Thoth- 7 of Cups-Debauch
Lord of Illusionary success.
It may seem such a large step into the negative after the 6 of Cups-Pleasure. However, both are astrologically Scorpio, but instead of Scorpio exalted in the Sun as in the 6, the 7 of Cups places Scorpio with the planet Venus and Venus is ill dignified in the sign, simply because She is in her home, 7th Sephiroth Netzach, the Sphere of Venus but she has brought the Scorpio party of the 6 of Cups along and it has grown into way too much of a good thing. Venus began as a pretty party girl, and one or 2 martinis brought on a buzz, but she continued to drink and after 7 Martinis...Oh my! Let us just say that the 7 of Cups is a drunken dash to the restroom (green slime flowing out of the cups), just moments after you thought you were being irresistible to an attractive stranger. The Planet Venus influences the entire Tree of Life, but in this lower part of the Tree, she is out of control in such a place that happiness has ventured into overindulgence or even madness.
Venus is the planet of Copper, she is all “external splendor and internal corruption", such superficiality in a martial and watery sign as Scorpio destroys any altruistic tenancies, turning the amiability of Venus into a grosser sensuality. Thus in the 7 of Cups, the influence of Venus is violently unrestrained, and becomes intense 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 debauchery of 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 dangerous excess. Therefore, Indolence is an appropriate title for the 7 of Cups. As most of us know by experience, when loving desire goes into physical overload, excessive passion becomes dangerous excess, from which some never recover.
In the Human case, Passion must belong to the Higher States of Conscious rather than just the sensuality of physical bodies .
The Solar Fire of the Divine Creative, burns away the lowly desires of the animal body. This momentary expansion of mundane senses beyond the body is temporary unless the flesh is trained in the tempering heat of Tantric, or Gnostic rituals. The Passion that Created a Universe of Self, is too much intensity for the self-absorbed brain, whose universe is all about "my feelings"!
To carry forth this idea of excess, the Thoth Deck 7 of Cups displays poisoned lotuses that have become spotted with rot and look like tiger lilies. The cups are iridescent, (dissolving in the poison of indolence), and are arranged into 2 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. This is just what a body feels like after way too much alcohol! Therefore, the Thoth 7 of Cups is almost an "evil reverse" image of the 6 in the reflective world of matter; As Crowley states: "This is one of the worst ideas that one can have; its mode is poison, its goal is madness. It represents the sinking into the slime of false pleasure. There is something almost suicidal in this card."[Book of Thoth, Pg., 182]
The 7 of Cups, is a wholesome reminder of the fatal ease with which a Sacrament, such as the "Flesh", 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), thereby making the holiest mysteries of Nature become the obscene and shameful secrets of a guilt ridden consciousness. Netzach, is that green Sephiroth on the lower illustrated Tree of Life.
Green is the color attributed to Venus, the planet of Netzach. Love, feelings and instinct, the Group Mind, Nature, and the Arts, all radiate from this Sephiroth. Green, is what happens to copper when it is long exposed to the weather.
The Symbols for Netzach are The Medieval Girdle:
and the Lamp.
Netzach is the first Sephiroth of the astral triangle and is the first energy intelligence to make up the personality of the individual.
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 r effected from Geburah through Tiphareth. This is the formula for Yod Heh Vau Heh, Malkuth being the final Heh, because of the "fall" which is really a condensing or "downsizing" of self.
In the illusions of Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the Astral Triangle and the component parts of the Personality, after all, we are not of the Personality, it is of Our very own energetic (emotion) creation! Personalities are software programs that are created to operate Hardware or "Wet ware", and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the physical body properly. However, if your personality was made for you out of the illusions, delusions, and ambitions of another "Authority", then you haven't a clue who is operating the body, as you don't know the code and language that went into making the software your body is operating from! Oh you may think that you know the words used to describe "yourself": However, they are merely under the tutelage of the "few who rule the many" and therefore, have changed often and become propaganda. You are not made of manmade words. You are the Self-Reflection of the Psyche/Soul/Solar Child. Yet again the axiom of Qaballah: "Above all things, know thyself!" rings true!
The most important part of initiation is to observe the layers of lies, that your personality is constructed from, removing layer after layer of faux- 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, or of authority. You are already Divinely approved----you exist, and your Software for operating the Wet ware of the body, was already created by the Higher Self and/or the Horus/Adam/Eve Khadmond (the whole tree as thee).
