MALKUTH/ Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens.
The TEN OF CUPS is known as SATIETY, and is attributed to Mars in Pisces. Crowley calls this card, The Lord of Perfected Success, as this is the influence of MALKUTH in the unconscious Mental World known as Briah. Satiety, is a word meaning, filled to the point of excess, though it is hard to argue that excessive happiness is a negative thing; However, it could be distracting and become so common that it becomes mediocre.
What is exceptional about this card, is that the general astrological meaning of Mars in Pisces doesn't apply. Pisces is a watery sign, and Mars would signify a dispersal of energy to a point of frustration.
However, the meaning here is that fiery Mars causes the Waters of Pisces to rush furiously into Briah, bringing great success on the Material plane of Malkuth. The imagery of this card expresses the opinion that all happiness is inspired from above, i.e. comes from the Divine. One could say that Happiness, is a higher-inner state of energy consciousness. Here the energy to be, is released in a rush of I AM ME.
To be sure, when Tarot is used for public Divination, it is best applied to mundane matters, whereas the meaning may be different if applied to a more spiritual plane. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement. One thing one must remember when reading the Major or Minor Arcana, is that the Major are about the subtle unseen planes, and that the Minor cards represent the objective, "in your face" issues.
Therefore, in ordinary matters, the divined meaning of the 10 of Cups-Satiety: Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success of a physical issue, as it is done and finished.
However, beinga 10, this is a short duration card, as 10's are a union of 1 and 0, so back to zero is the flow of this cards influence. So often one is only satiated for a short period of time, with struggle or strife just around the corner. The 10 of Cups, although in the seemingly stable form of the Tree of Life, has a conflicting element that causes a tilting of the Cups, spilling water from the Great Lotus that overhangs the whole system.This conflict is from Mars in Pisces. Mars is a noted gross, violent force, depicted in Myth as the God of War who attacks any noted perfection. Pisces, is notably peaceful, spiritual, sensitive, psychic, and receptive and therefore influenced by mars violent behavior.
This combination means that the proper work of Water is done, and a substantial disturbance is due. In fact, Mars in Pisces, is considered by many astrologers to be the worst position of the 12 signs.
Yet, through all this supposed doom and gloom, when this card is thrown during a reading, it means that emotional matters are definitely arranged and settled...for the moment. Happiness/Pleasure proceeds to dissipation and debauchery, as energy-in-motion follows the second law of thermodynamics. [All things proceed from order to disorder]
The message here is," Enjoy the moment of completion, all is done. Sit back, have a "dram", but avoid debauch, as soon you'll be called on to perform at your best."
10 is a number that when added together [1+0 =1), you end up at the beginning. It is the "up the down staircase" number that places us on top of one flight of stairs, only to find out that we are at the bottom of another flight. There are some Tarot readers that forgot this part of the Arcana, and call the Ten of Cups, permanent success, but Qabalists know that the only permanency in this One Energy Universe, is change/transformation. Yet here dances the "Lord of Material Happiness", the 10th Sephiroth, Malkuth and all seems well and it is, for now.
Energetically, the 10 of Cups card represents the end and fulfillment of emotional development that began in the instinctual and/or ego oriented Aries (Mars) and culminated in the "veil of perception" that is Pisces. However, the ultimate perception of Pisces, also prepares the fertile ground for a new cycle . The end-Pisces- is also simultaneously the beginning, the 1st house of Aries both separated by just a degree in the spiral of the eternal energy flow.
Therefore, on the mundane or external level, this card implies that we have experienced a great time, but have already passed beyond the culmination of this experience. It is done, and no further increase of intensity will be had. Hence, it is an exhortation to inwardly prepare oneself with all the feelings of thankfulness and gratitude for the approaching departure and open up to new tasks.
The Tarot of Druids- 10 of Chalices, represents a love tryst that brings peace and serenity. However, the sword and shield, show that this sense of serenity will end sometime soon as one's responsibilities will catch up with one. But for now, love is requited and emotional warmth flows through the body.
When the 10 of Cups/10 of Chalices is thrown during a divination, it implies:
- Maters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting success of a physical issue, as it is done and finished.
- Emotional warmth.
- Emotional fulfillment in intellectual ideals.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Inner emptiness.
- Unrequited love.
- Lack of gratitude.
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