Thoth- 10 of cups
MALKUTH, 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, if filled to the point of excess, it becomes mundane.
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 state of inner energy consciousness brought on by synchronicity* . Here the Spirit-Mind-Body are in alignment. A cycle that can happen to most people, but here it is when one's Aries is in the house of Pisces.
Synchronicity (German: SynchronizitÃƒÂ¤t) is a concept, first introduced by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that events are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. During his career, Jung furnished several different definitions of it. Jung defined synchronicity as an "acausal connecting (togetherness) principle," "meaningful coincidence", "acausal parallelism" or "meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than the probability of chance is involved". He introduced the concept as early as the 1920s but gave a full statement of it only in 1951 in an Eranos lecture.
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. In any event, the 10 of Cups denotes an cycle change.
In ordinary matters, the divined meaning of the Ten of Cups-Satiety: Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success of a physical issue, as it is done and finished.
However, beinga 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 or change around the corner. This change is shown as The 10 of Cups, although in the seemingly stable form of the Tree of Life, has a conflicting element that causes a tilting of the Cups, spilling water from the Great Lotus that overhangs the whole system.
As stated 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. Therefore, the emotions of the individual are about to change.
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.
Yet, through all this supposed doom and gloom, when this card is thrown during a reading, it means that emotional matters are definitely arranged and settled...for the moment. Pleasure proceeds, to dissipation and debauchery, as energy-in-motion follows the second law of thermodynamics. The message here is," Enjoy the moment of completion, all is done. Sit back, have a dram**, but avoid debauch, for soon you'll be called on to perform at your best."
10 is a number that when added together [1+0 =1), you end up at the beginning. 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. 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. 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!
To reinstate, MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 10s.
Therefore, the 10 of Cups represents the end and fulfillment of the emotional development that started in the instinctual, ego-oriented Aries (Mars) and culminated in the "veil of perception" known as Pisces. This is short lived because the Pisces archetype is in its ultimate perception and therefore, also preparing the fertile ground for a new cycle. Hence, the end (Pisces) is also simultaneously the beginning of a new cycle. Here, an unconnected lack of understanding or nameless joy-on the scale of life- become one.
Here the hunt for external values no longer fulfills us, for we have experienced the Neti Neti (Sanskrit for "not this-not that") world finding that accumulation of stuff as a happiness, is not an inner truth. The longing for the merging with infinity that is the Divine Creative and/or the search for inner truth now occupies us. True Happiness is ONENESS with the Divine Self.
Tarot of The Spirit-Ten of Water-Fountain of Love
The Ten of Water, depicts the act of being motivated by love, where the highest wisdom unfolds. Here one feels like they have been showered by a fountain of love. All has turned out well. Depicted is the force of love that has simultaneously descended into the form of self and ascended from the Self to the Source. Shown as a flooding that makes the bottomless cups look like searchlights, firing their light in all directions.
In an arrangement resembling an old rotary telephone dial, the ten cups are shaped as crescent moons. This dial indicates that it is now time to redial as you are holding the phone. At the center of the dial is the cosmic sea of Binah, in which resides the original intent of the One of Water; the intention being to receive love. Love has been received.
Instead of a diamond shape, the card displays 2 cubes-of above and below. The bottom cube supports the glyphs for Mars-Aries and Pisces. Here mind and matter are connected by a swirling "will to Force". Mind and matter are now reflecting each other, eliminating any previous conflict between the 2 and now generate and maintain a flow of love.
When thrown in a divination, the 10 of Cups or the Ten of Water imply:
- 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.
- The search for the path of inner wisdom.
- Emotional fulfillment in intellectual ideals.
- Emotional warmth.
If surrounded by ill defined cards:
- Inner emptiness.
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