Friday, August 9, 2013

Seven of Cups

As a teaser to next week's spiritual growth class on the tarot, I thought that for the next few days I would post a daily message based on a card of the tarot.

I shuffled my cards, and asked Spirit to give me a card to post a blog about. Something that my readers could identify with, and possibly incorporate into their daily walk.

Here is the card I drew:

This card is the seven of cups. I chose this image because it seems to me to be a little easier to understand than my normal favorite deck, the Rider Waite.

This card speaks of daydreaming. I think in all the times since I first began connecting with the tarot, and have had the daily practice of drawing a card and contemplating on its meaning all throughout the day, I have only once drawn this card. The image was a bit different, as you can see from this image of the Rider Waite deck:

At the time that I first drew this card, Spirit told me through this card that I had too many pots on my stove. It was time to focus and start turning my dreams into a reality by creating a step by step plan of action.

Sometimes we have a dream. We want our lives to turn out a certain way. Maybe we would like to turn a hobby into a business. Maybe we would like to add a spiritual practice or an exercise routine or some other aspiration to our daily life. We think about it. Perhaps we meditate or say affirmations or do some sort of manifesting ritual to bring about a desired outcome. But we never make a plan of action. The seven of cups is encouraging us to stop our daydreaming and take some steps to make our dreams into a reality!

For awhile now I have been saying I would like to start writing my second book. But things get in the way. I have a job, although my hours have changed, offering more opportunity to do my "other" work. I am a wedding officiant. I do private and group readings, classes, as well as write this blog. I also have a husband, children, grandchildren, and family responsibilities. Each of my various responsibilities could be symbolized in one of these cups.

Does the seven of cups speak to you today? Do you have a dream but no plan of action? It is not enough to say affirmations that you would like to have your own business or lose ten pounds or find your soul mate. You have to have a plan for bringing your dreams into reality. The seven of cups says that it is time to lay down your illusions. There is no limit to what you can create with the power of positive thinking and positive words, but at some point, you have to put action to those words and thoughts. 

About two years ago I took some swimming lessons. Yes I have lived fifty years and never mastered the art of swimming. Anyway, I took the lessons. My teacher said I had skill. However, now, two years later, I can't remember any of what she taught me. Why? I have managed to make it to August and I have yet to have gotten in the water! You don't learn to swim by watching other people swim! At some point you have to get in the water. You have to practice what you have learned. Eventually you learn to swim.

The tarot's message for today is to put into action what you are dreaming about! It is good to daydream while you are putting together in your mind what you would like to create. It is good to visualize yourself at your perfect weight, in your perfect relationship, or whatever it is you would like to manifest! But at some point you are going to have to get in the water!

Just for today, come up with a plan of action! Make a list of all the steps needed to put your dreams into the world of reality. Don't expect your dream to fall out of the sky and hit you in the head. There are things you can do to bring  your dreams into your world.

I am excited for you as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime! What is it that makes your heart sing? What would it take to bring that into your life? Take the first step today!

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