Thoth- 10 of Cups-Satiety
Lord of perfected happiness.
MALKUTH, the Sphere of Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens. The Thoth 10 of Cups is known as SATIETY, and is attributed to Mars in Pisces. Crowley calls this card, The Lord of Perfected Success, as this is the influence of MALKUTH in the unconscious Mental World known as Briah. Satiety, is a word meaning, filled to the point of excess, though it is hard to argue that excessive happiness is a negative thing; However, it could be distracting and become a type of delirium as wild excitement.
What is exceptional about this card, is that the general astrological meaning of Mars in Pisces doesn't apply. Pisces is a watery sign, and Mars would signify a dispersal of energy to a point of frustration.
However, the meaning here is that fiery Mars causes the Waters of Pisces to rush furiously into Briah, bringing great success on the Material plane of Malkuth. The imagery of this card expresses the opinion that all happiness is inspired from above, i.e. comes from the Divine. One could say that Happiness, is a higher-inner state of inner energy consciousness and not an excessive state of saturation, as this card suggests by its imagery. As Crowley advised Harris in her art work interpretation of this card:
The background ; it ought to look menacing. There is something very sinister about this card. It suggests the morbid hunger which springs from surfeit. The craving of a drug addict is the idea. At the same time, of course, it is this final agony of descent into illusion which renders necessary the completion of the circle by awakening the Eld of the All Father.
Crowley to Lady Frieda Harris, December 19,1939
To be sure, when Tarot is used for public Divination, it is best applied to mundane matters, whereas the meaning may be different if applied to a more spiritual plane. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement. Therefore, in ordinary matters, the divined meaning of the 10 of Cups-Satiety: Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success of a physical issue, as it is done and finished.
Once again, being a 10, this is a short duration card, as 10's are a union of 1 and 0, so from one to zero is the flow of this cards influence. So often one is only satiated for a short period of time, with struggle around the corner (like an addict). It is the "up the down staircase" number that places us on top of one flight of stairs, only to find out that we are at the bottom of another flight. The 10 of Cups, although in the seemingly stable form of the Tree of Life, therefore, has a conflicting element that causes a tilting of the Cups, spilling water from the Great Lotus that overhangs the whole system. This conflict is from Mars in Pisces. Mars is a noted gross, violent force, depicted in Myth as the God of War who attacks any noted perfection. Pisces, is notably peaceful, spiritual, sensitive, psychic, and receptive. Mars is brutal, fiery and his dominant influence really upsets the sensitive Pisces. Hence, this combination means that the proper work of Water is done, and a substantial disturbance is due. In fact, Mars in Pisces, is considered by many astrologers to be the worst position of the 12 signs.
Pleasure proceeds, to dissipation and debauchery, as energy-in-motion (emotion) follows the second law of thermodynamics -(All things proceed from order to disorder".). The message here is," Enjoy the moment of completion, all is done. Sit back, have a "dram", but avoid debauch, as soon you'll be called on to perform at your best."
There are some Tarot readers that forgot this part of the Arcana, and call the 10 of Cups, permanent success, but Qabalists know that the only permanency in this One Energy Universe, is change/transformation. Hence, we'll call this the inevitable end of the issue, in a way that both parties are satisfied. Yet here dances the "Lord of Material Happiness", the 10th Sephiroth, Malkuth and all seems well...but then we know how long happiness in material things lasts in a “not this, not that” world!
Tarot Illuminati-10 of Cups
The Happily Ever After.
The Tarot Illuminati-10 of Cups, is once again displaying traditional Tarot Art. Here the golden cups are in a rainbow of blessing over a very opulent and happy family. With such wealth, gardens, house and grounds valor, this family seems well off. Here it is implied that happiness is found in love one has for oneself, and others, beauty shared and beauty created. However, this is as happy as one can get in this phase of life. One must understand that a new phase is on its way and that change does not need to negate happiness.
When the 10 of Cups is thrown in a layout, it implies:
- Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting emotional success on one issue; which will fade into another unsolved issue, as this will wane after great exaltation. This meaning of material success is reinforced if the 10 of Cup's lands on the position of "Beneath you" or "of House and Home", on a Celtic cross layout. In fact, that would be paramount for this card, as it is a 10 of Malkuth (Kingdom) in an Earthly existence position. However, the tilting of the cups shows us that tens are the end of one issue, and the beginning of the unfathomable new.
- Emotional Warmth.
- The happy ending.
- True joy and bliss.
- Emotional connection with others.
- Spiritual awareness.
If ill dignified by surrounding cards:
- Bathos (anticlimax).
- Inner emptiness.
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