The Fanciful art of the Running Press Tarot, sticks to the Traditional presentation of the Grail-Cup held in space by the Hand of Spirit. However, there is a reference to wine and grapes in this art work. Suggesting the Mysteries of Bacchus/Dionysus, and the feminine "wine"/blood of all life. For it is understood that all things of form, are made of Mother's blood. This is also true for mankind. The Flowers and fruit, imply virginal fertility and the virgin birth, of the male. For in the beginning all was the Womb of Spirit.
By now, you may understand that Kether, the Crown, is the "D ark Energy-Dark Matter" that really isn't understood by us. Kether, the Source of All, is not known to us objectively, but its presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves and whose "genitalia" is the "Womb of All Visible Light", which is the invisible Sephiroth, Daath, called mystery on the above tree representation. She is the Abyssal Womb, which is often shown as the Priestess or High Priestess, shaping curve and straight lines of energy,i.e., the electromagnetic spectrum of light.
Again, the Aces are attributed to Kether and they represent the purest forms of energy. Each is a specific type, and density of Energy that we call the Alchemical Elements.
The Ace of Cups is Kether in Briah, depicting the influence of Kether on the Mental Level. The Ace of Cups is the Root Powers of Water, an element used to symbolize the Universal Collective Unconscious, the unconsciousness and emotions (in combination with Fire).
The Thoth Tarot- Version of this Card shows the wave action characteristic of physical water implying the activity that encloses and directs pure consciousness. As the Universe of Energy is woven out of waves of consciousness, ideas, if you will, thus the Web in the background. The Thoth Deck Ace of Cups, shows us a magnificent Grail filling with "White energy", empowering the surroundings, with Spider Woman's Web emanating from it. For those of us who do not know the Myths of Spider Woman, she is a Native American description of the Great Mother Goddess who wove the fabric of the universe from herself. Today we acknowledge time-space, as a woven grid of energy-----the similarity simply means that we have proven the Myth.
The Ace of Cups represents the secrets of Water in its original form. The Wyrd (weaving) of Atoms into flowing waves/currents of energy form. Water is the Feminine compliment (magnetic), the Moon- vaginal- womb to the masculine- electric- Sun-phallus.
Upon the Dark Sea of Binah (or Goddess Mari if Gnostic Nazarene/Essene) are Lotuses, two in one, that fill the Grail-cup with Life Fluid, that is either represented as Water, Wine or Blood according to the selected purpose of the symbolism. In such symbolism, the Lotus can be replaced by a Blood Red Rose, thus representing the Blood Red Sea of Binah from which all Life flows as Mother's blood. The Blood Red Rose is the image for the "Rosy Cross" symbol.
Remembering that all Aces are the "seed" of a force, no matter how much imagery we use to describe "The Womb with a View" (I've called the Great Her this since I was very young), She is a Force that makes Form from Will to Force (Masculine)by her own Will to Form (Feminine). To represent this amazing Force called the Creatrix, in any form of metaphor, is difficult at most, and a mystery in the least. It's like trying to identify the one who has left foot prints in the snow. You know someone has been there, but no conclusive clue on their identity. She is the Seed of all Life; of Energy Willing itself into Form.
When thrown, the Ace of Cups, represents:
The seed of a form, and idea beginning to formulate; a birth starting in the mind as a zygote that will take about a year to manifest its true form. Beauty, fertility, productiveness. The Mysterious Seed of Femininity.
The Cup, is the Womb of Form, and emerges from the Lotus (Crown) implying the idea of Womb, the seed of the concept of conception and not a sex as of yet. Thus, the Ace of Wands is the idea of Phallus-ejaculation as Will to Force *Chokmah) and the Ace of Cups is the Idea of Womb-reception as Will to Form (Binah).
The Ace of Cups is derived from-Yoni Moon, as the Ace of Wands is from Phallus- Sun. Thus we have the "Holy Grail", the Divine Creatrix; Here on the Thoth Tarot, the dark Sea of Binah supports the Two in One Lotuses that fill the cup with Semantic Life Fluid, be it symbolized, by water, wine or blood. Two in One, is the realization of the Womb and Phallus. Hence, the idea of "I" and the "other", "Am", has become I Am which implies existence, but not yet life. Here, the 0 becomes the concept of infinite 8, two who are One, such as left hand and right hand. The mating of which produce 0+8= Child and/or Me. Now we have the three circles of I AM Me and/or Spirit-Mind-Body. Here Identity begins to know it exists and understands the difference between I and Other. This understanding produces the "Me", of which we are the inheritors. I told you this was difficult to explain!
According to Crowley, the White Light descending into the Ace of Cups is depiction of the Holy Ghost and/or Holy Spirit that enlivens all form, i.e. the male semen like flow of force.
The Holy Spirit represents the Electric Moving- "I Will Be" that causes Spiral- Energy. While the Holy Grail, represents the magnetic containment of the Will of Energy to Form into Self-images. All is Mind, the containment vessel of thought. Invisible and unmeasurable, the Divine Creatrix is the Formative Mind.
WHEN THE ACE OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- A new attitude brings rewards.
- In a period of One Year, the querent will develop a new relationship, or new awareness about existing relationship.
- Is experiencing a new bust of empathy, emotion, sentiment or enthusiasm. This is a time for staying open and vulnerable in order to reap rewards.
- The opening of spiritual, psychic, intuitive channels
- Heart opening to the gift of Love.
- A good time for relocating.
- An overly emotional time. Take all ideas with a grain of salt at this time.
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