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Tarot Card of the Week: Oct. 5-11

Four of Cups
Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift, too.
— Anonymous

More Cups for us this week, but lacking the happy resolution that we saw in last week’s offering. The Tarot Cups have to do with our emotions, and deal with love, dreams, healing, and intuition. The figure in the card is turned towards the three cups on the ground. But does he really see them? What do they hold? Are they past times, or current circumstances? Perhaps they are various desires or loves, among which he feels he must choose.

Notice the resemblance of the fourth cup to the Ace of Cups, which has often been compared to the Holy Grail, and which is the gift of Grace from God, representing Her unconditional love, which is freely given to us.

Is the figure in the card simply meditating? Perhaps, but in most interpretations, this is not usually thought to be a restorative kind of contemplation. Judging by his defensively crossed arms and slight frown, rather than cultivating serenity, it would instead, appear that the figure sitting cross-legged is feeling flat, discouraged, or stagnant. Or perhaps he is grieving.

This attitude may even be preventing him from seeing the gift being offered. We can only hope that his listless unhappiness will eventually become uncomfortable enough that he will turn away from staring at the cups before him, which clearly do not please him.

As you contemplate the opportunities (or memories) now influencing you, perhaps you, too, hesitate to select one, at the expense of the others. Or perhaps what you see before you is not satisfactory.

Could it be that you, too, need to pause a while this week? We all need restoration and some down time, as long as it doesn’t lead to depression or self-pity. Instead, perhaps you need to take some time out to open your awareness. There is a strong possibility that Mystery is quietly offering you an alternative you cannot see as long as you keep focusing on what isn’t to your liking. This could be unexpected news, a heart connection, or simply an opportunity.

At those times when we have trouble finding the path forward, remember that, like the fourth cup being offered, your path is also seeking you. Reach out and accept the unexpected gift that may be coming from directly from the source of Love.

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  • October 5, 2009, 10:20 am Alice in Wonderland

    Dear Owl's Daughter,
    This card for me is the stability of the four extrapolated to the point of boredom. Yes, the querent has those three stable cups in life and they are important but since he has had them for a while they aren't as exciting. A new cup is being offered, but the querent wonders if it is going to be any good. Too much passiveness, too much of the "not feeling".
    IMHO, the querent needs to close his eyes,relax this defensive stance, be silent, and figure out what the heck he really wants (it may be the offered cup or not) and go after it.

  • October 5, 2009, 3:23 pm denise

    Yes, yes, YES!!!! This card and it's message is exactly what I need right now……Beth, you and the Universe super rock!

  • October 5, 2009, 4:08 pm Beth Owl's Daughter


  • October 5, 2009, 11:29 pm Athene Nocuta

    I second Denise. I've felt very stuck lately, but now that's due to the fact I have dealt w/ some emotional stuff or done any personal work. Instead, I am kind of wallowing in misery and misfortune. This is a good reminder to let go and look ahead. Thanks Beth Owl.

  • October 6, 2009, 4:11 pm denise

    Athene, lets raise that cup together and get past our issues to find the sunshine in life again.


  • October 7, 2009, 3:27 am Rena

    Dear Beth,
    This is SO exactly my card right now. Really believing that 4th cup is still out there and will be revealed to me – more, is seeking me! – is mostly beyond my reach. So every reminder that it could be, no matter how unlikely that looks, is a good thing.

  • October 8, 2009, 5:40 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    I just know that it is, Rena.

    (and it is really lovely to have you check in!)