tarot of the old path-six of cauldrons
The Thoth- 6 of Cups -Pleasure, is one of the highest emotional cup card in the Thoth Tarot deck and is about the perfect pleasure of spiritual ecstasy.
The approach in the Tarot of the Old Path- Six of Cauldrons is more mundane.
The Six of Cauldrons, illustrates a young couple, dressed in the colors of the element of water, standing around a table supporting six cauldrons. The young man is holding her hand towards his lips to kiss it and she is demurely gazing at a cauldron that she is holding.
The Cauldron in her hand, has a ox-eye daisy sprouting out of it. In the language of flowers, the ox-eye daisy implies innocent and faithful love.
The cauldrons all glow with reflected light and are full of water which is the cards ruling element.
The primary message of the Six of Cauldrons, seems to be about an innocent and undemanding love.
- Accepting a partner and companion for what they are.
- A nostalgic reunion with an old friend.
thoth-6 of cups-pleasure
From the Sepher Yetzirah ( 13 th century Qabalistic text) and the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom:
In Kether is the Radix of a Golden Glory and thence is there a pure, primitive and sparkling, gleaming golden yellow which is reflected into Tiphareth. This is the first reflected Triad complete. And the sphere of its operation is that of Shemesh, the Solar Light, and bestoweth Life, Light and Brilliancy in metallic matter, and it rideth the sphere of action and of the Sun. And YHVH.
Eloah va-Daath is a God of Knowledge and Wisdom, ruling over the Light of the Universe; and its Archangel is Raphael, the Prince of Brightness, Beauty and Life. And the Name of the Order of Angels is Melechim, that is Kings or Angelic Kings, who are also called the Order of Virtues, Angels and Rulers.
6 OF CUPS-PLEASURE:
Lord of Pleasure. Here the Sun is in Scorpio. The Angels of the Decan are Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
The influence of the Solar Logos-Tiphareth, in the Mental World known to Qabalist as Briah.
Already we know that Tiphareth in Atziluth (Beauty in Pure Spirit) means Victory after effort, shown as the Thoth 6 of Wands. Now we see the Six of Cups as Tiphareth in the Watery World of Briah, (Mental World) as the beginnings of Pleasure.
Noted to be a sign of discrimination, magnetism and hidden qualities, Scorpio, in the 6 of Cups, is like activated Water by Solar influx. Here, Scorpio revels in the Sun, and is likened to a Fertile, warm, fruitful Sea that is a Spa of Life generating qualities.
For example, personally having a Sun in Scorpio, and a Scorpio Natal, and a Cancerian Moon, my inner self is a bight pleasure to my Watery World of deep and powerful emotion. Bacchus revels in my halls of hearth and heart I live this card, in a daily Glow of Bright Pleasure,thus I have no need to seek it-----I am it! And a deep, warm, pleasure is a state of daily being and I can find no greater foundation than pleasure to build on.
Of course, Scorpio may sting where the Will directs; However, when the Will resides in Beauty-Tiphareth, Love is the Willful view of life and the scorpion's sting is reserved for those who would demean life with vial actions. So as the Sun activates the Forces of Scorpio, gain or pleasure commences. Implied, without need of assurance, is that pleasure and gain will build, as shown by the partially filled cups.
Pleasure, being the natural title of this card, may seem mundane in meaning. That is not the case with this card as it does not represent the mundane pleasures of the pain fleeing populace, but of the highest energy sense; implying well-being, harmony of natural forces of Anima and Animus, without effort or strain but with ease and satisfaction. Therefore, it also does emphatically represent the fulfillment of Sexual Will, as shown by the ruling Sephiroth, Tiphareth, sign of Scorpio, Planet Sun, and element of Water. However, this sexual action is a communion of fertile forces of Spirit (anima) and Soul (animus), through all the body chakras; an experience that makes all life possible and feels like a glowing sun within.
When the 6 of Cups-Pleasure or the Six of Cauldrons, is thrown during a reading,:
- The querent is experiencing emotional pleasure, in a period of 6 weeks or 6 months of giving to and receiving pleasure form others.
- A period of innocence and taking great pleasure in one's childlike qualities.
- One maybe experiencing an orgasmic rush of feelings, a wave of ecstasy that even sad feelings being actively expressed, feel good in release.
- The querent may also be experiencing sweet memories of the past, as past efforts bring present rewards.
- The querent maybe feeling the absolute love of being. Which is the fulfillment of the Supernal Triangle's, "I Will Be", "I Will Force" and "I Will Form".
- If ill defined:
- Emotional imprisonment where one is locked into childhood emotions.
- Flight from reality.
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