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Thoth- 7 of Cups-Debauch
(The Lord of Illusionary Success.)
#7-Living from that Will, supported by its unfailing Wisdom and Understanding, mine is the Victorious life.
It may seem such a large step into the negative, after the 6 of Cups-Pleasure, to go right into Debauch, a form of intoxication. However, both are astrologically Scorpio, but instead of Scorpio exalted in the Sun as in the 6, the 7 of Cups places Scorpio with the planet Venus and Venus is ill dignified in the sign but not for incompatable reasons. The fact is that Venus is deliriously happy in both Netzach, the 7th Sephiroth assigned to Venus, and also being her beautiful sexy self, in Scorpio's beautiful sexy House makes her so happy, she over indulges and slides easily into excess. Here, one double of single malt scotch gets her high, 2 doubles keeps the high, 3 doubles is an abundance of high, 4 doubles is just the luxury of showing off while 5 doubles, is disappointment because the high is over and now she is just getting blasted and sloppy, but after the 7th dram, well it is intoxication to the point of debauch. Here, the disappointment that is felt, is like Venus running to the toilet to barf, just after meeting an attractive stranger.
Venus is the planet that is associated with the metal Copper; she is all “external splendor and internal corruption". Such superficiality in a martial and watery sign as Scorpio destroys any altruistic tenancies, turning the amiability of Venus into a grosser sensuality that can be called "Party on Dudes!" Thus in the 7 of Cups, the influence of Venus is violent, aggressive, emotional intoxication, and becomes uncontrolled intense, almost hysterical physical passion which unless gratified, will become hatred. This passion is so unbalanced that even when such intense physical passion is reciprocated, it will be stormy to the extreme. It may also end in tragedies and treacheries.
Such extreme violence of feelings, may also end in poor health, since no matter the physical strength of the person, the emotional strength of greedy desires is even stronger and may eventually lead to dangerous excess. Therefore, debauch (drunk and disorderly) is an appropriate title for the 7 of Cups.
The number 7 refers to Netzach (Victory) and is the number of the Goddess (Water/Emotion), Venus is the Goddess of Love, redoubling the influence of the number 7. As most of us know by experience, when loving desire goes into physical overload, excessive passion becomes dangerous excess, from which some never recover.
Passion must be directed by the Higher States of Conscious rather than physical body's ill equipt ego. When one is initiated in the
Mysteries of the "Other Side of the Mirror", and reaches these higher states of mind, they begin to feel the intoxicating flow of more vigorous life force (sexual/Spiral energy) and if the ego is the one in charge of the body, one becomes enamored with the teacher/mentor/quide that opened the gateways to these high levels to the student. This can cause a myriad of problems especially if the teacher responds in kind to the student. Therefore, "let go and let goddess", is what I always say to my fellow traveler's on the road to "remembering" . It's okay to let Venus twirl in an intoxicating dance within your heart, but know it is the Goddess of Love that you feel , an inner intoxicating beauty and not an outer person's beauty that intoxicates you. Let the inner beauty of the Soul/Sun of the Divine Creative burn away the lowly desires of the animal/instinctual body. This momentary expansion of mundane senses beyond the body is temporary unless the flesh is trained in the tempering heat of Tantric, Taoist, Qabalistic or Gnostic rituals that marry the inner anima (feminine) an animus (masculine). The Passion that Created a Universe of Self, is too much intensity for the self-absorbed brain, whose universe is all about "my feelings" rather than reality.
To carry forth this idea of excess, the Thoth Deck 7 of Cups displays poisoned lotuses that have become tiger lilies. The cups are iridescent, (dissolving in the intoxication), and are arranged into two descending triangles, interlaced with the larger lower cup-showing a greater lower influence on the emotions, as it floats in a slime covered morass of putrefaction. Crowley described this unfortunate 7 of cups in his Book of Thoth, pg. 184;
"This is one of the worst ideas that one can have, its mode is poison, its goal madness. It represents the delusion Delirium Tremens and drug addiction; it represents the sinking into the mire of false pleasure. There is something almost suicidal in this card."
Therefore, the 7 of Cups, is a wholesome reminder of the fatal ease with which a Sacrament, such as Love, may be profaned and prostituted simply by losing one’s balance with Kether (Higher Mind), and straying ever so slightly from the middle pillar (Balance of Masculine and Feminine), thereby making the holiest mysteries of Nature become the obscene and shameful secrets of a guilt ridden consciousness. Netzach, is that green Sephiroth on the lower illustrated Tree of Life.
Green is the color attributed to Venus, and it is the patena of profaned copper. Venus is also the planet of Netzach, the Sephiroth that is associated with Love, feelings and instinct, the Group Mind, Nature, and the Arts.
The Symbols for Netzach are;
and the Lamp.
Netzach is the first Sephiroth of the astral triangle and is the first part of your energy intelligence/subconscious to make up the personality of the individual self. You may remember that I stated that the Personality is made up of the Four Alchemical Elements, each of which are represented by the lower Sephira, in the familiar sequence of
Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Netzach is Fire, Hod is Water, Yesod is Air and Malkuth is Earth.
Netzach is the lower form of the fiery Yod of Chokmah that is r effected from Geburah through Tiphareth. This is the formula for Yod Heh Vau Heh (YHVH), Malkuth being the final Heh, because of the "fall" which is really a condensing or "downsizing" of self.
In Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the intoxicating illusions of the Astral Triangle and the component parts of the Personality, after all, we are not of the Personality, it is the Soul's "mask" that it must wear to be seen, like the bandages wrapped around the invisible man so he could be seen, except here the bandages are a wrapping of words. Personalities are software programs that are created to operate the wetware, and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the physical body properly. However, if your personality was made for you out of the illusions, delusions, and ambitions of another outside "Authority" (indoctrination and dogma) then you haven't a clue who is operating the body, as you don't know the code- language and authority that went into making the software your body is operating from! The inevitable failure of such errant propaganda and pleasure/pain programing can cause a delirium of worthlessness. Yet again the axiom of Qaballah: "Above all things, know thyself!" rings true!
The most important part of initiation is to observe the layers of lies, that your personality is constructed from, removing layer after layer of false you, until the real you is shining true. This "Garbage in" is called man-made persona and the "Garbage out" is the dysfunctional action of "seeking yourself" in the eyes of your peers, or of authority. Hence, your ego is an imposter. You are already God approved----you exist, and your Software/Personality for operating the wetware, in the name of I AM was already created by the Higher Self, you call this "the Soul". However, this is not a statement of disgrace, for as children you had to reject your true self, or get punished, so the subconscious-your survival mind that builds the ego, responds by compliance and you become a "man made" personality rather than one that represents the Soul.
Often, Mystery schools use a set of Tattva exercises as a type of "controlled day dream" (guided meditations), intended to bring the student into direct contact with the subtle Elemental realms immediately underlying the material sphere of sensation.
It should be understood, that the astral realm beginning with Netzach, is a fluidic, non-solid realm where everything begins in illusion/dream. It is the place, where our Formative consciousness can experiment with image, such as children role-playing, in order to comprehend in a later stage of growth, the actual manifestation of being "that". If done with controlled will, this is a boon to any creative endeavor on Earth. However, the Astral plane is a collective plane of Group Mind, and is full of the dreams and nightmares of the many. Hence, when one encounters these dreams and nightmares taking them as rote, chaos and, all hell will break loose in their life!
The Astral is not a Master of your personality! Nor is anything that you contact in it! The Astral is Your Malleable substance to create with, not be created by! Most " Medium-Channels" just channel astral persona's, and live in an illusion of devotional thought, not allowing them to see "holy" delusions and therefore, are experiencing a form of debauch.
Let me explain what few wish you to know
A god is a dominate Consciousness on its Plane of Dominion. Every one of the Ten Sephiroth, is a demi-god and the True You is composed of the United Cooperation of these energy intelligences we call "gods", which contribute to the make up the One God-Mind. And you're are one better, because you have also composed a body of the "intimate god", Top Mammal Predator", ruler of its domain, the Human body! So, you, are a Great Group of Ten -small-gods, who should be working as One Group Soul of your individual Tree of Life...A One Divine Creative who is a trinity of Spirit-Mind-Body; the fact that you are not, is because you've been mentally separated from the reality of your divinity! This was done by the manipulation of your imagination, (auto-suggestion) by "The few who wish to rule the many", in your dreams! The Astral domains are the beginning of formation, on earth. And by giving you "nightmare" stories of how bad your natural body is , you forgot it is a "god" of its domain and that you are the Sun/Son of the Divine Creative (All Souls are Suns/Sons) who declares the body as its House/Temple on Earth ! This is not your fault, as a child, none of us have a defense against the profaned graffiti that is painted over our identity by cultural indoctriantion and dogma. Therefore, many of us are locked into the emotional victimization of a thouroughly pleasure/pain trained 9 year old child. We have become intoxicated on lies making our self-reflection fuzzy and chaotic.
We all must return consciously to the Subconscious Astral in a Lucid Dream (meditation) and clean up our personality software!
When we are dealing with Netzach, we are dealing with understanding a particularly difficult State of energy conscious. Netzach is where both the Macrocosm and Microcosm meet. Thus we are dealing with the understanding of the entire race patterns of human kind, and patterns of individual persona. But if that isn't enough, we must understand that this dichotomy is in itself an illusion!
Haindl Tarot- Seven of Cups-Illusions of Success
This card of the Haindl Tarot also has a "New Title" of Arrogance. This new title, is added because of the illustration of the the cups. 6 cups are straight up and down in a pattern of 3 of each side, implying their life is organized and in control, while the central cup is upsided down, implying emptiness. This emptiness suggests that control is an illusion in this person's life and that the new title of arrogance implies that the person is holding onto the illusion, as if believing in some false idea of self.
The I Ching hexagram, 4, Meng, meaning "Youthful Folley", is shown top-center of the card. The reverse I Ching, 3, Chun, "Difficulty at the Beginning", both compliment each other as one implies the intoxication of youthful spontaneity and the difficulty that such spontineous action produces. Also youthful actions often come from the arrogant belief that we can do more than we actually can. Therefore, this card is about inexperience, rather than purposeful error and/or bad intentions.
When the 7/Seven of Cups- is thrown it implies:
- The querent is being cautioned about the apparent Victory of Denial.
- There is a suggestion of deceit, promises unfulfilled, illusion, and error.
- Slight success may be experienced, a minor victory so to speak, but not enough energy to retain it.
- The querent may be experiencing drunkenness, wrath, vanity, lust and promiscuity or even violence against women; a violence which is not limited to the male sex.
- A warning against illusionary hopes and false promises.
- Beware of arrogance and complacency.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl), it implies:
- This card bespeaks of selfish dissipation.
- Deception in love and friendship.
- Lapsing into the swamp of false pleasures.
- Hidden problems emerging.