I started using the Housewives Tarot yesterday (the Full Moon was Sunday and I decided it was time to swap decks). I thought the Housewives would be appropriate because we’re nearing Thanksgiving and it seems to fit the feel of tradition and home that permeates the air.
Today I drew the Page of Cups which shows a small boy with a big grin watering flowers that bear the faces of older people. The book talks about tending our emotional relationships and nurturing them. In this case I think the Page of Cups is reminding me that if I don’t tend to such matters – nourishing and watering the relationships I value in my life, then I’ll find myself much poorer for the experience.
The 7 of Cups reversed shows a well dressed woman pondering seven cocktail glasses that are arrayed before her. She seems to be considering her decision – which drink will she choose? This card reminds me that I don’t have a lot of choices right now. And the ones I do have are not as tempting as which cocktail I’d like to try. I think it’s showing me that I need to think before making a choice, especially because the options are very limited.
Together I see a bigger message from these two cards. The Page of Cups is letting me know that even if my choices are limited, I still do have some options. Or perhaps what the 7 of Cups reversed is telling me is that I FEEL as though I have no options but that may not be the case. Perhaps what the message of these combined cards is that I have some choices (no matter how I feel right now) and I need to cultivate, tend and nurture them so that they will expand and provide even more options. Even little seeds can grow into big trees if the conditions are right.
It’s also just as important for me to tend to my own emotional needs. As I’m sure it is for many caregivers, I’m finding it gets easier and easier to put my desires and needs aside to care for someone else. Part of me hates doing that (I have a well-developed selfish streak) but with things as they are right now it’s unavoidable. So even if I don’t have a lot of options available to nourish and nurture my emotional side (all those lovely cocktail glasses) that doesn’t mean I should ignore it altogether. I need to do what I can to sustain and tend to my needs too. A challenge but one I’m sure I’ll eventually figure out.