The Starman Tarot- 2 of Cups, depicts a couple in the Tantric position known as *Maithuna in Sanskrit or to the Tibetan's as Yab Yum (Goddess/God face to face). Sadly, what many of us don't know, is that the Homo Sapiens Sapiens body, has almost an infinite ability to give bliss; a bliss so vast and boundless, that words can't even reach the reality of it. It is a well known fact to Western Qabalists, Tantrics and Taoists that the male and female in loving-coupling and rhythmic breath are gifted multiple orgasms, riding the waves of exquisite pleasure and energy to higher and higher peaks sending them into the transcendental self, the Divine .
"Maithuna (Devanagari : मैथुन) is a Sanskrit term used in Tantra most often translated as "sexual union" in a ritual context. It is the most important of the five makara and constitutes the main part of the Grand Ritual of Tantra variously known as Panchamakara, Panchatattva, and Tattva Chakra.
The Art of the Starman Tarot, depicts 2 lovers in tantric union, their energy woven together, heads alight, transcending their "small egos" sending their consciousness into the Greater Ego of the Higher Self. For this is the rising of the Kundalini, a divine feminine frequency of energy that is curled at the spinal Coccyx; the "inner soul", which when stimulated rises up the spinal column in a heated flow of inner burning that opens all the chakras, in bursts out the Crown Chakra, in spinning vortexes of energy that join and bend back and return to the divine couple in an almost valentine heart shape.
The Upper Supernal Triangle can be compared to the Garden of Eden from here, the male and female polarities of energy balance against each other, evolving into increasing density as they develop towards the lowest Sephiroth, Malkuth, on the Tree of Life. When riding the Kundalini surge, the consciousness rides up into decreasing density, until their is no "other", but one great bliss that is All ONE. Here the Male is "Shiva" and the female is "Shakti", the inseparable Divine Creative, in its dancing rhythm that is the breath and heartbeat of all living things. The dance begins with dynamic sexual energy, powerful intention, conscious surrender and the skillful use of Prana Yama breathing (inhale/exhale), receiving and giving at their sex and hearts joins the couple in energy, light, and Spirit. flying ever higher into the Divine Marriage that began the electromagnetic universe. Hence, the hole in the brick wall showing the Cadecus, the ancient symbol of spiraling snakes, as symbol of rebirth winding around the staff of Apollo, a symbol for healing. Upon the top of the Cadecus, is the Ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life, and the fertile union of the female and male divine, Isis and Osiris. This symbol then is surrounded in a neuron web that channels the comic dance as a multidimensional excursion into eternal bliss.
In Qabalistic Gematria, the number 2 symbolizes the union and balance of opposites that underlies all material existence. Because this equilibrium of opposites begins in Chokmah, it is called the Sephiroth of” Perfect Harmony”. While Kether is that which the “Root” of impetus is: Chokmah is the impetus for all manifestation. The Harmonic Union of opposites supplies that action.
Binah is Saturn, and Chokmah is the sphere of the Zodiac.
Ultimately Kether is Androgynous, Chokmah is the idea of Maleness (Electric/will to force) and Binah is the idea of Femaleness (Magnetic/will to form), and the mating of the 2 "wills the Electromagnetic Spectrum" into living form; Alpha / Omega, inhale/exhale, time/space.
Once again our sensual ideas of sexuality do not apply on this Higher Scale of Communion. Here Maleness is the vital outpouring of electrical energy that is organized as will to force, limited or formalized by the magnetic qualities of Female will to form. Thus Yod is male and Heh is female, and the resulting offspring is Vau of the Divine Name that marries the Daughter who is the last Heh. Thus, the name of God, Yod Heh Vau Heh, is represented as that attribute to the six lower Sephiroth in which Tiphareth (Beauty) is central.
As you may note, there are many interchangeable symbols in the Qaballah that may make it seem more complicated than it is. The essential key is that the Vital Outpouring Energy, which in intercourse with an organizing force, produces something else. For example, red combined with blue, creates purple by the motion of the mixer (Kether). Opposites joined in balanced harmony, produce something greater than the parents. This is not possible if exactly the same united with exactly the same, you would only get, exactly the same. Therefore, when the male surrenders and the female surrenders all that is ego, body and soul in coupling union, something greater than the individual is created.
The Tree of Life originated in the opposition of Chokmah and Binah. However, this is not static, any more than male- female union on earth is static, there is a constant back and forth motion of growth and movement. When a change occurs in one Sephiroth, there is a natural balancing response in its opposite. There is a continual exchange that could be compared to breathing, as the inhale exhale action that powers Life.
