With the Midsummer rites just past, and the full heat of the ripening times now upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, we are invited to take time out this week for festivities.
The Tarot Cups are love, friendship, dreams, and heart connections. And the threes are the fertile result of making creative combinations, echoing the greatest three in the Major Arcana, The Empress. What a lovely calling to now come together with our beloveds and rejoice!
In this interpretation by artist Pamela Colman (Pixie) Smith, these three women are none other than the Graces. If you’ve been reading my website and blog a while, you’ll know that I dedicated all of last year to these important Goddesses. In brief, they were known as the Gratiae by the Romans and the Kharites in Greek mythology. The Graces are Goddesses of beauty, mirth, festivity, dance and song. They preside over the pleasures of life, including play, amusement, banqueting, floral decoration, happiness, rest and relaxation.
Sounds like a fine directive for the week ahead, doesn’t it?
Their attendance at any gathering was the assurance of happiness and harmony. Therefore, they were always the first Deities to be invoked. And at every banquet, the ancients always offered them a libation of the first cup of wine.
The Graces were classically depicted as three beautiful women, holding hands and dancing in a circle, crowned with and holding sprigs of myrtle, just as Pixie has drawn them here. They are so intertwined that it is impossible to tell which arm belongs to whom. They represent the strength and sacredness of community, friendship, and the joyfulness we feel when we are a part of something larger than just ourselves alone.
Many of us will be traveling this week to be with loved ones on summer holidays. This card is such a beautiful affirmation of love and friendship. What companions of your heart will you celebrate with? To whom will you offer the loving cup of honor?
Make time to connect with your dearest friends and favorite family members. Slow down and step away from the workaday world. Allow yourself a true holiday. Invite the Graces to all your gatherings and then raise a glass and be glad of your alliances with beloved people who understand and support you, as you do them. Because love and friendship are life’s deepest, sweetest gifts.