"A white radiating angelic hand as before holding lotuses or water lilies of which the flowers are falling right and left. Leaves only and no buds surmount them. These lotus stems ascend between the cups in the manner of a fountain, but no water flows therefrom, neither is there water in any of the cups, which are somewhat in the shape of the magical implement of the ZA-M. Above and below are the symbols of Mars and Scorpio, representing the decan.
"Death or end of pleasures. Disappointment. Sorrow and loss in those things from which pleasure is expected. Sadness, deceit, treachery, ill-will, detraction, charity and kindness ill-requited. All kinds of anxieties and troubles from unexpected and unsuspected sources.
"Geburah of Heh. (Disappointments in love, marriage broken off, unkindness from a friend, loss of friendship.) Therein rule Livoyah and Pehilyah."
The Five of Cups is Geburah in the scale of Briah. It is Martial Severity in the Creative World of Pure Intellect. Geburah, being fiery is not in harmony with the watery world of Briah. Therefore the overall effect of the card is one of disruption. Mars in the sign of Scorpio is the lowest manifestation of Geburah influencing the destructive aspect of Scorpio. It is the Waters of putrefaction at work; the beginning of destruction. Therefore pleasure that was anticipated is now frustrated and lost. This card may also mean death if the cards surrounding it support that meaning.
As in the other cards of this suit, the Five of Cups is shown in the flashing colors of blue and orange. The lotuses here seen have no water coming from them, thus the five cups are all empty. It is as though the heat of Mars in Scorpio has completely evaporated the water. The background color behind the cups is scarlet-red, the color of Geburah in the scale of Briah. Red is the primary color associated with the Mother Letter, Shin, which corresponds to the element of Fire.
Was this article helpful?