The card for the upcoming week is the Nine of Cups, also known as the “wish card”.
If you look closely you will see that the cups are arranged in an inverted horseshoe shape, which is traditionally a symbol of good look and prosperity.
The colours graduate from a beautiful serene blue at the bottom of the card, to a gorgeous rosy pink at the top. It puts me in mind of a heavenly sunrise or sunset over a tranquil sea. The colours suggest that everything in the emotional garden is currently rosy and relationships, either familial or romantic are going through a settled and harmonious phase.
If you notice the cups all look full and they are stable and solid rather than teetering on slender stems that may topple over or snap at any moment. In this way they likely mirror a relationship which is rock solid and built on strong foundations. It may not be in the first flush of romance and trying to impress with grand gestures and flashy, extravagant gifts, but it does have the advantage of having moved on to the next level of quiet comfort, warmth and support. This is probably a relationship that you can rely on and trust to be there for you.
So, the romance may have paled somewhat, and perhaps sometimes you look at others and wish that your partner still showered you with gifts and that you were still in the exciting and intoxicatingly first flush of love? However, “be careful what you wish for” as outward appearances can be deceptive, and it is likely that your partnership although it may not be perfect, is the real deal.
This weeks randomly drawn card is The Magician….one of my favourites in the Wild Unknown deck.
The Magician is able to wrangle the raw ingredients represented by the Wand, Sword, Cup and Pentacle laid out before him and transform these into something new. He can perform a form of alchemy and with dynamic action is able to channel energy from the infinite potential around him and make it into something tangible.
The orange and yellow rays emanating from a concentrated point represent energy, vitality and creativity. The Magician can use this focused energy in conjunction with the tools at his disposal to create something new. He has supreme confidence in his ability to tap into direct Universal energy making him an empowered creator (as we all are).
This card advises us to tap into our full potential without holding back. It is time to take action and go for it! The Magician points to the talents, capabilities and resources which we already have at our disposal. We have everything needed to make any venture we are contemplating a success.
Often the twists and turns of fate can feel random and arbitrary. But what if there is inherent meaning in everything, and interconnection between the complex patterns woven into the Universe? Just because these relationships are too tangled to unpick doesn’t mean that they don’t exist and give a deeper meaning to our existence.
Life is a delicate balance and we all experience joy and pain as an integral part of our journey. It is vital to embody the wisdom of the owl and know that all is in constant flux. The trick is to try and achieve balance and inner harmony no matter what is happening in our lives. We judge things as good or bad, but how do we really know until further down the road? The Wheel of Fortune expresses the truth that everything happens for a reason, and there is always a lesson to be learned from our experiences. There is nothing to fear, as depicted by the bright stars twinkling in the night sky. All we can do is embrace it all and use our intuition (symbolised by the owl and the crescent moon) to navigate any stormy waters. It won’t see us go wrong.
The Wheel of Fortune can indicate a ‘stuck’ energy where we need to be reminded that positivity moves us forward whereas negativity keeps us tangled and stuck. We must keep in mind when we are feeling trapped and stuck that the wheel is constantly turning. Change is always happening and things will get better. It is only a matter of time until the daytime comes back around again as everything is cyclical.
The archetype of this card puts me in mind of the quotation
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Because swords represent the mind, thoughts and conflict, we can see that this card shows the negative consequences which can result when we become embroiled in power struggles and hostility with others. For me, the phrase which immediately springs to mind is that we may have ‘won the battle but lost the war’. This card can depict a situation where we may want to win at all costs, but end up being the loser because we have alienated and angered others leading to isolation and ostracism. It is vital that we pick our battles and don’t become involved in conflicts simply to get our own way, prove we’re right or because we feel challenged or threatened by another person.
This card symbolises a complete breakdown in communication leading to the severing of ties and relationships. We can also see that the earth worm has been torn asunder; this is not a clean cut but a jagged and messy wound which will take a long time to heal. This is a deep betrayal driven by spite and pettiness leading to loss and defeat. It seems that in our need to win or be right we have become our own worst enemy and quite literally ‘cut off our nose to spite our face’.
The Five of Swords can also point to self destructive behaviour and thoughts. Instead of cutting and aggressive language and communication being directed at another, perhaps we have turned this on ourselves in a self sabotaging, critical diatribe which leaves us cowed and bludgeoned into submission. Examine your self-talk and choices to see if you are indeed betraying yourself and being your own worst enemy.
Today’s randomly drawn card is the Ten of Swords…..a particularly disturbing image, especially in the Wild Unknown deck. Before I go any further I would just like to reiterate that tarot is a metaphorical language, and so although it is an horrific image, it’s purpose is to draw attention to and highlight the darker aspects of human nature and the psyche. If we turn a blind eye to suffering and injustice how can we expect to change it and grow?
There are various ways to see this card. It can be interpreted as a ‘dark night of the soul’, in the sense that we have reached rock bottom and now the only way is up. It reminds me of a quote by Oscar Wilde ~ “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars”. It can indicate that the lowest point has now been reached. This phase is over and it is time to get ready for something new. We can view this state of affairs as all doom and gloom, or we can adopt the cup half full attitude and choose to believe that the worst is over. Sometimes this card can even be hinting that we are being a touch melodramatic…..are things truly as bad as they seem, or could it be the case that we are not perceiving the problem with clarity? Confusion can make it impossible to see which way to proceed and often we can be blinded by the seeming enormity of issues which appear insurmountable.
