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Tarot Card of the Week: Nov. 2 – 8 and Blessings of the Full Moon in Taurus

Ace of CupsReach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full, may it be again;
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of man.

— Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

I can hardly believe it! As I search through my files, it slowly dawns on me that in over five years (that’s about 260 pulls) of my Cards of the Week, never once has the Ace of Cups appeared. And what a blessing for it to appear today, of all days, as we begin the sacred New Year and we celebrate the Samhain Full Moon in Taurus. And on personal note, I am humbled and profoundly grateful for it to appear so unexpectedly, as I launch my brand new website and blog today. (By the way, thanks for finding your way here. Please be welcome!).

In all of the Aces, the hand of Mystery appears, offering the blessings of the suit to us. Since the Cups are the emotions, imagination, dreams,  intuition and healing, this card is the very essence of those gifts.  It holds all the love that could be possible, and the deep knowing that comes straight from the heart.

The Ace of Cups is really none other than the Holy Grail. We see the dove of peace, symbolized as the Christian Holy Spirit delivering the wafer (the Host, or the body of Christ) into the Cup. It is, in Christian terms, a picture of the Holy Communion.

Tarot scholar Robert Place tells us that the five streams pouring from the Cup are the five wounds of the Christian God. He also explains that the letter on the Cup is not a “W” but an “M” reversed, identifying it with Mary, the Christ’s mother.  It is upside down to show that it is receiving the gift of the Divine.

Interestingly, the deck’s creator, Arthur Waite, wrote in his book, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot,  that there were four streams coming from the Cup (perhaps a reference to the fountain in Eden from which the four world rivers ran). But clearly, artist Pamela Colman Smith had other ideas. And so can we.

For those of us not very enamored with Christian symbolism, we can easily see the streams as the four Elements, plus the fifth sacred thing – Mystery, or Spirit. And so, this card is the sacred Circle, pouring forth from the Divine Feminine. It is the blessing of Grace.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that we spent all of last year discussing The Graces, and, ultimately, the meaning of Grace for non-Christians.

Our Greek ancestors, and later the Romans, always, without fail, invoked the Graces before every endeavor; before every meal, journey, festival, or other gathering. Their presence assured harmony and blessings. I like the idea that Grace is a combination of the gifts from the three original Graces, and is given for the sole reason, simply, that we have asked for it.

Must we know for certain what we need at all times? Do we dare to ask for blessings we are not sure we deserve? Author Sarah ban Breathnach writes, “Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.”

I believe that asking for Grace is an act of supreme awareness. It is an affirmation that we know we are a part of a loving, wise, Divine Being. The true gift of the Ace of Cups is that we accept that the Divine One(s) will know and fulfill us in invisible, beautiful ways we cannot ourselves anticipate.  The Ace of Cups is the revelation that Love knows our deepest heart of hearts more clearly than we may understand; and so She blesses us.

This week, Grace is given freely, even unexpectedly.  Blessings are bestowed on new love, creativity, children, friendships, and any other new beginnings you care deeply about.   Divinely inspired love, healing and heart-opening awareness are given to you. And in turn, you, too, are a container for the Divine.  In what ways can you bestow love upon those in your life? Whose dreams can you bless?  Who needs your healing touch, or your forgiveness?

Ultimately, the Ace of Cups reminds us that we do not have to judge whether we deserve Grace or not; we have only to humbly ask, and then be receptive.

We ask in perfect love. We receive in perfect trust.

Welcome and blessed be.

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  • November 2, 2009, 10:58 am Gerard Bellavita

    Beth,
    Blessings to your new site, and to you for your work and the sharing of your gifts.
    Ace of Cups is a great start!
    Great good fortune to you in this endeavor.

  • November 2, 2009, 11:49 am Beth

    Wow! Thanks for this blessing and for being the Very First Person to comment here! 🙂
    – Beth

  • November 2, 2009, 12:40 pm Amy L in Bellevue WA

    Hi Beth,

    Your site looks great! I love reading your blog. It always speaks to me, and today is no exception. I am in the midst of several new beginnings, including my counseling internship. I have been thinking about how to allow Grace to flow through me to others. Thank you for generously sharing your light.

  • November 2, 2009, 1:22 pm Rose Vanden Eynden

    What a beautiful and inspirational post! And what a deep, meaningful interpretation of the Ace of Cups! I have been feeling very stuck in the last few days, and reading this has given me a great deal to contemplate and a renewed hope for Grace in my own life.

    Thank you, Beth, and may your new website bring you abundant blessings!

  • November 2, 2009, 7:35 pm Sally

    Many blessings on your new website and endeavors. You are an inspiration to me. I look forward to seeing you soon!

    Starflower*

  • November 2, 2009, 8:44 pm denise

    Lovely, lovely, lovely ~*~
    Your new look is beautiful and this week’s card happens to be one of my favorites, and a message I needed to hear.

    Thank you, Beth, for all you do and share.

  • November 2, 2009, 9:14 pm Catherine BTW

    Beth,
    We receive in perfect trust, indeed!
    Love the beauty and clarity of the site. Keep on shining! 😉

  • November 2, 2009, 9:32 pm Ellen-Mary

    What a lovely way to start the New Year and your new site! She is a beautiful site. I’ve enjoyed wandering around and peeking in all the rooms. As always, your blog post is eloquent and insightful. I wish you much success with your new site. Blessed Be.

  • November 3, 2009, 9:36 am Arie Alon

    Many Blessings my dear Friend.
    A great start for the New Year.
    Lovely site. Reaching all corners of the planet.
    We are a circle within a circle…

    I noticed that the Ace of Cups and Ace of Wands hand the cup and wand from right to left, while Pentacles and Swords from left to right.

    Sambhain Blessings
    Arie

  • November 4, 2009, 7:26 am kathie Conn

    Hello there , WOW oh WOW what a beautiful website. ITs so much more and powerful. I’ll be spending more time reading and learning to use this new tool.

    The card of the week is just the perfect for the launching of your new sites. Blessings and hugs,
    kathie