What a profound gift for us during this Thanksgiving (in America) week! After the challenges of last week’s visit from Death, the appearance of the Ten of Cups is most timely.
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 (literally!) over-the-top happiness.
We see the joyful couple holding each other gently, celebrating the appearance of the cup-crowned rainbow, as the two little children dance. In the distance is their modest home, and a clear horizon.
As you may notice, this 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. A rainbow 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 The Beloved are one.
In what ways are you being invited to focus on your blessings? What opportunities lie ahead for you to celebrate your own, most personal giving of thanks? To whom will you give them?
Across the sky before you is spread the rainbow’s promise. What such sign do you most need this week? Open your heart and know that it is given.
How can you offer yourself as a beacon of this Divine love? What love, happiness and grace can you bestow upon others?
Be as generous as you possibly can, for grace is given to us all, in the exact measure that we give it to one another.
Happiness is not just the absence of pain, or some elusive goal we must pursue. It is actually the true essence of every one of us — every man, woman and child. It is simplicity itself. It is the pulse of the Divine within us.
While strife, danger, and sorrow are often a part of our reality, we are reminded that there is a shining rainbow bridge that beckons us to Divine bliss. We need only notice it is there.
Grace and gratitude do not come from outside circumstances. Love is who, why and what we are.