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NOTE: I seem to be having issues with the image gallery this morning, so I cannot include the image. Will try again later…

This card is all about celebration, friendships, and communication.  It indicates social gatherings, parties, and honoring the blessings of social interaction.  Inverted, it could be signifying my recent retreat into self. I’ll have more to say at the bottom of this post.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Learn Tarot.com

feeling exuberant
bursting with energy
being in the flow
celebrating
overflowing with high spirits
feeling on top of the world
dancing and singing
putting yourself out there 
enjoying friendship
getting together with people you like
experiencing camaraderie
extending/receiving hospitality
sharing
finding companions
trusting others
relying on outside help 
valuing community
taking part in a support group
developing a team spirit
working together
uniting with others
forming a group bond
helping each other
discovering a common goal
being neighborly

There are three cards in the tarot that focus on the group – each from a different point of view. For the Hierophant, it’s the formal approach. For the Three of Pentacles it’s teamwork, and for the Three of Cups, it’s emotions. What does it feel like to join with others? What is friendship and community? These are the questions answered by the Three of Cups.

On this card, we see three women dancing together in a circle. Their arms reach out to each other to connect their feelings (Cups). In many settings, women create and nurture the social glue that bonds people together. These dancing women are a symbol of coming together in love. (Of course, these feelings do not only relate to woman.)

In readings, the Three of Cups can signify a friend or the feelings associated with friendship. This card can represent community – the network of support created when we interact with others. It can be any group in which the members feel a bond. When you see the Three of Cups, examine your attachments to the groups in your life from an emotional point of view. Consider reaching out to give or receive help. This card stands for all forms of support, including formal aid such as counseling and other social services.

The women on the Three of Cups also express joy and high spirits. Such feelings are not limited to groups, but can be especially strong there. Celebrations spontaneously arise when people feel connected, loved and secure. The Three of Cups can stand for a mood or experience that makes you feel like dancing and singing.

 

From Aeclectic Tarot:

So at first we had one, indivisible; then it splits into two, mirror images, opposites: two opposing passions, twin emotions, two ideas, two jobs or finances. The next move, of course, is for the two to create a third. Male and female create a child; two corners get a third to form a triangle.

Ruling over the threes is the Empress, of course, whose card is all about creation. The child in the womb, the seed in the ground. So, with the twos, a choice has been made about what use to put this passion, emotion, brainpower, craft. Now we get the first results of that decision, the initial offspring.

Three of Cups

Three maidens with three overflowing cups celebrate. The creation here, springing from the relationship in the two of cups, is happiness, togetherness. Two cups pour into a third and it overflows with love and joy, enough for all. This is a card of parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays. Any time that families get together and reunite in celebration of something new.

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Joining a group of like-minded individuals; emotional celebrations of all kinds; positive group mind; comfort; a happy outcome of an emotional situation; good luck; emotional fulfillment of something long awaited.

And, from Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

As a temporary  vibration: Abundance, rejoicing, healing. Congratulations are in order. This is a period of rejoicing because the results of your past endeavors are now evident. You have concluded matters successfully and realized your goals. The rewards are yours.

If your pursuits have been professional, you now realize financial increases, promotion, and business expansion. If health has been an issue, healing takes place. Family difficulties smooth out, and you are overwhelmed by success, peace, and extra benefits that you are now enjoying.

This is a restful vibration, so loosen up and enjoy it. Follow your routine or take a vacation, but maintain the status quo. Pushing new ventures and pursuing new avenues is not a part of this cycle. Sit back and relax.

Be careful that your celebration does not degenerate into overindulgence. Too much of the good life can bring on physical discomforts. If you select your partners indiscriminately, relationships can suffer. So eat, drink and be merry in moderation. You have earned it.

Tarot Symbolism: This key depicts the celbration of bounty and good fortune. Three maidens jubilantly toast the happy outcome of their work  – the abundant harvest pictured around them.

