We can’t save the world, but we can save the world we’re living in.
Dolly Parton, Nov. 16, 2020
Wow. Back again less than a month since it last visited, this week the Ace of Cups returns.
Since I just explored it in some depth, I will keep my remarks comparatively simple this week, noting that, as with all Aces in the Tarot, this card holds the full potential of the suit — potential that has only just begun.
The Cups rule the realms of emotions, healing, dreams, and love. They are associated with the element of water, with pleasure in life, and with all matters pertaining to the unconscious, intuition, and inner planes.
Aces herald new beginnings, representing the seed of new growth. With Cups being associated with our feelings, plus following on the heels of the New Moon this past weekend, you may feel things in a new way, or perhaps discover feelings you have never had before.
Each Tarot Ace shows the hand of Mystery offering a gift. The Ace of Cups has often been compared to the Holy Grail, for it is a gift of Spirit and unconditional love, and is a reference to the Divine Feminine.
Here we are seeing, once again, the gift of Grace. As I have previously discussed at length, Christian doctrine focuses on Grace being the redemption from sin. I am not especially interested in that interpretation, but in a much older one, that comes from our Greek and Roman ancestors.
Before every meal, journey, festival, or other gathering, they always, without fail, invoked the Goddesses known as the Graces. The presence of the Gratiae assured harmony and blessings. To call upon the Graces was the humble acknowledgement of our need for aid and sanction given by the Divine.
In the Midst of a Firestorm, Water Is Life
In light of how world and national affairs are unfolding, much of it infuriating and heartbreaking, I think this encore visit sends a strong message that our response to events around us must first and foremost be an offering of Love.
With the Ace of Cups, we can all can expect a new emotional direction – perhaps a new relationship or a new awareness about an existing relationship. Its appearance often means that love is the essential element you must focus on, in all your dealings.
We can offer the cup of kindness to all within our reach. Yes, even to the ones who voted against our candidates. We are called to search within our hearts and discover there are rivers of compassion. And they are probably the only way to quell the terrible antagonisms that are threatening to burn down our world.
Am I hopelessly naïve, or wearing rose-colored glasses that do not discern reality?
I don’t think so, because I must admit, I spend too much time with my heart dark and full of fear and anger. I am not proud of this, but I would be dissembling to pretend otherwise.
And I certainly don’t believe for a second that the Tarot is a tool that exists to comfort us, for if you’ve been reading my posts for a while, or working with the cards yourself, you know it can be a very stern teacher.
But in this week, when the Occupant continues to hold our country hostage in order to keep a job that he seems shockingly uninterested in actually performing, and with so many of the rest of us teetering on the brink of total pandemic collapse, there is no stronger medicine than what this Cup holds.
In a beautiful article today (Nov. 16), acclaimed astrologer Robert Wilkinson examines the role of Saturn as the “Guardian/Dweller on the Threshold.”
He reminds us that no matter what life has served up, we always – always – have a choice:
Any chart could produce a Gandhi or a Stalin.
At each fork in the road of our lives, we all choose to take either the high road of love, wisdom, compassion and understanding, or the low road of ignorance, fear, and dysfunctional actions.
Yes, I realize that things suck and are very likely to get even more grim as we count down the days until the swearing in of President-elect Biden on January 20, 2021. And even that is not a panacea.
But this is not the time to ramp up even more anger, hostility, and blame. We are being guided to turn down the heat and calm the troubled waters within us.
As within, so without.
Gifts of Grace In All
In addition, as the suit of the flowing nature of the unconscious, and emotional, Cups can also connect us with our psychic abilities and the Universe on an unconscious level.
Cups are the suit of the heart, and the Ace stands for the direct knowing that comes from your heart. Trust what your feelings are telling you. What are dreams indicating for you? Pay attention.
Faithful astrologer friend Lorna Bevan cautions, “There is much to heal before moving on. This is a never-to-be-repeated collective and personal Rite of Passage when an old myth is dying, an old life has gone dark and the healing is all in the waiting.”
Drink deeply from this Cup, for soul healing is exactly what it offers. Be cleansed. Be refreshed.
And then, this week, whatever may come, in the name of all you hold holy, choose love.
The Ace of Cups indicates that we are not only unconditionally given forgiveness and compassion despite our own imperfections, but we are asked to grant these to others, as well.
Remember – Grace is not and cannot be earned or deserved. It is given because when we stop and pay attention, we realize that it is what infuses everything: Love is the very nature of All That Is.
And that includes us, ourselves. That’s why I believe that asking for Grace is both an act of faith as well as supreme awareness.
It is an affirmation that we know we, too, are a part of a loving, wise, all-encompassing Divine Being. Asking for Grace means that we invite the Divine One(s) to fill in the gaps that we may not be consciously aware of, to support us in invisible ways we cannot ourselves anticipate, and to know our hearts more clearly than we may understand them.
Do we dare to ask for blessings we don’t deserve? And for intervention that we may not, for some time, understand?
This card says, yes.
And by the same token, do we dare offer our own unconditional gifts of Love to those around us?
Again, this week, the Tarot says, yes.
And I believe we must. For while we cannot save the world, with our deepest forgiveness, tenderest care, and patient blessings, we can save the world we’re living in.