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Thoth-7 of Cups-Debauch
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The Declarative Tarot-Layers of Heart-No.7-Self-Indulgence (7 of Cups).
Qabalistic Tree of Life (God Molecule)
It may seem such a large step into the negative, after the Spiritual Ecstasy of the six of Cups-Pleasure, to go right into Debauch, a form of sensual-intoxication. However, both are astrologically Scorpio, but instead of Scorpio exalted in the Sun as in the six, the seven of Cups places Scorpio with the planet Venus and Venus is ill dignified in the sign, but not for incompatible reasons. The fact is that Venus is a "Party Girl" that is deliriously happy in both Netzach, the seventh Sephiroth assigned to Venus, the Goddess of love and being her beautiful sexy self in Scorpio's erotic sexy House makes her so happy that she overindulges and slides easily into excess. Hence, the party has lasted too long! Here, one double of single-malt Scotch gets her high, 2 doubles keep the high, 3 doubles is an abundance of high, 4 doubles is just the luxury of showing off while 5 doubles, is disappointment because the high is over and now she is just getting blasted and sloppy, but after the 7th dram, well it is intoxication to the point of debauch. Here, the disappointment that is felt is like Venus running to the toilet to vomit, just after meeting an attractive, sexy, and mysterious stranger!
Venus is the planet that is associated with the metal Copper; she is all “external splendor and internal corruption". Such superficiality in a sexual, occult, and watery sign as Scorpio destroys any altruistic tenancies, turning the amiability of Venus into a grosser sensuality that can be called "Party on Dudes!" When it comes to past emotions, one just keeps adding to the dregs of "emotional past". Thus, in the seven of Cups, the influence of Venus is violent, aggressive, emotional intoxication, and becomes uncontrolled intense, almost hysterical physical passion which unless gratified, will become hatred. This passion is so unbalanced that even when such intense physical passion is reciprocated, it will be stormy to the extreme. It may also end in tragedies and treacheries. Such extreme violence of intoxicated feelings may also end in poor health, since no matter the physical strength of the person, the emotional strength of greedy desires is even stronger and may eventually lead to a dangerous excess that exceeds healthy boundaries. Therefore, debauch (drunk and disorderly) is an appropriate title for the Seven of Cups.
Venus is the Goddess of Love, redoubling the influence of the number seven, Netzach who is the Sephiroth of the instinctual subconscious mind. As most of us know by experience, when loving desire goes into physical overload excessive passion becomes dangerous excess from which some never recover. Passion must be directed by the Higher States of Conscious/The Greater Ego rather than physical body's ill equipped false- ego of the subconscious. When one is initiated in the Mysteries of the "Other Side of the Mirror", and reaches these higher states of mind, they begin to feel the intoxicating flow of more vigorous life force (sexual/Spiral energy) and if the false ego is the one in charge of the body, (automatic responses) one becomes enamored/intoxicated with the teacher/mentor/guide that opened the gateways to these high levels to the student. This can cause a myriad of problems, especially if the teacher responds kindly to the student. It's okay to let Venus twirl in an intoxicating dance within your heart, but know it is the Goddess of Love that you feel, an inner intoxicating beauty and not an outer person's beauty that intoxicates you. Let the inner beauty of the Soul/Sun of the Divine Creative burn away the shadows of lowly desires of the animal/instinctual body and of the culturally designed false ego. This momentary expansion of mundane senses beyond the emotional discernment of the individual, is temporary unless the flesh is trained in the tempering heat of Tantric, Taoist, Qabalistic. High Sex Magick, or Gnostic rituals that marry the inner anima (feminine) and animus (masculine) creating a consummation of inner desire as the "One Love" is fulfilled on both a cosmic and earthly level. The Passion that Created a Universe of Self, is often too much intensity for the self-absorbed brain, whose universe is all about "my feelings" rather than the reality of 0=2 and that 2 now longs to become 1.
There is also a higher mystery meaning to this card. It speaks of the Ecstasy of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine and ecstasy. The Dance of the Goddess and God is the Universal Rythm of all Life...one must be a Daka (hero) to join with a Dakini (Skydancer) for then they are equals and join in the Universal Dance of the Divine. In western Hermetic Magick, that would be a Magus and High Priestess. No matter the many names, unless you Know thyself, as the Divine Knows you, don't practice the mysteries of Dionysus. For all you males who think Higher Magick is to fulfill your ego, the woman oversees All Western Hermetic High Sex Magick. You are the Wand in her hand, the fecundating force that enriches her form making power. Another thing you males might want to consider, when you are a Daka to a Dakini, no average person will be invited into your Magick practices. This may make you celibate, simply because there is no Dakini in the flesh near you. Once you dance with the Goddess, no other dancer will do! You and your partner must reach an extremely High State of Ecstasy/Energy flow, to dance with the Gods. That's why most Metaphysical lodges, don't let the layman know about the Mysteries of Dionysus. It removes you from commonality.
