Chapter Four Primordialism

(Cups/Nephandi/Water)

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches toward Bethlehem to be bom? — W.B. Yeats, "The Second Coming" The raw materials of existence are present in the Primordial Essence. Attributing this suit to the Nephandi emphasizes the turbulent and often violent outpouring of unrestrained passion and instinct. The traditional Tarot assigns this suit to Cups, the vessels which contain the vital fluids of life. Water is the element represented by these cards, reflecting their multiple meanings and their source as the wellsprings of desire and fertility. Virtues: Imagination, Love, Birth Vices: Excess, Lasciviousness, Bad Temper Element: Water Season: Summer

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