Four of Cups, we see how darker this card
is compared to the 3 of Cups, and some the darkness is there too, but now its got darker.
Crowley says This card refers to Chesed in the sphere of Water. Here, below the Abyss,
the energy of this element, although ordered, balanced and for the moment stabilized, has
the losr the original purity of the conception. This is enforced by the idea of the card is
always to do with the degradation of the 3rd decanate of each sign. The card refers to
the Moon in Cancer, which is in her own house; but Cancer itself is so placed that this implies
a certain weakness, Think of the 4 of Wands as the establishment of power don’t you? but
power holds onto things while the nature of water is to flow. When water stops there is
a danger it becomes stagnant. This tends to introduce the seeds of decay into the fruit
of pleasure. The sea is still shown, Binah, but its surface is ruffled, and the four cups
which stand upon it are no longer so stable. The four cups is stability, but the water
is undermining the foundations. For although the number 4 is the manifestation and consolidation
of the dyad, it is also secretly preparing catastrophe by emphasising individuality.
The four of power and authority, the consensus of people to be ruled by the boss, the emperor,
the kind. With the 5 of wands this is the kind of card of revolution, the people rise
up, the people no longer wish to be controlled, given sweeties out, they want their power
back. This is of course creates a conflict. The seeds are there always in the system.
Great empires fall, you can see that in the archaeological record and in the history of
the world can’t you. Whatever is here today won’t necessarily be here tomorrow. They will
fall. He introduces the geomantic symbols Populus, and Via, both of these symbols are
to do with the Moon more than anything else. He brings in this idea of change=stability,
the idea of the universe is stable by the fact that it is moving, like a spinning top,
the more it spins, the more stable it is. The problem with the fours is you can’t construct
a magic square from it. You can construct a magic square from 3, we have 1-9 on there,
and that is a powerful magic square. Even in the Naples Arrangement four is a dead stop,
a blind alley. . An idea of a totally different order is necessary to carry on the series.
The sum of 4, 1+2+3+4=10, which is the Tetragrammaton. Four is the number of the curse of limitation
of restriction. It is a blind and barren cross of equal arms, Tetragrammaton in his fatal
aspect of finality. As we go down to the 10s, the 4 contains the ten. 1+2+3=4 – ten. He
brings it in here but not with the 4 of Wands because that is establishment of power, here
we are talking about blood, wine, and water., liquids. And this idea of the formula of Tetragrammaton
which is sex magic again. the revolving formula whereby the Daughter is seated upon the throne
of the mother, mother is binah, the daughter is malkuth, so she is getting back to there,
awakens the eld of the all-father, the all father, all is Pan and father is Chokmah.
Now, we move to the other side of the tree of life