A deep seated attachment
Benefit from hidden influences (Neptune)
Domestic Illusions (Neptune)
The astrological inner meaning of the Five of Cups is based on the Pieces decanate of Scorpio, sub-ruled by Neptune. Pictured in the heavens as an altar burning with the smoke and flame of a sacrifice, here we find the aggression and self-centeredness of Scorpio, ruled by Mars, tempered with the self-sacrificing aspect of Pisces. This decanate reminds us that there usually comes a time in one’s life when personal gratification must be sacrificed at the altar of duty and devotion to others. The key word for the inner meaning of the Five of Cups is RESPONSIBILITY.
We are all familiar with the story of Cain and Abel where Cain, angered by his brother’s fortune, was taken over by the lower side of Scorpio known as jealousy, and killed his brother, Abel. This story might have found its origins in the far older Egyptian story of Set and Osiris who were also brothers. Set ruled lower Egypt and Osiris ruled upper Egypt. However, it was Osiris who brought the knowledge of growing crops to his people. It was Osiris who then brought law to his people, and his people flourished. Set, who later became known at the god ruling the barren desert, was jealous of his brother’s fame and fortune and wanted to rule all of Egypt himself, and so he killed his brother, Osiris. Abel and Osiris are both remembered and revered today as perhaps the first martyrs for good, and Cain and Set are both considered as the first murderers or the ancestors of evil. The message and the spiritual text of the Five of Cups is: By sacrificing one’s animal thoughts, desires and pleasures upon the altar of aspiration to higher things, it is possible to posses intellectual and spiritual pleasures that yield a far keener delight. __C.C. Zain
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