The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-Ace of Cups & The Notoria Tarot in Light-Ace of Cups

Western Hermetic Qabalah, Tantric, Alchemical, Numerical, and Astrological Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Notoria -Thoth

Above all things, know thyself!

Thoth- Ace of Cups

#1. I am the center of expression for the primal will to good.

The Notoria Tarot in Light-Ace of cups

God the Almighty.

The root powers of the Waters.

To us moderns, who think beyond myth and now call it science, it maybe understood that Kether is the "Dark energy" and Mother Binah- the "Dark Matter". Therefore, there is an element of darkness in the Thoth  Ace of Cups just as there is an element of darkness with the Moon. In Latin-Mater is Mother and is actually the true dark energy as "Dark Mater/Mother" who is the Abyssal Womb and/or the Sea of the Universal Collective Unconsciousness. Now I know that this seems a play on words even though modern physics doesn't really understand this unseen matter (Mater) and Qabalists have called this unseen force of Kether  and the entire Supernal Triangle as the "non-space "  for thousands of years.   The First Frequency of light and therefore, the purist light, is called the  Qabalistic Kether, the Source of All. Yet it is not known to us objectively, but its presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves (string theory) and the purest form of energy; hence it is shown as white purity in the image of the Thoth Ace of Cups,  although it is a source of light and unseen.  Again, the Aces are attributed to Kether/Binah (Birth) and they represent the most pure forms of energy, which is really unseen by the human eye, but must be represented in a seeable illusion of white which is theoretically the balanced weights of all colors combined.  Each Ace of its suit, is a specific type, and density of Energy that we call the Alchemical Elements and/or Pythagorean Universal Elements.

The Ace of Cups is Kether in Briah, depicting the influence of Kether on the Intuitive Mental Level of the Divine Feminine. The Ace of Cups is the Root Powers of Water, an universal element used to symbolize the intuition, unconsciousness, and emotions (energy-emoted).

Spider Woman

The Notoria Tarot in Light- Ace of Cups

Thoth Tarot-Ace of Cups

Both the Thoth and The Notoria Tarot in Light versions of this Card show the wave action characteristic of physical water; the scallop shaped waves of the Thoth card with its scalloped waves, and the Notoria Tarot in Light Card's show waves of splashing water. Kether, the pure light, is the source of all frequency in the electromagnetic spectrum and is shown as the source, woven out of microwaves of light and/or radio waves of frequency making a scallop-shaped Web of white light in the background of the Thoth Ace of Cups . The Notoria Tarot in Light shows a glowing radiance of gold and even white lilies that imply purity. The Thoth Ace of Cups, shows us a magnificent Graäl overflowing with and flowing through with "White-Kether energy", empowering the surroundings with ​Spider Woman's Web emanating from the Thoth Ace. Also, for those of us who do not know the Myths of Grandmother Spider, she is a Native American description of the Great Mother Goddess who wove the fabric of the universe. Today we acknowledge time-space/electromagnetic grid, as a woven grid of energy, a matrix if you will. An we recognize the "String Theory" (serpentine strings) of quantum physics, that states that there are strings of energy that form quantum particles, to the ancients this was the Serpentine flow of energy. The similarity simply means that we have proven the Myth to be the Science of the electromagnetic spectrum of light.


The Ace of Cups represents the secrets of Water/The Universe Collective Unconscious of Western Hermetic Qabalah, in its original form as "The Dark Sea of Mother Binah" (or Lake). The Wyrd (weaving) of Atoms into flowing waves/currents of energy-form and/or "thought form" reminding us that water holds memory of its perfected form (Dr. Masaru Emoto-Messages from Water). Hence, Lady Frieda Harris (the artist of Thoth) used the scallop shapes to represent Oceans of Water as did the famous Botticelli painting of Venus. Water is the Feminine compliment (magnetic), the Moon- vulva- womb to the masculine- electric- Sun-phallus. This scallop shaping of the energy, is also shown on the swirling skirt of the Princess of Cups, who is the personification of the Ace of Cups. With the Princess of Cups , carrying forth the Will to Form of the Mother on Earth. The Ace of Cups rules the Libra-Scorpio-Sagittarius quadrant above the North Pole, and the area of the Pacific Ocean.

Lotus-Sacred flower representing the Goddess/Grail

Western Sacred flower representing the Goddess/Grail

Upon the Dark Sea of Binah are Lotuses, 2 in 1, that fill the Thoth Grail-cup with Life Fluid, that is either represented as Water, Wine, Semen or Blood according to the selected purpose of the symbolism. In such symbolism, the Eastern Lotus can be replaced by the Western Blood Red Rose, thus representing the Blood Red Sea of Binah from which all Life flows. The Blood Red Rose is also the image for the "Rosy Cross" symbol and the The Red Goddess, Babalon (Crowley) or the Crimson Sky Dancer, a Yogini of the Tibetan Tantra.

