Above all things, know thyself!
Thoth- 4 of Cups-Luxury
#4. From the exhaustless riches of its Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material.
The Notoria Tarot in Light-four of cups
The merciful God.
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."
The Heavenly Human-Adam Khadmon
With such flowery words of Golden Dawn 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 (in the upper Trinity of the Tree of Life). The Tree of Life, known as the "God Molecule", looks like externalized Beings and/or Sephiroth Beings. However, inside of you, there is the Soul, which is infinitely deep and timeless (nonlocal), 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 scrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested in knowing The Self, who is both Above (Macrocosm) and Below (Microcosm). You feel like a body, but you are not., the body is meant to feel you. You are from the Stars as a being of infinite frequencies of light that radiate from the Central Sun of the Galaxy; Light that runs through the body's nervous system which is designed to feel light as sensation. The body is a sensing device, you operate in "your name" (I AM-is Your name in the Spirit/ Mind)in this 4 dimensional world. Your Psyche/Soul is in the 6th dimension of Tiphareth and it transmits through time-space to the realm of sensation in which we all have installed Avatars. Hence, we have a n aviatrix "sense of self" and are intimate with all that the One Mind and our own fractal copy of Consciousness- Image making ability and/or Imagination.
Flesh is Light's true luxury.
THE 4 OF CUPS-Luxury, in the Thoth Tarot, is called Luxury or Lord of Blended Pleasure. The Planet is the 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, often called the Architect, is influencing the unconscious mental realm of Yetzirah. 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 and thereby take action in rather than react to the environment. As stated: 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 thereby, being "open minded", allowing future growth.
Thoth- 4 of Cups-Luxury
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. Since 4 is a "dead end" number 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. This 4 of Cups card represents the axiom of " familiarity breeds contempt." Therefore, this card warns of mediocrity. This is a common problem in the United States, where the luxuries of hot and cold running water, 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 the necessities of 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 let alone 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 Me!"
The Notoria Tarot in Light- 4 of Cups
Invocation: Notum fecit Dominus salutare suum: in conspectum gentium revelavit justitium suam.
The Notoria Tarot-in Light- 4 of Cups, depicts an Angel- Mihael in some distress. Mihael promotes harmony and connection between an active (male) and receptive (female) component. What is attributed to the "Fisher King" and/or "Bron the Blessed", known as the " wounded healer", seems to be attributed to this Angel. Therefore, this angel also promotes, union, attraction, compassion, feelings of reconciliation, and concord. However, if this energy is held within and decays, one will experience discord, restlessness, jealousy, or in the worst case, stagnate into a total lack of stimulation, boredom, and melancholic refuge in the swamp of past emotions.
However, the fix to all this self-absorbed drama, is to understand how much luxury life has given us. We are Soul's/Psyches who can dictate any identity of I AM, as ourselves as Life. Then we can "live" that assumed identity and call it "life motion", while still being a Buddha-Soul celestial immortal even while forever emoting energy in our name as a mortal "Personification". Now not only can we dream universes, we can "live" (animate an avatar) in that dream as a lucid sensual and therefore, intimate expression of the Psyche. All is Mind. All can be transformed as all is assumed. That is why when we observe a thing, we change a thing to what we "think" it is; not what it really is. We are indeed the most luxurious of creators as we can be and sensate whatever we "think we are" into in-form-action! It pays to remember, we all belong to each other; Therefore, don't think you are smarter than others, because you "invent" a different world view than they do. If you do, your arrogance and selfish divisionism will turn against you. We all belong to each other!
The attributes of this card are listed on the left-facing sideboard:
- Mihael's seal.
- Original number supplied by the Shem ha-Mephorash: 48: Chorus of Virtue.
- Angelic name: Mihael.
- Tarot card number and name used in Tarot: 4 of Cups.
- Planet: Moon.
- Zodiac sign: Scorpio.
- Esoteric attribute according to Eliphas Levi and Alister Crowley.
- Elemental symbol of water.
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).
- Resentment of the whole world leads you into apathy and isolation.
If ill defined by surrounding cards, it implies:
- Possessive inclinations.
- Restricting another person through and excess of affection.
- Loss of balance.
- Restricted emotions.
- New acquaintances and romantic relationships, ambition and motivation for work, but be careful-this arcana is insidious, you can miss the chance because of self pity.
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