Of course it could refer to something altogether darker. As I have already alluded to, tarot is metaphorical, and in this card the bull represents strength, dominance, toughness and ferocity which has been taken down by thoughts, ideas and words symbolised by the swords. This shows the ways in which we hurt each other with our thoughts, judgements and self righteousness, and how we can quash the spirit of others, no matter how strong they may appear on the outside. Human beings have an ugly tendency to gang up on and bully those who are different….who threaten their own sense of self just by being who they are.
This card exposes the darker side of human nature. It shows how we can destroy the spirit of others when we allow the lowest, most base aspect of ourselves to take control, or when we encourage or join forces with others to do the same. This card is a warning that we must not look away; it is only when we acknowledge the worst and recognise it in ourselves and others that we can take action for positive change.
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it” ~ Game of Thrones, George R.R Martin
This card is immediately reminiscent of the zodiac sign of Leo and shares many of the characteristics of people born under this sign, such as loyalty, devotion, generosity, courage and trustworthiness.
The ‘strength’ symbolised in this card represents a gentle fierceness which although extremely powerful uses a softly softly approach to problems and dilemmas. This person will never use a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’ although they certainly possess the power to do so if they were so inclined. Instead they will always prefer to use patience, perseverance and kindness rather than strong arm tactics or brute force.
The infinity symbol on the lions forehead shows the infinite wisdom and inner strength to do what is right in any given situation. This person will always find the courage within their heart to follow their intuition even though it may not always be the easiest option.
The lion has mastered his own mind and tamed the beast within, allowing him to always display the utmost self control and mastery, and implicit trust in the guidance of his inner wisdom.
This week, if the situation arises, try to emulate the lion in the Strength card to help you deal successfully with any issues that come up in your life.
The randomly selected card for the upcoming week is the Seven of Wands.
The first thing that comes to mind on studying this card is the need to stand firm in the face of opposition. If you need to defend yourself this week, maintain courage in your convictions and make sure that you remain true to yourself. If you have to stand alone, stand tall and be a beacon in the darkness!
It could also be that you have lost some of the fire in your belly and your fighting spirit? Maybe you need to add a bit of spice to your life and shake up a stale, boring routine. Let your own flame burn brightly and honour your passions. Find the fire and confidence inside either to stand up for your beliefs or who you are as a person, or to find it again when you’re in a dark place.
This card could also indicate that it is your turn to shine and take centre stage in the limelight, and to bask in the admiration and respect of others.
This burning torch will always provide a quiet but powerful light, illuminating our inner guidance, inspiration and direction. Focus on it and forge ahead with faith and self belief.
The tarot suit of Cups is all about emotion, feelings and relationships, and so the Mother of Cups is the queen of this realm. She is powerful and fierce whilst simultaneously being protective and nurturing. She is depicted as a swan in this deck which perfectly describes her ability to be compassionate and empathic, but also extremely aggressive if pushed.
She is highly sensitive to the vibes around her, so much so that her insightful intuition can border on the prophetic or psychic at times. This gives her a reputation for being deep and mysterious, inhabiting as she does the realms of the unconscious and subconscious mind. Here dreams are dreamt and magic happens.
She is associated with the unknown…..where gut instinct and perceptive hunches are the modus operandi. A place of spirituality and receptivity which is symbolised in this card by the sparkling blue, pink and purple stars which twinkle in the darkness of the night sky behind her.
When this card appears it is time to take note of your dreams and intuition by turning your attention inward. Use creative visualisation and magic to bend reality to mirror your deeply held wishes.
There is a time and place for rationality and logic, but this week tap into the traits of the Mother of Cups within yourself. Use her emotional sensitivity, intuition and empathy and trust that in the situations you encounter this week they will be the way to achieve the best results.
The Daughter of Pentacles holds the energy of curious, alert exploration and discovery and keen instincts. She is sweet natured and kind and although she can be shy and watchful she has an alertness and curiosity which means she is constantly learning about the world around her….not in an intellectual or theoretical sense, but by hands on experience.
This young fawn has much to learn and discover about life, but she is keen to get stuck in. She uses the power of trial and error to experiment with what works and what doesn’t.
Accept where you are in your life and use the resources you’ve got. Where your current approach is working, keep it up! Take ownership of your own progress and development and assess areas where you need to build your skills and confidence further. The rainbow and pentacle towards the top of the card show the enormous potential for growth and development on the material plane.
The Daughter of Pentacles can also signify that a new start, new dreams and greater prosperity may be on the horizon. To draw in the perfect circumstances and opportunities to relaunch your life and bring new inspiration, enthusiasm and passion to a project or experience, it is important to make a plan, stay focused, and make it happen!
She could be described as a child of nature, and this may be a message that it is time to embrace the healing energy of the earth in your own life. Try to get outside and experience the wild, raw energy of the natural world and soak up the healing available when you recalibrate your life and get back in touch with your own sense of wildness.
As always with the tarot the energy of the Daughter of Pentacles could be an energy we need to develop within ourselves, or alternatively it may be that we will be exposed to these character traits within someone we come into contact with this week.
This weeks randomly drawn card is the Seven of Cups, which in The Wild Unknown deck is portrayed as a mind bending optical illusion. Depending on your perspective you might see a pyramid shape with a cup balanced precariously on it’s apex; or looking at it another way, it may appear as a channel or trench with the cup placed at the end.
When this card appears we often have many seemingly interesting and appealing choices. However this card cautions us to take our time and weigh up our options carefully. This could be a classic case of ‘all that glitters is not gold’. Can we trust what is in front of us, or is all not as it seems? Often when there is a plethora of options it can lead to confusion and paralysis making it almost impossible to make a decision.
So this week we need to be very clear on what it is we really want, and beware of being taken in by a mesmerising fantasy which may subsequently crumble to dust. Don’t be tricked into falling for a scenario which turns out to be no more than smoke and mirrors with no real substance.