4 of Cups – Reconciling/Emotional
(9 of Water, 54=5+4=9)
Astrology: Neptune in Cancer
Time: 13 July – 22 July
(3rd decan of Cancer)
4th House, House of Home and Family (Parent)
Fortune Telling with Playing Cards:
9 of Hearts (9 of Water)
You refine in an instinctive and protective way matters to do with the home, or base, in its widest sense. Your imagination and dreams relate to the home, your group, your country, or even matters related to the development of yourself and your life.
You may be caring about your roots and family. Your origins may be matters that fire your imagination. Overall, you are likely to be emotional about these matters and be protective over them. You are also likely to be deluded by some of these beliefs, if you do not keep control of your emotions. You can potentially break down and dissolve unwanted early experiences, family traditions and ethnic origins and attain more than would normally be expected (Neptune, water). You may be able to do this because of your powerful imagination (water, Neptune) where you can create new experiences. (Source: trans4mind.com)
Neptune in Cancer, when well aspected, gives an intuitive, sympathetic and lovable nature quick to understand the sorrows and joys of others and ready to feel for them or with them. Hence these people are generally very much liked, both in the home and in their immediate circle of acquaintances. This position also brings them in touch with the finer forces of nature and enables them to cultivate such spiritual faculties as psychometry and a species of intuition whereby they can get in touch with whomsoever or whatsoever they wish for the help and benefit of others. They are very versatile in the spiritual direction and may reach great heights by devotion, which is strongly expressed in them. But when Neptune is afflicted in Cancer it gives a very self-indulgent disposition which generally exerts a baneful influence in the home, perhaps more by innuendo than by direct malicious expression. This position also gives peculiar tastes and appetites which are apt to cause great trouble to the alimentative system and there is a strong inclination for drugs or drink. (Source: rosicrucian.com)
4th House, House of Home and Family (Parent). Ancestry, heritage, roots. Early foundation and environment. Mother or mothers as figure. The caretaker of the household. Cyclic end of matters.
Neptune in the Fourth House, when well aspected, gives a spiritual atmosphere to the home with unusual conditions for soul-growth through the relationships there formed, but when afflicted it brings fraud and deception, unhappiness and distrust, peculiar problems and many changes of residence. There is also a liability to extreme poverty at the close of life, even confinement in a public institution of charity. (Source: rosicrucian.com)
The number 6 – Neptune, Reconciling/Emotional (Water)
– Compassionate, imaginative, engaged, sympathy for others, unselfishness, love of home and domestic affairs, devoted, adaptable, accepting, freely renders service to others.
– Self-righteousness, addict, oversensitive, indecisive, self-pitying, escapist, egotistical and susceptible to flattery, lazy.
Crowley: Luxury. 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 lost the original purity of the conception. The card refers to the Moon in Cancer, which is her own house; but Cancer itself is so placed that this implies a certain weakness, an abandonment to desire. This tends to introduce tlie seeds of decay into the fruit of pleasure. The sea is still shown, but its surface is ruffled, and the four Cups which stand upon it are no longer so stable. The Lotus from which the water Springs has a multiple stem, as if to show that the influence of the Dyad has gathered strength. For although the number Four is the manifestation and consolidation of the dyad, it is also secretly preparing catastrophe by emphasizing individuality.
There is a certain parallelism between this card and the Geomantic figures Via and Populus, which are attributed to the Moon in her decrease and increase respectively. The link is primarily the “Change=Stability” equation, already familiar to readers of this essay. Four is an “awkward” number; alone among the natural numbers, it is impossible to construct a “Magic Square” of four cells. 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. Note also the refolding 4n-upon-itself suggested by the “Magic Number” of Four 1+2 + 3+4 which is Ten. Four is the number of the Curse of Limitation, of Restriction. It is the blind and barren Cross of equal arms, Tetragrammaton in his fatal aspect of finality, as the Qabalists knew him before the discovery of the Revolving Formula whereby the Daughter, seated upon the Throne of the Mother, “awakens the Eld of the All-Father”. For the meanings of Via and Populus, refer to the “Handbook of Geomancy” (Equinox Vol. I, No.2).
Waite: A young man is seated under a tree and contemplates three cups set on the grass before him; an arm issuing from a cloud offers him another cup. His expression notwithstanding is one of discontent with his environment.
Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations, as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only; another wine, as if a fairy gift, is now offered the wastrel, but he sees no consolation therein. This is also a card of blended pleasure.
Reversed: Novelty, presage, new instruction, new relations.
Fortune Telling with Playing Cards:
9 of Hearts – The card of wishes. A wish/dream fulfilled. Look to the card just preceding this one to determine what the querent desires.