…Know that thy seeking and yearning will avail you not,
unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself,
you will never find it without.
~ from The Charge of the Goddess, traditional by Doreen Valiente
Bliss! Having just visited us at the threshold of the Celtic New Year during Samhain week, then during the turning of the mundane calendar New Year, and now in this first full week of the Lunar New Year, we again are graced by this most happy card. Welcome to the Ten of Cups.
The Cups in the Tarot are our emotions, particularly love, as well as intuition, healing, and empathy. And the Tens are the overflowing culmination of those qualities. So this is a card of harmony, wonder, and deep happiness.
We see the couple holding each other tenderly, celebrating the appearance of the cup-crowned rainbow, as the two little children dance with excitement. In the distance is their modest home, and a clear horizon.
As I’ve pointed out in its several recent visits, this is another of Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards, referring to the horizontal line across the card that looks like a theater stage. This certainly gives the appearance of the happily-ever-after ending of a play or story.
The Divine Rainbow Bridge
Rainbows, of course, are often considered a sign of Divine blessings, forgiveness, and protection. They 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 God(dess) are one.
(And if you will indulge me sharing a personal note: I laughed aloud when I pulled it today, as did my husband John when I told him, since it had come up as the first card I pulled in my own, very pivotal reading about taking a sabbatical. I wrote about that here.)
At this time of year, when many of us are longing for signs of Spring, this card is a promise that when we take the time to celebrate our blessings, it is always Springtime.
Many are the challenges and troubles that each of us may be facing individually, and as a global community. But the Ten of Cups shows us that beneath all the complexities and challenges of our world, the formula for happiness for each individual remains quite simple.
All we really want is a secure and happy home, joyful connection to our beloveds, hope for the future, and soulful contentment.
Know the Mystery
How can we find this kind of love and contentment?
Gaze upon the Ten of Cups and open your heart. Discover in what ways they are already yours. Happiness is not just the absence of pain, but is actually the true essence of every man, woman and child.
Grace is given to us all, in the exact measure that we give it to one another. It is simplicity itself. It is the pulse of the Divine within us.
Across the sky before you is spread the rainbow’s promise. What would such a sign mean in your own life? How can you offer yourself as a beacon of this Divine love? In what ways are you profoundly blessed at this time? What love can you bestow upon others?
This week, practice focusing your awareness on, not what you lack, but how much you are already given.
While strife, danger, and sorrow are certainly a part of our reality, remember that there is a bridge and a truth that shines through, regardless. Joy and harmony need not be based on the whim of outside circumstance.
Love is who and what we are.