Above all things, know thyself!
Thoth- 4 of Cups-Luxury
Triple goddess Tarot-4 of Cups
#4. From the exhaustless riches of its Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material.
From the Golden Dawn Texts:
“In Chokmah is the Radix of blue and thence is there a blue color pure and primitive, and glistening, with a spiritual Light which is reflected into Chesed. And the Sphere of its Operation is called Zedekiah or Justice and it fashionith the images of material things, bestowing peace and mercy: and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Jupiter. And all is the title of a God strong and mighty, ruling in Glory, Magnificence and Grace. And the Archangel of Chesed is Tsadkiel, the Prince of Mercy and Beneficence, and the Name of the order of Angels is Chasmalim, Brilliant Ones, who are also called the Order of Dominions. The Sephira Chesed is also called Gedulah or Magnificent and Glory."
With such flowery words of ritual adoration, it is often difficult to realize that Chokmah/Wisdom is part of Your Inner Inheritance as a Divine Child of the Supernal Triangle, the upper Trinity of the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life looks like externalized Beings and/or Sephiroth Beings. However, inside of you, there is the Soul, which is infinitely deep, you are compose of these 10 Sephirotic "states of energy conscious", you are your own Tree of Life and therefore, the value of inner-self-meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested in knowing The Self, who is both Above (Macrocosm) and Below (Microcosm).
THE 4 OF CUPS-Luxury, in the Thoth Tarot, is called Luxury or Lord of Blended Pleasure. The Planet is Moon and the sign is Cancer. The Angels of the Decan are: Hayayel and Mevamayah.
The 4 of Cups is Chesed in Briah, here Chesed, the 4th Sephiroth, is influencing the unconscious mental realm. The alternate flow of the Moon is mitigated in Cancer, as the Moon naturally rules in this sign. Changing cycles are still there, but passive, and slow. With the Moon in Cancer, you are in a state of flux where you are likely to be influenced by the moods and feelings of those around you, and can be deeply affected by whatever environment you are in. It is very important for those born with the Moon in Cancer to learn to take responsibility for how sensitive and emotional they are. The 4th Sephiroth, Chesed, is called The Architect; hence, in this energy state of intelligence, you can design your personality and life as you wish. However, luxury states that you have become "common" to yourself and find mediocrity in your environment. Being grateful for what you have and what you are, will help change that, and allow you to enjoy your plenty and therefore, "open minded", allowing growth.
When looking at the Crowley/Harris Card, we see the Upper Golden Solar cups overflowing but not the lower, implying that the Pleasure is real but with reservations. The caveat being; pleasure but not without some anxiety and discomfort. Here the Luxurious feeling of pleasure is short and indifference soon takes over and as the multiple stems of the one lotus show, the energy of luxury is divided amongst multiple flows, implying too many diverse issues involved to stay stable. 4 is a "dead end" number so ending is the only place to go and action must be taken soon. Here is luxury, that has become common place and therefore, not really appreciated. Here familiarity is breeding contempt. This card warns of mediocrity. This is a common problem in the United States, where the luxuries of hot and cold, pure drinking water, shelters made of the finest materials, with central heating and even central cooling, with 2 cars in the garage, are so common that they are expected as common life. Many of us forget that 80% of the people on earth, don't have hot and cold water, let alone pure drinking water, and a well built house and a car! We even forget to be grateful for the Earth and her ability to feed us and to provide the organic material that we need to operate as Souls who animate a living form in our own name of "I AM". Today is the day to thank Gaia, and the Divine Creative for all that you have and all that you are. Gratitude unlocks the doors to creativity and action. So instead of the mediocre and false idea of it being "just another day, like any other", it's time to think "Today, is a great day to be alive!"
The Traditional Renaissance decorated chalices in the order of 2 above and 2 below forms the Golden Tarot 4 of Cups card. In this time of history, the need for introspection was often because of an intense period after a siege of some kind. Here one is to take stock of all that they have and be grateful for their supply. So once again, luxury applies.
When the 4/Four of Cups-Luxury, card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- For a time, say 4 wks or 4 months, the querent shall experience emotional luxury, which is the capacity to make other people feel emotionally satisfied, secure and peaceful.
- A period of contentment but this is the edge of completion and a new vision of love is being seen.
- Thus there is both the gift and challenge of a fallow period.
- There may be boredom, and apathy with a sprinkling of discontent as the querent awaits inspiration.
- Here there is type of balance that is caught between the worlds of thought and action.
- Domestic ideals (security, prosperity, emotional wealth).
If ill defined by surrounding cards it implies:
- Possessive inclinations.
- Restricting another person through and excess of affection.
- Loss of balance.
- Restricted emotions.
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