thus strengthens the idea of Water/emotion/consciousness. Energy-in-Motion (emotion) flows as water therefore, cups is called the suit of  Water which governs emotions and self-consciousness.

Since, the planetary ruler of this card is Jupiter in the house of Pisces, the 9 of Cups is a definite benediction, for Jupiter is the Planet of Chesed (Mercy) which represents the suit of Water in its highest material manifestation. Pisces brings out the placid qualities of water, so happiness is a balanced weaving of Planetary, emotional, and mental forces in actuality rather than potential.

The Thoth Nine of Cups has nine cups arranged in a square, each overflowing with healthy moving water. This is the most complete and beneficent  aspect of the Force of Water as True Wisdom self-fulfilled in Perfect Happiness. In the Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, number 9, is the Sephira Yesod [foundation] on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The 9  of Cups, is Yesod in the Suit of water, and 9, being also the number of the Moon, strengthens Water. Thus the stability is restored to Water. After its wobbly exclusions to Hod (left hand path) to Netzach (right hand path) , the suit of Water has now returned to the Middle Pillar.

As you can see upon viewing of the Thoth card, there are 9 cups arranged into a square which is face of a cube, a 6 sided figure, allowing the overflowing and filling of one another (3 into 3, into 3). Here we have the most benevolent aspect of the force of Water....a pleasing state of stable and sparkling emotion, also called the "Buddha or Christ Consciousness".

When this card is thrown during a reading:

  • The querent is or will be experiencing, complete success, pleasure and happiness for the next 9 weeks, or 9 months.
  • Complete and perfect realization of pleasure and happiness as wishes are fulfilled.
  • There can be some vanity and conceit here, but it is good- natured.
  • This card suggest the querent is high minded and not easily satisfied with small , gossipy, limited ideas.
  • Such a person may be maligned because of their self-assumption but the querent, being of a good generous, sometimes foolish, nature, ...the  malingers tend to look overly critical.
  • The number 9 is also the number of completion. Happiness, is a sensationalizing of success and is a hard one to find any negative connotations for. This is a pleasant card to have in your reading.
  • In the periods of 9 weeks or 9 Months, complete success.
  • Pleasure and happiness where wishes are fulfilled.
  • This is unabashed happiness, where complete and perfect realization of pleasure and happiness is being experienced. 
  • The nine of cups also suggests high-mindedness, not easily satisfied with small and limited ideas.
  • A good, generous, but maybe foolish nature.

If ill defined by the accompanying cards:

  • Self- praise, vanity, conceit, much self promotion, yet still kind and lovable.
  • This card is so balanced that it is hard to find any ill definition for it. A person of this generous nature is apt to be maligned through too much self -assumption; However this is not unusual in our over critical society where those of a genuine happy nature are often accused of being naive.

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