Today, the Legacy of the Divine Tarot; my cards are the Four of Cups reversed and the Eight of Wands reversed. Hmmm . . . **scratches head** opposing messages, anyone?
The Four of Cups (the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, nurturing, tenacious, moody) reminds us that too much pleasure, or maybe too much nurturing or overprotectiveness, deadens the senses. This is a card that describes what can happen when nothing goes wrong in our lives, and the “cloud” that pleasure can create might end up distracting me from the things I need to accomplish.
The Legacy Four of Cups shows a man sitting under a tree, with three beautiful cups around him; he does not see those cups because he is gazing off into the distance, daydreaming about the cup he does not have. Dreams and fantasies can be wonderful! They can help us to visualize our goals, and thus work harder to attain them. But focusing only on what we are aiming for in the future just might cause us to miss out on enjoying what we have right now.
The Eight of Wands (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, skill, communication, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, adventurous, blundering) is a card of action, of quick developments, and of pulling it all together so things can be completed. The energies of this card are fast and strong and sudden, and while the dust will surely fly, the end result should be balance. This one is kind of a Minor Arcana version of The Wheel, and its sudden eruption of energies that we can’t control; all we can control is our reaction to the manifestation of those energies.
The Legacy Eight of Wands shows eight crystal-tipped wands, all facing upward, seemingly launched into space. Behind the wands and the clouds through which they fly is an image of Sagittarius, shooting his arrow. There is lots and lots of motion in this card, and no one controlling that motion. The sky is the limit, and the energies are free to manifest.
Okay, maybe not so opposing after all. I may be thinking about the future, but that anticipation of success and pleasure won’t derail me today. I do need to be careful, though, about bursts of energy or enthusiasm, or the lack thereof. If I don’t attempt to control things at least a bit, I may regret any impulses, or any decisions to wait until tomorrow. Again, balance is the key, but isn’t it always the key?