The Body / The Number Cards
Each of the four decks of the Minor Arcana has fourteen cards, which divide into body and soul as represented in the nine Corporeal Number cards (Two through Ten) and the five Spiritual Master cards (Ace through Page). In conjunction with their correspondences to the four elements, the fifty-six cards of the Minor Arcana can represent or invoke every possible situation in and variation upon human experience. The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana represent the soul as it is separate from the body, attached only by an illuminated strand of spiritual hair. The five royal cards of the Minor Arcana represent the strand of spiritual hair as it enters into the right side of the brain and that is why the number one does not appear. It has been replaced by the five levels of the soul: Ace, King, Queen, Knight, Page. The remaining nine cards, numbered Two to Ten, are the body itself.
Although numerically it might seem that counting from Two to Ten is counting up, the Cabalist locates the number Two in the left lobe of the brain, and so it is necessary to think of the cards counting down through the parts of the body toward Ten, the end. Or, to explain it another way: There once was a wise man who passed out in the presence of his father. When he came to, the father, who was also a wise man, asked his son, “What did you see?”
“I saw a world upside down. What was on top was beneath and that which is below was on top.”
“Now, you know the truth, my son.”
The smaller the light, the larger the vessel. For this reason, the Tarot cards descend to ten.
Page of Cups
The Water Soldier stands at the foot of the sea, peering into his chalice. A fish peers back at him. By consuming life, by seeing how life tastes, we come to see who we are. That’s what we do with the cup--we taste life. The greatest of all sights is to behold one’s purpose as reflected in your life’s possibilities.
The person is like a cup--some are elaborate on the outside but crude within and therefore can hold very little. Nonetheless, every cup holds something, which is why it is called a cup. If we look into the cup of our being, the hollow space within, we will perceive our abilities and our purpose. We will see the true reflection of ourselves.
The first number that separates the oneness is two. The constant state of division characterizes the temporal condition of Creation. The cell divides to create a single entity, but the unity of that entity separates at death. Oneness is a spiritual quality. What is there in our world which cannot be divided?
Two of Cups
A crowned woman and man raise their cups in understanding. They stand under a winged lion’s head, which sits atop a staff with a pair of twined serpents. In the background, a house sits atop a green hill. It is a picture of domestic balance and peace. Mutual understanding is accomplished through recognition of the unique nature of each human being.
The one thing that makes us all equal in this world is our uniqueness. Understanding means to acknowledge without judgment, to admit to the many faces of reality. This is a card of conciliation and mutual respect.