Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Tarot Card of the Week: June 29-July 5

Three of Cups
This is not a day for asking questions,

not a day on any calendar.

This day is conscious of itself.

This day is a lover, bread, and gentleness,

more manifest than saying can say.

— Rumi

With the Midsummer rites just past, and the full heat of the ripening times now upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are invited to take time out this week for festivities.

The Tarot Cups are love, friendship, dreams, and heart connections. And the threes are the fertile result of making creative combinations, echoing the greatest three in the Major Arcana, The Empress. What a lovely calling to now come together with our beloveds and rejoice!

In this interpretation by artist Pamela Colman (Pixie) Smith, these three women are none other than the Graces. If you’ve been reading my website and blog a while, you’ll know that I dedicated all of last year to these important Goddesses. In brief, they were known as the Gratiae by the Romans and the Kharites in Greek mythology. The Graces are Goddesses of beauty, mirth, festivity, dance and song. They preside over the pleasures of life, including play, amusement, banqueting, floral decoration, happiness, rest and relaxation.

Sounds like a fine directive for the week ahead, doesn’t it?

Their attendance at any gathering was the assurance of happiness and harmony. Therefore, they were always the first Deities to be invoked. And at every banquet, the ancients always offered them a libation of the first cup of wine.

The Graces were classically depicted as three beautiful women, holding hands and dancing in a circle, crowned with and holding sprigs of myrtle, just as Pixie has drawn them here. They are so intertwined that it is impossible to tell which arm belongs to whom. They represent the strength and sacredness of community, friendship, and the joyfulness we feel when we are a part of something larger than just ourselves alone.

Many of us will be traveling this week to be with loved ones on summer holidays. This card is such a beautiful affirmation of love and friendship. What companions of your heart will you celebrate with? To whom will you offer the loving cup of honor?

Make time to connect with your dearest friends and favorite family members. Slow down and step away from the workaday world. Allow yourself a true holiday. Invite the Graces to all your gatherings and then raise a glass and be glad of your alliances with beloved people who understand and support you, as you do them. Because love and friendship are life’s deepest, sweetest gifts.

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  • June 29, 2009, 2:54 pm Star

    <<"Many of us will be traveling this week to be with loved ones on summer holidays. This card is such a beautiful affirmation of love and friendship. What companions of your heart will you celebrate with? To whom will you offer the loving cup of honor?">>

    I am traveling to Drum and Splash festival at Four Quarters starting tomorrow! We will drum, dance, sing, swim, and commune with each other and nature. We celebrate an alternative 4th of July to celebrate FREEDOM with fire spinners, huge chinese dragon puppets, firecrackers and fireworks, and then a fabulous drum circle all night under the stars. I am SO ready to celebrate a bit with my family of choice and to drum and sing to my hearts content! I will be making an offering to the Stones in the stone circle on the hill and hope to be able to relax for a few days before the hard work begins for Witchcamp. I am one of the 'unrelenting support' helpers at camp, so will not be relaxing at all that week or the week prior!

    My travel trailer is all hooked up and ready to go for its first trip of the year. I wish I could take my familiar, Shadow, the cat with me, but unfortunately, no pets are allowed.

    I hope you all enjoy the holidays and fine weather for being outdoors.

    Peace,

    Star*

  • June 29, 2009, 3:16 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Have a fantastic time, Star, and may the Graces find delicious ways for all of your work AND play to replenish your spirit!

    Give my love to any of the SpiralHeart witches you may run across!
    – Beth

  • June 29, 2009, 10:30 pm Thalia

    Yeah, that's me there on the left in white.

  • June 30, 2009, 1:14 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Ha! Love this! 🙂