Happiness runs in a circular motion,
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea.
Everybody is a part of everything anyway,
You can have everything if you let yourself be.
Happiness runs, happiness runs.
~ Donovan Leitch
What a magical gift from the Tarot! As we crossed the threshold of the Celtic New Year at Samhain this year, we were blessed with this card as our guide. And now, as we celebrate the dawn of the new mundane calendar year, here it is again.
With a welcome embrace at the doorway, we are graced once more by the Ten of Cups.
Because I am enjoying a much-needed break from my regular work schedule, I will take this as permission from Lady Universe to mostly encore what I wrote at that time, with adaptations for the current season and calendar year.
It all still applies in the most marvelous ways.
As I have noted in the many times over the years that this card has come calling, the Ten of Cups is the culmination-plus of all the potential in the Cups suit. It shows the overflowing of love, heart-connections, and emotional fulfillment.
We see the couple holding each other gently, celebrating the appearance of the cup-crowned rainbow, as the two little children dance. In the distance is their modest home, blue skies, and a clear horizon.
As you may notice, this is another of Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards, referring to the horizontal line across the card that looks like a stage. This certainly gives the appearance of the happily-ever-after ending of a play or story.
The Heart’s Bridge Between Heaven and Earth
Above their heads, is the rainbow running from one side to the other. Rainbows, of course, are often considered a sign of Divine blessings, forgiveness, and protection. A rainbow may also be a bridge, like the Norse Bifrost, that connects the human realms (Midgard) with the Divine (Asgard, land of the Gods).
And so we, too, are at a bridging time – the ending of the end and the beginning of the beginning.
In the Ten of Cups, human happiness reaches the transcendent threshold of Divine connectedness. We are given the realization that, at the ending of the story, our joy and the joy of The Beloved are one.
For Auld Lang Syne, My Dears
If you are celebrating the final days of Yule, the Ten of Cups offers a most precious meaning. It invites us to look back and consider our Ancestors, who lived closer to the land, and to whom the scene in this card would have been all they could desire.
Life was not simpler long ago, though we like to imagine it was. But it was certainly shorter, and for most, a whole lot harder. Yet maybe our Ancestors had a much better idea of what true happiness was.
Perhaps this is a little window for us to see life’s greatest gifts with their eyes: a roof over one’s head; fresh flowing water; a healthy, loving family; time for giving thanks and celebrating — truly these were gifts from the Divine.
No iPhone 6. No Costco membership. No pumpkin spice latte, Wi-Fi, or home theater with Bluetooth and 3-D were necessary.
If your beloved ones from long ago could see through your eyes — your life right here, right now — what might they point out to you as gifts of amazing grace?
Are there things you take for granted, or do not even realize, that they would recognize as treasure? In what ways are you being invited to give thanks?
God of Future and Past
In addition, like the gifts of the God of new beginnings and doorways, Janus, whose name is naturally given to the first of the calendar months, we are in a time between times. We now look forward as well as back.
What wish would you make for your family, your dearest ones, and the children of your future? What legacy would you bestow on the generations to come?
This week, celebrate your own, most heart-centered abundance. Share it, dance it, commemorate it. Let your gratitude spill out in every direction.
Ring out the old. Ring in the new.
Like our predecessors, strife, danger, and sorrow are often a part of our reality. But having crossed to the lands of the dead, they have learned what truly matters. They show us that there is a shining rainbow bridge that beckons us to Divine bliss.
This week, we cross that bridge into our future. What divine circle of happiness will you share?
May it be blessed for each and every one.