Storm clouds, pelting rain, three swords stuck through a plump, red heart. This is not a good harbinger for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! In Tarot, swords represent the element of air, thus thoughts, words, communication in general. If you’ve been hurt by someone’s words or if you’ve been the one to lash out, now is the time to come to terms and reconcile. Swords are double-edged–they can vanquish and save the day or they can wreak havoc and destruction. Consider the effect of your words. What kind of communication do you think fosters best results? If you’ve been hurt, try to forgive and move on (it’s best for you to let it go). Maybe try not to take things so personally–we all have our moments. And if you are hurling invective into your universe, check your attitude. There may be better ways for you to communicate your needs. The good news is that storms don’t last forever. The sun will come out and even perhaps a rainbow.
What a delightful card for our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the states. A happy family of husband and wife in a graceful embrace waving and dancing children look out to a verdant green landscape with blue stream running through it and a quaint cottage up on the hill. A radiant rainbow of ten golden cups arches up above shedding divine light on the entire scene. Whenever I see this card I am struck by the fact that the figures are faceless. In truth, the husband and wife face away from us. We have no idea to whom they are waving. This is the “everyman” family, the traditional picture of ultimate achievement in the suit of cups having to do with emotions, relationships, intuition, flow.
How does this picture resonate with you? Does it capture the comfort, security, and bliss at the top of your relationship scale? There are many different kinds of families. I knew a person who didn’t have a good relationship with her family and gave shelter and care to beings from the animal world. That was her family. The familial bond does not necessarily have to be by blood. It is fostered with love and caring. In the end we are one big family and the rainbow of golden cups shines on us all. Let us look to the good in each of us and expand the concept of family so the blessings of this holiday season travel gently on a path of love and light.