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Thoth- 6 of Cups-Pleasure
#6. In all things, Great and Small, I see the Beauty of the divine expression.
The Notoria Tarot in Light- 6 of cups
God who frees from suffering.
[From the Sepher Yetzirah and the Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom:]
In Kether is the Radix of a Golden Glory and thence is there a pure, primitive and sparkling, gleaming golden yellow which is reflected into Tiphareth. This is the first reflected Triad complete. And the sphere of its operation is that of Shemesh, the Solar Light, and bestoweth Life, Light and Brilliancy in metallic matter, and it rideth the sphere of action and of the Sun. And YHVH
Eloah va-Daath is a God of Knowledge and Wisdom, ruling over the Light of the Universe; and its Archangel is Raphael, the Prince of Brightness, Beauty and Life. And the Name of the Order of Angels is Melechim that is Kings or Angelic Kings, who are also called the Order of Virtues, Angels and Rulers.
The above flowery paragraph describes the 6th Sephirotic Solar Intelligence the Sun/Son of the Divine Creative, and it is the Soul, which is your True Identity of -"I AM the Light".
Crowley said it best in his Book of Thoth, pg., 199:
"Pleasure, in the title of this card, must be understood in its highest sense: it implies well-being, harmony of natural forces without effort or strain, ease, satisfaction. Foreign to the idea of the card is the gratification of natural or artificial desires. Yet it does represent emphatically the fulfillment of the sexual Will, as shown by the ruling Sephira, planet, element and sign. "
The Thoth-6 of Cups is also called The Lord of Pleasure. Here the Sun is in Scorpio the Angels of the Decan are Nelokhiel and Yeyayel. The 6 of Cups is the influence of the Sun in the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth (Beauty), in the Mental World known to Qabalist as Briah. It is known that Tiphareth in Atziluth , the world of Fire means Victory after effort, shown as the 6 of Wands. Therefore, we see the 6 of Cups as Tiphareth (Sun) in the Watery World, (Mental World of Briah) as the Beginnings of Pleasure. Tiphareth is the sphere of the Sun, making the Sun happy to be home; then you add Scorpio whose fun loving side erotically basks in the bright warmth of the Solar-Sexual joy, and you get ecstasy and/or a Spiral Energy Rapture.
Noted to be a sign of discernment, sexual-magnetism and hidden qualities, Scorpio, in the 6 of Cups, is like activated Water by Solar influx. Here, Scorpio revels in the Sun, and is likened to a Fertile, warm, fruitful Sea--a Spa of Life generating qualities. Now I have some personal experience in this card, being a Sun in Scorpio, and a Scorpio Natal, and having a Moon in Cancer, my inner self is a bright pleasure to my Watery World of emotions. This was not always so, for there are great depths to this double Scorpio and Cancer Moon Ocean of Emotion. However, with 50 + yrs of metaphysics, Qabalistic Tarot, Tantra and mediation, Bacchus was released to revel in my halls of hearth and heart as I live this card in a daily Heated Glow of Bright Pleasure...thus I have no need to seek it-----I Am Pleasure! Pleasure is a state of daily being me. As with all power, powerful emotions, require a balanced heart (Spirit), mind and body union. The reward for such a hard won harmony, is that the body becomes a melody of pleasure, and vibrates to the tune of the Philosopher's Stone.
A body in Ethereal Pleasure.
the Union harmonic of Pleasure.
As previously stated: Pleasure, being the natural title of this card, is not that of the mundane pleasures of the pain fleeing and instant gratification pill-popping populace, but of the highest sense as the "adorable fire" that was described by Dr. Paul Foster Case; implying well-being, harmony of natural forces without effort or strain but with ease and satisfaction. Also it does emphatically represent the fulfillment of Sexual Will, as shown by the ruling Sephiroth, Tiphareth, sign of Scorpio, Planet Sun, and element of Water; a communion of fertile forces, that makes all life possible. The person who experiences this card sensually, knows this as the sexual ecstasy of the Solar Logos that blazes as a Sun in the "Sexual Chakra" or Swadhisthana chakra (The Orange Chakra); the orgasmic ecstasy that never stops as the inner 2 have become 1. This is the state of the Highest of Sexual possibility, as in the union of Zeus Christos and the Mari, or of the Simon and the Helena, Radha and Krishna, of the Shakti and Shiva or Anima and Animus...where one knows God(dess) is Sex. Sex is VI in Latin and sexen in Egyptian, denoting copulation, therefore the implications of sexual activity as vital life forces are strong here as dimensions of unbound Spirituality rather than mundane practices. The perfect Pleasure of the synchronicity of communion, where the Divine-Creatrix and Creator blend as one Shining Star of Intelligent Vital Life Force in the honeymoon suite of the human body. One who is interested in manifesting as the Solar Self, should begin studying Tantric Kundalini Yoga practices.
The Notoria Tarot in Light-6 of Cups
Invocation of the Angel-Melahel: Dominus custodiat introitum tuum et exitum tuum: et ex hoc nunc et in saeculum.
The Notoria Tarot in Light- 6 of Cups, shows the hatching of the Orphic egg, that is traditionally shown as serpent entwined; the serpent being the sexual energy-force of universal origin, (Chokmah) that impregnates the Universal/Cosmic Egg. This ancient concept is known today as panspermia. (see Wikipedia)
However, on the Notoria Tarot in Light-6 of Cups shows the hatching of the Angel Melahel, who is using the golden lightning (energy) of the Divine to cause the eggs golden yoke of the Sun, to flow out in 6 golden streams into the surrounding space. This art filled interpretation implies that this 23rd Angel of the Chorus of Thrones (the 3rd Sephiroth of Mother Binah) brings achievements, protection, successes, and rebirths, while also liberating us of passions and ambitions that often are profaned by the survival mind/false ego. Therefore, it prevents us from harming others and the world around us.
The left-facing sideboard of this card shows its attributes:
- Angelic Seal.
- Original number supplied by the *Shem ha-Mephorash.
- Angelic name.
- Tarot card number and name: 6 of Cups.
- Planet: Mercury.
- Zodiac sign: Cancer.
- Esoterica: as supplied by Eliphas Levi and Alister Crowley- 6 of Cups.
- Elemental Sign: Water.
* Shem ha-Mephorash (Tetragrammaton)
According to G. Lloyd Jones,
To overcome the problems posed by the doctrine of God's transcendence, the early Jewish mystics developed an emanation theory in which the alphabet played an important part. They taught that the universe was divided into ten angelic spheres each one governed by an intermediary or emanation of the divine. There were seventy-two inferior angels through whom the intermediaries could be approached. Contact with this celestial world was achieved by manipulating the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. [...] This invocatory technique may be traced through the works of Joseph Gikatilla to the famous thirteenth-century Kabbalist Abraham Abulafia. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
When the 6 of Cups/Six of Cups is thrown during a reading it implies;
- The querent is experiencing emotional pleasure, in a period of 6 weeks or 6monts of giving to and receiving pleasure form others.
- A period of innocence and taking great pleasure in one's childlike qualities.
- They may be experiencing an orgasmic rush of feelings, a wave of ecstasy that even sad feelings being actively expressed, feel good in release.
- The querent may also be experiencing sweet memories of the past, as past efforts bring present rewards.
- The querent's sexual sun is fully shinning, producing a summer crop of pleasure throughout the body.
- Karmic rootedness.
- Sexual and emotional strength.
- Love and being loved.
- Balance and peace.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout, it implies;
- Emotional imprisonment.
- Flight from reality.
- Not recognizing happiness.
- Unbalanced or excessive behavior.
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