9 of Cups ~ “Happiness”
by Laura Abernathy, CPC, ELI-MP
Our Winter card is the 9 of Cups, Happiness, and our Wise Awakening community remains in the energy of water for its third season in a row. As a long time tarot disciple, I must declare that this is an unusual occurrence! First, in Summer 2017, we experienced the Hanged Man, and then second, in Autumn 2017 we had the 10 of Cups. And now we have the 9 of Cups. This triad of water emphasizes that we are undergoing a profound, deep-rooted emotional transformation.
Over the last three months of Autumn, the 10 of Cups made us ready for a change of the platform we use to engage with people. Up to now we have been very good at relating to people in one particular way, however now we must do it differently – in a way that is more aligned with our authentic self. Now we know what approaches no longer serve us and how to release them from our life. We may have gotten some clarity on new approaches and platforms.
Over the next three months of Winter, the 9 of Cups tells us that we have magnificent support in completing this platform change. Hurray! This card represents the purification and crystallization of emotion. It is a return to emotional balance, which manifests in our body chemistry as joy and emotional fulfillment. It can be described as the perfect emotional bond between Souls. This is what authentic emotional connection feels like!
In the imagery of the card, the vines and lotuses are in full health; past relationship misalignments have been overcome. The violet cups (colored for spiritual fulfillment) are placed in three perfect and balanced columns, each cup abundantly feeding the others below. The falling water is saturated with light, indicating a pure connection with the Source, and flows into a clear, sparkling sea. The sky is a soft blue, clear of any impending trouble. The cup arrangement is the geomantic figure called Laetitia (Latin for joy), which represents joy, gladness and wisdom.
Be vigilant though with our timetable. Our three month allotment for this aid is transitory. As blissful and satisfying as emotional nourishment feels, the balance is not designed to last. There is no such thing as a permanent honeymoon. So grab this tremendous opportunity to secure your authentic platform to engage with others. Then you will be impeccably and utterly prepared for the next step in your divine unfolding.
[Note: There are 22 trump cards, also called the Major Arcana, in a tarot deck. Each one describes a chapter in the hero/shero’s journey. This journey can be described as the Soul embarking on a quest to “Know Thyself”, returning home as a fully conscious Being, ready to fulfill one’s unique life purpose. Another way I like to describe this journey is the experience of traveling up the Tree of Life to “see the face of God”, and returning to the physical realm, alive and sane. For you left brain readers….the 22 trump cards start with zero – the Fool – and end with twenty one – the Universe (World).]
© 2016-2017 Laura M. Abernathy