 

Notes: On instinct, I think of Sorscha and Indigo, as they’ve been my two strongest allys in progressing towards my goals.  They are the two who call and check on me if I’ve “gone dark”, gotten ill, or otherwise seem distressed.  On the same token, however, I must remember that while this card has a beautiful and celebratory definition, it also appeared today REVERSED – which means either the energy is just surfacing, has already climaxed and is on its way out, OR, that the opposite of this card’s definition is manifesting.

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I drew this card on July 13. Here she is again.

Last time, I’d equated this card with extreme empathy, if not clairvoyance and psychic attunement.  She governs her people by feeling what they feel, by being sensitive to their needs.  I’d also learned last time that this card can indicate female hormonal problems, or addictions.  I’d determined that inverted would likely indicated the troubled spots, whereas upright would indicate the more positive attributes.

I also remember reading somewhere that this card could represent a female alcoholic (which ties into the addiction definition), or that it can represent the “other woman” in an affair (which I’d never heard before and tend to resist). Ah, I remember… that last bit was from Solitary Witch by Silver Raven Wolf, which I’d included in the description the last time I drew this card.

Based on my recent study subjects (palmistry, numerology, astrology, etc), and my recent writing of The Winds of Change, the fact that I’ve become more solitary – and yet, through that solitary action, more “connected”, I think this card is right on time.  In fact, last time I drew her, she came up with the Quiet Time Fairy Oracle. I’m learning to stop resisting the flow of life, to stop being emotionally “bowled over” when things don’t go the way I’d hoped or planned, such as with the recent plans to move that fell through, or in relationships.  I’m focusing much more on honing my skills and using my gifts, on doing what I’m supposed to do.  Rather than see the world through my own human eyes, I’m looking at it through the third eye… allowing myself to be directed by the Universe instead of trying to bend the Universe to my own will. In an odd sense, I’m becoming much softer by thickening my own skin.

Here are the definitions as recorded on July 13:

Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

The Queens represent maternal energy – the mature, nurturing, soft, caring energy of a mother. Cups represent emotion, feeling, and spirit.

This Queen, as I understand her, is extremely empathic – if not downright psychic. She governs her subjects well because she can feel what they feel. With one foot in the water and one on solid ground, she balances physical needs with spiritual and emotional needs. She reminds me of divine guidance… especially with the cherubs on her throne.

Her message, then, would be to show compassion, to remember that we are all one, and to govern with a sense of epathy, honoring psychic impressions and intuition.

As I understand it, she corresponds with Scorpio in astrology.

I’m reading the description from the book “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf, and I’m having an instinctive “no way!” reaction. The description in this book doesn’t fit anything I’ve learned to date about this card. Here’s what it says:

Secretive, creatie woman. Oft times ‘the other woman’ in an illicit affair. Gossipy and vindictive. Emotional.”

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Loving
turns away wrath with caring
is unconditionally accepting
is sensitive to the feelings of others
dispels anger and hate
has infinite patience

Tenderhearted
is easily moved by another’s pain
reacts with sensitivity and compassion
is kind and gentle with all creatures
can never turn away someone in need
feels what others are feeling

Intuitive
is always tuned to emotional undercurrents
senses the climate of a situation
is guided by the heart
trusts an inner sense of what is true
understands without having to ask

Psychic
is open to the unconscious
has a well-developed sixth sense
can have a telepathic bond with another
has a finely-tuned sensibility
is a natural medium

Spiritual
feels oneness with God and the universe
has reverence for all life
finds joy in communion
appreciates the deeper meanings of life
sees the world as a holy place

The personality of the Queen of Cups combines the positive water energy of the Cups suit with the inward focus of a Queen. Because she has a sweet, loving and sensitive nature, the Queen of Cups has a kind word for everyone and never reacts with anger or impatience. There is a gentleness about her that soothes and calms. Compassion is her watchword. Her reactions to the world are guided by her feelings. In all matters, she lets her heart lead the way. She senses emotional currents and knows what others are experiencing without having to ask. She is never moody, but understands moods and their influence. She trusts her intuition and so is more open to knowledge that comes from within herself and beyond. She is often moved by the beauty and tragedy of life. The Queen of Cups feels deeply and has a reverence for all aspects of God’s creation. Her love includes and embraces everyone and everything.

