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Tarot Card of the Week: Aug. 17-23

The Ten of Cups
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 a world weary with cynicism, contentiousness, and sorrow. The Cups, of course, are the suit of the emotions, and tens are the journey’s end. They are the overflow, and the ultimate of what is possible in the suit. In this case, we have the fulfillment of our emotional needs: love, happiness, family harmony, celebration.

The happy couple, holding each other gently, celebrates the appearance of the cup-crowned rainbow, as two little children dance joyfully. In the distance is their modest home, and a clear horizon. This is a card of harmony, wonder and deep happiness.

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).

You are being profoundly blessed at this time. It is time for you to receive the fulfillment of your heart’s desire. Your emotional needs have matured, and you are being rewarded for your patience and faith. Across the sky before you is spread the rainbow’s promise of peace and happiness. This card is a reminder that happiness is not just the absence of pain, but the true nature of every man, woman and child, and that Grace is given to us all. It is simplicity itself.

Look around you at your fellow humans, whether they are the ones in the lane next to you on the road, or the televised victims of war and suffering far away. Whatever the color of their skin, whatever language they speak, whoever they choose to love, whether they wear helmets, or turbans, or bhirka, know this — that each of us ultimately wants the same simple things – safety and shelter for our families, food on our tables, and contentment with our beloveds.

This is a powerful time for healing, forgiveness, and sharing, with our hearts overflowing. If family problems have troubled you, or if other relationships have been suffering with tension or conflict, seize this golden opportunity to create peace. If financial worries or other concerns have been taking up your energy, look at the incredible love that fills this world of ours, and realize that you have so much to offer, and to give thanks for.

This week, remember that even the most complicated, painful human situations can be resolved by the power of love. Through the gift of love, we cross the bridge to our own divine nature, and access the very heavens.

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  • August 17, 2009, 8:31 am Kelley

    That's a great card for this week! It's nice to be reminded that the undercurrent is love and support.

    Hope you are well, Beth!

  • August 17, 2009, 8:38 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Thanks, Kelley! So great to hear from you!
    – Beth

  • August 17, 2009, 1:13 pm ARIE

    Paying attention to this card, I noticed that the rainbow colors are not in the right order. On purpose or is this an author's mistake?
    Also this looks from a distance like a stage card. Acting like in happiness? Which is also OK. When I have negative emotions I put the Buddha smile on my face. So I act from outside to inside. This simple act changes my brain chemistry, thereby transforming my previous state.
    By the way, I almost always find something I didn't notice before in the cards, even after looking at them so many times.

  • August 17, 2009, 11:55 pm BellBookCandleSupply

    Tarot reading requires a deep mental exercise and contemplate on the facts and feelings to foresee valuable divination.
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  • August 18, 2009, 6:20 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Ummmmm… thanks for that, "Bell Book and Candle.."

    And —
    Arie you are quite right.. it is another "stage" card. I will have to address this next time it comes up! 🙂

    But I'm not sure how to answer your question regarding the rainbow's colors, since she (Pixie Smith, the artist) is only representing it with 2 arcs of color – yellow and red (pink).

    The actual colors that were used in the original deck are pretty different from what we usually think of as the standard, most commonly used Rider-Waite-Smith deck today..

    In fact, this is the 100th anniversary of her (and Waite's) publication and a commemorative deck with coloration more true to the original has just been released. Unfortunately, that original printing in 1909 was somewhat cheaply done, resulting in colors much more muted than we usually see today.

    So it is difficult to analyze if there is any meaning in her color choices.

    But these are great observations (as usual! 🙂 )

    Thank you SO much!
    – Beth