The Ten of Cups
…Know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.
— from the Charge of the Goddess, traditional by Doreen Valiente
Bliss! Only a month after its last appearance, this week we again welcome the Ten of Cups. The Cups in the Tarot are our emotions, particularly love, as well as intuition, healing and empathy. And the Tens are the overflowing of those qualities. So this is a card of harmony, wonder and deep happiness.
We see the joyful couple holding each other gently, celebrating the appearance of the cup-crowned rainbow, as the two little children dance joyfully. In the distance is their modest home, and a clear horizon. As was pointed out last time, it 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.
Rainbows, of course, are often considered a sign of Divine blessings, forgiveness, 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). Here, 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 God(dess) are one.
At this beautiful time of year, as the misfires of Mercury retrograde recede this week, and the Harvest Full Moon comes up on Sunday, this card seems to invite us to open our hearts in thanksgiving. By so doing, we will see how closely we walk with the Divine.
Many are the challenges and troubles that each of us may be facing individually, and as a global community. But the Ten of Cups shows us that beneath all the complexities and challenges of our world, the formula for happiness for each individual remains quite simple. All we really want is a secure and happy home, heartfelt connection to our beloveds, hope for the future, and soulful contentment.
How can we find this kind of love and contentment? Gaze upon the Ten of Cups and open your heart. Discover in what ways they are already yours. Happiness is not just the absence of pain, but is actually the true essence of every man, woman and child. Grace is given to us all, in the exact measure that we give it to one another. It is simplicity itself. It is the pulse of the Divine within us.
Across the sky before you is spread the rainbow’s promise. What would such a sign mean in your own life? How can you offer yourself as a beacon of this Divine love? In what ways are you profoundly blessed at this time? What love can you bestow upon others?
This week, practice focusing your awareness on, not what you lack, but how much you are already given. While strife, danger, and sorrow are certainly a part of our reality, remember that there is a bridge and a truth that shines through, regardless. Joy and harmony need not be based on the whim of outside circumstance. Love is who and what we are.