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.
A handsome knight on a white horse offers a golden chalice. Is it filled with a love potion? He is ready to cross the stream to your side where desert mountains loom large. He offers the comfort of heart flow, love and the trust of a good friend. Being that he wears red fish on his cloak we think he might be an artist, perhaps a musician or painter. And even if this is just a dream isn’t it nice to enjoy the prospect of love in your life?
A king wearing flowing robes sits upon an upholstered throne with luxurious rounded edges. The curves of the throne correspond to the flowing emotions of this ruler’s heart. He holds a scepter (power) in one hand and a golden cup (emotions) in the other. His throne is perfectly balanced on the wavy sea where ships and fish appear in the distance. This week an older man of authority (boss, father, teacher) will show you the value of ruling with the information gained from the heart. Or perhaps you will bring this emotional intelligence into your own way of handling your affairs. The egg harkens to the mystery of new beginnings and the frog reminds us how to live in and out of the water so we never become completely submerged.
One of my favorite holiday traditions is attending a New Year’s Eve party where we participate in a ritual of letting go and letting in. After some time of mingling, drinking, eating and making merry, the hosts pass out little pieces of paper and pens and we are instructed to write on one side what we choose to let go of in the new year and on the other side what we choose to let in during the new year. Then we are instructed to place the piece of paper in a big copper bowl. The papers are mixed around and then the bowl is passed from one person to the next; we are sitting in a circle at this point. Each person picks out a piece of paper, reads out loud each side (in 2019 I choose to release…and in 2019 I choose to let in…). After reading the words out loud, we pass the paper back to the host who lights a flame and sends the intention into the air as the paper burns out in the bowl.
I’ve been doing some thinking as I ready myself for tonight’s festivities. This year I did a lot of letting go–some relationships that were no longer serving my higher purpose, patterns of behavior which blocked my spiritual growth. At the same time I let in some truly wonderful people, awesome practices such as tarot and crystals which helped me connect to my intuition and step onto the heart path. In keeping with these I decided to pull two cards for tonight’s intention. And here they are.
Tonight I will be letting go of intolerance, the critic and a combative nature and letting in heart, flow, compassion and acceptance. Blessings to all. And Happy New Year!