In readings, the Queen of Cups asks you to think and feel as she does. For example: Are you aware of the emotional climate? Are you feeling loving? Do you trust your heart? Have you received an intuitive message? Have you been moved by another’s pain?

This Queen can also represent a man or woman who is like her, or an atmosphere of gentle love, acceptance and respect for feelings. In a reading, she tells you that her special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this Queen in whatever form she appears in your life.

Now that’s more like it! That fit my own description almost perfectly. I won’t rule out the description from the book, but it didn’t feel right and this one matches much better to my own understanding.

Here’s from AeclecticTarot:

QUEENS
The element of Queens is water and, not surprisingly, they are a reflection of the Empress. In this they signify the creative force. One way to think of the court cards is this: The Kings are the motivating force (Fire = the sun waking up the sleeping Earth). The queens are the ones who make it real (water = rain bringing forth life from the earth). The Knights spread the idea of the Kingdom (wind = spreading the seeds). And the Pages, of course, are the fertile soil in which all of this can grow.

When Queens appear they signal a time of growth and development, a time when the Querent is making things real.

Queen of Cups

Often a healer, counselor or psychic, this is a woman who seems to know what’s wrong even before you open your mouth. Call her the emotional fix-it woman, but she seems to have exactly the right solution to problems relating to home, friends, love. Sometimes she is shy, self-effacing, you might not even notice her; other times she can be a little scary, dreamy, mysterious, a creative storyteller. Affectionate and loving, she is a “mom’s mom” always there to hug, heal and bake cookies for her children. Her intuition is uncanny, her temper…well, it runs very deep and you don’t ever want it turned against you. Talk about scary. Unfortunately, this is also a queen who can suffer from female hormonal problems, depression, moodiness, alcoholism, drug addiction, psychological problems.

Well, that fits, although it adds to my own information base. I’d not yet connected this card to female hormonal problems, or addictions – although since the King of Cups represents patterns, addictions, and alcoholism, it does make sense and shouldn’t be hard to remember. I think upright would show the compassion, psychic abilities, intuition, and empathy – and reversed might indicate the moodiness, female problems, or addictive patterns.

I think this card is going to be a good one for me to carry in my mind’s eye throughout the day, as Sundays are my most challenging days at work – and this one, moreso than normal because it’s going to be about a fourteen hour shift. When I find myself getting irritable, or wanting to .. eh hem… bitch because of the guests I’m serving or the lack of cooperation from co-workers, I’ll remember this queen and draw her energy up. Of course, she may have other meanings for me that I’m not consciously aware of today, so I’ll keep myself open to her messages.

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Six of Cups

Six of Cups

The six of cups suggests that it’s time to review patters and cycles – patterns and cycles that most likely were established early on in life. This card reminds me of a karmic loop.  When we find that we keep landing in the same place over and over, it’s easy to understand that we’re landing where we are because we’re following the exact same patterns and cycles.  If we want to land in a different place, we have to change the pattern, start a new cycle. 

Because the card is cups, we can associate it with emotions, planning, and spirituality – so the cycles and patterns are most likely connected to how/why we feel the way we do, how we handle our relationships, and our deeper, spiritual view of life or belief systems.

As it applies to me directly, one example of this card’s meaning could reflect the amount of time, energy, and effort I’ve put into romantic love and relationships – and why, in spite of my investments, the relationships I’ve had prior to now haven’t worked out.  There’s a pattern in it… is it that I’ve been choosing the same type of partners?  Have I been expecting too much from my relationships? Could I have a skewed understanding of how partnerships are meant to work?  Recent writings of mine would indicate that my core problem is that I had a complete misunderstanding of Love itself – and that I confused it with all sorts of other thoughts and feelings, including co-dependency, attention, sex, or other life circumstances/lessons that had nothing to do with true love. If I want this cycle of “lost love” and failed relationships to end, then I have to break the pattern and make sure that I’m giving and receiving genuine love with a partner with whom I’m well suited.

