In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.
Antonio Porchia, poet (1885-1968)
After our rather heavy string of Major Arcana cards, this week we are visited by the Ten of Cups.
We are now approaching a liminal moment of the year, with the veils thinning and Ancestral powers moving throughout the realms. In just a few weeks we’ll be crossing the magical doorway of Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere, and the final harvest and ancient Celtic New Year of Samhain in the northern lands.
The Cups are the suit of the emotions, dreams, intuition, and love. And, as you may know, in the tens of each suit there is a message about the journey’s end, as well as the zenith and overflow of what is possible next.
Sweet it is, then, to see such a hopeful message in this threshold time that is also overflowing with ever more disturbing challenges.
In the Ten of Cups, we have the ultimate fulfillment of our emotional needs: love, happiness, family harmony, celebration.
The happy couple, holding each other tenderly, celebrates the appearance of the cup-crowned rainbow, as their two little children dance and play. In the distance is their modest home, and a clear horizon. This is a card of good will, gratitude, and true well-being.
In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, this is yet another one of Pamela Colman Smith’s “stage” cards, referring to the horizontal line across the card that makes it appear they may all be on a theater stage. This certainly gives the appearance of the happily-ever-after ending of a play or story.
So is it real?
The answer the Tarot always gives is — it’s up to you.
Rainbows, of course, are often considered a sign of Divine blessings 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).
The rainbow is the promise that humans can journey to 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.
Many are the sorrows 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 that most of us really want is a safe, secure home; health, creativity, and beauty in our lives; and loving connections to our dear ones, as well as something bigger than ourselves.
These desires are common to every religion, race, gender, sexual preference, education, nation, age, and social status.
Except for those who are mentally ill or soul-wounded, kindness and friendship are natural to us. (It is up to us, therefore, to ensure that we are vigilant that such wounded people never be ignored, much less given power, for they are treacherous to the common good.)
Instead, the Ten of Cups depicts the promise that love is not scarce, but plentiful. Our most basic private and universal longings can be fulfilled.
When we aspire to and achieve times like the one depicted in this gentle scene, war, lack, hate, prejudice, and fear are revealed as the tools of deception that they are.
The Ten of Cups affirms that when our hearts overflow with Good, ours is the power of healing, forgiveness, and peace.
Embracing Life As It Is
If your relationships have been suffering from tension or conflict, this may offer you a healing opportunity in which to cultivate peace.
If worries about current circumstances, personal or global, have been taking up your energy, stop a moment.
Recognize the incredible Love that fills and defines this world of ours. Despite the lies and hate spewing from the halls of power, life as it really is has blessedness and grace enough for all.
When we lend a hand, offer a shoulder, and live in gratitude, extraordinary joy and love flow into our lives.
With full hearts, there is room for more compassion, more happiness. Even in times of grief, when sorrows are shared, their burdens are lighter.
But by closing our spirits, we imagine ourselves all alone. It is the hardened heart that clings to its immature, arrogant illusion of isolation. When we demand our own gratification above all, true fulfillment will forever elude us, for though we grab for more and more and more, there is, in fact, room for nothing.
This week, remember that even the most divisive, painful human situations can be improved by finding our common ground and opening to one another.
Through the giving of our love — abundant, overflowing, and without measure — we cross the bridge to our own divine nature, and access the very heavens.
Let your heart fill to overflowing with all that this world offers. Blessings be yours.