The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- 10 of Congo-Water-Gran Bois, represents the loa master of the Sacred Forest. The card represents the forest of the Island Below the Waters, the home of all loa. Therefore, this is the destination of the newly dead.
A final favorable outcome, is the primary attribute of this card. Everything is where it should be and life gravitates toward good fortune.
When this card is thrown in divination, it implies:
- Favorable outcome when last words are said and last things done.
MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 Tens.
The 10 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 as this is as far in the realm of happiness that emotions can go. Hence, it is the end of a cycle.
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. Consciousness is both inner and outer. The outer, we call "self-conscious" and the inner is called the "unconscious". Since in reality, each of us are but bio-photons, the sparks of light that fire between neurons, we are not Organic intelligence. Light carries data, data understood becomes information. Your "body" is form, something which happens when one observes information... it becomes form. Therefore, what we call Spirit, is the Willed flow of Identity known as I AM. Me is when the data of Am is understood by I, it becomes Me. So just get on with being you for you are a Me of your I Am. I is Kether, AM is Chokmah, Binah (Wisdom and Understanding). What all this boils down to, is that you are the Will of the Supernal Trinity made manifest- the Greater Self and/or I AM. Hence, you have no authority over you but Self!
To be sure, when Tarot is used for public divination, the small cards are best applied to mundane matters, whereas the meaning may be different if applied to a more invisible plane. The Placement of the cards, in the reading will clarify this statement.
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, being a 10, this is a short duration card, as 10's are a union of 1 and 0, so from one to zero is the flow of this cards influence which returns to 0-1. Therefore, one is often only satiated for a short period of time, with change 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 (Great Mother Binah) that overhangs the whole system. This conflict is from Mars in the house of 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.
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 astrological doom and gloom, when this card is thrown during a reading, it means that emotional matters are definitely arranged and settled...for the moment. Pleasure proceeds, to dissipation and debauchery, as energy-in-motion follows the second law of thermodynamics; All things flow 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 10 of Cups, permanent success, but Qabalists know that the only permanency in this One Energy Universe, is change/transformation so it may be better to call this card permanent transformation success. Yet here dances the "Lord of Material Happiness", the 10th Sephiroth, Malkuth and all seems well...but then we know how long happiness in material things lasts in a “not this, not that” world!
To reinstate, MALKUTH, Earth, is the 10th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and is the placement of the 4 10's, they are the Will of Kether fulfilled. Kether is known as Eheieh, which means"I Will Be", and Malkuth is the information made solid. It is the I AM Being. Hence, the Will of the O is fulfilled in the 10.
Crowley calls this card, The Lord of Perfected Success, as this is the influence of MALKUTH in the unconscious Mental World known as Briah; meaning the dream of I AM is fulfilled. Satiety, is word meaning, filled to the point of excess, the point where everything coalesses into form.
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 Self Awareness.
In ordinary matters, the divined meaning of the 10 of cups is:
- Matters definitely arranged as wished, permanent and lasting emotional success on one issue; which will fade into another unsolved issue, as this will wane after great exaltation.
- Emotional warmth.
- Emotional fulfillment in intellectual goals.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Inner emptiness.
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