The six of cups also represents a possible mentor, teacher, or role model from the past – from early years, possibly childhood.  In the past, I’ve always viewed that possible mentor as a good teacher, a happy memory, or someone we’d choose to be like – but in this morning’s reflections, in relation to the example I’ve given of failed relationships, I can look back into the past and account for an ancestral trend.  My grandmother has been married seven times.  My mother has been married four times and had several long-term, live in relationships wherein she never got married.  My father has been married several times… and neither one of my parents are currently in relationships, nor do I recall either of them ever having a healthy relationship. The only examples I’ve had, aside from Aunt P and Uncle H who have been married as long as I’ve known them (nearly thirty years), are of failed relationships and of illusions of love vs. genuine love.

When we look at a number six, we see a big round belly, and an arm extending over the top.  The big round belly, to me, represents the earthy plane – reality as we know it, the “real” world, so to speak.  The arm extending beyond that is indicative of our ability to reach beyond the limitations of this reality, tap into a higher power – a Universal Wisdom -, grab a handful of that magick, and bring it down to earth.  It’s a number of trancendence – reaching beyond the obvious to grab hold of something more.  In this case, it could simply be the awareness of patterns and how to break them.

Let’s take a look at what the other sources say.

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

“Living in the past; not willing to let the past go; the study of history or geneology; a discovery about the past; meeting someone from your past; learning about a legacy; a gift from an admirer (usually supported by other cards), nostalgia; the possibility of a lover returning (again, look at surrounding cards). Actions of the past bear emotional fruit in the present; sentimental journey.”

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

experiencing good will
acting kindly or charitably
doing a good turn for another
sharing what you have
having a noble impulse
receiving a gift
feeling blessed
being well-intentioned
 
enjoying innocence
feeling simple contentment
surrounding yourself with goodness
being blissfully unaware
having a clear conscience
shunning corruption
being acquitted
appreciating simple joys
 
focusing on childhood
being with a child or young person
feeling carefree
being taken care of
feeling nostalgic
indulging in play
enjoying youthful activities
having a baby

In the film Parenthood there is a scene in which all the members of a large family come together to witness a birth. As the camera moves from person to person, we see as if for the first time the uniqueness of each one. The people talk and laugh, but suddenly their actions seem anything but ordinary. There is a sweetness in the air that builds until we see its very embodiment – the new baby. This is the spirit of the Six of Cups.

It is a truism that there is violence, anger and mean-spiritedness in the world. Certainly there is enough of this, but there is also much good will and caring. A mother hands a drink to her child. A friend lends his car for the weekend. A worker fills in for a sick colleague. Small gestures, barely noticed, but so important. The Six of Cups is a card of simple goodness. It encourages you to be kind, generous and forgiving.

The Six of Cups also represents innocence – a word with many shades of meaning. You can be innocent in the strictly legal sense of lack of guilt. You can be innocent of the truth – unaware of some secret. You can be lacking in deceit or corruption – innocent of ulterior motive. Finally, you can be virtuous or chaste. These are all possibilities that can apply to the Six of Cups, depending on the situation.

Notice that the two figures on the Six of Cups appear to be children. Often this card represents a baby or young child. In a larger sense, it embraces all of childhood and the feelings we associate with youth (ideally!) – being carefree, playful, secure and loved. Children are our treasure, and the sweetness of the Six of Cups is a quality to be treasured as well.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

SIXES

Sixes are balance and harmony, especially after the upsets of the fives. These cards predict a solution, and not just any solution; there will be an exchange, a give and take that results in a new equilibrium. It may not last, but for that moment, everything is stable. With this card, there is an almost “Ah-HA!” of recognition, of understanding in the solution, and more than a little awe at the symmetry achieved by it.

If you connect the sixes to the Lovers card you’ll see how it works. The “love” aspect of the Lovers card is that of recognition and equilibrium. Like Gemini, you recognize your twin, your soul mate. Maybe you didn’t even know how uneven, how lopsided your life was, but now that you’ve met this person, you can feel the scales coming into balance. Here is harmony. Here is the solution.

