Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full, may it be again;
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of man.
~ Ripple, by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia
Here is a beautiful visitor we rarely see. This week, let us bid an especially warm welcome to the Ace of Cups.
The Aces represent the complete potential of the suit, and they all depict the hand of Mystery, offering its blessing to us. Since the Cups are the emotions, love, intuition and healing, this card is the very essence of those gifts. It holds all the love that could be possible, and the deep knowing that comes straight from the heart.
The Ace of Cups is really none other than the Holy Grail. We see the dove of peace, symbolized as the Christian Holy Spirit delivering the wafer (the Host, or the body of Christ) into the cup. It is, in Christian terms, a picture of the Holy Communion.
Tarot scholar Robert Place tells us that the five streams pouring from the Cup are the five wounds of the Christian God. He also explains that the letter on the Cup is not a “W” but an “M” reversed, identifying it with Mary, the Christ’s mother, and is upside down to show that it is receiving the body of the Divine.
Interestingly, the deck’s creator, Arthur Waite, wrote that there were four streams coming from the Cup (perhaps a reference to the fountain in Eden from which the four rivers ran). But clearly, artist Pamela Colman Smith had other ideas.
And so can we.
Grant Us Grace
For those of us not enamored with Christian symbolism, we can easily see the streams as the four Elements, plus the fifth sacred thing – Mystery, or Spirit. And so, this card is the sacred Circle, the Divine Feminine. It is a visitation from Grace.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that we spent all of 2008 discussing the Graces, and, ultimately, the meaning of Grace for non-Christians.
Our Greek ancestors, and later the Romans, always, without fail, invoked the Graces before every meal, journey, festival, or other gathering. Their presence assured harmony and blessings.
Must we know for certain what we need at all times? Do we dare to ask for blessings we are not sure we deserve?
Author Sarah ban Breathnach writes, “Grace is available for each of us every day – our spiritual daily bread – but we’ve got to remember to ask for it with a grateful heart and not worry about whether there will be enough for tomorrow.”
I like the idea that Grace is a combination of the gifts from the three original Graces. Grace is the deep benevolence we can never earn, but which is given instead for the sole reason, simply, that life itself is blessed. We need only ask to be shown it.
This week — hooray! — Mercury stations direct and we can begin to make some progress on travel, plans, business, and technology. But there are additional layers, as Lance Ferguson notes in his Skywatch:
An unusual planetary configuration in the heavens begins to line up this week.
And it’s good news. As Mercury slows down in the heavens and stops in 1 degree of Aquarius on Wednesday Feb. 11, ending the Rx cycle, he forms a perfect quintile to the “Awakener,” Uranus. Quintiles in a natal chart point out special abilities and touches of genius that are within a person from birth—like having perfect pitch.
Quintiles … encourage all of us to put our own ideas and talents into the mix of our daily lives.
Children will be saying things beyond their years/education during this two-week stretch from Feb 6-20. You might, too.
Do wait until after Mercury resumes direct motion to file important paperwork and to tackle priority matters. But don’t hesitate to put your original plans and ideas out on the table once the Rx cycle ends—the quintile will help you say it well.
What secret superpowers are woven into your life? This is your chance to tap in and use them.
After weeks of struggle, setbacks, and challenges, how will you welcome this time of ease, when you might dance more joyfully through your routines? What blessings are waiting for you, not because you’ve paid dues, but simply because you are the adored child of the Divine One(s)?
Ask, Ask, Ask
It seems to me that asking for Grace is an act of supreme awareness. It is an affirmation that we know we are a part of a loving, wise, Divine Being.
Asking for Grace means that the Divine Ones will fill in the gaps that we may not be aware of, support us in invisible ways we cannot ourselves anticipate, and will know our hearts more clearly than we may understand them.
This week, Grace is given freely. Blessings are bestowed on new love, or any other new beginnings that join hearts to one another, including the gifts of romance, children, and dear friendships.
Divinely inspired love, healing, and heart-opening awareness are given freely to you. You do not have to judge whether you deserve it or not; you have only to humbly ask, and then be receptive.
We ask in perfect love. We receive in perfect trust.
May the sacred waters of Life bless you.