Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
Hamilton Wright Mabie (1846–1916)
What an profound card for this week of Yuletide! I just couldn’t help but tinker a little bit with it. If you must see what the real Rider-Waite-Smith card looks like, you can go here.
Around the world this week, people of many faiths and traditions are celebrating the light reborn, the hope of the eternal, and we gather with dear ones for feasting, giving and receiving in love.
The nines of the Tarot are about completion, and so we prepare to say farewell to the year 2009, and to the first decade of the millennium. Nine is a very magical number in many traditions, and of all the single digit numbers, it may be the most profound.
Composed of three trinities (3 times 3), it represents the principles of the sacred Triad taken to their utmost expression. And in the base 10 system, where all numbers are represented by ten distinct forms (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9), nine is the final number.
As such, it becomes a limit, a bound, or the ultimate attainment. It is, in fact, a threshold number that is traditionally a number strongly connected with creativity and fate. It is often associated with leadership, initiation, and mysteries. What might this mean for you?
With the Cups, of course, we are talking about love, healing, emotional satisfaction, perhaps a dream fulfilled. What deep emotional journey might you now be completing or celebrating this week? Life is lush and benevolent for us now, with a sense of being joyfully connected to nature and abundance. Happiness smiles, loved ones gather round, and your table is full.
It’s no wonder, then, that this card is also traditionally known as the Wishing Card. No other time of year is so steeped in wishing rituals and customs. This is the very time of year when we send our good wishes to all, and wish upon a distant star. With this card’s appearance, and as we celebrate the Yuletide season of giving and receiving, we are being invited by the Giver of Good to make our own deep wish.
What is your heart’s desire? What good wishes do you bring and ask for, on this most magical, ancient holiday week?
Be careful not to become smug over your good fortune. Beware of over-indulgence or complacency. It is especially important that your enjoyment be inclusive and generous. Be sure to share, and set a place at your bountiful table for those less fortunate.
Give thanks, and take the time to savor and appreciate the gifts that are bestowed so lavishly this week. Give and receive with all the love in your heart.