The Seed of Love
So, what are you feeling right now? You might say, I am feeling my feet on the carpet or you might scan your body to get a feeling. A tightness in my gut. Or you might try to understand what you are feeling by turning it into an emotion. I am feeling anger. But how are you figuring this out? With your mind, right? You are trying to understand what you are feeling on a physical level. So I ask you to go out of your mind, so to speak, as I attempt to explore the Tarot Cups as pure, watery Feeling.
Many books and tarot readers equate the Tarot Cups with emotions but this depends on what lineage of elements you are referring. Because I read the Tarot from the view of the Tree of Life, the World of Cups, Feeling, comes before the World of Swords, Thinking. So fleeting images of the imagination, a constantly running Feeling in our body of all possibility, emerges before we pin it down with understanding through our minds. We then assign words and states of being which changes Feelings to Emotions, as we try to understand the why of what we are feeling. We assign words like: anger/sorrow/joy/abandonment/jealousy which immediately disconnects us from the Source energy/feeling being offered. Cosmic Mind does not relate to emotions. It is our human minds which try to capture this ephemeral stream. Feelings are the flowing of Universal energy and we , attempt to contain this flow with the idea of emotion, thinking we can then gain something from this creative flow. Even as I attempt to write about the Cups, I am experiencing this difficulty of pinning down these watery ideas which come tumbling in like a mountain stream. It has taken hours and pages to finally come to some sort of vague formation of what I want to say. I have to call upon the Tarot Swords to help me solidify my flow of the imagination.
When I look at the Ace of Cups I see this overflowing download of the bliss of Oneness with All. And the only word we have come up with to describe the indescribable bliss of the Oneness with the Universal Mind is LOVE. But this assigned word does not begin to encapsulate the small love we know here in physical reality. Universal Love cannot be categorized and named. This is the pure force of the Cosmos, ephemeral energy always available to us, flowing through us constantly. And what separates us from this cosmic flow of LOVE? Our minds, which bring us back down to earth with the realization that there is no such thing as unconditional love and how were we to think that was possible? But then think about how our bodies are almost 70 % water. Why are we so watery? Perhaps these waterways are within us to carry this Universal flow of Cosmic Love, a Love we cannot comprehend, a telepathic knowing of the bliss of oneness. And where would this stream of light/love go without the Cup to contain it? We, as this physical being filled with waterways, are made to catch and direct this LightLove. We are vessels made for Love. Made to spread love. Made to drink it in, absorb and radiate out the nurturance of Cosmic energy. And what do we tend to do with this cosmic LoveLight pouring down on us? Well, look at the suit of the cups. We share it. We celebrate it. We forget it’s available, feel awful and disconnected and then we connect up again, tap into it again and we are so HAPPY! So how to surrender to the flow of LoveLight.? How to be an overflowing Ace of Cups in your life?
Ace of Cups Reading with Waite Smith imagery
As with all the Aces in this deck, the hand coming from the cloud indicates this is a gift from Universal source.
Draw a card for the Dove which can be seen as the cosmic messenger
Draw a card for the Wafer which is how this love is showing up physically in your life.
Draw a card for the Cup or Chalice for how to expand to receive this Love.
Draw a card for the drops falling on the water lilies, the Yods of fiery love and compassion which represent your striving for connection to spirit. Ask: How does this message Feel?
Since this is an Ace with no duality, and it’s the Water of Feeling before the Air of Mind, you cannot read each card separately. Instead let message emerge. Read ALL the cards together for the message of how to radiate the pure Feeling of Love to our thirsty world.
Carolyn Ayres teaches “Tarot As An Evolutionary Path” classes in Arcata and Eureka. She welcomes private students and creates Tarot Circles for those who want a deeper knowledge of the Tarot. Private consultations on the phone or at her Tarot Studio in Eureka are also available. For more information about her classes or private consultations, call 442-4240 or check her out at her website: www.tarotofbecoming.com.