Six of Cups

Two children among six flowering cups. There is a great deal of rich and complex symbolism in this card, but in a nutshell, it is a frozen moment of perfect balance, the boy and the girl both touching that one cup with the flower in it. I like to think of this as taking place in early spring, still cold enough for the girl to wear mittens, but warm enough for the first flowers to have blossomed. The girl, possibly accepting the flower, looks up and sees the boy, and he, perhaps giving the flower, sees her as well. Perhaps, on that cup, their hands touch for the first time. It is a charming moment of recognition, of puppy love. The meaning of this card refers to a moment of nostalgia, of something or someone from our past coming back into our life. Given an old photo, or an invitation to a school reunion, we get, in return, a memory of harmony. Perhaps we meet with a friend, relative or teacher we haven’t seen in years and the exchange of memories restores to us past love, past balance. We rediscover lost equilibrium and a solution that we could never have found in the present.

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Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

 

The Queens represent maternal energy – the mature, nurturing, soft, caring energy of a mother. Cups represent emotion, feeling, and spirit.

This Queen, as I understand her, is extremely empathic – if not downright psychic.  She governs her subjects well because she can feel what they feel.  With one foot in the water and one on solid ground, she balances physical needs with spiritual and emotional needs. She reminds me of divine guidance… especially with the cherubs on her throne.

Her message, then, would be to show compassion, to remember that we are all one, and to govern with a sense of epathy, honoring psychic impressions and intuition.

As I understand it, she corresponds with Scorpio in astrology.

I’m reading the description from the book “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf, and I’m having an instinctive “no way!” reaction.  The description in this book doesn’t fit anything I’ve learned to date about this card. Here’s what it says:

Secretive, creatie woman. Oft times ‘the other woman’ in an illicit affair. Gossipy and vindictive. Emotional.”

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Loving
turns away wrath with caring
is unconditionally accepting
is sensitive to the feelings of others
dispels anger and hate
has infinite patience

Tenderhearted
is easily moved by another’s pain
reacts with sensitivity and compassion
is kind and gentle with all creatures
can never turn away someone in need
feels what others are feeling

Intuitive
is always tuned to emotional undercurrents
senses the climate of a situation
is guided by the heart
trusts an inner sense of what is true
understands without having to ask

Psychic
is open to the unconscious
has a well-developed sixth sense
can have a telepathic bond with another
has a finely-tuned sensibility
is a natural medium

Spiritual
feels oneness with God and the universe
has reverence for all life
finds joy in communion
appreciates the deeper meanings of life
sees the world as a holy place

The personality of the Queen of Cups combines the positive water energy of the Cups suit with the inward focus of a Queen. Because she has a sweet, loving and sensitive nature, the Queen of Cups has a kind word for everyone and never reacts with anger or impatience. There is a gentleness about her that soothes and calms. Compassion is her watchword. Her reactions to the world are guided by her feelings. In all matters, she lets her heart lead the way. She senses emotional currents and knows what others are experiencing without having to ask. She is never moody, but understands moods and their influence. She trusts her intuition and so is more open to knowledge that comes from within herself and beyond. She is often moved by the beauty and tragedy of life. The Queen of Cups feels deeply and has a reverence for all aspects of God’s creation. Her love includes and embraces everyone and everything.

In readings, the Queen of Cups asks you to think and feel as she does. For example: Are you aware of the emotional climate? Are you feeling loving? Do you trust your heart? Have you received an intuitive message? Have you been moved by another’s pain?

This Queen can also represent a man or woman who is like her, or an atmosphere of gentle love, acceptance and respect for feelings. In a reading, she tells you that her special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this Queen in whatever form she appears in your life.

Now that’s more like it! That fit my own description almost perfectly. I won’t rule out the description from the book, but it didn’t feel right and this one matches much better to my own understanding.

Here’s from AeclecticTarot:

QUEENS
The element of Queens is water and, not surprisingly, they are a reflection of the Empress. In this they signify the creative force. One way to think of the court cards is this: The Kings are the motivating force (Fire = the sun waking up the sleeping Earth). The queens are the ones who make it real (water = rain bringing forth life from the earth). The Knights spread the idea of the Kingdom (wind = spreading the seeds). And the Pages, of course, are the fertile soil in which all of this can grow.

