We spent some time yesterday just observing the 3 of Cups and noticing what we thought and felt about it. Today we’re going to really spend some time with the card and getting into it.
The focus of the 3’s is creation and creativity. The element of the Cups is Water, which corresponds to emotion. For this meditation, we’re going to be focussing on an overflow of love and emotion, and how you respond to it. You can read more about the actual element itself in tomorrow’s post on Water, the Cups, and the Number 3.
Find a comfortable and quiet place where you can keep a pen and paper near you, and ready to write what you find. If you are not a writer, or aren’t in a position to be able to write, making a video recording or a voice recording is just as good. Just try to avoid typing your responses during this exercise. You can transfer your findings onto a computer later, but not during the exercise.
Be sure to put your devices on silent or on Airplane mode so as not to distract yourself. If you prefer meditative music while you do this, try to avoid streaming anything, as any advertisements might disrupt this process (unless you have paid accounts).
Pick the 3 of Cups from the deck you intend to work with, or all of the decks. This meditation is for your connection with the card, and your developing understanding.
Breathe in, feeling your chest expand. Breathe out and push out any mental distractions you might have. See them float away through your air flow. Breathe in again and feel yourself sinking back into your sitting position, relaxing. Breathe out and release any tension you might be carrying in your shoulders, your jaw, your neck, your legs.
Breathe in and feel the sun on your face, warming you. There’s a slightly cool breeze in the air, the hint of autumn turning to winter, though still a long ways off. Exhale, slowly. Breathe in and as you do, see your surroundings, outside, with the bluest of blue skies covering you.
You’re in a large garden dotted with a rainbow variety of vegetable. You find that you have a cup in your hand. What’s in it brings you so much joy. You stand, and hear two others a little ways away. You look over and see them, each holding a glass and smiling at you, waving you over. You make your way to them, noting the vegetables everywhere, harvested, in baskets, ready t be collected.
As you approach, your joy grows, and as you reach the other two, you all outstretch your reach, and connect the cups, which overwhelms you with joy. Likewise, they seem equally pleased. How do you express this joy?
What are all of your cups filled with?
Who would you share your joy with?
When you feel contented to return to yourself, take some time to consider these questions. What fills your cup? Record your thoughts and answers, how ever you feel comfortable.
If you’d like to read more card meditations, you can visit the meditation page here.
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The Aquarian Tarot in a Tin by Italian-born, American-raised David Palladini, was published originally in 1970 by U.S. Games Systems Inc, and then republished again in 2016 in a smaller size. Named after the Age of Aquarius, the Aquarian Tarot is a midieval depiction of the Rider-Waite Tarot system. The images are closer, and thus might give the impression of being more character-based rather than relying on symbolism. This intimate deck provides a stark reflection of the human condition in it’s journey through the tarot.
Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc, 2008. Hertz is a French artist, and the creator of several other beautiful tarot decks. The Faerie Tarot was ‘inspired by the flora and fauna of the French countryside,’ and ‘invites you to see the world in a delightful new way…blending fantasy, whimsy, and nature.’
Impressionist Tarot by Arturo Picca (artist) and Corrine Kenner (author), published by Lo Scarabeo in 2015. This deck takes works of classic impressionist paintings and recreates them to fit the meanings of the tarot. It pulls from works of Edonard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gough, and Paul Gauguin. A truly beautiful deck, especially for those who have interest in the art world.
Prisma Visions Tarot by James R. Eads, 3rd ed., published in 2016. The deck itself is beautiful, though perhaps not for the beginning tarot reader. The suits all fit together to create a master picture displaying the energy and progression of the suits. The figures and images flow from one card to the next, showing movement within the stationary cards.
Rider-Waite by A. E. Waite. The deck used in these photos is currently out of print. I won’t say much about this deck, as it is fairly standard and probably one of the most produced decks. It serves as a standard for many tarot readers and artists, depicting classic images relating in part to the original playing cards that tarot developed from.
The Spiral Tarot by Kay Steventon. With turn-of-the-20th-century style art, this deck takes from the classic Rider-Waite deck and brings it up to the late 1800-early 1900’s, a time of industry and contemplation for the western world as it moved forward into a more technological era. I am a little biased toward this deck as it’s been my main deck for 15 years. The cards are thick with additional symbolism that can be tricky to pick out of the traditional Rider-Waite, and adds layers of Greek myth throughout the Major Arcana.
Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley (designer and author) and Lady Frieda Harris (artist), published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc., in 1978. This deck takes from most esoteric imagery, and requires the reader of the deck to have deep, initiate knowledge of the symbolism used. There is nothing within the cards that is without meaning. However, on a more surface level, the deck draws from Egyptian symbolism and from the style of the Marseille Tarot (mostly seen within the Minor Arcana). For those looking for deeper understandings of the universe, I recommend this deck. I would caution that this deck is highly advanced, and might be avoided for the budding reader.
Vampire Tarot – by Nathalie Hertz, published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. in 2000. As mentioned above in reference to the Faerie Tarot, Hertze is a French artist who gained her notability through the publication of her tarot decks. The Vampire Tarot was a bestselling deck upon its release, and plays on more gothic symbolism, providing more jarring interpretations to allow for the accepting of negative forces within the world to compliment the positive forces. The deck brings together myths and legends in the form of vampires, which ‘gives tarot readers a macabre passport’ into the world of divination.