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Tarot Tidbits: The Seven of Cups as a Definition of Self

Tarot Tidbits: The Seven of Cups as a Definition of Self

This morning, as part of my participation in Gala Darling's #RadicalSelfLoveJanuary Day Three: Tarot and with an eagerness to use my newly manifested The Wild Unknown deck, I decided to draw a single card in the name of self-definition. 

Which tarot card best describes my authentic self? I couldn't wait to pull the results. In fact, I had some lofty ideas in mind. Perhaps I was the High Priestess with her mystical gifts of intuition. Or the Star, a symbol of hope and renewal. Or maybe I was The World, a fully complete being, free from feelings of lack or desire. [Deep down, we all wish to be a part of the major arcana.]

But my tarot deck had something much more interesting in mind for my self-perception: The Seven of Cups

Image via  Little Red Tarot

The Wild Unknown Tarot Guidebook describes the Seven of Cups as "not the most welcomed card." It's original unstable image (above left) of a solitary right side up cup teetering precariously atop a flimsy peak with six inverted cups hovering above certainly conveys the book's described interpretation of illusion & deception. In fact, if my deck contained the first image, I might have found this card pull a bit depressing.

But as fate would have it, my actual card was pulled from the second edition of Kim Krans' deck which includes a beautifully revised image for the Seven of Cups (above right & below).

You see, tarot is a highly intuitive art. Yes, there are traditional definitions and guidelines for each card, but the best readings come from an expert who can see the overarching story behind the images.

To me, the fact that this card has been completely revised speaks volumes about it's newly intended meaning [and about my personality.]

First of all, the number of right side up cups is much more optimistic in the second image. Six cups remain upright while only one is a bit confused on which direction to face. This feels authentic to my own self-perception in that, while I do feel like I have quite a bit of myself figured out, I'm ok with the fact that I will never feel fully realized. I genuinely enjoy the fact that there will always be something more to uncover.  

Second, I love the presence of the sun and moon in the card I've pulled. Traditionally, the sun represents masculine energy while the moon represents the feminine. This resonates with my soul since I've spent the past year striving to integrate both qualities within myself rather than looking for a masculine counterpart to feel complete. Realizing the capacity to be my own Prince Charming has cultivated more contentment in my single life, not to mention removed a heavy burden from any potential partners that come along. I'm no longer searching for my "other half," but I'll gladly accept a partner in crime. 

And the final morsel of information that caused me to fully embrace this card as my own comes from Biddy Tarot's in-depth interpretation: 

The character in the Seven of Cups is a dreamer who is able to see beauty and excitement as well as fearful trials and difficulties in the future. If you are constantly caught up in your own dreams, fantasies, and/or fears, we will never be able to move forward and make those dreams a reality or overcome those fears.
— Seven of Cups Tarot Meanings | Biddy Tarot

My ever-evolving struggle to ground my dreams into reality, release my fears, and still maintain a child-like wonder, all summed up in a single card. 

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Tell Me in the Comments Below: Which tarot card best defines your personality? 



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