"The Seven of Cups are thus arranged:
"A hand as usual holds the lotus stems which arise from the central lower cup. The hand is above this cup and below the middle one. With the exception of the central lower cup, each is overhung by a lotus flower, but no water falls from them into cups which are quite empty. Above and below are the symbols of the decanate, Venus and Scorpio.
"Possibly victory, but neutralized by the supineness of the person. Illusionary success. Deception in the moment of apparent victory. Lying error, promises unfulfilled. Drunkenness, wrath, vanity, lust, fornication, violence against women. Selfish dissipation. Deception in love and friendship. Often success gained, but not followed up. Modified by dignity.
"Netzach of Heh. (Lying. Promises unfulfilled. Illusion. Error. Deception, slight success at outset, but want of energy to retain it.) Therein rules Melchel and Chahaviah."
The Seven of Cups is Netzach in the scale of Briah. It is Venus, (Victory) in the Creative World of Pure Intellect. In the watery World of the Queen scale, the fiery sphere of Netzach is not well suited. The effect of the card is weakness and imbalance. Venus in Scorpio is not well dignified here, and can lead to self-deception, egocentricity and extreme emotional floundering. The destructive putrefying aspect of Scorpio takes its toll on Venus, the planet whose metal is copper, "external splendor and internal corruption." The Seven of Cups is almost a perverse image of the Six of Cups showing how easily something sacred is profaned by Ego and illusion.
The Seven of Cups is shown with the usual colors of the suit of Water. The cups are depicted with no water pouring into them. As in the case of the Five of Cups, the heat of Scorpio (ruler of Mars) has dried them up. The background color behind the cups is green, the color of Netzach in the scale of Briah. Green is the secondary color created by the mixing of blue and yellow. The energies of Chesed (blue) combine with the Reconciler, Tiphareth (yellow), to form a third color, green, which is the compliment and flashing color of the Fire of Geburah, which is red.
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