To carry forth this idea of excess, the Thoth Seven of Cups displays poisoned lotuses that have become tiger lilies. The cups are iridescent, (dissolving in the intoxication), and are arranged into two descending triangles, interlaced with the larger lower cup-showing a greater lower influence on the emotions, as it floats in a slime covered morass of putrefaction. Crowley described this unfortunate Seven of cups in his Book of Thoth, pg. 184.
"This is one of the worst ideas that one can have, its mode is poison, its goal madness. It represents the delusion of Delirium Tremens and drug addiction; it represents the sinking into the mire of false pleasure. There is something almost suicidal in this card."
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Therefore, the Seven of Cups, is a wholesome reminder of the fatal ease with which a Sacrament, such as the three states of Love, Eros-Love of flesh, Philos-Brotherly Love, and Agapé-Spiritual Love. may be profaned and prostituted simply by losing one’s balance with Kether (Higher Mind) and straying ever so slightly from the middle pillar (Balance of Masculine and Feminine on the Tree of Life), thereby making the holiest mysteries of Nature become the obscene and shameful secrets of a guilt-ridden manmade dogma bound consciousness that is suffering from a n emotional "hangover" created by fleeing from the resulting emotional pain by self-medicating through excessive indulgence.
A Magus doesn't "fuck, have sex, screw, or bump uglies" or any other profaned term of the Wholey Mass of 2=1. We interface with our sacred partner and vice versa, who must have emotional and mental control, and keep a focus on the goal, which is not sexual orgasm, but rather a stimulation of the senses to a point a letting go and letting the Divine into the body through the doorway of ecstasy and reaching a spiritual state of Highest Union. Although Orgasms are not the goal, they are part of the travel to a higher state of Being and will open all chakras. And yes, sexual union is the Highest Act of Energy Vortex building, but it is not a practice of neediness or emotionally insecure people nor of animal desires. All flesh-0-phobes, stay away from High Magic or Sexual Tantra as the energy generated will cause all your emotional traumas to dance rather than your divinity that you deny you are. The Human Body is the Honeymoon suite of the Divine He and The Divine She, and unless you know the Divinity that you are, stay away from such practices. There are dangerous to the unstable drama queens of our social conditioning!
Netzach, is that green Sephiroth on the lower illustrated Tree of Life. Green is the color attributed to Venus, and it is the patina of profaned copper and therefore, seen as the dominant color of the Thoth Card. Venus also represents the planet of the symbolic intelligence of Netzach, the Sephiroth that is associated with Love, feelings and instinct, the Group Mind, Nature, and the Arts. The 3 Symbols (Trinity Goddess) for Netzach are.
And the Lamp
The Declarative Tarot -Layers of heart-No.7-Self-Indulgence.
The Declarative Tarot- Layers of Heart-No. 7- Self-Indulgence is best described by Grace Sequoia, the author of the book and cards of Declarative Tarot:
" This card is usually used to refer to a self-inflicted emotional state, a swampy place where we camp out until we think the sun will shine. It asks us to suspend our present state of overwhelming and take a deep breath and consider our options. It also means that all energy used to sleep, hide, dream, and look away from life can be used to use our will to self-empower change."
Hence, this card encourages you to stop wallowing in self-absorbed emotion or indulging the inner-emotional child. For it is a well-known fact that most of us are still emotionally about 9 years old. One must take their Soul empowered Awake consciousness and examine the subconscious inner child, this makes that child more conscious and able to "grow up", and thereby, leaving all the childhood fears of rejection.
One reason many people go to excess is to escape emotional pain. The outside is a mirror for self-examination. All that manifests is first built in the Inner World of Imagination, no one is to blame for your emotional pain for that is your reaction to another's action. But your subconsciously controlled imagination, creating a false ego. The Truth is that you declare your outer world by using the words "I AM.....". I Am is your truth, what you "Am" is an assumption. Imagination must be consciously analyzed and then authorized; you are your only Author....and Life is the story you are telling yourself.
Above all things, know thyself!
Shown on this card, are numerous ways we indulge ourselves in avoiding and/or denying the handling of life issues. When we reach emotional weariness and feel overwhelmed, we seek ways to cope by over-indulgence, we need to step back and regroup, allowing the inner wisdom to show the way. This is shown by the one meditating on the bottom of the card. Give yourself a moment of respite and go within. Meditation on just your breathing alone will help you arrive at this state of respite. Just feel your lungs easily fill from the bottom up to their top. Then exhale slowly feeling them empty. Do this for a few minutes and you will feel relaxed and able to cope with the inner child's insistence and dysfunctional emotions. You're worth it!
