Homecoming! Marriage Celebration! Joy! Plans have found a harmonious completion and it is party time! How reassuring it is to know that the seeds we have sown, the plans we have hatched, are beginning to bear fruit. The four wands in the foreground are stable posts which hold up the structure of merriment. Family, gathering, good cheer abounds as the necessity of structure and harmony form the basis of aligned goodness.
Four is the number of stability and wands is the suit of passion. The picture shows a scene of celebration, perhaps a wedding ceremony or homecoming of sorts. We feel the reversal here points to disharmony. Perhaps it is taking longer for plans that you have put into action to reach a stage of conclusion. Is there some instability in your home life, relationship with loved ones (family members, life partner)? Or perhaps you are suffering from self-doubt and internal disharmony. The task it to get back to balance and alignment. Be creative and think outside the box to address this course to self-alignment with any of the many modalities around–meditation, crystal healing, chakra cleansing, to name but a few. All is well.
Have you ever had opportunities come your way that didn’t excite you? It doesn’t make sense to your friends or family members and it doesn’t really make sense to you. In your right mind you should be delighted. But something doesn’t feel right. This card with the fellow sitting under the tree in contemplation, some would say meditation, who has chosen to ignore the three golden cups standing at attention by his feet or the one being offered by a hand coming out of a cloud in the sky (very much like the hand of God) signals a state of ambivalence. His arms are folded across his chest in a defensive posture. He’s chosen to retreat within himself. Perhaps he seeks a deeper alignment with his true self. Will you meditate this week and ask yourself the question, “What do I want?”
There’s no doubt about it, things are lining up for a big success. The fellow in the picture is smiling as he sits on a wooden bench with arms akimbo in front of a blue curtained platform on which a line of nine beautiful golden cups stand. All is illuminated and there is a feeling of comfort and satisfaction from the fulfillment of wishes. This is why the nine of cups is often called the wish card and so perhaps there is a happy alignment in areas of your life and you are enjoying a moment of bliss. Yes, you can relish this delightful confluence of happiness. Take stock of this feeling and anchor it in an expression of gratitude. You will want to remember it when the pendulum swings the other way.
Perhaps there’s a snag in that great new romance. Or maybe your work partner and you are not seeing eye to eye on a particular issue. Something is in the air and it isn’t very pleasant. When the waters of emotion were flowing and all was in perfect alignment the world was rosy and happily ever after seemed more real than a fairy tale. But reality has its ups and downs and the nature of relationship is just that…relating. We need to find alignment in our misalignment. There are times when we will see the other’s point of view and perhaps that will cause us to adjust ours. And other times when we see their point of view and choose to stick with ours. This exercise is a lesson in the art of acceptance, of when to choose battles and when to raise the chalice to toast another day. This week choose to work through the challenges with the vision of a perfect union as inspiration.