When Queens appear they signal a time of growth and development, a time when the Querent is making things real.

Queen of Cups

Often a healer, counselor or psychic, this is a woman who seems to know what’s wrong even before you open your mouth. Call her the emotional fix-it woman, but she seems to have exactly the right solution to problems relating to home, friends, love. Sometimes she is shy, self-effacing, you might not even notice her; other times she can be a little scary, dreamy, mysterious, a creative storyteller. Affectionate and loving, she is a “mom’s mom” always there to hug, heal and bake cookies for her children. Her intuition is uncanny, her temper…well, it runs very deep and you don’t ever want it turned against you. Talk about scary. Unfortunately, this is also a queen who can suffer from female hormonal problems, depression, moodiness, alcoholism, drug addiction, psychological problems.

Well, that fits, although it adds to my own information base. I’d not yet connected this card to female hormonal problems, or addictions – although since the King of Cups represents patterns, addictions, and alcoholism, it does make sense and shouldn’t be hard to remember. I think upright would show the compassion, psychic abilities, intuition, and empathy – and reversed might indicate the moodiness, female problems, or addictive patterns.

I think this card is going to be a good one for me to carry in my mind’s eye throughout the day, as Sundays are my most challenging days at work – and this one, moreso than normal because it’s going to be about a fourteen hour shift. When I find myself getting irritable, or wanting to .. eh hem… bitch because of the guests I’m serving or the lack of cooperation from co-workers, I’ll remember this queen and draw her energy up. Of course, she may have other meanings for me that I’m not consciously aware of today, so I’ll keep myself open to her messages.

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Four of Cups

Four of Cups

Hmm.  Looks like I’m not quite finished with last week’s temper tantrums! *smirks*

Usually, I look at numbers and suits first, but this time, I’m inclined to talk about the image on the card.

This person has put themselves in a time out… a time out with a pout.  It reminds me of kids on a school playground where one kid tries to dictate to the others how the game is played, and when the others don’t conform and cooperate, the dictator says, “Fine, then… I’m not playing!” and storms off with arms folded to sit alone and sulk.  There’s a sense of frustration, feelings of failure (not actual failure, but feeling that way), of feeling sorry for yourself (myself) because life isn’t playing by the rules you’ve (I’ve) dictated.

The person in this card sits staring at three cups… three emotional situations that could have worked out differently (if only the world would have cooperated!).  What’s important to notice, though, is that there’s a fourth opportunity being offered – and offered by a divine hand, but the person in the card can’t see it because they’re too busy looking at their own sorrows. What is this person missing out on?

When we have a four, we can look at it like a great big goal post.  Our job is to kick the ball through the goal posts to score a point.  In the case of the four, that goal post is so vast, so wide, so open that it really doesn’t matter where we kick the ball – to the left, to the right, straight up, out in front of us, or even behind… no matter where we aim, we’ll make our goal – that’s the four.  A solid foundation and plenty of room to accomplish what needs accomplished.  That being said, the situation at hand is not as bad as what the person in this card is making it out to be.  There are blessings to be found, opportunities at hand, if only the person would take the focus off of themselves and look up!

When we deal with cups, we’re dealing with emotions, spiritual status, sub-conscous feelings.  The person in this card isn’t necessarily upset over work, money, challenges, or outside influences.  Nope… they’re focused strictly on how they FEEL, their own emotional upsets.  But that four reminds us that things aren’t as bad as we seem to think they are at the moment and we’re making emotional mountains out of mole hills.

The summarized version? Get off the pity potty, stop feeling sorry for yourself and look for the blessings and opportunities in your present circumstance instead of focusing on things that didn’t go your way.

