tarot of the old path- five of cauldrons
The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Cups is named Disappointment, where as, the Tarot of the Old Path Card illustrates a mature male in sad contemplation, which is usually a product of disappointment.
With head bowed, right hand supporting his chin, the mature man is so lost in contemplation that he is unaware of the small child holding a cauldron aloft behind him. The young child represents the blessings in life and all that is fortunate and good.
All Cauldron cards have Water as their element, thus the man is dressed in blue which also compliments his attitude.
Seemingly unnoticed are the spilled and upturned cauldrons, although they could be a contributing factor towards concern as they are now empty.
Three droplets of water spill from the outermost cup, symbolizing, Maid, Mother and Crone.
The primary implication of this card seems to be preoccupation with concern or regret. Being overly concerned with what you don't have, rather than counting your daily blessings.
thoth- 5 of cups-disappointment
As I have previously stated in past blogs, Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth, may be severe but she brings a necessary corrective in our lives, by tearing away all that is unproductive thought, and emotion,.
In this sensual- physical Universe of body, most of us understand that there is only one energy that we can't create, nor can we destroy it. We can however, transfer it and transform it.
Transformation is a process of deconstruction and then reconstructing that which is envisioned. Transmitting is done sexually or in some from of intimacy and/or communication, where we are in communion with someone or something. Such as the intimacy of healers, or shamanic rites etc. The flow of this vital force is often called love, as such we could say that the intimacy of the negative pole as it joins with a positive pole of a magnet, proving a type of love. But being Spiritual-Sensual beings, we know Love is more that energy flow, it is a communion of multiple attributes. Hence the transmission of Energy. Therefore, intimacy is not limited to physical touching, tasting, smelling, hearing or seeing, even though those are usually involved. Intimacy is a Universal "law of attraction"; a union that can be a balancing agent, such as where one Auric Field blends with another. Energy weaving into a new pattern for both parties is often healing and mutually beneficial; a multiplication of 7 dimensions (Auric Fields) weaving with another 7 dimensions, becoming 49. These 49 are really a numeric 4+ 9= 13 and Key 13 is the Death Card, which means a "Spiritual Transformation". What may surprise many of us, is that intimacy, if complete, can be mutually annihilating, much like if you blend red with blue, you get purple. The red and blue are annihilated, and then reconstructed into a "new thing" called purple. That is why Loving couples, change into a different being, comprised of both and yet neither one. Some people actually feel like they are being torn apart by the power of Love but soon they are also being reassembled into something wonderful.
However wonderful energy in motion is, it also has and end. That would be the second law of Thermodynamics where"...all things proceed from order to disorder." So a Master weaver of Self, would see the disorder in self identity patterns, and "deconstruct" them and reconstruct a new order of Self. Here's where Geburah, the severe creatrix, steps in to assist us, she makes us view the disorder, and as a corrective, we can now remove the old and build the new.
THE 5 OF- CUPS- DISAPPOINTMENT:
Is also known as Lord of loss in pleasure. Here the planet Mars is in Scorpio. The angels of the Decan are: Livoyah and Pehilyah. As the 5 of cups, Geburah is influencing the Mental World of Briah.
By now you may know that the Alchemical Element-Water is emotional consciousness, and a severe situation is sensually presented in the 5 of Cups. Mars is violent energy and in the water sign Scorpio, this produces an extremely emotional effect. What is funny here, is that Mars is the ruler of Scorpio, but combined with Geburah, Severity in Briah, there is turmoil and emotional surges as the mind is at war and can't settle down. The truth is, that we can only expect actions of our own, and not for others. Therefore, we have a lot less disappointment in our life if we know that we are the happiness in our life, and not the outside world. Just observe others, and not expect for them or expect them to act in a certain way. For if you are observant, you already know how they will react. Those who expect for others, are not observant as they are blindfolded by their own expectations.
Here, the once full cups are empty, implying loss of that which is loved, Geburah is fiery in nature, and still water is totally at odds with this active force, thus causing a disturbance and loss of pleasure.This card, if supported by negative accompanying cards, can even mean death of a loved one.
The inverted pentagram represents the triumph of matter over spirit and the place in the Psyche where disturbance arises in the middle of ease.
When the 5 of cups or Five of Cauldrons is thrown during a reading,
- The querent has been or will be experiencing emotional disappointment for 5 weeks or 5 months.
- Usually implications of relying too much on others for love, rather than loving themselves.
- Here, there is a certain crying over past events, a experience of grieving over what has been lost.
- Emotional discord as one begins to adapt.
- This is a card of regret, loss and separation. The corrective of Geburah is being applied here, and it is the beginning of recovery.
If ill dignified:
- Death of a loved one.
- Avoidance of facing unpleasant events.
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