~ Discovering the Wild Unknown: 7 of Cups ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the 7 of Cups.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown, writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Wild Unknown 7 of Cups
The Wild Unknown 7 of Cups shows three cups lining the left and three cups lining the right sides of the card. There is a cup in the center that is upside-sown. All the cups are black. Just above the top cups is the blue of the mountains above them, which give way to a night sky. In the night sky, a crescent moon hangs.
Below the cups, at the bottom of the card, is the sun that lights from the bottom.
Traditional 7 of Cups
The 7 of Cups in the traditional decks is generally depicted as a figure seeing seven cups overflowing with different things—snakes, flowers, a woman, etc. These represent different temptations or illusions we might have. Temptations can often be illusions—we want them because we see in them something we need in some way, though really they don’t actually give us that thing we need.
Wild Unknown 7 of Cups
The moon is giving color to the mountains. What usually would be shrouded in shadow, is lit up. But mountains are difficult to navigate, hard to climb, and can pose difficult situations. The up-turned cups to me show that they are open to these difficulties, to what the moon is showing them.
Then again, the moon also represents the unconscious and dreams. These cups are filling with this light, with the exception of one. The downward-turned cup is filled with the light f the sun, while only the bottoms of the other cups experience the sun’s light.
Going back to the moon being of dreams, the light to dispel the dreams and show the reality is below the cups, it’s actually in the subconscious, and if we delve into it, we can see the truth. If we listen to our intuition, we can see the truth. That’ what the upside-down cup says to me. All we have to do is turn our attention inward in order to see truth rather than the illusions presented.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.