I was inspired to ask this question after reading an email from SARK. It struck me that I have the same tendency to miss out on the unexpected sweetness in life. I think sometimes it’s so easy to lose oneself in the morass of negativity the surrounds us and drown in the doldrums of modern life. It’s almost as though we’re afraid to focus on the positive or joyful things. In fact I’ve even heard folks express the opinion that if we focus on the positive we open ourselves up to the possibility that a capricious and mean-spirited deity will take it away from us. That seems a rather sad way to live one’s life.
I had to smile when I saw these cards. They reinforce that the simple answer is to listen to my inner voice and look within myself; listen to my heart and turn off that left-brained overly intellectual side. That doesn’t mean I need to abandon that side of myself simply that it needs to be given less prominence than it’s gotten in the past. The way to reconnect with my more child-like, simple joy in life is to stop focusing on and demanding rational and logical approaches to things.
The Youth of Cups is seeking answers in the chalice she cups in her hands. She trusts that the answers she seeks will be found within. She does not require external validation or logical explanations for the wisdom she seeks. The King of Swords holds a book in one hand and a sword in the other. He is the master of logic, rational thought and skillful communication. He is the epitome of the left-brained person. The scientific mind raised to exaltedness. If it cannot be replicated and verified then the knowledge is not honored.
For years I’ve worshipped at this altar. I didn’t trust my intuitive side; my instincts were suspect. If the knowledge arose from my psychic side I ran from it as though it was some sort of evil clown. I couldn’t and wouldn’t trust it. Now I’m much more comfortable with my intuitive, psychic nature but I’m taking baby steps. It’s still very early in this process.
Drawing these two cards reaffirms that I’m moving in the right direction. The way to embrace, celebrate and enjoy the unexpected sweetness in life. I am learning that rather than mourning what is gone and clinging to the past, I’m happier when I can remember it with joy and still be open to new moments of unexpected sweetness. If I focus too much on what is gone I miss out on those opportunities to celebrate the small joys and unexpected sweetness in life. I need to trust my heart and be an optimist. It can sometimes be fun and funny to be cynical but it does not allow for much appreciation of the small things in life that make us smile. Sometimes it so easy to lose sight of what is good, sweet and joyful in life. These cards offer me a way to keep them in my heart.