Now… for good measure, let’s check the other sources:

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

being self-absorbed
concentrating on your own feelings
wanting for yourself
being unaware of others
giving out little
withholding affection
seeing only your point of view
ignoring gifts and blessings 
feeling apathetic
passively accepting
losing interest
feeling disengaged
making little effort
finding life stale and flat
lacking motivation
feeling little desire 
going within
being introspective
meditating
dreaming
contemplating
pausing to reflect
getting lost in reverie
withdrawing from involvement
losing outer awareness

Those who enjoy kayaking and other river sports know that there are areas of the river where the water flows in a dangerous circular motion. Instead of moving forward, it turns back on itself. In the same way, we can get stuck in emotional hydraulics. The Four of Cups represents such periods of self-absorption.

If you are self-absorbed, you tend to refer everything back to yourself – your own interests and desires. On this card, we see a man who is unaware of the cup being offered to him. He misses this gift because he’s turned within. In readings, the Four of Cups can indicate that you are wrapped up for the moment in your own world.

In some situations, you must focus on yourself. When life is too stressful, you need to devote time and energy to yourself or you will feel swamped. The Four of Cups can represent a positive period of self-reflection and renewal. By taking the time to go within to dream, muse and reflect, you restore your emotional balance.

The Four of Cups is sometimes a sign of apathy. You don’t really care much about anything. Your life seems stale and flat because you’ve lost interest in the activities that used to bring you pleasure. You’re not motivated to make much of an effort in any direction. At such times, the Four of Cups can show that you’re stuck emotionally. You need something to focus on that will so engage your mind and heart that your path down river becomes clear again. Open yourself to your surroundings. Soon you will be on your way again.

(I’d say I nailed that one! *grins*)

And here’s from Aeclectic Tarot:

 

FOURS

Fours are ruled by the Emperor. Like both the Emperor and his throne they signify a kind of stability, a holding pattern if you will. For a moment, everything is still, solid, rooted, established. This can be positive, a solid foundation, or negative, something that refuses to budge or change.

Four of Cups

The stillness in the four cups represents stagnation, a status quo in a relationship that brings dissatisfaction and boredom. A man sitting under a tree with three cups is offered a fourth by a hand from a cloud. This is the “grass is greener” card. The relationship, once so fresh and exciting, is no longer moving or changing or growing, and the Querent, depressed and restless, begins to wonder if the grass might not be greener elsewhere.

This card is also about over-indulgence in drink, food, drugs, sex, even internet chat rooms, looking for stimulation. It is all too easy to turn to such things when depressed or bored. In general, this card is a warning. The Querent might be in a stagnant relationship, but day-dreaming of others or over indulging is not the way to solve the problem. Stop looking for ways to escape it, and look, instead, for ways to change it.

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“Ace of Cups”
(Inverted)

This could be read a couple of different ways today. When I do readings for others, I explain that inverted cards could have varied interpretations. Either the energy is just beginning to manifest or is on its way out (reversed indicating a lesser energy, not currently at its peak), or that some of the more “negative” qualities of the card may be active at the present time. I don’t like using the word “negative”, but I’ve yet to find a more suitable word. What I mean by it is that, for example, one card may indicate strength, courage, determination, and will power on one hand, but on the other hand can indicate stubborness, arrogance, and being bull-headed. The upright position would indicate healthy doses of strength, courage, determination, etc. The reversed position would caution against arrogance, stubborness, etc.

Because this is the same card that surfaced upright in the long-term-potential position for my June Tarot Reading, today’s reversed position could indicate that energy beginning to manifest. It is mid-month, and the “long term potential” would be the end of June in this case. It could be that a positive emotional state of mind, divinely guided, is on its way in. (We can hope!)

However, the other way this card could be interpreted as reversed would indicate an emotional upset, emotional instability, lack of faith regarding emotional well-being.

Considering my current state and recent writings/reflections, I’d say it could actually mean BOTH! I’ve been in a bit of an emotional upheaval, most specifically related to the situation with my current Romantic Partner, which this card is coupled with this morning. It hasn’t been a depression or a major sense of sadness, but there has been work done by me in regard to keeping my emotions contained, drawn back, leashed, or – as I’d comfortably learned to describe it, “reserved”.  However, there’s the chance that this process is one of healing, that the issues on the table are like “clogs” that need cleared – and once cleared, could lead to that emotional bliss of the upright Ace of Cups.

