Apr 11 2014
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.
Feb 13 2014
Ace of Cups:
Today’s card — from the Alchemical Tarot — is another Ace. This time though it’s the Ace of Cups (Vessels in this deck), which refers to feelings, emotions, intuition and most importantly “love” in its purest form.
This isn’t necessarily a romantic version of love; it has more to do with falling in love with oneself: an alchemical process if ever there was one. When you think about it, it’s this process that reveals to you — at least for a brief moment — all that you are capable of giving and receiving.
Aces in general represent raw, unformed energy. The spark of intuition (wands), the seed of an enterprise (pentacles), the origin of an idea (swords). And the most powerful potion of all — love (cups).
The imagery in this version of the card is rich with esoteric symbolism. We see a fish carting a precious (and fragile) vessel across a body of water. The vessel contains a heart which is floating in a pool of red (the blood of Christ) and from which sprouts a grape vine (the fruit of life).
The fish is said to be a messenger of the unconscious, but also represents wisdom, knowledge and transformation. The vessel — a symbol of mystery, sustenance and fertility, is also an alembic, within which the alchemical process of distilling, refining and transmuting occurs.
Jan 19 2014
Ace of Cups
You may feel as though your Cup is running over today — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The Ace of Cups is a card of promise and opportunity, a new or fresh perspective that is mirrored right back to you by the Universe.
All Aces are related to new and unformed energy. So even if it does manifest as something material for you — a new romantic interest or some form of external validation for example — the bottom line is that it creates a “feel good” energy which reverberates throughout your very being.
As this is the Ace of Cups, and Cups refer to emotions, intuition and feelings, it’s likely to manifest on one of these levels.
In this version of the card, we see a hand reaching out from the heavens, holding a golden chalice.
The contents of the chalice flow onto a lotus blossom beneath it, which in turn reaches up to soak up the nourishment from above.
A golden orb of sunlight emanates from the center of the chalice and a single white dove drinks from it.
Jan 01 2014
ARIES: The Star
This month it’s going to be all about counting your blessings. In recent months you may have been too focused on what you lack — or what you feel has been missing in your life, But the Star card speaks of putting all that aside while you focus on what you do have.
This is a very calm and peaceful version of the Star card. In it, we see a young Native American woman sitting on the banks of a river, replenishing it from the water in her vessel.
She sits with her eyes closed and her feet dangling comfortably in the water. A large white star shines above her to the right, while seven smaller stars, in the colors of the rainbow are lined up on the left.
There are elements of tolerance and acceptance here too. The gentle imagery of the young woman in Native garb coupled with the rainbow stars act as symbolic reminders that the world is full of different kinds of people and all of them belong here. Even the act of pouring water into the stream reminds us of how important it is to “give back.”
As the New Year begins, think about resolutions you made last year that you didn’t end up keeping. The Star card is full of hope and inspiration but it’s not exactly well grounded. There’s a need to work in order to manifest your dreams, as they’re not about to fall into your lap.
Jul 30 2013
Is there something you have been wishing, praying and hoping for?
The card of the Star shows that you can have what you want and possibly without putting too much effort into it as long as you don’t start worrying, striving and generally putting your thoughts and emotions into a state of unbalance.
The Star is a card of happiness… of wishes coming true. Think of the saying “wish upon a star” and keep it in your mind as you go after your dreams.
The halo of doves and stars surrounding the woman in the card as she simultaneously fills one water urn and lets the other urn flow out depicts a balance in not holding on too tightly to something and trusting that what you want shall be fulfilled.
The reflection within the water shows what happens if you go against this balance with the red, amber tones standing for anger, frustration and a general blockage to getting what you want.
Jun 28 2013
ARIES: The Moon
This month you may feel like you’re navigating through murky waters.
The Moon card has a lot to do with that which is hidden, beneath the surface, unconscious or undiscovered.
There is a strong emotional element inherent in this card. And while emotions are not something easily digested by Aries — particularly the “darker” emotions, such as fear, anxiety and insecurity — it’s necessary to explore them if you’re going to resolve the issues that have been hounding you.
But don’t let your imagination run away with you: there’s also some danger of reading too much into things, making mountains out of mole hills or even becoming suspicious or paranoid.
Use this time to get in touch with your emotions and to resolve whatever fears and uncertainties you have that have been holding you back.