Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 20

Ace of Cups

The Holy Grail

  

Focus for the Day: What is your Holy Grail?  What is the highest, most perfect ideal you can strive for?  What is the purest, most positive thing you can aspire to do?  Who or what is the best, most brilliant, most caring version of yourself you can seek to become? Starting today, this minute, how can you honor THAT knowing, THAT aspect, THAT vision of yourself and your life?

We last saw this card less than two weeks ago.  And it’s a wonderful, beautifully spiritual card, so it’s perfect that it has come back around in this season, and particularly today, winter solstice eve.

Many spiritual traditions consider today the time when the veils between the realm of ordinary reality and the realms of spirit are at their absolute thinnest. Some Celtic  spiritual paths believe that winter solstice eve is the time when the spirits of all those who have died since the last winter solstice will be taken from this realm into the lands of eternal rest. So PLEASE take advantage of the energies and openings today in a sacred, loving and healing way.

[The 2009 Winter Solstice will occur at 12:47 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2009. That will be the local time on the eastern coast of the continental United States.]

Aces in any Tarot deck are cards of a new beginning.  So, that being the case, how can you (how would you like to or how do you need to) begin your life anew, today, right now?  What changes can you begin, even in small ways?  What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember?  (And you can expect The Universe will keep asking that question until you all remember to ask it alla tyme by yourself!)

In any Tarot deck, the Ace of Cups is interpreted as a card of abundance, joy and even divine inspiration. [Ahem!] Some readers speak of this as a card of tremendously uplifting energy. [Ahem!  Ahem!]

My own intuitive interpretation is based on the beautiful illustration of the Ace of Cups/Holy Grail in the Legend deck created by Anna Marie Ferguson.  

  

There have been many visions of what the Grail may really be. 

~ Some have seen it as the vessel from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper. 

~ Some perceive it as one of the Great Magical Cauldrons of Celtic spirituality. 

~ Others have thought it a huge jewel broken from the crown of Lucifer when he was cast out of heaven.  [Me, I’ve always thought Lucifer got a bad rap.  What if he really WAS a light-bringer, and religious bigotry and opposition simply worked to dog him down?] 

~ It has even been written that the Grail is a great crystal at the juncture between the Shamanic upper, lower and middle worlds, and that our ordinary reality world balances upon its tip. 

I see this card as being about regeneration − which makes sense, as so many of the objects mentioned here are mystical, magical, regenerative tools. 

The Ace of Cups asks that we be open to rebirth, perhaps a spiritual rebirth, and that we begin to seek it today. 

Most importantly for me, our culture has come to see the Grail as a symbol of purity and perfection.  So when I work with clients and this card comes up, I say,

What is your Holy Grail?  What is the highest, most perfect ideal you can strive for? What is the purest, most positive thing you can aspire to do?  Who or what is the best, most brilliant, most caring version of yourself you can seek to become? 

Now, starting today, this minute, how can you honor THAT knowing, THAT aspect, THAT vision of yourself and your life?

Well? 

It may take a little work, sure, but you’re certainly worth it!

Bright blessings, and a beautiful Solstice Eve!

Quote for the Day:  The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. ~ G.K. Chesterton

Today’s Waethyr:   Soaring grindylows  debating diurnal gandayaks about the possibility of the existence of humans. Hone your hoopoes. All of them. 

On This Date: 1192Richard the Lion-Heart is captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria on his way home to England after signing a treaty with Saladin ending the Third crusade. 

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2 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 20”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    What a perfect and beautiful card we’ve been given on this Winter Solstice Eve. Much gratitude to you (our Tarot card reader) and to the Universe.

    Speaking of the Universe… This morning I was reading a passage from Doreen Virtue’s Daily Guidance from Your Angels. It explained “things” to me in a way that I think I “get”.

    This is how I understand it: The Universe is Divine Energy. AND the emotion of gratitude has the same frequency as that energy. So, the more we feel and express gratitude, the more we honor, if you will, our connection to that Divine Energy. AND the more we feel and express gratitude, the more the Universe brings to us that which we can be grateful for…i.e. our desires.

    I am grateful for your positive and uplifting messages!

    ~ ~ Happy Winter Solstice Eve, dear Neal!

    ~ ~ Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks so much, Donna.

    Thanks very, very much!

    Blessings,

    Neal

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