The Witches Tarot- Four of Cups, depicts a youth and a platinum hair mermaid, both brooding under a willow tree, near a lagoon. With arms crossed, and head bowed, the boy seems to be considering the three silver (Moon metal) cups before him. While the somewhat bored mermaid is holding yet another. The peals in the Mermaid's hair and around her wrist, and silver cup, represent the Lunar feminine aspect of energy and therefore, symbolize dreams as yet to be realized. The mermaid is waving her silver blue tail up and down, as if she is trying to get his attention, hoping he will become aware of the dreamy potentials that she represents. In the language of plants, the willow tree that is associated with water also represents patience.
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 Zedekiah 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 all 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 splendor, it is often difficult to realize that Chessed is Part of your Inner inheritance as a Divine Child. However, inside of you, which is infinity, you are compose of these 10 Sephirotic "states of energy conscious", thus the value of inner self-meditation and skrying of the tarot cards should be apparent to one who is interested.
THE 4 OF CUPS-Luxury, in the Thoth Tarot is called Luxury or Lord of Blended Pleasure. The Planet is Moon and the sign is Cancer. The Angels of the Decan are: Hayayel and Mevamayah.
The 4 of Cups represents the 4th Sephiroth- Chesed-mercy in Briah. Here Chesed 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 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. 4 is a "dead end" number so ending is the only place to go and action must be taken soon. Hence, the wish for stable feelings, love without risk and emotional security, leads us to live in mediocrity rather than intensive feelings. Here, a home, despite all its security, has somehow become small. Luxury, states that we should appreciate inner peace while understanding that satiety is dangerous, as it stagnates growth. Therefore, new growth processes are necessary, although they bring insecurity with them. Hence, the zenith of development has already passed.
When the the 4/Four of Cups card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- 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 may be 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
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