I’ve been trying to think of on-going series I can do besides the “Self-Love” and “Mental Health” series, and I thought this one might be interesting to do.
As much as I can, every Tuesday, I’ll pull a card and talk about it.
We can look at this as a combination of a “card of the week” and learning the cards.
I thought about going through the cards and doing Major Arcana in order from 0-21, but that seemed so artificial and, well, trite.
I do intend this to be just Tarot. If I do an Oracle series, it will be under a different series name.
There are some obvious associations just looking at the card, but let’s take it a step at a time.
First, the numbers of the suits, or Minor Arcana, cards are sort of a mini-journey. It’s not the epic journey of the Fool through the Major Arcana cards, but it is a progression.
Aces are the beginnings of things, the seeds planted, Twos are about balance and the beginning growth of the seed, and so on.
The Suit of Cups represents the element of Water, which is about emotions and intuition.
So, this card represents a balance and growth of emotion. That seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it?
It is a card about partnerships, but it is not exactly the same as The Lovers card. While The Lovers may indicate some kind of meeting of soulmates, a “perfect” union, this card represents more temporal relationships, that is, relationships that may end.
Because of the posture of the figures, it’s easy to think of this as a marriage card, and it can be. But it can also represent other kinds of partnerships, like business partnerships or intimate friendships. The cards surrounding this one may help a reader figure out which it is.
There is also that glowing caduceus in the background, the snakes twisting around a winged staff. You may recognize this as a medical symbol, a symbol of healing. It also symbolizes some classic duality concepts: male/female, dark/light, etc.
The lion’s head on the caduceus is not a traditional part of the symbol. Here, I believe it represents a strength born of the union.
Now, this card actually came to me reversed this evening (Monday evening, as I write this).
Even though I meant this to be a card for my community, I fear that something in my personal life must have bled over into this reading.
Reversed, this indicates a problem with a relationship, perhaps even a break but maybe just an imbalance.
So, if you’re feeling a little out of balance, within yourself or within a relationship, this card offers a bit of a warning. This could be a time to work on communication skills to keep your relationships on an even keel.
Or it could be a sign that it’s time to make a break, if a relationship no longer serves you.
On a personal level, I’m involved in a venture that had several members and two people are leaving and not under the best circumstances. This situation came to a head today.
I am saddened by this, as I am friendly with all involved.