6 of cups – Calm after the storm or hidden pain

Barbara Walker, Balbi, Marseille Anyone familiar with the Rider Waite deck would remember the image of the 6 of cups of a kid surrounded by cups in an amenable garden. Apologies as I no longer have one, so I can’t include it in the picture. I used the Rider Waite when I first started wandering in the mysteries of the Tarot; OK, I’ll be honest, it wasn’t that mysterious because I also bought a book by Hajo Banzhaf that was completely foolproof. It was only a spread and in each page, it explained the meaning of each card in every position. Very handy for when you don’t know what you are doing! I still think that the Rider Waite is a brilliant deck for beginners and more experienced readers but I must admit that I grew a bit tired of it. ¬†I passed my deck on to a room-mate and moved on. I digress, this is a tale for another day ūüėÄ

Going back to the meaning, the usual explanations for this card: longing for the good old days, being stuck in the past. The 6’s normally mean the calm after the storm, represented by the strife that 5’s bring; they are numbers of balance and equilibrium. As this card belongs to the Water suit, it also can be about family, close relationships. It is a card that symbolizes the giver.

However, if you look at Barbara Walker’s card, a naked figure (a kid, an adult.. it’s left deliberately unclear) is sat on the floor and before him, a giant woman, a Goddess stands, overlooking the scene sternly. The low angle makes her look even more imposing and fearsome.

Barbara Walker, Balbi, Marseille

For me, whenever this card appears in a spread, it means someone whose heart still dwells in the past, someone who hasn’t digested yet the lessons from the old days (good or not so much). I would also add that we are reading or asking for a man, he may have self-steem problems, specially in close relationships with women, let these be love or work affairs. The pain from the past is still very much present, although he cannot be aware of it consciously. So, be careful of what you say if this card turns up in the spread; drop some hints, use metaphors… This is a painful truth, so be sensitive!

On a more positive note, I also see that this card harbours the hope that, as and when the consultant is ready to acknowledge this issue within her/himself, they will be able to raise over the chains of the past and speak their truth.

Next time: 5 of swords and how much you should tell the consultant when the cards aren’t pretty!

Notes: The book I was talking about before is: ¬†The Tarot Handbook – Hajo Banzhaf.*¬†I was trying to insert a link from Alibris to it, but wordpress is malevolently¬†dismissing my plea. I’m learning the ropes of this malarkey, so please bear with me. From this low point, one can only improve! Adding links is a walk in the park, my friends!!

*You probably can find it in that humongous world-dominating bazaar named after a rainforest or in the no less famous “Bid-Buy Now” site, those places are big enough to need any more publicity. But Alibris supports independent bookshops, which are one of this life’s most underrated pleasures. I want those guys in business! That’s where I buy mine, even more so because this week my favourite bookshop (Bloom & Curl in Bristol) is on holiday.

4 of pentacles, why, oh why?

I just read the tarot for a friend, who had laid out a tarot spread about her boyfriend. The issue, in a nutshell, was that she wanted to move out of their current living accomodation into a bigger place; initially, he agreed but now he seemed a bit reluctant to commit.

In the spread, there was a 4 of pentacles, she thought that it meant that her boyfriend needed to take the plunge, grab the bull by the horns, etc.. Because in the book she is following said so. I pointed out that 4’s are numbers of equilibrium, of being static, of not willing/wanting to change.

In her discharge, she is just starting to learn how to read the tarot, fed up of me saying that I’ve lost the mojo and can’t see anything anymore. However, when she showed me the cards, the whole narrative unfolded before my eyes and I was able to give her a reading about her boyfriend’s state of mind. All this was by email as unfortunately we leave away from each other. The day after, she let him read what I said and he confirmed that I was spot on. They had a very honest conversation about their expectations about each other and their relationship and things seems to be going forward nicely.

I have to ask for her permission to publish the spread with her interpretation and my comments, as I think that it’s a very graphic example of a spread that “sings” .

Anyway, as I’ve been sending her a few emails explaining her certain things about tarot and as one of my goals for 2013 was taking up writing more seriously, I’ve decided to start a blog where anyone can use as a reference when learning to read the cards.

I plan to talk about the different meanings of the cards, what they mean when they are in pairs, numerology, spreads, different decks… I may include some comments on books I’ve read/own about this topic.

I don’t read tarot for a living, but I’ve been passionate about the cards since my early teens. My sister and me started at the same time, but it seemed that I got it right most of the times, so I kind of stuck with it.

So, to keep my mystic muscles flexed, I plan to to give a reading weekly to anyone who wants it. It will be a single card initially, as it will fit nicely with the tone of my blog that is sharing my knowledge.