Friday, May 02, 2014

My Cup Overfloweth! with the Ten of Cups

Readers Studio 2014, New York, NY

Poster by Robert Place


Take one weekend packed with presentations and products, saturated with speakers and socializing, laced with lunches, lazing (albeit briefly) in the readers' lounge, and the luxury of a king-sized bed.
Add an experience interspersed with introductions to new people and their interesting ideas, complemented by conversations with creators of decks, books, bags, apps, weaving, and jewelry.
Toss in a tasty banquet, a few glasses of pinot noir and a ride in a limo.
Mix and enjoy!

The Ten of Cups, a surfeit of goodness and well-being. Too much to last but wonderful while it does!
The watery suit of connections, intuitions, relationships, feelings, family & friends.

It seems appropriate to begin with the 10 of Cups set right in the Big Apple itself - Courtney Weber's Tarot of the Burroughs. A compatible couple, walking their love and togetherness into the next stage.

Another romantic couple, reading to each other on the beach.
The Victorian Trade Card tarot by Marcia McCord shows us an earlier, more formal version of coupledom.

Sometimes whole families are featured on the 10 of Cups card.
The Victorian Romantic from Baba Studios brings us an idyllic multi-generational family scene.

The dark cousin of the Victorian Romantic, also from Baba Studios, is the Bohemian Gothic. It's a family all right, but there's a lot of drama seething beneath the surface. Something is about to go south; the Ten is clicking over and it's not going to be pretty.

Not all families in the Ten of Cups are human.

The Elora Tarot,
a collaborative deck
 from Elora, ON,
portrays a family of elephants, among whom caring for their young is a communal project.
Kind of like "it takes a village to raise a child."

Swans usually mate for life. Here are five nesting pairs in Dwariko Von Somaaruga's delicately drawn Songs for the Journey Home.
Perhaps the next phase, as the wheel turns from ten to what comes next, will be the hatching of the little "ugly ducklings".

Here's the Shining Tribe's Ten of Rivers. 
Rachel Pollack herself says it best:
The waves on their feet,
the joy in their bricks.
They throw sand to the gulls,
pearls to the wind. 

Julie Cuccia-Watts' Maat Tarot depicts abundance in all things
material: home, gardens, flocks of chicken and geese. She looks
like she might be pregnant (although it's hard to tell for sure).
It's the "happily ever after" of fairy tales.
And the icing on the couple's cake - a rainbow!

Sometimes the gratitude for blessings bestowed is being expressed by a solitary figure, as in the AnnaK's image of a woman replete, standing surrounded by her ten cups, soaking up the warmth of the sun. 

The Art of Life tarot by Charlene Livingstone
presents us with a slightly different slant on gratitude.
Its focus is on the cheer-spreading people in our lives.
Thank goodness we're not all Eeyores!

The Gaian Tarot (Joanna Powell Colbert) eloquently reminds us, in the Ten of Water, that time's wheel is always turning. Yes, death is inevitable; but without the way being paved by the generosity and sacrifice of those leaving, the new arrivals would have no blueprint for how to continue the cycle.

The last two Tens are all about the cups running over and spilling into each other. Life is good!

The Wild Unknown by Kim Krans 

The Wildwood by Will Worthington, Mark Ryan, John Matthews
Thanks to Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School for another wonderful event!