So the seven of cups has come up once or twice before as a daily card for me. It generally seems to be a warning against wishful thinking, against getting too caught up in illusion and desire. Daydreams can be what drives us on to make things happen, but for that to happen you do have to move out of the daydreaming bit.
Today has been, in general, a pretty practical day; busy ticking things off the life-admin list as my little one is with grandparents this afternoon. I still struggle with letting go, as a parent, and perhaps that’s the nudge from this card today – I long for a respite from being constantly on-duty, constantly thinking about family needs, and when I’m given it, I worry and fret and wish it gone again! The complexities of wanting, and of what we think we want versus what happens when our desires are fulfilled, are a constant strangeness; humans are weird 🙂
Ahhh, this card is a beautiful relief after a stressful and hard day yesterday. Although tens might seem at first glance like the pinnacle, I find it more useful to think of tens as being the bit at the end of a journey where you sit down, have a cuppa, think happily about what you’ve achieved and plan your next thing. There is a stillness to tens, but nines still hold that forward momentum. So nines often represent the actual moment of achievement or completion.
This nine of cups is colourful, but all the calmest and most soothing colours; no thrilling reds and oranges here. The energy lines run horizontally and calmly; the cups all face upwards, with no spilled or misdirected energy. The crescent moon is also a gentle nod to the importance of intuition and introspection in recognising what this card signifies. Everything is calm, everything is in place.
Not just about the emotion of cups, instead the nine of cups often suggests tremendous fulfilment and happiness in all areas – love, family, work, health, finances. It may be a particularly emotionally enjoyable moment, but it reflects success in all things; more specifically, not necessarily externally-defined success, but wishes and desires coming true.
This card comes when I’ve had a day or so of doubting myself in pretty much all areas – but today (even before I drew this card) I felt like I was back on form, confident I was getting things right… and just as I sat thinking ‘how can I drum up some more work? I need a new project’ I received an email from an old contact with some really really interesting prospects that I’m excited to get involved with. So, it seems apt. Today isn’t an end to anything, but if I’ve been down in shady valleys the last couple of days, I’m on a sunny hilltop again today.
Today’s been a hard day. Possibly tired, possibly hormonal, but I had an enormous crash this afternoon, full of self-doubt and recrimination.
The three of pentacles is a card of teamwork; there may be great summits to climb, but you will only progress and achieve your goals if you can bring your own unique strengths to the fore as well as rely on others for support where you aren’t as strong.
And actually it’s only in writing that out that I’ve just realised what this card is trying to say. Today’s crash was because I’ve been trying to do it all myself – freelance work, parenting a toddler, keeping the house decent, admin, being a good friend, being a good partner to two people, being a good sister, being a good daughter, trying to stay in touch with people I don’t see often, sleeping when possible – and not asking for help or acknowledging that sometimes I can’t keep all the plates spinning all on my own. I am stronger when I can say I don’t feel strong. This afternoon I cried in my partner’s arms and felt much better afterwards, like a cloud had lifted.
Hmm. No Daughter cards before now in my daily cards, then two on successive days; that’s interesting.
The daughter of pentacles is starting out; she may be a novice, she may even be naive, but she is capable of shepherding her resources and bringing ideas into physical tangible reality – and she’s going to. This can suggest the need to accept where you currently stand (not wishing you’d started from somewhere else, or were further along) and to stay focused on reality and on what works (not get distracted by too-broad ideas, or try new things when you’re already making progress).
The card suggests great capacity; the possibility, if you choose the right path, of laying up great resources – whether financial or otherwise tangible and practical – for the future. It’s a bit of a ‘tech startup’ card; there is immaturity here, and uncertainty, but huge energy, commitment, and possibility; much to be learned and huge capacity for learning (especially learning by doing, whether successfully or otherwise). There are some parallels with the Fool, actually – the start of a journey, all possibilities and potential.
For me, today this is a nudge to keep my heart open and my eyes forward; this card represents for me what I’m trying to do, career-wise, and what I sometimes fear I’m not quite managing. Perhaps I’m not falling as far short as I fear.
The snake curls herself in a figure eight – or infinity symbol – around a wand; flexible and calm, but full of potential and power. She is, like other daughter cards, at the beginning of her journey, and has the possibility to make enormous transformations. As a wands card, that potential is particularly relevant to the world of ideas and creativity, ambitions and dreams. This is about bringing ideas into reality, about taking the first steps to unlock one’s own creative potential.
The ideas and inspiration of wands may also come through in this card as someone who may make a huge personal transformation, and may be on track to make a major breakthrough.
I don’t feel like I’ve quite fully connected with the meaning and energy of this card yet, but the start of a journey in which the intangible becomes tangible, the idea becomes reality, seems relevant today; wands can also connect specifically with fertility, and today kicked off some valuable conversations with a great midwifery team.
My immediate connection with this card, now, is in a spread which drew it as the characteristics that connected me to somebody else; shared traits like free-flowing emotion very close to the surface, with almost a teenage intensity, and seeking the next steps on a journey (reflecting the traditional questing energy of Knights). It can appear peaceful from the outside, even secretive, but nevertheless this card is one that represents learning to handle strong emotions, not someone who has successfully mastered them.
I have a couple of possible ways to take this card for today. One is as a reminder of the previously-mentioned connection, and the importance of nurturing that; one is to deal with a couple of possibly-tricky conversations by remembering to work on keeping my own emotions in check unless/until relevant.
The card shows a diamond shape formed by the four wands – looking almost like a portal to another world; all the energy of the card is focused inwards on that centre.
The Four of Wands can often suggest a celebration, an achievement commemorated – whether as formal as a graduation ceremony, or as informal as a family get-together. My first understanding of this card, of completion and achievement, didn’t quite make sense to me; things are going well in a number of areas, and I feel like some important things are falling into place, but nothing feels like it’s in any sort of finished or final state right now. (Quite aptly, my toddler came over to ‘help’ and hit the publish button while this post was literally half way through a sentence; truly, everything is in flux!)
But the broader sense of stability, tranquillity, security, deep family connection; the reminder to appreciate milestones as a marker of hard work; a sense of being settled and content – all of this is valuable. In particular, perhaps, it’s a reminder that all the things that I think are unfinished but ‘making good progress’ – setting up some interesting projects, making great connections with potential new clients, slowly starting to build a reputation – are worthy of celebration in themselves. And that the joyful stability of my partner returning from some major travels and reconnecting with family life is more significant than I give it credit for!