Tuesday, 13 August 2013

advice from the ace of cups

It looks like an overwhelming outpouring of love and enthusiasm - the free flow of potential sending its nurturing stream out into the world. But the Ace of Cups can offer certain cautionary pieces of advice and as I've developed my understanding of Tarot, I have come to see when they are asking to be heard. Some people tend to be classic 'givers' in their relationships with others and those people don't tend to notice when they are ultimately being offered very little in return. They may experience desperation and disappointment as they recognise that they are being undervalued or overlooked, but may feel unable to step away from a connection which is ultimately unhealthy and hurtful. Sometimes this card is a symbol of the need for self-love and self-respect. When it appears in a spread, a client may be asked to look into their own psyche to decipher what they need to do in order to bolster their self-esteem and put themselves first.

 Sometimes the Ace of Cups is telling you to hold something back in your connection with someone. It's temping to give 100% when you feel so tapped in to someone's energy, but firm foundations must be laid before anything can really be built. Take things one day at a time and avoid ultimate disappointment by always placing your needs into perspective and never losing sight of how important you really are. The origins of romantic love and intense friendship can be overwhelming and it's easy to get lost inside the wonderful feelings you're experiencing. You may come to realise that you're giving more than you're ultimately getting, and it's at that point that you'll need to decide how to proceed.
The Ace of Cups often represents the positive emotions which enter our lives when love is new and its potential seems endless. The joy which comes as the result of human connection should be embraced and relished, but it's also important to utilise the true strength of your intuition and to offer yourself as much love and care as you offer to others. Sometimes the connections which mean so much to you don't turn out to be as nurturing and long-lasting as you'd like, but your relationship with yourself is still significant and it needs your energy and focus.
In creative projects and matters of ambition, expectations can be high. If we refuse to be realistic about what's possible, we may struggle to cope with setbacks and adopt a victimhood mentality if things don't go our way. The Ace of Cups gently reminds us to take one day at a time. Enjoy the flowing of ideas but maintain a grip on what is within your control whilst graciously showing patience in the face of whatever is taking time to achieve. Sometimes passion is best fuelled by perspective. Expecting too much of yourself or others may lead to unnecessary pain.

Take a look at where you're placing your energy. Are you focusing too much on the long-term goals without paying attention to the daily grind? The Ace of Cups often symbolises the very beginning of something. Aces represent the time before the fine details have been established, when everything is still new and when potential has not yet unfolded into a concrete set of circumstances. Waiting it out can be difficult when you want something so much, but the advice from the Ace is often about not being too certain of what's around the corner. Some things work out and some things don't. Try not to be so hasty in the beginning. Life has a way of giving you exactly what you need, whether or not it's what you actually want.