Thursday night saw us visiting the journey of the Cups. The Cup symbology relating to water, the emotions, the value of life, whether you are happy or sad.
The Ace of Cups has always been my favorite symbol right from the beginning. I love what is symbolizes. The acceptance of the sacrament by the dove of peace, wherein the cup overflows in the five senses. Twenty six droplets of water fall away, 2 + 6 = 8, the Strength card. Then in the water below 13 lily pads, the Death symbol, representing rebirth, and 10 water lilies, the Wheel of Fortune, symbolizing action. I refer to this card as a new attitude, but it is so much more. It is the accepting of the force of life and utilizing it into our lives.
In following the journey, when we accept the force of life into our lives we encounter the two of cups, the balancing of the yin/yang principle. Male/Female, balanced, creating healing and balance. I always think it shows how important communication, both externally and internally is. This then brings you to the three, where happiness abounds. How happy we are when everything works. Therefore, to me, the first three symbols, One, Two, Three, show how we can live happily. But we are humans and do we do things easily, not always. No. Four shows how we can get caught up in our happiness, and forget that everything changes and instead of allowing the changes to occur naturally, we shut them out and concentrate on what we have. When we do that, No. Five follows, that which we have concentrated on falls over, is lost and we begin to grieve for what was. What I love about this symbol, is that is shows if we would just turn around (be open) we would find there are two more symbols waiting which shows us the way to what we want. Always brings to mind, when one door closes another opens. Or as someone said to me once, when all the doors appear closed, look for a window. No. six shows that we need to put the past in perspective, so we can move forward, yet No. seven (the beginning of the imagination pattern) shows the tendency is often to blow things up in our minds out of proportion as we look ahead. Therefore, No eight, says, leave it all behind and move ahead into the known using your strength and ability to keep moving towards your goal. No. nine, says you have reached it, but remember life is full of changes, so don't be too smug or wait too long before moving on. No. 10, shows happiness for all, which is what we all want.
The Court Cards, shows the attitudes of the Page, getting caught up in the unexpected and needs to be more flexible and open. The Knight, is how all us need to be, when we move forward, slow and sure. The Queen is another imagination symbol, lost in her dreams and desires. The King is in command of his emotions and feels he is right in what he does. Sometimes comes across quite cool and detached because of that.
As you explore the Cup journey you begin to realize how wide a range our emotions are. How fluid they are, moving from one feeling to another. What we need to realize, is this is how our body speaks to us, through feelings and we need to be able to listen and work with them. Not live in the past, but the present enjoying all that is presented to us and working towards our goals with ease.
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