Wednesday, 7 February 2007

The Three of Cups

A Picture showing a cake with three dancers gracefully pirouetting around the circumference.

While the three maidens salute the three graces, they are different colors and facing different ways to suggest the three phases of the moon. On the cake plate one large rose corresponds to each maiden: the red rose in particular is the passion of the full moon, and the white rose purity of the black moon (spirit so pure it is unobscured by light). The blue rose, however, is purely imaginary, and represents the deepest inner recesses of a woman’s heart, which will unfold only to one capable of navigating the fiery inner realms without getting burned... a true magician.

Such a magician is represented by the frog. In mythology the frog is associated with the Hecate, with resurrection, transformation, and the astral body.

Aleister Crowley calls this card Abundance, the "fulfillment of the Will of Love in abounding joy; the spiritual basis of fertility. He gives the card rich interpretive possibilities, citing the influence of Mercury in this card, he reminds us that Mercury was the messenger of the Gods to the underworld. Crowley's Thoth '3 of cups' tarot depicts three pomengranates; Crowley calls this the card of Persephone, and goes on to remind us the pomegranate is the fruit which Pluto/Hades used to magically bind her to the underworld.

The Frog is all at once the emblem of the King of the Underworld, the link between worlds, and the love interest, suggesting a worldly joy rooted deeply in spirit.

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