Friday, July 15, 2011
Setting Out on a New Adventure
Today's cards come from Tarot of the Sweet Twilight (English and Spanish Edition). The Knave of Chalices, often called the Page of Cups in many decks, is often seen as a messenger of love. He or she may be starting a new romance, falling in love for the first time, or is an older person finally starting to experience emotions that have been kept buried and hidden. In general, this card may bear messages such as congratulations and thank you.
According to Janina Renee' in Tarot for a New Generation, the cups have a connection with the psychic realm, and the Page of Cups urges you to explore any hunches or premonitions you have experienced. It is important to pay attention to your intuition as your subconscious is trying to send a message to you.
The 10 of Wands is often depicted as someone carrying a heavy burden. Reversed, this card is more positive and indicates that it is time to put the load down. Too often we carry not only our own burdens, but others' as well, and you cannot control nor carry everyone else through life. Each is responsible for his or her own, and it is only through making mistakes that we learn and grow. When we are carrying others' burdens, we take away their ability to learn life lessons this way.
The 10 of Wands always reminds me of the Buddhist story of two monks who come to a river. Monks were not allowed to touch or associate with women, but there was a woman at the shore who was unable to cross. The elder monk picked her up and took her to the other side of the river. After many more miles, the younger monk, still steaming with rage, said, "Monks are not allowed to touch women. How could you pick her up like that?" The elder monk smiled and said, "Are you still carrying her? I put her down several miles ago."
I like the version in this deck as the group is represented as puppets on strings. Reversed, the card indicates that it is time to cut your strings and start to live life as you see it, not as how others are telling you. It is also a reminder that you can only control yourself, not everyone around you.