Somehow, I am not surprised to see the Seven of Cups make a somewhat rare appearance this week. With his back to us, we see a silhouetted man gazing at the glowing vision of seven cups that float before him. Some of them contain images that beckon seductively, others are more fearsome. And the central one is shining Mystery.
Sevens are connected to Saturn, the Teacher who tests us and makes us do the practical work to achieve our goals. Cups of course are the emotions, dreams, intuition and feelings. The Seven of Cups indicates a turning point, where it is time to choose and then get on with it.
The timing here is very interesting. This week, on the 15th to be exact, we hit the third direct opposition of Uranus and Saturn – a deeply divisive conflict that has been affecting us for quite some time. This is the crux of the increasingly shrill argument between innovation and conservatism; between change and security; between the old and the new.
Astrologer Robert Wilkinson, who has been writing about it in great depth for some time, calls it the The Grand Irrationality. He writes, “This is a long wave global activating influence that began in the mid-1990s and will be with us for about a decade to come. It may help us understand why things are so weird on a constant basis, why people go obsessive-compulsive and make strange choices from time to time, and the reason crazy irrational behaviors seem to pervade our times. Due to this influence, we are all under pressure every so often to make life-altering choices and changes as we individually and collectively stand at forks in the road of Destiny.”
No wonder we might hesitate. We are bound to feel a lot of conflict in such a crossroads. But choose we must.
This week’s card is a challenge, telling us that it’s time to get real. We can’t keep all options open forever. The time for dithering is over. Yes, it is important to have considered our choices. And our desires and fears have much to teach us about what we value. But we must beware of staying stuck in the illusion that we can have it all.
Dreams and aspirations (Uranus) are vital. But living in a fantasy world is a form of self-sabotage. Without groundedness and commitment, we are nowhere. Dreams only come true for people who are willing to sacrifice other distractions, and buckle down to do the work, very Saturnine qualities.
We can resolve the Saturn – Uranus conflict by keeping only what is best from what we have known, leaving behind what is no longer workable, and then moving forward into the unknown. We ultimately must dare to choose and by doing so, we will reveal the true nature of that glowing Mystery at the Center.