Maturity: In psychology, maturity is the ability to respond to the environment aware of the correct time and location to behave and knowing when to act, according to the circumstances and the culture of the society one lives in.
How boring. (How immature!-Ed.) This is not that.
In the past is the mighty Ace of Swords (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius/Capricorn/Saturn) in the reverse, aka the notorious Ace of Spades of the suit of Air. Upright, this is supreme clarity, a sharp, clear mind focused and forward-thinking. The suit of Swords is not an easy one – there are many challenges and obstacles to overcome everywhere and always. In the past, thinking was not clear but clouded as we can see by the clouds rolling in over the inverted Sword on the card (Morgan-Greer). In the reverse, the logical mind is confused, dull, distracted. The mind has more potential than a rocket engine when properly fueled, but in the reverse, that Sword looks like it’s crashing back to earth, smokey trail and all, and it’s hardly off the ground.
What a waste.
The card of conflict and competition, the 5 of Clubs (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries/Jupiter/Sun) is in the reverse today. Competition, ambition, ‘struggle to the top’ sort of stuff. 5 humans are seen on the card engaged in some sort of ‘mock-battle’, all swinging their clubs around. I always call this the ‘mine’s bigger than yours‘ card, which is sort of the dynamic here, everybody’s trying to prove themselves or get their own ideas across. ‘make their mark’. In the reverse and falling in line after that unused or misused Sword in the past position, it looks like someone has trouble acknowledging and/or expressing themselves dare I say it, in a mature, balanced, healthy, way.
Someone’s emotions, it seems, got the best of them.
I was thinking over the weekend I sure I hope there are some nice Cups in the cards next week, and today we are verily graced with the King of the Suit himself (or herself) in the future position.
The most welcome and beloved King of Cups (Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces/Moon) is compassionate and wise. He be shaken but not stirred as he relaxes by the sea with his beverage, but we would never know. Blue-green waves that match the beautiful blue-green of his faraway eyes (Morgan-Greer) are starting to churn up a bit behind him, but he or she is calm, collected and in control.
Or at least appears to be.
Cups and water represent our emotions in the Tarot, and Kings, no matter how old they are, are mature – this King is emotionally mature. We are not a cheese. We are not a grape. We are human beings.
This King does not speak but calmly looks ahead, stepping away from the sparring, debating, quarrelsome 5 of Clubs and the disastrous false start of the Ace of Swords.
This is someone you are lucky to know who is of great comfort at a time when you may be feeling insecure or not ‘up to’ the competition. More likely, though, this is a call to take control of your own emotional expression. This King’s face is rather expressionless, but still – or not so still -waters run deep, as they say. He is not detached from his emotions, rather guided by them – he or she is a poet, an artist, a musician, and enhances the lives of his or her people emotionally – and they love you.
We are emotional beings, I think, although some people make me wonder. This is about that – when to express, how to express, what to express, and to whom.