Queen of Cups
The Queen of Cups is intuitive, sensitive and wise. So what, pray tell, do you think she is doing looking like a little girl in a nursery playing with her toys? If you look closely though you will see that the gown she is wearing actually mimics that of a sea.
The boat, with the young man… whose hands are held out to her, is actually sailing towards her and the sea dragons who surround him in an effort to hold him back are also creatures within the “sea” of her dress.
Today the moon is in Scorpio and it follows close on the heels of yesterday’s full moon eclipse in Libra. Whilst Libra is the sign connected to relationships… Scorpio is the sign of secrets and our unconscious desires. It is a sign of intensity and no half measures yet this image of the Queen of Cups says it’s ok to play around a little with what you are feeling, nothing is going to come up and grab you as long as you keep the “nightmares” away from you.
These nightmares may encompass a relationship where you are keeping the other person at arm’s length in a bid to keep yourself safe because your feelings have been hurt in the past and you are not willing to open your heart again and let them in.
If you find this is the case and the other person is willing to go through thick and thin to break down your barriers even at great risk to themselves then you may wish to cut them some slack and shake out those demons which are not only holding you back but holding the whole situation back as they stop anyone getting close to you.
As the cycle of the full moon is upon us today together with an eclipse it is time to go within yourself and call upon your intuitive gifts to assist you in getting what you want.
You don’t need to force anything as the card of the High Priestess is not about force, rather, it is about delving deep within yourself and aligning your own higher power to use in manifesting the life you desire.
Notice how the woman sits on the earth for grounding, leaning against the tree for nourishment while she turns her head towards the sky although not quite high enough to see the moon as it reaches its state of fullness.
She holds within her hand the moon depicted at the beginning of its cycle which occurred about 2 weeks ago in the sign of Gemini… a sign known for its quick thinking and mental agility.
Today’s full moon eclipse occurs in the sign of Libra, another air sign, possessing the qualities of balance and fairness and it is within these qualities that you can turn in order to draw on your strength to accomplish that which you desire.
Seven of Swords
Today you might need to act swiftly and decisively, especially if you’re wanting to strike while the iron is hot or jump on an opportunity before it’s too late.
The Seven of Swords is all about guile and mental acuity. It speaks of stealth, cunning and ingenuity, which may require you to keep your plans under wraps or to act entirely on your own.
In some versions of this card, the emphasis is on treachery and evasion. And you do want to be on your guard against suspicious actions and behaviors.
Feeling like you’re being spied on, cheated, stolen from, or lied too are all common aspects of this card.
But this rendition emphasizes planning, cunning, ingenuity and problem-solving. Notice the protagonist deftly slipping away from the sleeping Dragon as he makes his escape.
He’s crept into the Dragon’s lair and has stolen 5 of the 7 swords. Now he must carefully retrace his steps as he makes his way toward the exit.
He must maintain his composure and not lose sight of his mission: one false move could send a river of gold spilling out from under him, which would surely wake the Dragon.
Eight of Wands
You may find yourself in the midst of a whirlwind of activity today courtesy of the Eight of Wands. This card is all about action, initiative and movement — getting to point B from point A without a lot of dilly-dallying along the way.
The Eight of Wands (Rods in this deck) often also brings news from afar. It could be a letter, a phone call, a friend request or an invitation. It can also refer to someone delivering news (or you delivering news to another).
This version of the card is full of action. As usual with the Eight of Wands there’s a lot going on. We see the legendary Herla’s Hounds – phantom hounds sent to drag the souls of hapless mortals into the underground.
They surge across the countryside, even knocking down one of the 8 posts on their way. The huntsmen soaring above them are also a part of the legend: note the one turning to dust and dissolving into nothingness.
The Eight of Wands refers to swift movement and progress. It’s action, energy and motion. But the imagery in this card must also remind us to be careful and exercise some discipline as there are potential ramifications to pushing too hard or rushing too fast.
As Wands are tied to the Fire element, we automatically associate cards in this suit with expressive, dynamic and creative energey.
Nine of Pentacles
The Nine of Pentacles implies success and satisfaction with career and financial matters. However, take a closer look at the imagery in this particular card and you may find that all is not as it seems.
I’m not saying you should not feel more than a bit smug with your achievements but you may find you have an “itch” to try something different.
Do you find thoughts keep coming into your mind that you want to change something? Perhaps your job, your beliefs on success and what it personally means to you?
If you look at this card you will see 6 pentacles are on one side (left hand side) and 3 pentacles on the other (right hand side).
Take a sneaky look on the ground under the 6 pentacles and you will see a snail so perhaps the accumulation of your wealth, knowledge and security is actually making you feel as if your life is moving at a slower pace (a snail’s pace).
Now look at the side of the card with the 3 pentacles and you’ll notice an almost mirrored version of the left-hand side… the difference being there is less on the right hand side (3 pentacles) which implies if you make a decision to go in a different direction you will have less in some ways but you may actually gain in other ways.
Ace of Cups
The suit of cups denotes feelings and the Ace of Cups is no exception. It speaks of love. Whether this is love of self or love within a relationship it forces you to look at it and what it means for you.
In this version of the card we see a white dove perched precariously on top of the cup which looks as if it is about to tumble into a stormy sea. Water (the sea) stands for emotions and these are looking a bit turbulent as the waves break onto what is left of the headland upon which the cup sits.
You may wish to keep in mind that even though things within your relationship (or within yourself) are not all smooth sailing you can endure through most of it and stick things out for another day (as with the farmer in the background who has been attending the fields). Underneath the cup is the field the farmer has been attending to. Look at all the hard work he has put into it only leaving a few weeds out towards the headland overlooking the sea. Love sometimes is not all smooth sailing.
There are ups and downs and there is endurance where both people know each other so well that there is no need to speak things through as the underlying feeling of love between them means they know the relationship will endure even through hard times and they’re both willing to put the work into the relationship to make this happen without the need for a “pat on the back” or acknowledgement from their partner.
Two of Wands
Today’s Aries Sun / Leo Moon combination is perfect for taking the spark of an idea and turning it into something powerful and tangible.
The Two of Wands speaks of that creative life force that propels each of us forward, whether we’re aware of it or not. It may be dormant or unconscious or buried under fear, but it’s there nevertheless.
The constellation referenced by this card — Cetus — is much the same: its borders are just outside the boundaries of the official zodiac; yet the ecliptic passes so close to it and even dips just inside of its borders that the Sun, Moon and planets do cross over from time to time.
The Sea Monster for which Cetus is named carries with it both positive and negative connotations — in keeping with the dual nature of the Two of Wands. In some stories it refers to fearlessness and heroism. And in some it relates to misfortune and calamity.
The Two of Wands is all about getting in touch with your own personal power. It’s about boldness, bravery and certainty — all of which must be accessed in order to “slay” the monster.
It’s the Sun in Aries’ ability to stand up against fears and refuse to back down. And it’s the Leo ability to ignite those impulses and turn them into something meaningful.