The Thoth Tarot- 4 of Cups-Luxury and the Tarot of the Old Path- Four of Cauldrons differ somewhat in their meanings.
The Tarot of the Old Path illustrates and elderly man sleeping, while a woman who is dressed in the colors of the 4 elements, Fire (red hair), Water- blue, earth-green, and air-yellow, pours water into his cup This is a woman of power who controls four elements, and is replenishing the mans drink, with water flowing in a deosil (clockwise) direction implying help and guidance. She is an embodiment of elemental balance and supply.
The man's cloths are in the blue colors of Water, the ruling element of this card. Water is an alchemical element that represents consciousness and emotion. Water is further represented by the other two cauldrons in the illustration.
The primary meaning of this card seems to be an offer of positive help from a powerful source.
This card also shows the subtlety of continual spiritual supply, rather we pay heed or not.
THOTH TAROT 4 of CUPS-LUXURY:
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 Tzedek 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 Al 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 realized that this 4th Sephiroth, Chesed -Mercy, is Part of your Inner inheritance as a Divine Child;the Inner self of you, The Spirit and physical form of you are compose of these 10 "states of energy conscious"; these 10 Sephira of Force and Form that compose the Tree of Life. Thus the value of inner self meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested in knowing themselves.
THE 4 OF CUPS, in the Thoth Deck is called Luxury or Lord of Blended Pleasure. The Planet is the 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 (mercy) 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.
When looking at the Crowley-Harris 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. Four is a "dead end" number so ending is the only place to go and action must be taken soon.
When the 4 of Cups or Cauldrons is thrown during a Divination:
- For a time, say 4 wks 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 maybe 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.
- Possessive inclination (restricting another person through excess of affection).
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