courting cups

my last few daily readings have stirred up a lot of emotion, and with so many cups and swords in play it’s no surprise that i’ve been very internal these days. today’s card seems to honor my sensitive state, while still pushing me to action: the father of cups.

father-of-cupsi’ve seen both the daughter and the mother of this suit recently, and while they’re both powerful figures, in tarot the female energy is connected to internal awareness, psychic abilities, and strength of intuition. the mother of cups is deeply introspective, powerful in her reading of situations, and intensely empathetic. in contrast, the father of cups (and in tarot, masculine energy in general) is action-oriented, pushing us to direct energy outward rather than reflecting inward. he is strong, direct, diplomatic, open-minded, sensitive, supportive, and level-headed. he is the master of his emotions, but remains immersed in them – rather than exerting control and ignoring all those feelings raging inside, he understands the power that they have and uses it to better connect with the world around him. he uses that empathy and sensitivity to navigate his emotions as well as difficult situations, remaining calm and diplomatic. his presence is stabilizing, reassuring, and he isn’t afraid to dream. while the mother of cups thrives in the darkness, using it to focus on what’s important and real, the father is comfortable in the light of day, with nowhere to hide. he is not afraid of being exposed.

cups can be a tricky suit to navigate. and as a water sign with a tendency towards hiding her emotions, i often find myself caught between identifying and sharing my feelings. it’s instinctive for me to keep them hidden, but this king has found a way to harness and use that emotional energy in a positive, balanced way. i certainly have more in common with the female members of the cups court, but seeing the father today is a strong reminder that emotions are powerful, and learning to master them doesn’t mean simply bottling them up or relying solely on intuition.

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let’s the cut the bullshit

the news is distracting today. i’m not sure why – every single morning, checking social media and reading through whatever fresh horrors this administration has unleashed is always difficult and distracting. but today i feel unfocused, confused, and completely fuzzy. even shuffling the cards was a struggle. perhaps this morning’s daily reading is trying to give me a simple directive today: simply, pull the emotion out of it and focus on what’s true. today’s card is the father of swords.

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fair, analytical, responsible, perceptive, careful, deliberate, thoughtful, intelligent, decisive. this king cuts to the heart of the matter, sees through complex issues, lives in absolutes. he can release himself from strong emotions, allowing him to consider the facts in a clear, considerate manner, and come to the conclusion that is true and just.

i, on the other hand, seem to be drowning in a sea of emotion, constantly pushed back and forth by indecision, confusion, and utter exhaustion. i’m not working through any major decisions, there’s nothing looming on my horizon or demanding a serious choice – i’m simply trying to get through the days with my sanity intact.

perhaps this is simply acting as a card of assurance – we may have men in power right now that embody none of these characteristics. our president and his cabinet are rash, power-hungry, self-serving, greedy, short-sighted individuals who care nothing for truth, justice, compassion, or any of the citizens of our country. this clarity of mind, sound judgement, and decisive ability to cut through bullshit that i see in the father of swords is energy that is sorely needed in the white house at this moment.

and while we may not have a man in power that we can respect, i take courage from the strong leaders emerging in our communities, that aren’t afraid to stand up for what they know is right. we cannot let this administration continue to twist the truth with their “alternative facts” and unwillingness to acknowledge the reality of the world we live in – we must be stronger, and better, and more resilient. i have to be stronger, and better, and more resilient. 

there’s no room for fear, not now. we have to continue pushing back, protesting, writing letters, calling, and protecting each other.