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Thoth Tarot- 6 of Cups-Pleasure
The water of the joy of life and inner harmony.#6. In all things, Great and Small, I see the Beauty of the divine expression.
[From the Sepher Yetzirah and the Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom:]
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.
The Thoth-6 of Cups is also called The Lord of Pleasure. Here the Sun is in Scorpio the Angels of the Decan are Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
The 6 of Cups is the influence of the Sun in the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth, in the Mental World known to Qabalist as Briah.
Tiphareth in Atziluth , the world of Fire means Victory after effort, shown as the 6 of Wands. Therefore, we see the 6 of Cups as Tiphareth (Sun) in the Watery World, (Mental World) as the Beginnings of Pleasure. Tiphareth is the sphere of the Sun, making the Sun happy to be home; then you add Scorpio whose fun loving side erotically basks in the bright warmth of the Solar joy, and you get ecstasy.
Noted to be a sign of discernment, sexual-magnetism and hidden qualities, Scorpio, in the 6 of Cups, is like activated Water by Solar influx. Here, Scorpio revels in the Sun, and is likened to a Fertile, warm, fruitful Sea--a Spa of Life generating qualities. Now I have some personal experience in this card, being a Sun in Scorpio, and a Scorpio Natal, and having a Moon in Cancer, my inner self is a bright pleasure to my Watery World of emotions. This was not always so, for there are great depths to this double Scorpio and Cancer Moon Ocean of Emotion. However, with 50yrs of metaphysics, Qabalistic Tarot, Tantra and meditaion, Bacchus was released to revel in my halls of hearth and heart as I live this card in a daily Heated Glow of Bright Pleasure...thus I have no need to seek it-----I am it! Pleasure is a state of daily being me.
As with all power, powerfull emotions, require a balanced heart (Spirit), mind and body union. The reward for such a hard won harmony, is that the body becomes a melody of pleasure.
Of course Scorpio may sting where the Will directs; in fact they are noted for it. However, when the Will resides in Beauty-Tiphareth, Love and pleasure is the Willful view of life and the scorpion's sting is reserved for those who would demean love and pleasure with vile actions. So as the Sun activates the Forces of Scorpio, gain or pleasure commences but Implied, without assurance, is that pleasure and gain will build as shown by the partially filled cups leaving room for more experiences.
Pleasure, being the natural title of this card, is not that of the mundane pleasures of the pain fleeing populace, but of the highest sense as the "adorable fire"; implying well-being, harmony of natural forces without effort or strain but with ease and satisfaction. Yet it does emphatically represent the fulfillment of Sexual Will, as shown by the ruling Sephiroth, Tiphareth, sign of Scorpio, Planet Sun, and element of Water, a communion of fertile forces, that makes all life possible. The person who experiences this card sensually, knows this as the sexual ecstasy of the Solar Logos that blazes as a Sun in the "Sexual Chakra" or Swadhisthana chakra (The Orange Chakra)...the orgasmic ecstasy that never stops. This is the state of the Highest of Sexual possibility, as in the union of Zeus Christos and the Mari, or of the Simon and the Helen, even of the Shakti and Shiva...where one knows God is Sex. Sex is 6 in Latin and sexen in Egyptian, denoting copulation, therefore the implications of sexual activity are strong here. The perfect Pleasure of the synchronicity of communion, where the female and male blend as one Shining Star of Intelligent Vital Life Force. One who is interested in manifesting as the Solar Self, should begin studying Tantric Kundalini Yoga practices.
Crowley said it best in his Book of Thoth, pg., 199:
"Pleasure, in the title of this card, must be understood in its highest sense: it implies well-being, harmony of natural forces without effort or strain, ease, satisfaction. Foreign to the idea of the card is the gratification of natural or artificial desires. Yet it does represent emphatically the fulfillment of the sexual Will, as shown by the ruling Sephira, planet, element and sign. "
Haindl Tarot-Six of Cups-Happiness
The Haindl Tarot-Six of Cups-Happiness, depicts 6 golden cups, in a balanced asymmetrical image. However, there is no water flowing into or out of the cups implying peace rather than overflowing emotion. The I Ching hexagram, 58, Tui, meaning "Joyous Lake" adorns the lower center of this card. The reversed I Ching hexagram, 57, Sun, means "Gentle". The Stone column represents a Temple.
The 4 cups on the left stand for law. The 2 cups on the right stand for love. The 5 pointed star above the 2 cups, represents the Goddess; However, it is also the symbol for mankind, who is constructed of the 4 universal elements plus Spirit. There is also a bubble of happiness between the 2 cups, revealing a transparency to happiness, as the bubble reveals a darkness behind it. Also, like happiness bubbles can easily be burst. Therefore, this card implies a fragile state of happiness rather than the Sun burst pleasure of a more metaphysical Thoth Card. However, the Kundalini (Inner Goddess- Solar Vital Energy/Sex energy) can be shown as a five pointed star. So some secret meaning may be implied in the art of the Haindl card.
When the 6 /Six of Cups is thrown during a reading it implies;
- The querent is experiencing emotional pleasure, in a period of 6 weeks or 6monts of giving to and receiving pleasure form others.
- A period of innocence and taking great pleasure in one's childlike qualities.
- They may be experiencing an orgasmic rush of feelings, a wave of ecstasy that even sad feelings being actively expressed, feel good in release.
- The querent may also be experiencing sweet memories of the past, as past efforts bring present rewards.
- The querent's sexual sun is fully shinning, producing a summer crop of pleasure throughout the body.
- Karmic rootedness.
- Sexual and emotional strength.
- Love and being loved.
- Balance and peace.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies;
- Emotional imprisonment.
- Flight from reality.
- Not recognizing happiness.
- Unbalanced or excessive behavior.