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.
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!