August 5, 2016:
Nice!! The Nine of Cups today. The image on this card is not quite what you would expect. There is a waning moon in the sky, a mostly blue background, with the beginnings of predawn red at the top of the card. Nine Cups are lined up along the edges of the card, all upright. The feeling I get from this card is one of serenity, of having what I need to maintain that serenity, and of anticipation of what I will be able to experience because of that ongoing serenity. Bliss is one of the keywords for this card, as well as the awareness of our blessings, and the nice thing is that we are just barely at the dawn of the day these energies are available to us.
Family vacation is officially over today, and everyone who is renting a place will be departing.
I’ve been thinking about the element of Water as well as the concept of Dissolution. Water can change a solid into a liquid! Drop a sugar cube into water, and the sugar becomes a part of the water; there is an important lesson in that. Something from the physical world gets immersed in or infused with emotions? The physical thing (or its representation in the mind) becomes a part of my emotions. That is important to remember; after all, I have enough emotional baggage already and I think I will be more conscious of this.
Also, Water can exist as a solid (ice), a liquid (its natural state on our planet), and a gas (steam). That makes this element pretty cool!
Let’s compare our Water meridians, the kidney meridian and the bladder meridian. They are both about cold, fear, water, death and renewal, willpower, and contraction. There are major differences in purpose: the kidney filters and the bladder holds; the kidney regulates and the bladder excretes. It seems to me that these two are really connected to each other. After all, filtering toxins does not help unless those toxins can be excreted. Like all meridians, there is a general direction. The kidney meridian is the Yin meridian, and it begins in the lower body and moves upward; the bladder meridian is Yang, and it begins in the upper body and moves downward. This makes sense, as excretion is an active process that works better with gravity, while filtering and regulation involve some discernment, which is more mental or passive in nature, and thus the focus is upward, toward the brain and the mind.