The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-7 of Congo-Water-La Sirén, depicts a mermaid, or Sirén in her realm of the Ocean that can be called the "World Womb". However, she has human qualities that also give her access to the mysteries of the land. One could say that she is the bridge between the creatures of the Seas, and those of Land. In Voodoo, she is the water form of Erzulie, whose husband is Agwé. In comparison with Western Qabalistic terms of Chesed (4th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) , she also acts as a connection between Agwé and La Baleine, the whale. From the depths of knowledge that she learns from La Baleine, La Sirén has much to tell Agwé.
The name of La Sirén, songstress of the high seas, implies that she is the loa responsible for the sacred songs of the Voodoo ceremony. The fascination of the Voodoo devotees is strongly focused by her combination of songs and the Word. Therefore, she bridges two elements, one of music and the other of spoken word. La Sirén's card, is blue, which is representative of her color. La Baleine, the Great Mother of the Sea, is shown swimming behind her. La Sirén,besides being the companion of the Whale, she also transmits the generative power of the oceans in the sphere of emotions. Therefore, the primary attribute of La Sirén is emotional connection. Empathy (mercy) is her power, just as that of the Sephiroth- Chesed.
When thrown in divination this card implies:
- In affairs of emotions there is to be a bridging or a joining of elements.
- A marriage is the most obvious manifestation, whether the elements of the marriage are two people or a bringing together of was in which the world is being perceived.
- The "siren song" of deception, causing one to forget his or her will.
Debauch, 7 of Cups, may seem such a large step into the negative after the glowing 6 of Cups-Pleasure. Especially since 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 of Copper, she is all “external splendor and internal corruption", such superficiality in a martial and watery/emotional 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, Debauch is an appropriate title for the 7 of Cups.
The number 7 refers to the 7th Netzach (Victory) and is the number of the goddess Venus, who represents the Goddess of Love, redoubling the influence of the number 7, but since she is "external splendor and internal corruption" her loving of another is superficially base on her "love of herself" and/or loving another supports her vanity. As most of us know by experience, when loving desire goes into physical overload, such as the emotional potential of Scorpio, excessive passion becomes dangerous excess, from which some never recover.
Passion must belong to the Higher States of Will rather than physical body's survival mind. This High Consciousness will is explained by the very word Human; the word Hu-man Means God-Mind as Hu is Mandarin for god and the word man comes from the Hindu manas, meaning Mind. Therefore, the High Vibrational Desires of The Divine Creative's "I Will Be", once contacted, tends to burn away the lowly desires of the animal body. This momentary expansion of mundane senses beyond the body is temporary ecstasy unless the flesh is trained in the tempering heat of Tantric, Western Magic or Gnostic rituals where ecstatic life can then become contained. 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 tiger lilies. The cups are iridescent, (dissolving in the 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.
The Thoth Deck is almost an "evil reverse" image of the 6 in the reflective world of matter; Zealotry, fanaticism are such evils and usually come after the ecstasy of the 6 is profaned by vanity.
The 7 of Cups, is a wholesome reminder of the fatal ease with which a Sacrament, such as the "Sensuality of 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. How we perceive these feelings, instincts, Nature, and the Arts, is a responsibility of us all. For Humanity is also a Group Mind; a collective of individuals. Therefore, we all belong to each other.
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 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 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 ideas of I AM, into individual self-expressions of I am me.
In Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the Astral Triangle of Netzach, Hod and Yesod, and the resulting component parts of the Personality. After all, we are not of the Personality, it is of Our Spiritual Nature and acts as a bridge between the Soul and the brain of the Homo Sapiens Sapiens! Personalities are energetic software programs that are created to operate Hardware/Wetware, and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the physical body in the name of I AM: The name of the Divine Creative. However, if your personality was made for you out of the visions, illusions, delusions, and ambitions of another "Authority", such as the Patriarchy, 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 "divide and conquer" software your body is operating from! Yet again the axiom of Qaballah: "Above all things, know thyself" rings true! Lucky for us all, is that once we actually give over our little will for the Great Will of the Soul, it will remove the falsehood. Thy will, not my will!
The most important part of initiation is to observe the layers of lies, that your personality is constructed from, the "Dark Night of The Soul" is the mechanism of 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. You are already Divinely approved----you exist, and your Software for operating the Hardware/Wetware of the homo sapiens sapiens, was already created by the Higher Self, that many call the Psyche or "the Soul". The real personality is designed as a Mercury; a swift messenger that bridges the gap between the personal brain, and Soul's Will.
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, by using metaphors, all of which is necessary to prepare the student for more advanced techniques of skrying with Tarot Cards.
It should be understood, that the astral realm beginning with Netzach, is a fluidic, non-solid realm of light, 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 dominant Consciousness on its Plane of Dominion. Every one of the 9 Sephiroth below Kether, is a demigod.......you are composed of the United cooperation of these energy intelligences we call "gods", which contribute to the make up the One God and/or Collective Mind of the One. And you're are the completion of the Will of the One's "I Will Be", because you have also manifested as a body of the "god", i.e., top mammal predator", ruler of its domain, the homo sapiens sapiens body. So, your, Soul is a Great Group Collective of 9 demigods who fulfill the Will of the One, and all join at the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth, who should be working as One Group Soul of your individual Tree of Life; an *Adam Khadmon. The that fact that you are not, is because you've been mentally separated from the reality of your divinity by the "Divide and Conquer" mechanism of your indoctrination. This was done by the manipulation of your imagination, (auto-suggestion enforced by punishment and reward) by "The few who wish to rule the many", profaning your daydreams of being self! The Astral domains are the beginning of formation, on earth and by giving you "nightmare" and "daymare"stories of how bad your natural body is you forgot it is a 'god" of its physical domain of light and fit for a god of the invisible domains of light!
We all must return consciously to the Unconscious Astral and clean up our software, by taking responsibility for it, and then correcting it.
Adam Kadmon. Adam Kadmon is a phrase in the religious writings of Kabbalah meaning "original man". The oldest mainstream rabbinic source for the term Adam ha-Ḳadmoni is Numbers Rabbah x., where Biblical Adam is styled, not as usually Ha-Rishon, but "Ha-Kadmoni". Dec 2 2018
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.
- The Survival mind of the Reptilian brain cannot be in charge of the body, when this intense spiritual Passion arrives in the body.... this is the Passion of the Big Bang...The Kundalini Force and it isn’t good for emotional balance.
When ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Lust (excessive eroticism).
- Lapsing into the swamp of false pleasures.