Thoth-Ace of Cups
The root powers of the Waters.
To us moderns, who think beyond myth, it maybe understood that Kether is the "Dark energy" and Binah-Dark Matter" (Dark Mater) even though modern physics, unseen matter really isn't understood by us. Kether, the Source of All, is not known to us objectively, but its presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves and the purest form of energy; hence it is shown as white purity.
Again, the Aces are attributed to Kether and they represent the most pure forms of energy. Each is a specific type, and density of Energy that we call the Alchemical Elements.
The Ace of Cups is Kether in Briah, depicting the influence of Kether on the Mental Level. The Ace of Cups is the Root Powers of Water, an element used to symbolize the intuitional Consciousness and emotions (in combination with Fire/energy).
The Thoth Version of this Card shows the wave action characteristic of physical water implying the activity that encloses and directs pure consciousness. As the Universe of Energy is woven out of waves of consciousness, ideas, if you will, thus the Web in the background. The Thoth Deck Ace of Cups, shows us a magnificent Graäl filling with "White-Kether energy", empowering the surroundings, with Spider Woman's Web emanating from it. For those of us who do not know the Myths of Spider Woman, she is a Native American description of the Great Mother Goddess who wove the fabric of the universe. Today we acknowledge time-space, as a woven grid of energy-----the similarity simply means that we have proven the Myth.
The Ace of Cups represents the secrets of Water/The Universe Collective Unconscious in its original form as "The Dark Sea of Binah". The Wyrd (weaving) of Atoms into flowing waves/currents of energy form. Hence, Harris used the scallop shapes to represent Oceans of Water. Water is the Feminine compliment (magnetic), the Moon- vaginal- womb to the masculine- electric- Sun-phallus.
Upon the Dark Sea of Binah (or Goddess Mari if Gnostic Nazarene/Essene) are Lotuses, 2 in 1, that fill the Grail-cup with Life Fluid, that is either represented as Water, Wine or Blood according to the selected purpose of the symbolism. In such symbolism, the Lotus can be replaced by a Blood Red Rose, thus representing the Blood Red Sea of Binah from which all Life flows. The Blood Red Rose is the image for the "Rosy Cross" symbol.
Remembering that all Aces are the "seed" of a force, no matter how much imagery we use to describe "The Womb with a View" (I've called the Great Her this since I was very young), She is a Force that makes Form from "I" (ideas) by birthing "Am". To represent this amazing Force, in any form of metaphor is difficult at most, and a mystery in the least. It's like trying to identify the one who has left foot prints in the snow. You know someone has been there, but no conclusive clue on their identity. She is the Seed of all Life; of Energy as Form.
When thrown, the Ace of Cups, represents, the seed 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. Beauty, fertility, productiveness. The Mysterious Seed of Femininity.
The Cup, is the Womb of Form, and emerges from the Lotus (Crown) implying the idea of Womb, the seed of the concept of conception and not a sex 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 Ace of Cups is derived from-Yoni Moon, as the Ace of Wands is from Phallus- 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 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 force.
The Cup and serpent motif, representing male and female, are represented in the 2 green handles on the Graäl cup.
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."
Gothic Tarot- Ace of Cups
The kiss of forever longing.
The Gothic Tarot-Ace of Cups, just displays fantasy art, that implies the bite of a female vampire. Traditionally, once bitten forever longed for. Here, instead of water, the cup represents an enclosure for blood. The Blood of Mother, from which all living things are formed. Again, the Darkness of the dark sea is present. Not much else to report here.
WHEN THE ACE OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- 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.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
Thank you for your interest, comments, and supportive donations. Your generosity blesses you. May you live long and prosper.