Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Tarot Card of the Week: Sept. 14-20

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
— Albus Dumbledore (via J. K. Rowling),
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Somehow, I am not surprised to see the Seven of Cups make a somewhat rare appearance this week. With his back to us, we see a silhouetted man gazing at the glowing vision of seven cups that float before him. Some of them contain images that beckon seductively, others are more fearsome. And the central one is shining Mystery.

Sevens are connected to Saturn, the Teacher who tests us and makes us do the practical work to achieve our goals. Cups of course are the emotions, dreams, intuition and feelings. The Seven of Cups indicates a turning point, where it is time to choose and then get on with it. 



The timing here is very interesting. This week, on the 15th to be exact, we hit the third direct opposition of Uranus and Saturn – a deeply divisive conflict that has been affecting us for quite some time. This is the crux of the increasingly shrill argument between innovation and conservatism; between change and security; between the old and the new.



Astrologer Robert Wilkinson, who has been writing about it in great depth for some time, calls it the The Grand Irrationality. He writes, “This is a long wave global activating influence that began in the mid-1990s and will be with us for about a decade to come. It may help us understand why things are so weird on a constant basis, why people go obsessive-compulsive and make strange choices from time to time, and the reason crazy irrational behaviors seem to pervade our times. Due to this influence, we are all under pressure every so often to make life-altering choices and changes as we individually and collectively stand at forks in the road of Destiny.”

No wonder we might hesitate. We are bound to feel a lot of conflict in such a crossroads. But choose we must. 



This week’s card is a challenge, telling us that it’s time to get real. We can’t keep all options open forever. The time for dithering is over. Yes, it is important to have considered our choices. And our desires and fears have much to teach us about what we value. But we must beware of staying stuck in the illusion that we can have it all. 



Dreams and aspirations (Uranus) are vital. But living in a fantasy world is a form of self-sabotage. Without groundedness and commitment, we are nowhere. Dreams only come true for people who are willing to sacrifice other distractions, and buckle down to do the work, very Saturnine qualities.



We can resolve the Saturn – Uranus conflict by keeping only what is best from what we have known, leaving behind what is no longer workable, and then moving forward into the unknown. We ultimately must dare to choose and by doing so, we will reveal the true nature of that glowing Mystery at the Center.

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  • September 14, 2009, 4:02 pm denise

    A timely reminder for me; however the idea of "buckling down" makes me crinkle up my nose. 😉

    arrrrrgh!

  • September 14, 2009, 4:45 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, yes! I do understand.. Well, let's instead say, strapping ourselves in nice and snug for the Fun Ride of our own creation! Whee! 🙂

  • September 15, 2009, 9:38 am Athene Nocuta

    Quick questions on the morning pages. Do they have to be jounaling or anything? I am in a tough spot @ work & home, and my 3 small pages are just affirmations that I am strong and this will all work out.

    Thanks. . .

  • September 15, 2009, 4:09 pm denise

    Athene…I'm no pro with this, but if affirmations are what you want to fill your pages with, then go right ahead! 🙂

    Beth….sounds good to me! I'm making my ride one of those fast spinny ones, I like how they whip around so that the world is a blur 😉

  • September 15, 2009, 4:23 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Great question, Athene! They don't have to be anything in particular, just showing up and thinking on the page. They are just sort of a download of whatever is rattling around in your brain.

    They are not really intended to be a journal, but often they do reflect (in a different way) what is happening in your life. This is where you are allowed to be completely focused on your interior experiences, not necessarily external events.

    Chances are very good that for a while at least, maybe forever (There's no right way), they will primarily contain lots of whining and obsessive rattling on.

    The basic idea is they help you sweep out the cobwebs in your brain every morning (or at a set time every day), letting go of some of the grungiest, most boring inner yakking.

    They can sometimes turn out to be a way of priming the pump; where you'll have a sudden flash of insight or inspiration. That is a bonus!

    Over time, though, they should start to feel like an energetic cleansing; a place to have unlimited permission to think, obsess, navel-gaze, worry, write affirmations, celebrate, muse, and process your stuff.

    Now, years and years later, I have found that if I don't stick to them pretty faithfully, my creative brain starts to feel muddy and my emotions get cranky.

    They ultimately give you a well worn path that is where you can safely let go, and having done so, flow can happen. Over time, as I've said, you may discover that, as you write them, you are not the only one there.:-)

    Does this help?
    – Beth