The Ten of Cups: Reversed Meanings
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The Thoth Tarot Ten’s
Tens represent the maximum expression of the suit – all the events taking or taken place. Tens signify the conclusion of a cycle, event, or undertaking. Because of this they represent both an end as well as the early stages of a new beginning. These cards are about what completes that turn of the wheel, getting it back to one (aces) and yet carrying with it all that it has experienced through those other numbers on its way round the circle. Tens represent both the beginning and ending of a cycle or a set of circumstances born out of the previous cycle. As a result, we close the door on a cycle while at the same time we open the door on a new one. It represents the manifestation of all creation; life, ideas, form and launches us back into the same cycle hopefully wiser.
The Thoth Tarot Suit of Cups
The Suit of Cups deals with the emotional level of consciousness and is associated with love, feelings, relationships and connections. Cups are about displays of emotion, expression of feelings and the role of emotions in relation to others. The Cups Tarot cards indicate that you are thinking with your heart rather than your head, and thus reflect your spontaneous responses and your habitual reactions to situations. Cups are also linked to creativity, romanticism, fantasy and imagination. The negative aspects of the Suit of Cups (i.e. when the Cups cards appear reversed) include being overly emotional or completely disengaged and dispassionate, having unrealistic expectations and fantasising about what could be. There may be repressed emotions, an inability to truly express oneself and a lack of creativity. The Suit of Cups traditionally represents the west and autumn. If using an ordinary deck of playing cards, Cups are represented by the Suit of Hearts.
The magnificent Thoth Tarot Deck contains the Kabbalistic and astrological attributions described in Aleister Crowleys Book Of Thoth. It is known for its striking beauty, as well as its depiction of an understanding of the occult that was gathered over a lifetime of study. In 1773 Antoine Court de Gébelin claimed that Egyptian priests coded the Book of Thoth into the images of the tarot.
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Tarot Triumphs: Insights about the nature of the card may come to you during the day too. Write those down if you can, or make a mental note and record them later. You may be surprised how synchronicities can crop up, linking the day’s experiences to the qualities of the cards. I decided to refresh my connection with the cards by doing this exercise myself while writing this book, and during my progression through the images I noted quite a number of these symbolic occurrences. The day I was studying the Tower, for instance, part of my tooth broke off, causing a jagged rift rather like that of lightning rupturing the Tower. The day I was pondering Temperance, I happened to visit a water mill and found myself listening to the sound of water going through a millrace, another kind of controlled outpouring. You could argue that one can find associations in the external world with whatever card is chosen for that day. Perhaps this is true; but even if they are not always startling coincidences, we can use what life throws up to help illuminate the spirit of the cards.
Elements of the Psychic World: One legend says that Ankou was once a cruel prince who met up with Death in the forest and challenged him to a contest. The prince loved to hunt and kill, and on this particular night he was chasing a white stag (a magical animal in Celtic stories). The prince set out a challenge before the enormous, black-robed rider: whoever could kill the stag would
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