Ace of Cups § Nine of Cups § King of Wands

The Ace of Cups is the perfect card to accompany Carnival season. This overflowing cup is handed to you straight out of the sky—out of nowhere—and it is your own. This chalice never runs dry and never needs refilling from outside sources because it takes care of itself. The Ace of Cups offers us the means to forgive the self rather than compromise. It soothes us and keeps us peaceful when we are not appropriately perceived by others, giving us the chance to make ourselves better understood or recognize a power play that we can then avoid. This card makes it easy to exist as ourselves, to change withholding tactics if we use those, or to defy those tactics with ease when we encounter them. Competing, pleasing people, and rolling with the punches is exhausting. We too often follow through with these common modes of living out of habit or because we think we will get hurt if we don’t. Now is the time to make new connections and deepen familiar ties in ways that feel liberating and simple. Trust yourself—you know best and you have all the energy you need.

The Nine of Cups is an insight, an epiphany even, that we can and should take at face value.  This card represents contentment in its simplest form. Contentment, like inspiration, comes and goes whether or not we enjoy its arrival. The best of life is often wasted on strange superstitions about happiness and knee-jerk reactions that divert us back to a familiar fret. The Nine of Cups, however, wants us to sit for a spell and enjoy good music, good food, and the sounds of people laughing. Dance if you can, if you want, if you feel it. Everything, of course, rolls back into the sea eventually, but that doesn’t mean it was never here or that you never knew it for some wild, fleeting moment you called life. Enjoy the most opulent pageants and that odd split second when total silence overtakes a street corner with equal thrill. Let yourself know complete wonder on that whiff of jasmine you cannot mistake when morning descends on this miracle of a city.

The month rounds out with the King of Wands meeting us along our path. He is admittedly feeling restless, but this is because he is inspired and seeking to satiate his passionate feelings and creative urges. This King has deep respect for ambitious undertakings and a general confidence in his abilities to solicit and implement solid advice from those with more manageable temperaments. So, start big and work your way back. Most people either make plans that are much too complex or forgo big dreams altogether (to avoid the former), which is why the King of Wands is an ideal companion for this time. What are you truly interested in doing? What will hold your commitment over the course of years? What is something you want to do only once and be done with it? What do you want to feel? What do you want to make as your legacy? This last question is important because it will tell you about who you really are. Wanting to change the whole world and wanting to be a good parent are equally valuable legacies. Think about it. May the spirit of Carnival fill every one of you.

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