Above the inner Buddha or Hermit, is a stylized mound of plants and a person in a hammock totally at rest. Under an umbrella to shade one from the heat of the moment, a respite that helps us gather our wits. This is good for the moment, and upon awaking one will often find surcease from excessive emotion and solutions present themselves in a peaceful manner.
The poppy in the background is depicted in three stages of growth. Here is a metaphor for our life journey, which is often full of twists and turns that require us to act instead of reacting. At the beginning (bud), in mid experience (the flower) or the finish, where we gather the seeds of experience necessary for handling what come up next (seed pod). Next to the poppy, is a sad and teary person, ignoring the divine reflection of self in the mirror. Above the self-absorb crying person is a person who has made a fort of blankets to hide under. Trying to hide from your fears, by seeking a security of avoidance, will not assist us in forward progress in life. By facing our inner emotional states our intelligence will begin the process of inner alchemical cure:
- Putrefaction is emotional stagnation.
- Analysis is the dissolution of putrid emotions.
- Thereby, adding rational awareness brings solutions.
- Solution brings coagulation.
Just rise to the challenges and you will find your life moves along in a prosperous manner.
Netzach is the first Sephiroth of the astral triangle (Netzach, Hod, Yesod) and is the first part of your energy intelligence/subconscious to make up the personality of the individual self; that's right "your personality"---not you, for you are not the personality; like I said, "you make it". You may remember that I stated that the Personality is made up of the Four Alchemical Elements, each of which are represented by the lower Sephira, in the familiar sequence of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Netzach is Fire, Hod is Water, Yesod is Air and Malkuth is Earth. Netzach is the lower form of the fiery Yod of Chokmah that is reflected from Geburah through Tiphareth. This is the formula for Yod Heh Vau Heh (YHVH), Malkuth being the final Heh, because of the "fall" which is really a condensing or "downsizing" of self.... the Divine Creative's goal! For intimacy with Self and the creations thereof, require sensuality and in-form-active examination of information.
In Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the intoxicating illusions of the Astral (Dream) Triangle of the Subconscious and the many component parts of the Personality, after all, we are not of the Personality The Body is the Soul's "mask" that it must wear to be seen, like the bandages wrapped around the invisible man so he could be seen, except here the bandages are a wrapping of words and therefore, a tangle of propaganda and false identities. All of which are dirty band-aids and with all Band-Aids, if you leave the same ones on the wound, putrefaction sets in. In this case, words left as identity, imprinted on the brain, when young, by indoctrination and dogma, later in life putrefy and sicken the subconscious.
Personalities are software programs that are created to operate the wetware of the brain and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the physical body properly for the Soul who is of another dimension of the Mind called the Psyche. The Psyche is the infinite timeless one. However, if your personality was made for you out of the illusions, delusions, and ambitions of "another outside Authority" (institution of man- indoctrination and dogma) then you haven't a clue who is operating the body, as you don't know the code- language and authority that went into making the software your body is operating from! The Soul/Psyche then loses sight of the body that is lost in a fog of words. The inevitable failure of such errant propaganda and pleasure/pain programing can cause a delirium of worthlessness. Yet again the axiom of Qabalah: "Above all things, know thyself" rings true! You are the I AM (Spirit-Mind), the body is a Me (Organic Ego) which is all assumption. The True You is the I AM, the coagulated dreams of "What I AM", is the "Me" you call yourself. You are better than the institutions you work for and what you are is all an assumption and therefore, can be changed anytime you will it. Just knowing you are magnificent is a start in the right direction for your lifetime.
The most important part of Qabalistic Tarot Initiation is to observe the layers of lies that your personality is constructed from, removing layer after layer of false you, until the real you is shining true. This "Garbage in" is called man-made persona and the "Garbage out" is the dysfunctional action of "seeking yourself" in the eyes of your peers, words, or of some outside authority. Hence, your ego is an imposter. You are already Spiritually approved----your existence proves it, and your Software/Personality for operating the wetware (Me), in the name of I AM was already created by the Higher Self, often called the "the Soul". The personality made of the hypnotic effect of media and academia-controlled words is a "false ego" and/or personality. However, this conformity is not a statement of disgrace, for as children you had to reject your true self, or get punished, so the subconscious, which is your survival mind that builds the ego, responds by compliance and you become a "man made" personality rather than one that represents the Divine Sun/ Soul/Celestial Self. Besides, how are you going to correct the "ills" of society, unless you first become this Illness and built and immunity towards it by using Wisdom, and Reason based on the law of Love. Love is the law and the foundation of our waking consciousness, whereas fear is the foundational thought of the subconscious/survival mind. One must teach the Wisdom that is love, to the subconscious. To fear death is to fear Life!
