The Babylonian Tarot- 2 of Cups-Love, depicts 2 Neo-Assyrian rhytons or luxurious drinking vessels, one made of silver-moon metal and the other of gold-sun metal. Therefore, the golden vessel has a base shaped like a lion, a symbol of the sun and the silver rhyton, has a base in the shape of an antelope, a symbol of the goddess. Besides each vessel is a hand, the light colored one representing the female/feminine forces and the darker hand representing the masculine forces. Beneath the silver cup is the cuneiform symbols for the number 2. This card is the same in divination as the Thoth 2 of Cups.
The Thoth 2 of Cups-Love:
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 2. 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 2 Forces is not complete. In Qabalah, we know Kether, to be the Point-positive yet indefinable. Chokman, #2-is the Point distinguishable from one other. Binah, #3- the Point: defined by the relationship of 2 others. Hence, we have the Point as "I" and the Point distinguishable from one other as "Am". And Binah, the point defined by the relationships of 2 others, becomes I AM ME. Thus is the Love of the I Am-The Me.
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 matchup is obvious. Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer thus implying benevolence in this most sensitive of signs.
Therefore, 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 2 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 Aliester Crowley), the number 2 refers also to Will. So the 2 of Cups can also implies Love under will or Willful Love. The 2 of Cups radiates a perfect placid harmony, amid joyous ecstasy...often called the "adorable fire". Here, the Will to Force of Male and the Will to Form of the Female are united in cooperation.
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 esoterically 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/Anima- Yang-|Animus, balanced in harmonious union as the inner Self.
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 reasoning.
Those faithful readers who have been following my blog (eli-lsmerchantile.com) know by now that Binah is "will to form", and underlying force that makes 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 #4- Chesed the Sphere of Mercy. Therefore, once Again the sexingof the higher forces of the Mind, are 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 Sephiroth.
What may really surprise you, is that none of us are the sex of our bodies for in reality, we are the androgynous Psyche and the bodies are laboratories, where information is proven . 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 specialized tool, powered by the Electromagnetic Entity that you are....as a power tool the homo sapiens 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”!
Remember, 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 body.
Image-maker, is what the Imagination means, and that dear soul is the Divine Creative'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 the love of being you! Hence, 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" a harmonious intertwining of Water (emotions) and Fire (Will-Passion).
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.
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