Haiku for the Seven of Cups

The Seven of Cups from <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738702994/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0738702994&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=3b22303668986d40b3cd27499f225005">The Llewellyn Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0738702994" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.wordpress.com

The Seven of Cups from The Llewellyn Tarot

 

Shiny distractions

spark little revolutions

and hopeful missions.

 

 

 

 

 

The Seven of Cups from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0738726389/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0738726389&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=7d0582e6eda0425f8dfc415c81615636">The Steampunk Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0738726389" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.wordpress.com

The Seven of Cups from the The Steampunk Tarot

 

 

Shiny distractions

spark little revolutions

and hopeful missions.

 

 

 

 

Daydreams get a bad rap.

A little fantasy can be a good thing, if it leads to positive change. That’s the trick of the Seven of Cups. For some of us, it’s easy to get stuck in illusions and make believe. But it’s not enough just to dream. Using your imagination to visualize a more compelling life is just the first step. Giving yourself permission to expect more fulfillment and taking action to support your vision is where the real magic is. It’s about using your dreams and yearnings as a compass to reach out of your current place of discontent and moving into a more vibrant path.

Traditionally, the Seven of Cups suggests a passive state, where there are lots of ideas and feelings and hopes and dreams. While not all of the dreams are possible – or even likely – they are good information, telling you where you are ready to expand. Use the dreamy phase as a brainstorming session, let yourself imagine every crazy option. Then pick one or two to reach for in the real world. One of your daydreams is actually your future calling you.

Haiku for the Seven of Cups at www.BohemianPathTarot.wordpress.com, image from the Aquarian Tarot

Haiku for the Seven of Cups

My first Tarot deck

The Page of Cups from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important;margin:0!important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Page of Cups from the Aquarian Tarot

The first time I got a Tarot reading, I was in college. I can’t remember how it came about exactly, but we were totally sober and maybe a little bored when my friend offered to read for me. Getting a Tarot reading sure beat the alternative of doing homework on a Sunday afternoon, so I eagerly accepted.

My friend pulled out his deck from a scarf wrapping, and I was surprised that the Tarot deck was so much larger and thicker than regular playing cards. I marveled at the beauty of the deck he used, the Aquarian Tarot. I was even more amazed that it was a gift from his mother. His mother was a hippy, he told me, and he learned how to read the cards from her. I was jealous – my mom was more about coupon-clipping and mentoring frugality than encouraging esoterica and self-actualization.

Minor Arcana from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The 10 of Cups, 5 of Pentacles, 2 of Wands, 9 of Swords from the Aquarian Tarot

As my friend went through the cards and characters, I hoped to hear exactly when I was going to get my “big break” and how much money I was going to make and when someone was going to fall in love with me. Instead, the reading covered some mundane matters – school stuff, really. It encouraged more focus and fire on my part. Which was not super romantic but so, so real. And because it was honest, I was hooked.

A few months later, my friend gave me my own Aquarian Tarot deck for my birthday. My first Tarot deck. I handled the cards regularly, fawning over the lovely images. The artwork alone inspired ideas and possible interpretations that hinted at more than the “Little White Book” suggested, so I also got a bigger book. And another. I tried to memorize other folks’ definitions, I practiced on anyone who would sit still long enough for a reading.

I got more decks, more books. I started a Tarot journal. And I kept practicing.

The Eight of Pentacles from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Eight of Pentacles from the Aquarian Tarot

There were books that helped to build a structure for understanding the Tarot (like Choice Centered Tarot by Gail Fairfield), and other decks that helped set specific cards as elements of a story that fit together (like the original Mythic Tarot or the Lover’s Path Tarot). But the significance of my first Tarot deck to my Tarot journey was really underscored by a first time client.

I was doing Tarot readings at a Goddess party a few months back, and I gave the readee a choice of decks to choose from. Since my Tarot collection is now over 30+ decks, I usually bring 3 or 4 decks to parties – one deck whose imagery goes with the theme of the party, then one sweet/romantic/relationship-y one, then maybe a bold deck that gives strong advice, and always my old standby, the Aquarian Tarot.