Adam Khadmon- (The Heavenly Human)
Let me explain what few wish you to know: Besides the Bible book of Genesis stating that you are made in "the image of God", you have both the intelligence of the Creator-Rationale and the Creatrix's mind of Imagination; the Complete Divine Creative.
Now we all know a god is a dominating Consciousness on its Plane of Existence. Every one of the Ten Sephiroth, is a demigod (aspect of Energy Intelligence) and the True You is composed of the United Cooperation of these progressive energy intelligences we call "gods", condensed into an intimacy of form. Hence, you are concentrated imagination and intimacy called a Soul/Solar - Self; a Celestial who claims Dominion over Earth. To achieve intimacy with form, you have an I AM composed body of the "intimate god-form", Top Mammal Predator", ruler of its domain, the Human body, which is an archetypal design from the Cosmos! So, you are a Great Group-Collective of Ten -states of Energy Intelligence, via evolution of Light, who should be working as One Composite Group Soul of your individual Tree of Life; a One Divine Creative who is a trinity of Spirit-Mind-Body. The fact that you think you are not, is because you've been mentally separated from the reality of your divinity! You believe you are a body-personality seeking spirituality. This was done by the manipulation of your imagination, (autosuggestion) by "The few who wish to rule the many", those worthless old men who control definition, dogma, and your dreams by defining what that definition of yourself is. You are supplying the dreams of paradise for a few useless old men! From I AM, of the Divine Creative, you have been trained in "I lack" and/or "I Ain't" and have a personality that has become an impoverished lie of separation from the original authority that created it., your Spirit- Mind, the 2 who wish to become One, i.e., you. You are now an assumption of lack that must be controlled by the "few who wish to rule the many", or as stated in the Zohar, "Those who wish to receive for themselves alone", something we call "greed". An assumption of lack creates slaves to those who state they "have what you assume to lack". Therefore, greed is also an emotional intoxication.
The Astral domains are the beginning of mental formation on earth. And by giving you "nightmare" stories of how bad your natural body is, you forgot it is an image of "god" of its domain and that you are the Sun/Son of the Divine Creative (All Souls are Suns/Celestial Selves) a Celestial collection of Energy and Mind, who declares the body as its Sacred House/Temple on Earth! This is not your fault, as a child, none of us have a defense against the profaned graffiti that is tared and feathered over our identity by cultural "pleasure/pain" training that is state, and media run indoctrination and dogma. Therefore, many of us are locked into the emotional victimization of a thoroughly pleasure/pain trained 9-year-old child. We have become intoxicated with lies making our self-reflection fuzzy and therefore, chaotic and/ out of phase with our Soul. We all must return consciously to the Subconscious Astral in a Lucid Dream (meditation) of our Divinity and clean up our personality software! Rather than being a Drunken Sailor, dreaming they are off ship and looking for lacked sexual gratification, as a crazed Netzach of lack, our identity is a Wealthy Soul, (Tiphareth) who is comparable to a Buddha under the Bodhi Tree of Life dreaming we are a human being. The Spirit's dream manifests as "you".
A Cosmic Image
The God's made man-is a statement of Genetic Modification of "Those who from the Heavens came to Earth", known to the Sumerians as the Anunnaki.
So, as you may see, when we are dealing with Netzach, we are dealing with understanding a particularly difficult State of energy conscious called the instinctual or racial mind. Netzach is where both the Macrocosm and Microcosm meet, where the Lesser-Self (planetary) and Greater-Self (Celestial) come together, to form something spectacular. Thus, we are dealing with the understanding of the entire race patterns of humankind, "the gods", and patterns of individual persona. But if that isn't enough, we must understand that manifestation is an illusion! "I AM" is a declaration of existence, but as "what I AM" exists as a "Me", which is assumed and therefore, freely imagined by the Original Author, the individual Soul whose aware presence is "the awake consciousness". If you don't believe your Soul is alien to this world's evolution, you may ask yourself, why is the DNA, the blueprint for my body, 9.8 billion years old, while the earth is only 3.8 billion years old? Your DNA is more than twice as old as the planet! Hence it is not from earth.
The Seven of cups, remind us to: "Get over yourself and get on with you, for impeccability is what we do!"
Above all things, know thyself!
When the 7 of Cups- is thrown it implies:
- The querent is being cautioned about the apparent Victory of Denial.
- There is a suggestion of deceit, promises unfulfilled, illusion, and error.
- Slight success may be experienced, a minor victory so to speak, but not enough energy to retain it.
- The querent may be experiencing drunkenness, wrath, vanity, lust and promiscuity or even violence against women; a violence which is not limited to the male sex.
- A warning against illusionary hopes and false promises.
- Beware of arrogance and complacency.
- Release past intoxication with emotional self-absorption.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:
- This card bespeaks of selfish dissipation.
- Deception in love and friendship.
- Lapsing into the swamp of false pleasures.
- Hidden problems emerging.
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