Does your life need some sweetness? A gift of white flowers perhaps? Cups in tarot are all about the emotions, feelings, the free flow of the open heart. The number six signifies harmony, healing, family. In this picture we see an older boy giving a golden cup with a white flower to a smaller, we presume younger, girl. Looks like an older brother and his younger sister to me. The farm house in the background is perhaps the childhood home. We think back to a time when all was gentle and tender. The nostalgia of the past brings with it a rosy tint. Perhaps this is what’s needed for this week.
The rain pouring down from the storm clouds in the Three of Swords turns into the spiritual alchemy flowing between the Temperance angel’s golden chalices. The hurt was piercing and painful to the core. There seemed to be no way out of the darkness. Wisdom worlds advise taking a step back, cooling the emotions and seeking balance. Stay grounded as you allow the waters of intuition to wash away the hurt. Soon you will take back your power and you will understand the sublime value of forgiveness.
Even though the image in this card is upside down (reversed) the meaning still abides. Water flows from a stream dotted with beautiful lillies into a golden chalice held by a heavenly hand appearing out of the clouds in a blue sky. The flowing water encourages us to connect to our intuition, our feeling sensibilities and to align with our emotional core. The heart opens and we are connected. All of us. Together. The dove of peace flies upwards.
This week’s message has to do with perspective. We are in the suit of cups which signify the emotional realm, feelings, intuition, sensitivities, the movements of the heart. What captures our eyes is the large figure clad in black and blue robe, his face hidden as he gazes downward in the depths of dolor. Three large golden cups have fallen over spilling a red (blood) and green (life force) substance. He has refused their succor. So steeped in his doldrums is the man that he does not see the two upright golden cups behind him. Nor is he aware of the blue river (stream of consciousness) which separates him from the bridge which would bring him to the castle on the hill. His landscape is barren while the landscape around the castle is verdant with grass and trees. His emotions have overwhelmed the situation. If we persist in wallowing in sadness and emotions of loss, we will close ourselves off from the path to happiness. We need to lift up our gaze out of the morass and see what’s around and ahead. A change in perspective is what’s needed.
The Queen of Cups is attuned to the intuition and emotions. She gazes meditatively at a beautiful golden cup with angel arms which she holds in her hands. Her feet tiptoe into the waters surrounding her throne which is adorned with water nymphs. This queen rules and is ruled by the heart and her compassion knows no bounds. In its reversed position, we feel the emphasis is on self-care. Perhaps this is the time to nurture your own emotional health before others, soothing over any harshness coming from self-criticism or disappointment.