Rosy Cross

Remembering that all Aces are the "seed" of a force, and that no matter how much imagery we use to describe "The Womb with a View" (I've called the Great Her/The Creatrix, this since I was very young-7 years old!), She is an unseen Force that makes/understands form from dream to manifestation. To represent this amazing Creatrix Force, in any form of metaphor is difficult at most, and a mystery in the least, as is the power of Imagination. It's like trying to identify the one who has left melting footprints in the snow. You know someone has been there, but no conclusive clue on their identity. Hence, it is said that She is the Seed-Waters of all Life; of Energy as Form. Often I envision all ideas of Self, as foam on the waves of Her Universal Ocean; they come and go, but she is always there in her purity. Therefore, when thrown, the Ace of Cups, represents, the seed-waters of a form, and idea beginning to formulate; a birth starting in the mind as a zygote that will take about a year to manifest its true form (Aces are also considered to be one year cards). Beauty, fertility, productiveness; the Mysterious Seed-Waters of Femininity.

Hindu- Yoni-Linga

The Cup, represents the the Womb/Enclosure where manifestation is developed and emerges from the Lotus (Crown) implying the idea of Womb, the seed of the concept of conception and not a gender as of yet. Thus, the Ace of Wands is the idea of Phallus-ejaculation and the Ace of Cups is the Idea of Womb-reception. Here the concepts of electric and magnetic begin. The Cup and serpent motif, representing male and female, are represented in the 2 green handles on the Graäl cup and as an intertwined, pretzel- like motif on the cup itself, representing the serpentine flow of energy.

Thoth-Ace of Cups

The Ace of Cups is derived from-Yoni Moon, as the Ace of Wands is from Lingam- Sun. Thus we have the "Holy Grail", the Divine Creatrix; here the dark Sea of Binah supports the 2 in 1 (androgynous) Lotuses that fill the cup with Vital Life Fluid, be it symbolized, by semen,  water, wine or blood. 2 in 1, is the realization of the Womb and Phallus. According to Crowley, the White Light descending into the Ace of Cups is depiction of the Holy Ghost and/or Holy Spirit/Energy that enlivens all form, i.e. the male semen like flow of ejaculated vital Life force. On the face of the  Thoth Ace of Cups, are the 3 intertwining rings that represent  the serpent-like twisting of the Aeons of Osiris, Isis, and Horus. As Crowley states in his book of Thoth, pg., 195;

"The card represents the element of Water at its most secret and original form. It is the feminine complement of the Ace of Wands, and is derived from the Yoni and the Moon exactly as that is from the Lingam and the Sun." This Statement is true for all Tarot Ace of Cup cards.

The Notoria Tarot in Light- Ace of Cups

Invocation: Spiritus Sanctus supervenient in te.

The Notoria Tarot in Light-Ace of Cups, depicts the Divine Feminine Grail held in an angelic hand. as white lilies and a suggestion of a Cup in the Golden flowing light. and the subtle serpent scales, with a suggestion of horns, as if a dragon...representing the serpentine flow of light. The red Sea of the Mother Binah is also represented in the background. Again, these cards represent an angelic force. In the case of the Notoria Tarot in Light-Ace of Cups, the Angel Gabriel represents this card.

The Angel Gabriel, is known as the left hand of God (Christianity) and conveys a fluid, everchanging, nourishing, communicative fertile connected to knowledge, memory, positive, and negative feelings and/or emotions. As water can quench a thirst or drown one, so can emotional flow, for these free flowing emotions to transform into abundance, and nourishment, mentally and physically it must be allowed to flow freeling towards harmonious choices and great works both with receptivity and love. Otherwise it will stagnate and one will be locked in a swamp of emotions. This is familiar to one of my favorite phrases:" Let go and let Goddess".

In Traditional Tarot, such as the RWS Tarot, overflowing the cup are 4 rivers of life giving water. These are known as the Four rivers of paradise. These 4 rivers represent the four rivers described in Genesis 2:10-14, where an unnamed stream flowing out of Garden of Eden splits into four branches: Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel (Tigris), and Phrath (Euphrates). These four rivers form a feature of the Garden that is popular in the Abrahamic religions. This places the Garden of Eden in the Ace of Cups, showing us it is an enclosure and/or the Garden like Origin of Mankind. This is shown by the lilies flowing in the Notoria Tarot in Light- Ace of Cups.

On the left facing side of this card are listed its attributes:

  1. Gabriel's seal.
  2. The original number supplied by the Shem ha-Mephorash : number 74; Chorus of Archangels. 
  3. Angelic name: Gabriel.
  4. Tarot card number and name: Ace of Cups.
  5. Planet: The Moon.
  6. Zodiac sign: Cancer.
  7. Esoterica (as described by Eliphas Levi and Alister Crowley)- Ace of Cups.
  8. Element symbol: upside down triangle of Water.

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot- Ace of Cups (Radiant edition)


It implies:

  • A new attitude brings rewards.
  • In a period of One Year, the querent will develop a new relationship, or new awareness about existing relationship.
  • Is experiencing a new bust of empathy, emotion, sentiment or enthusiasm. 
  • This is a time for staying open and vulnerable in order to reap rewards.
  • The opening of spiritual, psychic, intuitive channels/
  • Heart opening to the gift of Love.
  • Longing for union.
  • Receptivity.
  • Devotion.
  • Harmony.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:

  • Vagueness.
  • Irrationality.
  • Hysteria.
  • Trouble communicating.
  • Value of life questioned. 
  • All hopes are vain and meaningless.
  • Loneliness haunts you. 
  • Love fades away, leaving you depressed and empty.

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