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Thoth-3 of Cups-Abundance
"...the fulfillment of the Will of Love in abounding joy. It is the spiritual basis of fertility"
-[Crowley-Book of Thoth,pg.,196]
The golden Tarot- 3 of Cups
#3. Filled with understanding of its perfect law, I am guided, moment by moment, along the path of liberation.
The 3 of Cups, is also called the Lord of Abundance. Here Mercury is in Cancer, The Angels of the Decan Rachael and Yehomayah. With Mercury in the house of Cancer there is an abundant communication of emotions.The 3 of Cups, signifies the influence of Binah in Briah, the Mental/Creative World.
Cancer is the most sensitive of water signs, and is under the command of the Moon. Therefore we have represented here Cardinal Water, i.e. Emotional Consciousness. The 3 of Cups is perfect affinity with Binah, who is Mother of the Waters, Trinity Goddess, Imagination and "Will to Form".
The scene of rushing water, swift and extravagant as it overflows the Pomegranate cups, represents the gifts of Mercury. The Water arises from a single cup which denotes the "dark calm Sea of Binah" a characteristic of the Universal Collective Unconscious from which all consciousness springs. She is also seen as Persephone (spring), to whom the Pomegranate is sacred, the seeds representing the Universal Collective Unconscious. With the Plenty of Persephone as spring, this card also represents plenty, hospitality, and abundance of Love.
Those who have been following this blog know by now that Binah is "will to form", and underlying force that makes imagination a womb. She is the Will of the Womb of all forms, not the Womb itself for that is reserved to the Action of Chesed the Sphere of Mercy. Again the sexing of this forces is limiting and short on insight. Chesed may be Masculine in its expression of form, and yet it is feminine as it receives the Will of Binah. However, here we have the Trinity Goddess and 3 states of Love, Eros (love of flesh), Philos (love of family/brotherly love) and Agapé (Spiritual Love) and the only masculine suggestion is Mercury. Therefore, this card can be seen as a menage â trois (3 in a house), with abundant overflowing love.
What may surprise you, is that none of us are the sex of our bodies. We are A-sexual Souls, in that we are both receptive (female) and expressive (male); both magnetic (female) and electric (male) and therefore, not looking for a Union as One. Being a Solar (Golden Sun of God) entity, we have inherited great power, "to be or not to be" any sex at all. However, the body lives in a different dimension (Malkuth the 10th Sephiroth) than Tiphareth (6th Sephiroth-Soul) and is an Organic tool, powered by the Electro (male) Magnetic (female) entity that you operate in the name of I AM and driven by the DNA/RNA chain of Earth who employs sexuality separation in a species. On Earth, diversity must be made manifest for life to move forward, necessitating the "Splitting" up of the Soul into Anima (feminine) and Animus (Masculine), 0=2. Now this splitting up, may cause some trauma, for as a spiritually powered/Life Wave animated- DNA/RNA driven tool the human body is unexcelled in its seeking of union and not always successful. But even more tragic, as its Solar/Psyche/Life Wave operator, your Will To Be One which is usually beyond the reason of bodies is now divided and confused as the "splitting" of your wholeness has also made you driven to reunite the anima and animus of Self (Binah and Chokmah), making the search for a "soul mate" a preoccupation.
You are obviously a "Will to be" (I AM ME) which is very much a combination of “Will to Force” and "Will to Form", (I Am-is the Truth of Existence, but what I AM, is always an assumption). So here is a kicker, YOU ARE THE IMAGINATION (I-Magi-Nation) and the Imagined identity of sexuality is totally yours to be. Hence, all of us are Bi-Sexual by inheritance, even our brains are hermaphrodites' and we can become any sexual expression we feel the need to be or are indoctrinated into being. As you can see in this world of manifestation (manifestation= illusion) this can get very complicated, as the "splitting" up of the soul anima and animus creates a fantasy that may not match the sex of the body. Also the sex of the body, and the conditioning of indoctrinated identity, can cause one to be more "rational" (Animus) or more "imaginative" (Anima), causing an imbalance in life motions.
Image-maker, is what the Imagination means, and that dear soul, is the Divine's and your inherited Power. Get out of your identity straight-jacket of words and controlled definition and yell, "I AM Me!" And get on with you, for self- impeccability is what you came to do! Remember, what we command in this Universe is our own image, making self-identity an assumption. Take charge of yourself and stop blaming environment, or person or thing. YOU ARE THE WILL and THE WAY OF YOUR WILL. Sure , environment, peers, or issues, may influence, but they only have the fantasy power you give them. What you are is up to your Passionate use of Will, Imagination and Boundary setting (rationale/measurement)! You are an abundance of Will and the Dreamer of Self, dreams it is you.
"The only important thing about importance, is that it isn't important."
Abundant love seems a great thing! However, there is always a shadow cast by the Sun and one must remember the legend of Persephone (one aspect of the Trinity Goddess of Maid, Mother, and Crone) whose sacred fruit was considered to be the Pomegranate. Because she swallowed a few seeds of the pomegranate, Persephone was sentenced to spend a few months in Hades, with her Husband Pluto/Hades, god of the underworld and because of a deal/compromise between Pluto and Demeter/Artemis (her mother who threatened to destroy him) she was allowed to spend the spring months above ground in the world of light. There seems to be a implied suggestion that no matter the good things in life that are to be enjoyed, they should also be mistrusted. Therefore, the caveat here, is enjoy the abundance, but don't try to hold onto it. Overflowing abundance can be too much of a good thing. The The Golden Tarot, doesn't go into the metaphysical meaning here. It's illustration is just a fine example of Renaissance art. Here are placed 2 upright decorated cups and one laying on its side. Implying a temporary Abundance, with the same caveat of the Thoth Card: "Enjoy the abundance, but don't try to hold onto it".
When the 3/Three of Cups is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- The querent may have an outpouring of love and positive emotion toward three very significant people in their life.
- An overwhelming desire to communicate such to them,Happiness and a full life.
- May become clearer about what the querent's feelings and emotion are saying.
- Letting the spirit come through and expressing the joy of being with others.
- A steady and timeless affection is being felt by the querent that is unconditional and thus more powerful and more deeply felt than romantic love.
- Feeling the dance of love, often called the Three Graces.
- A very exuberant joyful feeling of being.Happiness and a full life.
- Extreme joy that can turn to tears.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout:
- Raw Sensuality.
- Feelings damned up.
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