The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
~ James Oppenheim (1882-1932)
What a joyous card, and how sweet to see it this week, in this time of dark challenges and uncertainty. Welcome to the Ten of Cups.
The Cups, of course, are the suit of the emotions, dreams, intuition, and love. And tens are the journey’s end, the zenith and overflow of what is possible in the suit. In this case, we have the ultimate fulfillment of our emotional needs: love, happiness, family harmony, celebration.
The happy couple, holding each other tenderly, celebrates the appearance of the cup-crowned rainbow, as their two little children dance and play. In the distance is their modest home, and a clear horizon. This is a card of harmony, gratitude, and true happiness.
In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, this is one of Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards, referring to the horizontal line across the card that makes it appear they may all be on a theater stage. This certainly gives the appearance of the happily-ever-after ending of a play or story. So is it real?
The answer the Tarot always gives is — it’s up to you.
Rainbows, of course, are often considered a sign of Divine blessings and protection. They may also be a bridge, like the Norse Bifrost, that connects the human realms (Midgard) with the Divine (Asgard, land of the Gods). The rainbow is the promise that humans can journey to the transcendent threshold of Divine connectedness.
This is the realization that, at the heart of things, our joy and the joy of the Divine are one.
What heart’s promise do you long to have fulfilled? What will revitalize your sense of peace and harmony with all that is? This is the week to know and embrace that it is given to you.
Each of us ultimately wants the same simple things – safety and shelter for our families; health, good water, and food on our tables; and peace with our neighbors and loved ones.
The Ten of Cups depicts the fulfillment of these most private and most universal longings.
It affirms that when our hearts overflow with Good, we are given all we need. Ours is the power of healing, forgiveness, and peace. When our lives feel like this gentle scene, war, hate, prejudice, and fear are obsolete.
In the Coming Days
If family problems have troubled you, or if other relationships have been suffering with tension or conflict, seize this golden opportunity to create peace.
At the end of this rainbow, your wishes can come true. Your happiness is here, growing under your own feet. Celebrate and give thanks, exactly where you now stand.