From One "I" -the all Seeing Eye of Kether- Eheieh, meaning "I Will Be", all identity becomes, so in actuality, we as different separate vibratory frequencies do not exist other than as one energy in frequency of multiple harmonies. However, we declare existence by stating "I AM". Then we set about defining that invisible principle of existence as a "Me". Therefore, manifestation is a simple three-word definition called, "I AM Me" of which you, as the spiral vibration of energy (spirit), hold total freedom to define. Since I AM Not, is impossible, as I am declares existence, whatever you define as not being you, simply states, that it is you. For example, one plus naught = 1, Naught-zero- has no influence in potential. So “I am happy" creates happiness, while "I am not sad" creates only sadness. Time to rethink your power over the dream of you and time to rethink sexuality; the power to expand and liberate more living energy into the world.
Since dimensions are descriptions of spatial terms, our life dream has specific dimensions as that is our best frame of reference. The Tree of Life is how the Qaballah describes these dimensional frames of reference as being a downward flowing evolution of Chokmah thru various levels of Self Dream called Sephiroth. To make this simple, we are first dreaming our own existence, and that we are all, collectively (Collective Unconscious), are what is known as God-Mind, which is the definition of the word Hu-Man. This process of evolutionary dreaming towards a more condensed and sensual dream self, is called the "fall", but it really is a "downsizing", that causes us to "lessen" our self-concepts to become more sensual and interactive, all of which is necessary for evolutionary thought production and intimacy with the Divine Creative and "other". Thus, we lose sight of our own Divinity and must "reclaim" all the data we left behind on our "downward" journey into sensual dreaming... You may say that in manifestation, Malkuth, we are a lucid dream and in balanced union, we become the Dreamer.
The goal here is to get the inner dreamer and the dreamed to cooperate with each other reaching a harmony and thus, the dreamed than begins to get control over its life happenstances, this is a truly extraordinary experience and is the making of a Magi. Here the Union of Dreamer and Dream has no veils between them, and we can have anything at all, but we no longer experience the "need" of the disconnected. We Love, without need, we created without fear of result for our creations **expand and liberate life .We want nothing at all because we become I AM rather than I Don't Have. We learn what does matter and what does not while we go about the Great Work of "As above, so below".
Tantra-means- too expand and liberate, while Qabalah- means- to receive.
From the Golden Dawn Texts:
Previously I explained Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth called Wisdom, in some detail, and by now one should understand that Chokmah is a state of Pure Maleness or rather the beginning of the idea of maleness, and that Binah is that of Pure Femaleness, or the beginning of the idea of Femaleness. Another way to say this is the concept of Will to Force is becoming electric, while the concept of Will to Form is becoming magnetic;
However, both are from Kether that is primarily before Androgynous became two. As explained, sexuality as we understand it, is not vast enough of an idea to encompass even a minor understanding of the Supernal Triangle. To help with the confusion, Pure Male is Electric Force and Pure Female is Magnetic Force. But again, understanding of these Two Forces is not complete for this is a Spiritual Knowledge from the invisible Sephiroth known as DAATH which is the Womb of the Divine Supernal Triangle of Kether-Chokma-Binah.
The Thoth Deck 2 of Cups is also called the Lord of Love and this is easily seen as it represents Venus in Cancer. The angels of the Decan are: Ayoel and Chabooyah. Have fun with those sonic sounds!
The 2 of Cups is the influence of Chokmah in the Mental world of Briah.
Cups represent the Alchemical Element Water, which is the consciousness, and Cancer is a watery sign that is the House of the Moon, so the match-up is obvious. Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer thus implying benevolence in this most sensitive of signs. This is a card of feeling and romance in the human world, so misspent energy may apply. Generally, fish are a symbol of the Goddess Venus but dolphins relate more generally to Neptune or the Sun god Apollo.
On the Two of cups, we can see (by careful scrutiny as the colors are somewhat faded) a Silvery Dolphin and a Golden Dolphin, The Silver one represents the Moon, Female and the Golden one represents The Sun, male. Here the union of both is loving, romantic, as they work together to bring light into our world. The harmony of male and female which is also the nature of the Water Sign Cancer.
