Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.
Since I am on my annual New Year’s retreat, I’ve been somewhat delayed in posting this. Naturally, when I pulled out my cards yesterday morning, I was eager to see how the Tarot would accompany us across this decisive threshold of calendar and astrological time. It’s been a couple of years, but say hello to the Seven of Cups.
It features a silhouetted person with their back to us. They are gazing up at the glowing vision of seven cups that float above. Some contain images that beckon seductively, others are more fearsome. And the central one is a shrouded human figure, glowing with promise.
The suit of Cups is concerned with emotions, dreams, intuition, and feelings. This Cups card suggests we might be looking within our hearts to make a choice. But sometimes our emotions are not the best method for deciding.
As I have discussed many times, seven is a number of magic, spirituality, and initiation into a deeper level of Mystery. There are seven main chakras, the human body is said to renew itself on a cellular level every seven years, each phase of the Moon is seven days long, there are seven colors in the visible spectrum, and seven notes in our musical scale.
In the realm of the Cups’ intuitive sensitivities, something important is about to happen, depending on what, or indeed if, our protagonist chooses.
The One Ringed Planet to Rule Them All
Sevens are also connected to Saturn, the Teacher who rules the systems and structures of time, the material realm, and who pushes us to do the practical work needed, to achieve our goals.
And as we can see from countless astrological interpretations right now, there is no way to overstate the huge influence Saturn is going to have in the coming year.
Here is a small excerpt from a brilliant, and, yes, I would say, essential article by my friend Diotima Mantineia:
The Saturn-Jupiter conjunction, an every 20-year event, is completing a 200-year cycle in Earth signs, and beginning a new 200 year cycle in Air signs. In this case, on Winter Solstice 2020, the conjunction is in Aquarius.
Saturn is definitely the One Ring To Rule Them All in this mashup, as it rules both Capricorn and Aquarius, and therefore, this year and next it’s the boss of Jupiter, Pluto, and also Mars when it is in those signs (mid-February to mid-May)…
Staying focused and clear about the direction our lives are heading is job one for all of us in this year of historic astrological configurations that presage profound and lasting change. So we need to think about how to take more creative control of our lives.
The first step is identifying what gets your goat, what steals your peace and stability.
In a relatively calm period of life, serious upsets and changes can be worked through with help from friends and family. Ideally, we’ll find when we get to the other side that life is better for the changes.
But this year, things are moving faster, and the changes are happening everywhere. We’ll all be involved in profound change, and we may find ourselves needing to make decisions quickly, knowing those decisions will have long-lasting consequences, and we may not have much help. Everyone else is dealing with change, too…
We need to know what’s likely to throw us off balance so we can avoid and/or correct for it…
Interesting that our foreground figure does seem a bit off balance. And with so many tempting choices, how does one decide what is best?
We might prioritize by carefully considering: which of such choices — for example, the card’s depiction of vast wealth, power, glamour — could potentially drain our peace and stability?
That is certainly the dilemma of the Seven of Cups.
Additionally, the sublime Lorna Bevan adds her deep wisdom for the changes presaged in this momentous time:
We are on the event horizon of an eyes-wide-open Zeitgeist Shift — with Zeitgeist meaning: “the spirit of the times”.
The universe is speaking to us loud and clear — nothing is lost in translation when intensifying wild fires, flooding, and seismic earth events are spaceship Earth’s many cries for help.
Right here, right now, we’re in a sideways elevator being occulted by two eclipses in the rare and epochal astrology of the ever-tightening January 12 2020 Saturn/Pluto Super Conjunction in Capricorn last experienced 507 years ago.
Bottom line: this is a Great Clearing, an Unravelling, an Undoing of the toxic beliefs, behaviours and institutions that have brought us here.
It’s time to let in light and meaning, to stand up and be counted. Everything matters, you matter.
So, collaborate with the clearing, the losses, the removal of outworn relationships, roles and certainties by actively doing more of it — amplifying the archetype of those reality change agents Saturn and Pluto.
The more you leave in your personal dustbin of history, the lighter on your feet you will be.
This step is non-negotiable…
Lord of Karma Saturn dictates that the time for dreamy indecision and fantasy is over. The dithering, futzing around mentality that we can shop and play forever while some Big Daddy figure takes care of us is coming at a price.
Being told we can have everything our way might sell hamburgers, but it is no way to progress in a world that is on the precipice of irrevocable, seismic correction.
Time to Decide
The Seven of Cups often signals a turning point. But things may be “up in the air.” Your decision may not be easy, for this card often represents having too many choices, or too little substantial or reliable information, or else a very strong tendency to be drawn in by emotions, especially fears and projections.
You can’t keep all options open forever. Beware of staying stuck in the illusion that you can have it all.
What do your fantasies and wildest dreams reveal about your authentic self? How does your imagination shape your reality and reflect your inner truth?
Your emotional awareness is helpful at times, and we all need our dreams. But living exclusively in an imaginary world is a form of self-sabotage, especially if its temptations keep you paralyzed or undermine your willingness to work for what you want.
In this new year, this new decade, and on the threshold of an epochal new paradigm, it’s time to get off the dime. With a plethora of political choices, competing entertainments, and material enticements, not to mention a tragic planet either drowning or on fire, it would be so easy to hide in a cloud cuckoo land of denial.
So it is not surprising that this card’s appearance may also portend contact with other, mystical realms. But it will be up to you to turn inspiration, magic, and oracular insight into solid results in your life.
Without groundedness and application, you are nowhere. Dreams only come true for people who are willing to at last stop dithering, and buckle down to do the work (and Saturn so agrees with this!).
Instead, make your New Year’s resolution a soul-deep commitment to your higher self.
For in so doing, the shining mysterious one in the center will be revealed, for it is you, yourself, in all of your soul’s glory.
Thus you bring blessings to a world very much in need of some.
Happy New Year.
As most of you certainly are aware, the numerology of 2020 means a big shift from 2019’s Hanged Man Year to the Year of the Emperor.
Although many of my colleagues will have already commented at length on this, I hope you will stay tuned, as I will be posting my own thoughts on this momentous development later this week.