The new client looked at my collection of decks and picked up the old Aquarian Tarot, now yellowed and quite worn, and she said, “This one looks…cherished.”

I said, “Oh yes, that’s my very first deck! This is the one that began it all. I’ve been reading with this one for almost 30 years!”

“Then that’s the one I want my reading with,” she replied.

Excellent choice.

Ace of Cups and Wands, Page of Cups, Queen of Wands from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

Ace of Cups and Wands, Page of Cups, Queen of Wands from the Aquarian Tarot

Four Major Arcana from the The Emperor, Justice, The Sun, and Judgment from the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913866695/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0913866695&linkCode=as2&tag=bohem04-20&linkId=b90da56e27529d9d4e347ed1e96be37e">Aquarian Tarot</a><img src="//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bohem04-20&l=am2&o=1&a=0913866695" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Emperor, Justice, The Sun, and Judgment from the Aquarian Tarot

Haiku for the Knight of Pentacles

The Knight of Pentacles from the Aquarian Tarot, Tarot thoughts at www.BohemianPathTarot.com

The Knight of Pentacles from the Aquarian Tarot

 

 

Knowing my value
I take action to expand,
Sowing seeds for growth

 

 

 

 

 

The entire suit of Pentacles is one big farming metaphor, as far as I am concerned. Everytime a pentacle shows up in a reading, or in a question from a student, or as a writing prompt, there’s always a “seed planted” or “growing crops” or “full harvest” in the response. After decades working with the tarot, it’s not even a conscious construction anymore.

The symbolism is firmly planted within me.

(See what I did there?)

The metaphor has taken root.

(And again!)

Its resonance blossoms to feed every interpretation.

(I could do this all day.)

Sorry. That’s my literarily-inclined Page of Swords aspect showing off, with her love of puns and word-play. I need to get out of the weeds and back to hoeing my metaphorical fields, Knight of Pentacles style.

Stay symbolic, my friends.
Until next time.

 

Haiku for the Knight of Pentacles at BohemianPathTarot.wordpress.com, www.BohemianPathTarot.com

Haiku for the Knight of Pentacles

Haiku for the Five of Swords

The Five of Swords from the Aquarian Tarot

 

 

Reviewing missteps

Fueled by misinformation

Can expose new truths.

 

 

 

 

In many Tarot decks, the central image of this card is a figure picking up swords. It looks like a post-melee shot, like the aftermath of a fight. And it looks like it didn’t go well.

Traditionally Swords are a gloomy suit in the Tarot. Interpretations vary from reader to reader, of course, but for a long time Swords were usually understood to be the bearers of bad tidings: illness/injury, loss, curses, general bad mojo. Like, bad things were fated to happen when a Sword appears.

Today, however, more Tarotists allow for the interplay of free will. Myself included. I align the Swords with classical element of “Air” and the qualities associated with mental processes and conscious choices. For me, Swords are all about refining communication skills to strengthen – or evolve – life philosophies. Especially when “bad” things happen – we still have choices.

The Five of Swords is an opportunity card, actually. It does seem to appear around a minor loss or misunderstanding, but more importantly, it announces the potential for the discovery of deeper insights when a first try doesn’t succeed. Sometimes we start a project without enough resources, or make a rash choice based on rumors, or try to put together a piece of ikea furniture without the instructions – and then we are surprised when it does not go well. But if we go back and check our sources (or ask more specific questions or consult an actual map, etc) we discover an error or a gap in our knowledge. When we uncover the misunderstanding, we can shift our way of thinking to move forward towards success. This is the chance to rid ourselves of limiting beliefs and expand into wisdom.

This card does not augur a loss. It suggests a win – if you do some more research, if you get more specific. Instead of feeling like a failure, call your first attempt “an experiment” and go back to the drawing board. Retrace your steps and cross-check your references. Interview more experts and ask more specific questions. Let go of assumptions, instead reach for a depth of understanding. Follow the directions. Make an actual plan. Then try again.

 

Haiku for the Five of Swords by BohemianPathTarot.com

Haiku for the Five of Swords by BohemianPathTarot.com