Earlier this week we saw the Four of Cups, and today we see the next card in the series, Five of Cups. Whereas the four speaks to self-imposed barriers to moving forward, the five brings us a change in circumstance that we are forced to deal with.
There us a silver lining here, for while our existing cups have spilled there are two new cups being offered from on high. Additionally, in this version of the card from the Brady Tarot, an opportunistic raccoon is drinking up what’s left of the spilled water to ensure less waste. This card is about making the best of a bad situation, since such circumstances are inevitable in life.
This is also a key aspect of self-employment. With the courage to set out on your own also comes the resiliency to fail repeatedly and with grace, learning each time what you must do in order to persevere in following your dreams.
This is a different kind of success from making it in an established career field, where the rewards and consequences are mostly external, fixed, and can be navigated by following the rules. By contrast, those who are self employed must make their own rules, internal validation, and stamina to persevere through boom and bust.
I don’t know if I have the courage to be self employed because I prefer a regular paycheck. While more stable, it comes with its own challenges in terms of free time. A great deal of business ownership requires tolerance for risk. Yet, given our changing times, freedom may become more important than security as we strive to create a more livable world.
Deck: Brady Tarot and Magical Mermaids and Dolphins Oracle
Today there is a Mercury-Jupiter-Venus conjunction in Aquarius. Mercury governs communication, Jupiter encourages expansion and new ideas, and Venus is associated with love and values.
Like a mixed up Mad-Lib, these elements combine to impact our energies. We want to talk about love. We love our new ideas. We need to discuss necessary changes. We are ready to express our true feelings to an old friend, or throw caution to the wind and seek a new lover. Everything is on the table today, but it is not sweet and sentimental. The way we discuss our values may be confusing or hard to understand, because we are trying to invent new ideas of love. Indeed, we want to know what love is, and we want to discuss it in a myriad of ways.
Today’s cards encourage us to be true to our heart’s vision, even if we do not yet fully understand what that means. If you have any inkling that you want something more or different in your emotional life you must have the courage to make the necessary changes to move in a new direction. Do not trade security for satisfaction. Do not avoid clearly communicating your needs to hold off conflict. Doing so derails your emotional growth.
Many people are sad, tired, and lonely on this day. We cannot connect the way we usually do. We may feel resentment and disappointment that we cannot celebrate in any traditional way. Because Mercury is in Rx, skeletons (and exes) may come tumbling out of the closet, demanding to be addressed with unpleasant urgency.
Because of our current circumstance, it is more important than ever to adjust your expectations of partnership. In the unusual space we have today, we may continue to think deeply about how love and acceptance factor into our overall approach to relationships. What are our values, how do we define them, and how do we enact them in the world?