Often, Mystery schools use a set of Tattva exercises as a type of "controlled day dream" (guided meditations), intended to bring the student into direct contact with the subtle Elemental realms immediately underlying the material sphere of sensation.
It should be understood, that the astral realm beginning with Netzach, is a fluidic, non-solid realm where everything begins in illusion/dream. It is the place, where our Formative consciousness can experiment with image, such as children role-playing, in order to comprehend in a later stage of growth, the actual manifestation of being "that". If done with controlled will, this is a boon to any creative endeavor on Earth; if taken as rote, all hell will break loose on earth!
The Astral is and experimental/imaginative plane of mind and is not suitable to be a Master of your personality! Nor is anything that you contact in it! The Astral is Your Malleable substance to create with, not be created by! Most " Medium-Channels" just channel imagined astral persona's, and live in an illusion of devotional thought, not allowing them to see "holy" delusions.
Let me explain what few wish you to know: A god is a dominate Consciousness on its Plane of Dominion. Every one of the 10 Sephiroth, is a demi god. Hence, your identity is composed of the United cooperation of these energy intelligences we call Sephiroth, which contribute to the make up the One Heavenly Human (Adam/Eve Khadmond or Horus). And you're are one better, because you have also composed a body of the Top Mammal Predator on earth, ruler of its domain, the Homo Sapiens Sapiens body! So, you, are a Collective of Selves, that make a cooperative Self; A One God-----that fact that you are not, is because you've been mentally separated from the reality of your divinity! This was done by the manipulation of your imagination, (auto-suggestion) by "The few who wish to rule the many", through the mesmerism of media and print! The Astral domains are the beginning of formation, on earth. And by giving you "nightmare" stories of how bad your natural body is , how beneath "godness" (goodness)you forgot it is a ruler of its domain and a temple of Spirit!
We all must return consciously to the Astral and clean up our software and this is done by meditation, chanting and declarations of I AM.
When we are dealing with Netzach, we are dealing with understanding a particularly difficult State of energy conscious. Netzach is where both the Macrocosm and Microcosm meet. Thus we are dealing with the understanding of the entire race patterns of human kind, and patterns of individual persona. But if that isn't enough, we must understand that this dichotomy is in itself an illusion for all is imagined! For we really are Mind and never were "solid". The body is an avatar of the Soul not a puppet of a state, theology, or dogma and/or Military Industrial Empire we call the Patriarchy. Therein lies madness.
Tarot Illuminati- 7 of Cups
The Power of Imagination
The Tarot Illuminati- 7 of Cups, displays the traditional art of tarot. Here displayed are the 7 cups filled with the wonders of Imagination. We all are "dream weavers" and every pattern begins in the imagination (Cup) for nothing can become without the mind first conceiving it. Hence, imagination is attributed to Venus, the goddess of Love. Each of us must "daydream" our inspirations, goals, visions, and bring them into our "waking" sight.
The Tarot Illuminati uses the tradition view of the Rider-Waite-Smith, 7 of Cups, and shows a dark cloud scene as the base for the 7 Cups, hinting at corruption of the sacred objects in each of the Cups;
The corruption of thought (head), the veiling of consciousness by indoctrination and dogma (veiled goddess figure), the corruption of the serpent force (The Spirit), corruption of the solid physical manifestation (mountain), corruption of wealth (jewels), the corruption of victory (wreath) and the corruption of the Dragon within (sex energy/kundalini). Hence, we know that the human form is also a sacrament. For a sacrament is a thing of mysterious and sacred significance; a spiritual or religious symbol. Once the body is alive and sentient, it is the sacrament of Spirit's will to be; The rite of I AM! By thinking ill of any part of our ternary selves of Self, which is Spirit (I)-Mind (Am) and Body (Me), is to profane the sacred act of Will that began as "I Will BE", which Qabalists know as Kether, the 1st Will; We are the establishment of that "first movement of Will in the Universe", for we are the "I AM Being".
When the 7 of Cups- is thrown:
- 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.
- This card bespeaks of selfish dissipation.
- Deception in love and friendship.
- The Power of Imagination.
- Illusions and seduction.
- Difficulty of distinguishing between illusion and reality.
- Intoxicated on sensuality.
- Drunk on past emotions.
- A cautionary reminder that one can take a good thing too far.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Lapsing into the swamp of false pleasures.
- Lies and error.
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