Yes, you get what’s in the cup – but each has its price. Beauty, knowledge, power, glory, treasure, security… and in the center that draped-over unappealing thing begs “pick me!” with arms waving.
Ugh, desperation. How unattractive.
Hurry, this is a limited offer…
Seven is the number of perfection, and cups contain our heart’s desire. So this card may well represent our truest wishes and desires, as well as outrageous hopes and fantasies. The trick is knowing the real from the fantastic.
In the drawing you may notice a skull in the chalice of the laurel wreath, the sands of time beneath the cup of beauty… and see how easily we are distracted from the veiled central cup and large shadow of a person in the fore?
There is no face to the shadow man for us to identify with in this image. Could it be that the querant alone casts this shade? Or, maybe by unveiling the figure in the central cup would reveal the true face of one in darkness, himself waiting to be uncovered. It is a mystery.
Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” Perhaps this is the bravest unveiling of all.
You will have to step out of the shadow to pick any of the cups. Any one of the cups. Choose carefully. Each are tempting. You could be wasting time, or you may get just what you asked for. Mysteries to reveal… You have to choose something …Hmmm… beautiful, shiny, important…decisions. Are you brave enough to unveil your heart’s desire? Step into the light and reach for it– careful now, might just get what you wish for– Go!
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.