Letters From Thoth & The New Era Elements
5 of Cups (Thoth)
I like that Crowley had Harris draw the cups in an inverted pentagram, which can be symbolic here, as matter over spirit. You'd think this card would be a lot more positive, Mars rules Scorpio and is quite happy about it and it sits in Geburah, sephira of Mars. I think the issue is that it is too comfortable and blasts too much emotion all at once. Now, there are no waters pouring from the blown away lotus blossoms and the sky has turned a very foreboding red color. Too much emotion has now left us dry and the sea is left to stagnate. Which leaves us very disappointed.
5 of Water (NEE)
Sorrow, disillusion, pain - something didn't work out the way we hoped or expected and now we are left dealing with the hurt. Like expecting a gorgeous flowing river and finding it stagnant, cracked and lifeless.
When we let our expectations get too high, whether reasonable or not, when things don't go the way we planned, we are often left hurt and confused. I guess it is natural to want to expect the best, but we don't always plan for the worst. Instead of walking down the Middle Path we went way high and now we are dumped way low. There really is no way out of this hurt but through it. Find support in friends and family and take it one step at a time. Slowly filling your cups back up again.
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