Thoth-4 of Cups-Luxury
Lord of Blended Pleasure.
#4. From the exhaustless riches of its Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material.
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 is part of Your Inner Inheritance as a Divine Child of the Supernal Triangle. The Tree of Life looks like externalized Beings and/or Sephirothic Beings. However, inside of you, which is infinitely deep, you are compose of these 10 Sephirotic "states of energy conscious", you are your own Tree of Life and therefore, the value of inner-self-meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested in knowing The Self, who is both Above and Below.
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
The 4 of Cups is Chesed in Briah, here Chesed is influencing the unconscious mental realm. 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. With the Moon in Cancer, you are in a state of flux where you are likely to be influenced by the moods and feelings of those around you, and can be deeply affected by whatever environment you are in. It is very important for those born with the Moon in Cancer to learn to take responsibility for how sensitive and emotional they are.
When looking at the Crowley/Harris 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. Here is luxury, that has become common place and therefore, not really appreciated. Here familiarity is breeding contempt. This card warns of mediocrity.
Haindl Tarot- Four of Cups-Mixed Happiness
New Title: Yearning
The Haindl Tarot-Four of Cups-Mixed Happiness, continues its association with the I-Ching and in the upper left of the card, displays the Hexagram 3, Chun, "Difficulty at the beginning". The Reversed I-Ching: Meng, "Youthful Folley". The illustrates these meanings with a sad, but sweet autumal meaning. From autum, to winter and then spring, implies possibilities of growth from a situation that appears dark and gloomy.
There is a notable lack of water in the picture, although the blue color implies moisture and without water plants won't survive. Impying a desire that won't be fulfilled. Hence, the dying leaves of autumn are shown falling to the ground. Eventually these leaves with build humus and fertilze the ground for futrue plants, so all is not doomed. Therefore, this card seems to be an unhappy card, but this is not so as its cups fall symetrically, implying a sense of peace for Autumn is supposed to happen and the dead leaves of Autumn make a green spring possible.
When the 4/Four of Cups-Luxury/Mixed Happiness, card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- For a time, say 4 wks 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.
- Domestic ideals (security, prosperity, emotional wealth).
If ill defined by surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:
- Possessive inclinations.
- Restricting another person through and excess of affection.
- Loss of balance.
- Restricted emotions.