The Water of Emotion, or Consciousness, springs up from the Central Lotus, flowing down into the overflowing cups to ultimately reach the Earth. This imagery implies that only through the energy supplied by Chokmah-Fire, can water flow. E-motion, is energy in motion, and the "motion within the movement' is Chokmah's domain.
In Qabalistic Gematria (the book 777, by Aleister Crowley), the number 2 refers also to Will, So the Two of Cups can also imply Love under will or Willful Love. The 2 of Cups radiates a perfect placid harmony, amid joyous ecstasy...often called the "adorable fire".
The symbols on this card maybe subtle, but they represent both the male and female forces that once joined; as a couple, and as the Sun above the castled phallus and the Water that is symbolically female as a lake and fertile earth all covered in exuberant vegetation, produce all things from the vital flow of Love.
There may be a tendency to think of this card as one would the Major Arcana Card of the Lovers. But that is not always so, as the 2 of Cups is about Love being physical, between two human partners, whereas, the Lovers Card-key 6- refers to the inner Hermetic Marriage of the love between the Yin Yang, balanced in harmonious union as the inner Self, which can be reached by 2 lovers in Maithuna.
To a Qabalist, Key 6 rather than the 2 of Cups, would be the Love of Binah and Chokmah, of Wisdom and Understanding. However, the surrounding cards will show if this is the Hermetic Marriage of the Goddess and God within or of two Soul mates in the human world. Here is where the intuition of the Reader is most helpful as well. For Love is such a powerful emotion that it can overcome all limits of restriction and burn away in pure "adorable fire" (Paul Foster Case), any dogmatic reasoning.
Those faithful readers who have been following my blog know by now that Binah is "Will to Form", and underlying force that makes the Mind of Imagination a womb. She is the Will of the Womb of all forms, not the Womb itself for that is reserved to the Action of Chesed the Sphere of Mercy,
Again the sexing of this forces is limiting and short on insight. Chesed may be Masculine in its expression of form, and yet it is feminine as it receives the Will of Binah. Chokmah maybe the “pure masculine force”, yet Chokmah was the Hebrew word for the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Sophia. The interplay of masculine and feminine Qualities constitutes all Sephira.
What may surprise you, is that none of us are the sex of our bodies. We are Androgynous, in that we are both receptive (female) and expressive (male); both magnetic (female) and electric (male). Being Electromagnetic entity, we are both sides of the same coin. Thus, we have great Divine power, "to be or not to be" male or female or even both!
The body is a tool for intimacy, powered by the Electromagnetic Entity that you are....as a power tool the human body is excelled, but as its operator, you are beyond the reason of bodies. You are obviously a "Will to be" which is very much a "Will to Form" and a “will to force” so here is a kicker, YOU ARE THE IMAGINATION ...you don't have it. All the images you see are “Self-Images”!
Hu is Mandarin for God and Man is from the Hindu word for mind---Manas, thus you are called a God Mind! The body is not described in the world human. So you are a Hu-Man, who owns a Homo Sapiens Sapiens body.
Image-maker, is what the Imagination means, and that dear soul is God's Power. So get off of your suffering butt and stand up and Yell-----I AM Me! And get on with you, and imagine your divinity, for self- impeccability is what you came to do! Remember, what we command by declaration in this Universe produces our own image, take charge of yourself and stop blaming environment, or person or thing, sure they may influence, but they only have the power you give them. What you are is up to your Passionate use of Imagination and don't accept man-made definitions that only stimulate your imagination to enslavement of your image to another, person, place or thing. You are Imagination; the I-Magi-Nation! When imagination and love flow as one perspective----------You Are Divine in manifestation flowing in luxurious sensation that is known as the "adorable fire"that burns between the She and the He of Universal Expression. So for bliss's sake, get to know the true sexuality of Spirit, so that you can expand and liberate the true Soul of you.
When the 2 of Cups- Love, is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is in a deep love relationship
- The joyous bliss of receiving as one has been received.
- A loving and healing union of opposites propagating a compassionate and caring response.
- The recent loving bond of consciousness and unconsciousness reconciling the harmony of what seemed opposite. Such as the merging of unconscious desires with those of the Heart.
- The beginning of a love affair or pledge of deep friendship.
- Ideas generated between two partners in cooperation and harmony.
- The merging of Lover and beloved.
- A healing harmony where quarrels and disputes are resolved.
- Romance, trust, sympathy, and desires consummated, vows, engagement and marriage, all permutations of active partnership.
- Where the action of body and Spirit are in sync.
If ill defined:
- Conflict of interest.
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