6 February 2019: Death & Ace of Coins & Ace of Cups

Happy New Year is all I can say about this perfect – no other word for it – New Year spread, yesterday having kicked off the Chinese Year of the Earth Pig. The weather prevented me from visiting my porky neighbors for a photo session, so just use your imagination.

So today Death, #13 of the Major Arcana and a Scorpio, is in the past position. This is obviously something ‘dead’, but of course not necessarily a human, although it could be. ‘The Transformer’ is what the Reaper prefers to be called (he IS a professional)  demands respect and skillfully wielding the tool of his trade, a scythe or sickle, looks about to cut down a beautiful white rose in full bloom who accepts and surrenders with grace. But what pops off the Death card to me today is the color of his sickle – and I keep wanting to say ‘cycle’, because that’s what Death is, the end of a cycle therefore beginning another what looks like today rather spectacular new beginning. The blade of his scythe is a beautiful, peaceful blue, the color of the sky and water on the next 2 cards of the present and future, and 2 of the most beautiful cards in the deck (Morgan-Greer as always unless otherwise noted).

The glorious gold coin on the Ace of Coins or Pentacles is appropriate for the 1st day of the Earth Pig, a weight-watching Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn. This means money, course, and possibly even an inheritance. I know the recent New Moon was a good time to commit to some new health habits or practices, or rituals and ‘kill’ some old, unhealthy ones. Think of the big gold coin, or Pentacle, as a giant vitamin. This card can mean that, so while you may have cheated death up until now, my friend, start up on those supplements (for entertainment purposes only, of course). The slim, blue-steel blade of Death points to the present and future cards as if we get a pass this time, a second chance, in more than one area of life.

 If I had it to do all over again…

Well, you just might. The thing I like about this is the commitment to the balance of body and soul. The Ace of Cups (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio)  like the Ace of Coins, is also all blue and gold, and on all 3 cards flowers bloom: roses both white and red (male and female), lilies (purity and innocence) and the lotus, who lives and dies daily in a constant cycle of birth and death, blooming and dying. Bring Spring! 5 streams of water overflow from the cup, steaming down to earth, symbolizing a heart so flooded with emotion and love it cannot be contained. What an amazing pair. If last year, or even your whole life, money had been a priority, this year it won’t be. That’s not to say it’s not an issue, but notice it’s only 1 coin, not a pile of them. There is a whole new appreciation of  ‘golden opportunities’ but from now on our emotional fulfillment is as much as if not more of a priority than our net worth.

It is a rare sighting. 2 Skyhands, facing each other, coming out of the clouds to bless this entire scene. Blessed endings, blessed beginnings. I’d say there were some unseen forces at work here…

Doves are released at both funerals and weddings and today at least one of them hovers over the overflowing gold cup on the future Ace. The mourning dove, from what I read on the interwebs so you know it’s the absolute truth, is the only dove that can suck.

What?

 

Dedicated to my niece who is expecting her first and to her Dad, the pilot, who I’m sure, wherever he is, has a ‘skyhand’ in everything. And a sense of humor. 

 

 

10 July 18: King of Cups, reversed

Respect my authority.

Fuck you.

 

This card is making me physically queasy. This King shouldn’t be King at all.

Upright, this King is the compassionate and archetypical kind, loving Father figure. He is of the emotional suit of Water (Pisces, Scorpio, Cancer), and  pictured  seated on his throne (Morgan-Greer) with a thoughtful expression on his face holding his gold cup in his right hand, his gold scepter in his left.

Cups correspond with hearts in a poker deck, and they do represent the heart, love and emotion – and in OG Tarot, the Ace of Cups is said to represent the womb, specifically the womb of Mary – but which Mary? A-HA! (Cartoon Einstein voice).

This King is responsible for maintaining a certain amount of security and the emotional stability and well-being of the realm. He’s the King, after all, and we love and admire him for that. As we can see, he is calm and serene although the water under him and behind him is choppy and unstable.

Reversed, this King who should be ruling from his heart is not. He is a manipulative, miserable bastard who is so emotionally and sexually confused and repressed it’s scary and I don’t even want to see this guy after a couple of drinks. He’s in over his head.

 

On another level, you may be being offered kind advice – possibly regarding a creative project – by someone who means well. This could be Dad or a Father-figure type, or you’ve cast someone in that role in your life. You may have outgrown the need for this person’s well intended (or not) advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Feb 18: Ace of Cups

My exploding heart! Honestly, this card crawled out from under the deck like the Valentine gift that it is. I could never have picked a better card on purpose!

The suit of cups are all about love and emotion. The heart. This is a beautiful and moving card in any deck, and long one of my favorites in  imagery and symbolism.

On this card, traditionally, a hand emerges from the clouds offering a golden goblet from which 5 streams of water flow – “my cup runneth over with love” – love has taken over our 5 senses, there is nothing else. This is the ace, the seed, the start of something really beautiful. This is fertility as well, as the watery cup also represents the watery womb, and usually has an “M” or a “W” engraved on it, said to stand for Mary, the mother, or Mary,  who is said to have borne the children of Christ, took off to the South of France and lived happily ever after.

This is so perfect, really. Obviously a day to declare your love. Punch-drunk, dizzy-ass love.

..not necessarily romantic, though, this is loving life itself. Everything around you. Exploding with song, art, joy. Overwhelming emotion. Manifestation and creation from the purest source. Draw, paint, bake, cook, dance, sing.

As long as it comes from the heart..