Ten of Alembics: Satiety
Historical: Lord of Perfected Happiness
Ruling Pentagram: Pent #10 “Resplendent” – Air of 巽 (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Berashith: “And Elohim said, “Let Tiamat be collected in one place”
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #52 (艮 gèn), Keeping Still (Mountain)
Tiered Bigrams: Air (Above), Earth (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Earth (Malkuth, Kingdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mars in Pisces
Keywords: Vacation, Relaxation, Home, Pleasure, Generosity, Religious Clarity, Security, Placid, Death After a Long Life
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Lingering on before Death, Pity, Quietness, Waste, Backlog, Old Emotional Pain, Quarreling based on Old Memories
Golden Dawn: Called The Ten of Cups The Lord of Perfected Success, the Ten of Cups card corresponds to the planetary Mars and the zodiacal Pisces and places at Sephira #10 (Malkuth,) in the Golden Dawn system. It is associated with the Angels Aasliah and Mihal.
Mostly tranquil imagery is depicted, lotuses are commonly shown, and the cups are overflowing.
Thoth: Oh, here we go again, unstable cups spilling water all over. “Malkuth is bad, man, it’s really really bad!” And Mars disrupts everything because Mars is “gross and violent” contrasting with the “peaceful and spiritualized” Pisces. My question is, why is the prophet fawning over the so-called spirituality of the dead aeon and damning Mars, the planet of War? Is this not the Age of War and Science? There is no answer for it, except for Crowley’s plagued and divided mind which would haunt him, his whole life over. He writes nothing more on the card than this short paragraph.
The card itself is orange and red all over, just like the Ten of Swords. A weird looking Tree of Life stands behind, connecting to a cloud, or rose, up in Kether. It may be it is malformed due to Mars in Pisces, or whatever.
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: Ten of Alembics shares one of eight double Hexagrams with Ten of Blades, Ten of Alembics and Ten of Staves. This one is Mountain over Mountain, #52, and indicates great strength and stability.
I cannot help but think of the Mountain Goddess Parvati, who certainly is equitable to the personification of The Mother this card represents, it is the element of Water, taken to its maximum. She does tend to be emotional, in certain circumstances, but no one would ever accuse her of being *unstable.*
The tiered Bigrams reveal Water in the below, Earth in the mid region and Air in the above, the perfect image of an island paradise. The card is a good omen, generally. Water of Earth can be connected with any water scene, seaside, waterfalls, lakeside, riverside. Mars of Pisces actually helps fortify Pisces and is completely necessary to the sign, in the Nu Aeon. There is a connection to the Queen of Alembics as well. When the Water element goes to war, it tends to be for reasons of Great Justice.
In the Pentagram, we have Air of Wind, indicating the warfare will be of an intellectual and communicative type. The card may indicate politics or intellectual debate or a warfare of doctrines. This is especially so if both doctrines have two different views, both of which have their own truths.
The Scene: Connected with the waters of Malkuth, Kingdom, Satiety features Dôn, the Welsh name of the Mother Goddess. She is the sister of Math fab Mathonwy, a sacred King and later regarded even today as a god of magick, sorcery and enchantment. Dôn is married to Beli Mawr, god of death, she is not featured in the Mabinogion, that collection of Welsh literature, even though she is an ancestor or relative of many of its actors.
She is the penultimate goddess of the concept of Courtly Love. As ladies beloved by the chivalrous knight are extensions of the Queen, so too are Queens extensions of the ultimate feminine goddess, who is represented here by the mother of the children of light. A “Wife of the Deep” like Melusine on The Princess of Alembics, Dôn is also a fully realized Goddess.
The bright faeries who surround her are exactly that, the Children of Light, as opposed to Llŷr’s Children of Darkness.