The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 10 of Cups-Satiety & The Notoria Tarot in Light-10 of Cups

Western Hermetic Qabalah, Tantric, Astrological, Numerical, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Notoria -Thoth

Above all things, know thyself !

Thoth-10 of Cups- Satiety

#10. The Kingdom of Spirit is embodied in my flesh.

The Notoria Tarot in Light- 10 of Cups

The honorable God.

MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 10s. 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 Qabalistic Creative 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, perfection is the point where transformation ends, and no change is permitted. Total Happiness without change is the stuff of "Looney bins". The truth is, here one is due to change a cycle, for they are as happy as they can be at this point in their life.

What is exceptional about the Thoth 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, the god of war, causes the Waters of Pisces to rush furiously into Briah, the creative world bringing great excess 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 Inner-Divine of the Macrocosm. One could say that Happiness, is a higher, harmonious-inner state of inner energy consciousness and/or a melody of Spirit-Mind-Body where every cord is perfect. However, the caveat is also there, as the tilting cups on the Thoth card show; it must end, for all things proceed from order to disorder and there is also the fact that unless change happens there will be no challenges that inspire further creativity. Therefore, this conflict of necessary change is from Mars in Pisces., to stimulate forward motion. 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. Hence, Pisces is upset with Mar's brutal, fiery, and dominant character. Therefore, this combination means that the proper work of Water is done, and a substantial disturbance/change is due. In fact, many astrologers consider Mars in Pisces to be the worst position of the twelve signs.

Crowley and his Supernal Triangle hat

In his letter to Lady Frieda Harris (the artist of the Thoth cards) on December 19,1939, Crowley wrote: 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 the final agony of descent into illusion which renders necessary the completion of the circle by awakening the Eld of the All-Father."


This statement goes along with the Hindu concept that if Shiva, in his state as All-Father who is dreaming the universe and if he awakens the universe will cease to exist and become a deconstruction as a beginning for a new reconstruction. This is because Perfection is not of the material worlds, but of the Invisible One. The Invisible Infinite can be compared to water, for no matter how much "stuff" you put in it, it doesn't change the nature of it. Infinite is always infinite and without measurement; hence invisible. So, no matter how many measured creations you put in it the invisible is still infinitely invisible. 

Yet, through all this saturation of happiness, when both the Notoria Tarot in Lighth and Thoth 10 of Cups card is thrown during a reading, it means that emotional matters arranged and settled; there will be no repeat. Just remember that pleasure proceeds to dissipation and fanatical hunger, 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 stagnation, for once again, you'll be called on to perform at your best." 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 of Hermetic Qabalah initiate and/or aspirant. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement. Either way, a cycle of Happiness is complete; it is saturated. This cycle has ended as all 10's cycle to 01.

Up the Down spiral Staircase

Whirling Dervish

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 Ten of Cups, ​permanent success, but Qabalists know that the only permanency in this One Energy Universe, is change/transformation, so to have permanent success, one must be entirely happy with constant change and the surprises it brings. Yet here dances the "Lord of Material Happiness", the 10th Sephiroth, Malkuth and all seems well but one can go no further which shouldn't be a surprise for we know how long happiness in material things lasts in a “not this, not that” world! Soon material consumption becomes a madness of its own. Often when one walks their true path, some suffering is encountered, and one finds that "happiness" is not the only and/or True goal. "Inner Fulfillment" does not often mean pleasure, although it gives one a stalwart presence as they know their presence is enough. The Goal of the Divine has been met on Malkuth, as you, who are the "image of God" in the microcosm and thereby, lies an inner happiness of completed Will.

Adam Khadmon- the Heavenly Human

The Notoria Tarot in Light- Ten of Cups

Invocation: Domine, dilexi decorum domus tuae: et locum habitationis gloriae tuae.

The Notoria Tarot in Light-Ten of Cups illustrates the Angel-Menadel doing some alchemical work of his own while encouraging to work from the emotional sphere (Geburah-5th Sephiroth-Severity) as a fundamental action to realize and complete any project, stabilizing and making it last. Often, the order is reversed and what we do physically may reflect problems we should have faced or revealed before we started. Therefore, we'll have to draw experience, sometimes painfully, from our mistakes.

On the left sideboard of this card are its many attributes:

  1. Angelic seal. 
  2. Original numerical classification of Angel: 36-Chorus of Powers. 
  3. Name of Angel. 
  4. The Tarot Card Number and Name: 10 of Cups.
  5. Planet: Mars.
  6. Zodiac sign: Virgo.
  7. Esoterica as assigned by Eliphas Levi and Alister Crowley: 10 of Cups-Satiety.
  8. Element sign: Upside down triangle of Water.

When thrown in a divination, the Ten/10 of Cups implies: 

  • Matters arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success of a physical issue, as it is done and finished. 
  • However, 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. 
  • Often one is only satiated and/or overly full for a brief period, much like the impermanence of a drug, with struggle around the corner. 
  • The 10 of Cups, although in the 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 complete system, implying some effort is required. 
  • 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, which 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 10s are the end of one issue, and the beginning of the unfathomable "new".
  • Emotional fulfillment in intellectual ideas.
  • Search for the path of inner completion.
  • Optimism.
  • Fulfillment.
  • Dreams that come true on an emotional level.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:

  • Bathos.
  • Inner emptiness.
  • Sentimentality.
  • Quarrelsome relationship.
  • Disharmony

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