The Erotic Tarot-7 of Water, displays a shower scene of imagination and whimsy. Here, a young woman is showering, Water being the element of this card, and is unaware of the danger approaching her. Since the meaning of this card is:
- intangible danger.
The image makes some stretch towards sense. Milo Manara also assigns the Astrological meaning of Venus in Scorpio to this card, which implies the need to love ardently and secretly. This could be the reason for the dark, mysterious and threatening stranger.
The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Cups-Debauch 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.
Venus is the planet assigned the metal of copper. Therefore, 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 violent, 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 extreme violence 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.
The number 7 refers to Netzach (Victory) and is the number of the Goddess (Water)Venus the Goddess of Love, redoubling the influence of the number 7. 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 physical ego-consciousness of the homo sapiens body as is explained by the very word Human; The word Human Means-Hu-God in Mandarin and Mind-from the word Manas of the Hindu. Hence, God-Mind and the High Vibrational Desires of God (The Divine Creative), burn 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, Western Magic, Qabalistic or Gnostic rituals. The Passion that Created a Universe of Self, is too much intensity for the self-absorbed brain, whose universe is self-absorbed and is all about "my feelings"!
To carry forth this idea of excess, the Thoth Deck 7 of Cups displays poisoned lotuses that have become tiger lilies. The cups are iridescent, (dissolving in the indolence), and are arranged into two 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.
The Thoth Deck is almost an "evil reverse" image of the Six in the reflective world of matter; Zealotry, fanaticism are such evils.
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.
The Symbols for Netzach are The 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 Sephiroth, in the familiar sequence of Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
- Netzach is Fire.
- Hod is Water.
- Yesod is Air.
- Malkuth is Earth.
Netzach is the lower form of the fiery Yod of Chokmah that is reflected 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 Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the Astral Triangle of Yetzirah and the component parts of the Personality. After all, we are not of the Personality, it is of Our Soul's Nature! Personalities are software programs that are created to operate Hardware for the Soul/Psyche, 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" outside of you, 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! Yet again the axiom of Qaballah: "Above all things, know thyself!" rings true!
The most important part of Qabalistic Tarot initiation is to observe the layers of lies, that your personality is constructed from, removing layer after layer of false 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. It pollutes your self-identity, and therefore, the swamp of slime is a good metaphor for one's emotional identity.
You are already Divinely approved----you exist, and your Software for operating the Hardware, was already created by the Higher Self. What one might remember, is the Tree of Life is a "condensing down" of intelligence and light. Here, in this multidimensional self, sometimes up- is down. Evolution has made our intelligence go "down the Tree of Life" as evolutionary Self-Identity. Malkuth is a down who is up, simply because the Spirit has created the sensual body in an evolutionary process of 14 billion years of "I AM". The Body, is Spirit being intimate with creation. Intimacy, requires hands, and senses. Now The Divine Male and the Divine Female can touch each other, as well as their creations!
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. Often, I bring those Elemental realms into sensual manifestation for my students, all of which is necessary to prepare the student for more advance techniques of skrying with Tarot Cards.
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 not 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 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 Ten Sephiroth, is a god.......you are composed of the United cooperation of these energy intelligences we call "gods", which contribute to the make up the One God. And you're are one better, because you have also composed a body of the "god", Top Mammal Predator", ruler of its domain, the Human body and thereby fulfill the Will of Kether, The One Energy, who is "I Will Be" ! So, you, are a Great Group of Ten demi- gods, who should be working as One Group Soul of your individual Tree of Life...A One God. The 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 word and media) by "The few who wish to rule the many"! The Astral domains are the beginning of idea- formation, on earth. And by giving you "nightmare" stories of how bad your natural body is you forgot it is a 'god" of its domain! God's of domains, unite in the Universal Collective Unconscious, to form the cohesion of the "ONE MIND".
We all must return consciously to the Astral and clean up our software!
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!
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.
- Let it be said, this is a card of passions run afoul because of too much fantasy and denial.
When ill defined:
- Mundane Lust.
- Lapsing into the swamp of false pleasures.
- Lies and error.
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