Monday, June 18, 2012

The Omily Tarot: The Six of Cups

It's Monday!  Got big plans this week?  Wondering if you'll get that promotion/ask that cute person out/stick to your get healthier regimen whether that means laying off the fast food at lunch time, or hitting the pause button for twenty minutes of meditation?  Well, good news!  Everything's coming up roses in Omily Tarot Land!  We're on to the six of cups!  As I mentioned last week, the six is the pinnacle of each suite journey.  If you think about your path through the numbers as a mountain climb (and you won't be the first...) the six is when you're standing at the peak.  No, the hard work is not over.  You can't very well stay here the rest of your life.  No one will helicopter your cozy bed up to you.  But, the view's pretty great from here, so you should take a moment to savor it.

Quick explanation, feel free to skip if you've read this oh, twenty-odd times now: The Omily Tarot is where I interpret one card from the Waite-Smith deck a week, focusing on the elemental, and numerical signficances of the cards, as well as the images of the cards themselves.  When I'm all finished, the who kit and caboodle will be professionally designed and printed as a nifty zine for your purchase.  The idea is to give you a working system for tarot interpretation, something that will mesh easily with your own instincts and ideas about the cards, and will theoretically be easy to adapt to any non-traditional decks you favor as well.  So, enjoy!

The Six of Cups
"A beautiful village decorated with cups full of flowers glows the color of gold.   A figure with a spear walks into the background, as in the foreground a boy offers flowers to a little girl.  Emotional, watery cups have a sense of the childlike at best, and the naïve at worst, about them: childhood is the time of life when we ride entirely at the mercy of the wave of our emotions.  An infant’s laughter represents complete abandonment to the joy of the moment, and a two-year-old’s temper tantrum represents the other end of that same spectrum of allowing an emotion to take over.  In this card we see the greatest good of that state: two children surrounded by beauty, moved to give without thought of reward. 
Does this village represent the one we saw in the background in the direction of the spilled cups in the five card?  It could be.  That character may have recognized that the choice he had made was simply not a wise one, and that he was better off starting over.  It could also be another place entirely, one the sorrowful figure dressed in black couldn’t even imagine from his negative point of view.  Contrasting these cards can show us the light and the dark side of Cups energy: when we allow feelings of sadness or loss to wash over us and take over, how can we possibly see the way toward future joy and move toward it? 
If we look at this image from the 6 of staves’ point of view, we see a suggestion to question our motives.  Everyone else in town may be off cheering on, or running out of town, the figure on horseback, but these two children just can’t be bothered either way.  They rejoice in the simple beauty of life, and reach out to those closest.  The departing guard suggests now is a good time to be vulnerable.  Sooner or later, you’re going to have to reveal your weaknesses, and when someone is giving you flowers is as good a time as any.  Whether the childhood of these characters suggests a regression away from maturity, or a rebirth of the simple joy of giving instead of expecting in a relationship is up to you to decide.
In a reading, ask yourself if you’re getting all worked up over nothing.  Is it really that big a deal that your husband forgot to take out the trash again?  Consider again the joy he’s given you, and give it back in kind, without expectation.  Is the stress of your job making you close up, locking out your friends?  Release your fears, send your inner guard on a long break, and let your heart open to love and healing."

The greatest challenge of this card is releasing your expectations for the future.  Don't get grabby.  Maybe these golden days will continue for a while, and maybe a storm is on its way in now.  Worrying about the future will only subtract from your joy in the present.  Encourage yourself to live in the moment today.  In fact, it might be a good day to put your tarot card up, and just enjoy life as it comes as you!


  1. "Encourage yourself to live in the moment today. " -- Always good Tarot and life advice! Thanks, Em! xo style, she wrote

  2. And definitely advice I need to hear over and over again! Glad it struck a chord with you!