It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
~ Albus Dumbledore (via J. K. Rowling), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In this powerful threshold week that brings a Full Supermoon and the beginning of the astrological New Year, as the Sun moves into intense Aries, loaded with an exact conjunction to unpredictable Uranus, the Seven of Cups poses challenging choices.
As we stand at this crossroads, there are so many dramatic situations vying for our attention. Revolutionary uprisings and backlash across northern Africa and the Middle East; the tense situation in Wisconsin; the precarious world economy; and most of all, the unimaginable tragedy in Japan. Is it any wonder that we might want to pause, trying to sort things out?
Floating before the silhouetted figure, there are seven cups. Some contain images that beckon seductively, while others are more sinister. And the central one is shining Mystery.
Of course, seven is a lucky number, but it can be challenging. Sevens are connected to Saturn, who is old man Time and the tough love 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.
I love what astrologer Diane Lang has to say about this week’s Full Moon in her blog, Libra in Balance, since it echoes this week’s card so wonderfully:
Did you wake up with a case of buyer’s remorse? It may feel like it on the Full Moon at 28° 48″ Virgo, 11:10 AM PDT on March 19, 2011, a week after Uranus blew into Aries causing many to rediscover risk taking.
“Uncertainty levels are high with both the Pisces Sun and Virgo Moon making uneasy aspects to foggy ole Neptune, intensifying the mutable tendency to dither when under pressure…
“Our best course of action,” she writes, “may be to consciously set aside the need to be right for now, focus on doing something to help others in small ways and avoid making another grandiose gesture.”
Does this week’s Seven of Cups indicate you need to make an important choice? Take your time, especially if things feel very “up in the air.” Your decision may not be easy, for this card often represents having too many choices, too little substantial or reliable information, and a very strong tendency to be drawn in by fear and fantasy.
Like the big Seven that is The Chariot (and which has visited us several times recently), we would all be wise to stay grounded, yet be able to move forward. We are called upon to adjust with creativity to times of strangeness, profound change and even paradox.
Arthur Waite suggests that the appearance of this card may also herald “fairy favors” and “things seen in the glass of contemplation.” While we may achieve some temporary success, fairy favors are rarely weighty or permanent.
So this may indicate contact with other, mystical realms that bring inspiration. But it will be up to you, to turn inspiration, magic, and imagination into solid results in your life.
If you would make your fantasies come true, or if you would defeat your silent forebodings, the Seven of Cups reminds us that things are not set in stone. By knowing your true desires, by clarifying your heart’s intentions, you will be able to then choose on behalf of them.
Let your authentic self be revealed by the choices you make this week. And may they bring blessings to a world sorely in need of some.