Cups represent emotion and planning.  They represent how we feel, or we want in terms of feelings.  It’s an ocean of feeling and emotions. Cups are the realm of heart and soul.

Aces represent raw, untapped energy, or the best that the suit has to offer.  The Aces show a divine hand guiding the path, or making an offering.  I call the Aces “Gifts from God”, even though I define God differently than most.

Long story short: I’ve been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster, but I’ve been diligently working on restoring balance and developing a healthy outlook and positive state of mind regarding feelings, emotions, love, and romance.  Karma and Consequence (of the good kind) may see to it that this work pays off by way of divine happiness.

Here’s what came up in the computer-generated reading I did projecting the month of June:

Position 11: Long-Term Potential
Card: Ace of Cups

Trust that the path toward the heart is correct for you..

When the Ace of Cups is in this position, the long term potential of your situation points to bonding, mutual understanding and harmony. As this card draws together the influences of the other cards in this spread, you can be sure that hearts are opened, veils are lifted, and discarded vessels patched and filled. There is enough regard and approval to heal the hearts of the people involved.

Persevere with this situation no matter what it asks of you, because you will receive priceless training in how to follow the heart. You can trust this path and the people you are walking it with.

The Ace of Cups shows a hand holding up an overflowing cup, which fountains forth an endless stream of water, wine, blood, or soma for the people’s refreshment and healing. It is an unfailing source of balm for body, heart, and soul. It suggests that you can relax into a safety-net of love, support, and communion.

Position Meaning: The Long Term Potential position points to the deep future, portraying unknowns still taking shape. It’s giving you some clues as to the nature of these factors. It is showing you the “wild card” still to be played before all is said and done

(Source: Tarot Magic c.d.)

Let’s see what the other sources say.

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

using emotional force
getting in touch with your feelings
letting your heart lead the way
empathizing with others
expressing deep feelings
responding viscerally

developing intuition
trusting your inner voice
responding to messages from within
experiencing direct knowing
enhancing your psychic awareness
getting in tune with yourself
going with your gut reaction

experiencing intimacy
feeling an attraction grow
falling in love
establishing a bond with another
developing a relationship
getting close to someone
going to a deeper level

proceeding with love
expressing affection
opening yourself to others
responding sympathetically
letting your love light shine
giving to those in need
getting rid of negativity
forgiving and forgetting

The Ace of Cups shows is a symbol of possibility in the area of deep feelings, intimacy, attunement, compassion and love. In readings, it shows that a seed of emotional awareness has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be an attraction, strong feeling, intuitive knowing, or sympathetic reaction. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event.

When you see this Ace, examine your life to see how its loving energy could work for you. This card often means that love is the essence of the situation. It may or may not be romantic love. Look for ways in which you can begin to connect with others. Do you have someone to forgive, or do you want to ask for forgiveness? Can you set aside your anger and find peace? Would you like to drop your reserve and let your feelings show? The Ace of Cups tells you that your time is coming.

This card also suggests inner attunement and spirituality. Cups are the suit of the heart, and the Ace stands for the direct knowing that comes from the heart. Trust what your feelings are telling you. Seek out ways to explore your consciousness and your connections with Spirit. Allow the power of your emotions to guide you in a new direction. Embrace the love that is the Ace of Cups.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

ACES
Aces are the root force. They are the spark. Relate them to the Magician, who presents the tools to the Fool. They have no purpose yet, but are filled with raw potential. They are the active energy of the suit ready to be used.

Emotions rising up for new love. This usually indicates that the querent is feeling a new welling of emotion or beginning to have some vivid dreams. They’re not writing the poetry yet, but they feel the desire to, or they may have caught sight of a figure across a room and felt a tug at their heart. They’ve lifted the cup and they want to drink from it.

*NOTES: Notice how well this card synchronized with the Fairy Oracle, Romantic Partner? This is why I LOVE using these two decks together. I’ll also re-state that today is Friday, governed by Venus, the goddess of love – a day for love and romance. Another confirmation of why I indulge in the magick of daily correspondences!

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