The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-4 Congo-Water-La Baleine, is water of water-The Whale. Sometimes spelled, "Labalèn", La Baleine is Jupertarian in her benevolent aspects as the protective great womb of the sea. In these great waters, she has given birth to all. All creation is united in melody and sustenance by her song. If the world is a Macrocosm, she is the microcosm of the world and therefore, knows great secrets.
Depicted on the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- 4 Congo, is depicted a large Baleine Whale on the surface, with her great mouth open as if a great cave like shelter. Does the reader dare to enter? Casting aside fears, trust gains much in the occult world, even though a certain independence is sacrificed as one gives one's personality back to the source. The Great Abyssal womb beconds, is the protective maternal mother of the Soul, and what is not worthy of YOU, will be cleansed from you in the luxury of her warm baptism. Call on La Baleine for protection and nurturing. Call on her to bring up fertile images from the deep waters of the psyche to surface consciousness.
When thrown in Divination, this card implies:
- The gentle care of mother.
- A desire to return to a safe haven.
- A desire to nurture.
- Overprotectiveness imposing unnecessary limits.
From the Golden Dawn Texts:
“In Chokmah is the Radix of blue and thence is there a blue color pure and primitive, and glistening, with a spiritual Light which is reflected into Chesed. And the Sphere of its Operation is called Zedekiah or Justice and it fashionith the images of material things, bestowing peace and mercy: and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Jupiter. And all is the title of a God strong and mighty, ruling in Glory, Magnificence and Grace. And the Archangel of Chesed is Tsadkiel, the Prince of Mercy and Beneficence, and the Name of the order of Angels is Chasmalim, Brilliant Ones, who are also called the Order of Dominions. The Sephira Chesed is also called Gedulah or Magnificent and Glory."
With such flowery words of ritual adoration, it is often difficult to realize that this benevolent Architect, the 4th Sephiroth-Chesed, is part of your Inner inheritance as a Divine Child/Soul. However, inside of you, which is infinitely deep and dark, you are the microcosmic composition of these 10 Sephirotic "states of One-Energy Mind". In |Western Qabalah, Your Whole Self, is called Adam Kadmon. Hence, the value of inner self meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested.
THE 4 OF CUPS-Luxury, in the Thoth Deck is called Luxury or Lord of Blended Pleasure. The Planet is Moon and the sign is Cancer. The Angels of the Decan are: Hayayel and Mevamayah; Practice calling these names, you may be surprised at the vibratory change.
The 4 of Cups is Chesed in Briah, here Chesed is influencing the unconscious mental realm. The alternate flow of the Moon is mitigated in Cancer, as the Moon naturally rules in this sign. Changing cycles are still there, but passive, and slow, seemingly of more benefit.
When looking at the Crowley Card, we see the Upper Golden Solar cups overflowing but not the lower, implying that the Pleasure is real but with reservations. The caveat being; pleasure but not without some anxiety and discomfort. Here the Luxurious feeling of pleasure is short and indifference soon takes over and as the multiple stems of the one lotus show, the energy of luxury is divided amongst multiple flows, implying too many diverse issues involved to stay stable. 4 is a "dead end" number so ending is the only place to go and action must be taken soon.
Having the number 4 as your numerology number means you have to plan and work steadily towards your goal you have set. You achieve this by being patient, perseverance and being direct. Being a 4 you will build a steady foundation for yourself and others so they are protected.Meaning of The Number 4 and Life Path - Spiritual Unite
Being a 4 of Cups, the Luxury of this card is more intuitional and emotional, than physical. Here one feels relatively in harmony with the effort used to gain inner and outer pleasure for such pleasure comes only from excellence. Putting in the excellent work, is actually more rewarding than the gains achieved. Here, one knows the benevolence of doing their best, as the greatest luxury of all is "Above all things, know thyself". Standing in your power of Self, as the True Self, feels as if you are surrounded in a great warm hug, from the Universal Divine Creative. There is no greater senses of luxury then in that pleasure filled enclosure of "I AM YOU".
When the 4 of Cups-Luxury card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- For a time, say 4wks or 4 months the querent shall experience emotional luxury, which is the capacity to make other people feel emotionally satisfied, secure and peaceful.
- A period of contentment but this is the edge of completion and a new vision of love is being seen. Thus there is both the gift and challenge of a fallow period.
- There may be boredom, and apathy with a sprinkling of discontent as the querent awaits inspiration.
- Here there is type of balance that is caught between the worlds of thought and action.
- A good time for clarity and refining things down to a simple truth.
- Basking in the warmth of the eternal now.
If the surrounding cards depict ill definition:
- Possessive inclinations.
- Restricting another person through and excess of affection.
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