If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
— Henry David Thoreau
This week, we move from Summer to the Autumn Equinox. It would appear that as we do, there are many choices vying for our attention. Floating before the figure, there are seven cups. Some contain images that beckon seductively, while others are more sinister. And the central one is shining Mystery.
Sevens are connected to Saturn, the serious Teacher who tests us and makes us do our homework. And the Cups are about emotions and dreams, our fears and our imagination. Arthur Waite described the Seven of Cups as, “Strange chalices of vision, but the images are more especially those of the fantastic spirit.”
Isn’t that a perfect description for the Internet? It is certainly an infinite maze of enticements, horrors, information, trivia, seduction, ego, and magic. It is at once, both a throne of crass materialism and a gateway to limitless spiritual blessings. Unless we stay grounded, however, knowing what it is we truly seek, it is far too easy to while away the hours in its virtual reality, hypnotized by endless possibilities, conversations, and dramas.
This week, The Seven of Cups indicates you may need to make an important choice. But things may be “up in the air.” Your decision may not be easy, for this card often represents having too many choices, too little substantial or reliable information, and a very strong tendency to be drawn in by fear and fantasy.
Waite suggests that the appearance of this card may also herald “fairy favors” and “things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees, but nothing permanent or substantial.” Thus it may also indicate contact with other, mystical realms that bring inspiration. But it will be up to you, to turn inspiration, magic, and imagination into solid results in your life.
If you would make your fantasies come true, or if you would defeat your silent forebodings, the Seven of Cups reminds us that things are not set in stone. By knowing your true desire, by clarifying your heart’s intentions, you will be able to then choose on behalf of them. For it is only then that you can follow through with the solid work needed to make your dreams come true.