The Witches Tarot- Five of Cups, much like the Thoth Tarot Card, is one that represents disappointment. On the Witches Tarot, a mermaid, a symbol of a beautiful water element persona, is moody, dangerously close to anger, and yet also bored with the whole situation. The sea seems to be taking on her mood, as it is dark- green and agitated. Her treasures, gold coins, pearls, and silver cups, are ignored and scattered about, as she has found out that the accumulation of riches, haven't fulfilled her heart, as she thought they would. She may even be representing the classic tale of a mermaid who wishes to leave the sea and live on the land which has become a longing that of something she can't have.
The Thoth 5 of Cups: Disappointment.
By now you may know that the Alchemical Element-Water is also representative of the self- consciousness, that is motivated by emotion. Hence, the situation is sensually presented in the 5 of Cups as a severity. Mars is violent energy and in the water sign Scorpio, this produces an extremely emotional effect.
The once full cups are empty, implying loss of that which is loved, The 5th Sephiroth,-Geburah is fiery of nature, and still-water is totally at odds with this active force. Thus causing an emotional disturbance and loss of pleasure. This card, if supported by the accompanying cards, can even mean death of a loved one. The inverted pentagram represents the triumph of matter over spirit and where disturbance arises in the middle of ease.
Many people inappropriately term some tarot cards as "bad" and others as "good" which is the two-dimensional thinking of our culture. This is assuredly errant thought as the Tarot is about the conscious energy of Will To Force and the unconscious- Will to Form . Will to Force is movement with in the depths of our "Self" and that E-motion contributes to the journey of your multidimensional life. The 5's, which have often been termed as bad, are really the necessary disruption of the placidity of the 4's. Your inner self is telling the outer self it is time to move!
Emotional disappointment makes us fragile (the 5 glass cups), and vulnerable. Like the murky sea in the background we become depressed and then angry, as the orange/red sky. We are now off balance (the askew star) and feeling uprooted (the lily pads with falling lotus blossoms). The transformational aspect of disappointment is shown by the universal sign of the butterfly (the roots of the lily pads in the shape of a butterfly).
There is trouble here as astrologically this card is attributed to Mars in Scorpio; Mars is the planet associated with vitality, assertiveness and dynamic activity. Scorpio is the sign of depth; Thus disappointment is felt deeply "to the core" here. Therefore, this is not a trivial disappointment such as not getting the right color of car, but a real stinging disappointment that in the next 5 weeks or 5 months has been or will be experienced. There could also be 5 years of disappointment or disappointment that goes back to a period 5 years ago or even disappointment that has been experienced deeply when you were 5 years old and is still influencing your present emotional state. All of these meanings are determined by where the card lays in the reading. It's now time to transform your emotion into a free butterfly rather than a "worm" in a hard shell of disappointment. Stuff happens to the just and unjust alike and by releasing disappointment, we can then turn anger into a personal ambition to create more motion in our life! This card states, “Release the past, for that is a dead place, fly forward into the sunny now!" Emotion is a river, that life floats on (supports life). However, if one tries to fight this mighty current, they will soon become mentally and physically fatigued and drown in the overwhelming current.
As I have previously stated, Geburah, the 5 th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, that rules the four 5's, and may be severity, but she this severity brings a necessary corrective in our lives. Severity corrects by tearing away all that is useless thought, and emotion; all that is outdated and unproductive.
In our academic culture, most of us understand physics 101 and the first law of thermodynamics that states there is only one energy that we can't create, nor can we destroy it. We can however, transfer it and transform it. Transformation is a process of deconstructions and then reconstructing that which is envisioned, by Force of Will. Hence, what seems to end is merely the beginning of change.
Transmitting energy is done sexually (Mars and Scorpio) or in some form of intimacy and/or communication, where we are in communion with someone or something. Such as the intimacy of healers. Or shamanic rites if human, or the universal sexuality of electrons transferring charge from the positive to the negative. The flow of this vital force, in homo sapiens, is often called love, as such we could say that the intimacy of the negative pole as it joins with a positive pole of a magnet proves love. But being Spiritual beings, we know Love is more that energy flow, it is a communion of multiple attributes that form the Universal Collective Unconscious. Individual attributes are made
more apparent when a physical Spiritual body is present, such as, a human. To the enfleshed Spirit, Intimacy is not just physical touching, tasting, smelling, hearing or seeing, even though those are usually involved; Intimacy is where one Auric Field blends with another; one or multiples of female force to a male force. Energy weaving into a new pattern for both parties. A multiplication of 7 dimensions weaving with another 7 dimensions, becoming 49. These 49 are really a numeric or gemantic 4+ 9= 13 and Key 13 is the Death Card, which means a "Spiritual Transformation".
However wonderful energy- in- motion is, it also has an end or period of transformation. That would be the second law of Thermodynamics where"...all things proceed from order to disorder", so a Master Weaver of Self, would see the disorder in Self patterns, and deconstruct them and reconstruct a new order of Self. This "new Order of I Am", is an emotional reconstruction of Self-awareness and/or self-conscious. Here's where Geburah steps in to assist us, she makes us view the disorder, and as a corrective, we can now remove the old and build the new. As a master of creation, we must know emotion (energy-in-motion) as a willed action rather than a spontaneous reaction. However, due to constant repetition, yesterday's emotion, becomes today's motion which will always fall short of appropriate motion in the "now". Hence, disappointment. No matter how hard you try, using the same old thought patterns, and expecting something different than yesterday, will never work. Therefore, many of us believe that we are controlled by emotion rather than the Will that is responsible for it. I am Will to Force and Will to Form. Hence, energy in motion is under my control, not a happenstance of unseen stimulants. Therefore, there is no person, place or thing, responsible for "my emotions" as they are mine; all mine, to make ideas become real, as in manifestation. Yet they manifest, only within the body that I operate. Hence, no one can make me emotional, that is my power.
The Thoth 5 of cups is also known as Lord of loss in pleasure. Here the planet Mars is in Scorpio. The angels of the Decan are: Livoyah and Pehilyah. As the 5 of cups, Geburah is influencing the Mental World as Geburah in Briah.
Therefore, the occult message of the 5 of Cups, is that we must learn to Lust without need of result. The knowledgeable Magus would declare: I AM The Vigorous Journey of Life. Rather than the mundane's way of "pursuing life" as a goal. If one doesn't expect, one isn't disappointed when an idea doesn't perform as imagined. Hence, giving us the power to reconstruct it so that it does build the road of life that we love traveling.
When the 5 of cups is thrown during a reading:
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