7 – The Chariot

This article is part of a series of posts that will compare each card in the Tarot across different decks in order to study and explore each archetype and concept more deeply. This is not necessarily meant to be a teaching tool for others, but if you like to study the Tarot as much as I do, I hope you find it interesting. Enjoy!

For more on the decks referenced here please another page in my blog: Tools of the Locksmith: https://wordpress.com/page/theramblinglocksmith.com/163

A major reference for this study was “Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom” by Rachel Pollack.

This week we explore if we are in the drivers seat or if we are letting things drive us with The Chariot.

The Chariot is about what will and intention are and how deeply we connect to them in order to focus and drive different situations in our life forward. Its an active card with some of the most movement in all the cards in the Tarot. This asks us to examine what it means to be in the driver seat versus what it means to be so tied to rational concrete things and traditions that are pulling us out of the present moment and ability to focus our own energy. Are we on a path that we can define and describe or the path that civilization defined for us because we are on a preprogrammed track that we have never questioned?

Standard elements of the Chariot include:

  • An absence of reins for the Charioteer to guide the beings pulling the Chariot as his strong character alone controls the direction of the Chariot
  • The union of a nut and bolt at the front center of the Chariot representing the combination of two dualities to focus conscious will and the unconscious energy of nature
  • Two horses/sphinxes pulling the cart that are opposites and not aligned with each other – the dualities from the Lovers card. This shows that the Charioteer drives his or her chariot forward by holding focus in a tense balance that could fail at any time

In the Lua Tarot the Charioteer is said to be traveling with the momentum of Will with the desire to reach a goal. She has harnessed opposing aspect of her being that help propel her forward.

What does it mean to harness opposing aspects of your being and how do we experience the momentum of Will? I think these are two foundational questions that we need to examine with this card in order to move forward on our path. First ask your self what dualities you have and if there are more than one set, which is pretty normal, which ones will propel you forward if you could harness both?

If you can muster the insight to figure that out, then maybe also ask when in your life you felt the momentum of your Will? What did it feel like, what was happening, and what would it take to happen again? If you can’t recollect this think of someone in your life that you think has mastered this and talk to them about what it took for the to reach that momentum. I guarantee this isn’t easy for anyone and we can all learn from each other.

In the Way Home Tarot we see a salmon making its instinctual journey upriver to spawn. In this card I feel like we are being led to consider things about the journey itself and what we are willing to endure to truly meet our goal. Its asking us how far we are able to test our Will which ultimately also tests how important the goal was to us in the first place.

If its really hard to move on the journey and each leap takes a huge amount of energy to move forward, are you still interested? If this is the last leg of many legs of a journey, and in stead of getting easier, each leg was harder and harder, is it all still going to be worth it to you? Do you instinctually know that no matter how hard you must continue on the path?

If this is the Chariot card that speaks to you consider these questions. If you aren’t willing to give it your all you have not yet harnessed your will, and you may not end up where you want to.

The Santa Muerte, Tarot the “chariot” is a gate that is finally open which clears the path for us to complete the next leg of our journey. The scene is during the day of the dead when the doorway between the afterlife and the earth opens. Is there a gate that you have been waiting to open so you can feel the full force of your Will and move forward? If so what does it look like and what would it take to open it?

This card also references family and cultural traditions and expectations. This might cause you to ask whose path your on. Is it truly the one you are charting yourself or are you trying to live up to someone else’s expectations? If so this is not your own will potentially.

In the Voyager Tarot card for the Chariot we see many examples of intense forward movement and momentum. There is a Hawk taking off into flight with prey in its talons. There is a runway, a surfer hitting the perfect spot on the wave, a rocket blasting off into space, a man on the Moon blazing a new trail where no man has gone before, and even light itself speeding faster than anything else in the universe.

You too can find this momentum. If you’ve found it, us it. If you can’t find it, find what’s blocking it. What negative thinking do you need to push through to access this momentum and harness your own will to drive you forward?

6 – The Lovers

This article is part of a series of posts that will compare each card in the Tarot across different decks in order to study and explore each archetype and concept more deeply. This is not necessarily meant to be a teaching tool for others, but if you like to study the Tarot as much as I do, I hope you find it interesting. Enjoy!

For more on the decks referenced here please another page in my blog: Tools of the Locksmith: https://wordpress.com/page/theramblinglocksmith.com/163

A major reference for this study was “Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom” by Rachel Pollack.

This week we explore choice, attraction and relationships with The Lovers.

The Lovers is about a choice between two things which can be two desires or two dualities. This isn’t the only card in the Tarot about choice, but this one stands out as a choice between or around two distinct entities. Even though its only a choice between two things the interpretation can be widely varied. The question can be if you have made the choice already, if you understand the choice and why you are attracted to either thing, or even what the source of your desire both romantic and otherwise is at a very deep level. Duality is something humans have explored from the beginning of time, and many great stories and legends either begin or end with a choice like this. Lets see how different interpretations of this card may ask us to review choices and dualities differently.

In the Lua Tarot we see Romeo scaling the balcony to be united with Juliet. It doesn’t seem like Romeo and Juliet had a choice about weather or not they were in love or if they felt unified against the society surrounding them. To them it seemed like the two of them against the world.

Do you have a situation that feels like this? Maybe its that a choice you have made or have to make seems like it will pit you against your community, family, team, etc. How will you decide if its worth it to go against the grain? Sometimes this is absolutely necessary even if you are the only one who sees it. Sometimes it will only alienate you from your support system and lead you down a path to self-destruction. Use your inner High Priestess to look deep inside yourself for this answer. Your own gut may be your best oracle at this time.

In the Light Seers Tarot we again have a scene between two lovers locked in a passionate embrace. Their deep connection and pull toward each other is obvious, and this seems like an ideal situation, and the stars are aligning for them to become closer and joined more deeply, so what’s the choice or the question?

Sometimes profound connections like this are very scary and hard to accept. This requires us not only to trust ourself, but trust the connection and that person or thing we are connecting to truly have our back. In this case you choice is weather to accept the connection or not.

Are you ready for this deep connection? If not, search your self for what it would take to get there, and if so take the plunge.

The Santa Muerte Tarot shows two people engaged in trying to solve the problem of the lock. One sees the key, and one sees the lock. One is looking up and one is looking down. If they don’t get on the same page they will never open the lock.

If you are already engaged in a relationship, weather that be a romantic relationship or business partnership, or even a longstanding friendship, and you can’t seem to be on the same page with the partner its time to ask why. This most likely needs to be a dialogue. You won’t be able to figure it out by only asking yourself deep and meaningful questions. You both need to be able to discuss them and answer them together.

This is also sometimes a hard road because the answer might be that you don’t want to be together or work together anymore. But until you answer the question and get on the same page you are just avoiding the present moment and not living in it.

In the Voyager we are asked to look within ourself and understand our own dualities. Once we understand what these are we can see where we have made choices that have either made them balanced or out of balance.

Dualities will always exist. Choosing one over the other is temporary. There is no light without the dark. There is no above without below. What changes within is the awareness of the two and the inner balance of them.

The torn rose in the lower left reflects where we feel ambiguous and fragmented instead of in balance. We either accept ourself or become confused by this fragmentation. Sometimes we even refuse to see another side of ourself for so long that it starts feeling like we are being ripped apart.

Where do you feel the most confused? What questions can you ask your self to resolve this? Conversely it may be a time to celebrate something that feels both connected and in balance as with the stone statues of the Gemini twins.

5- The Hierophant

This article is part of a series of posts that will compare each card in the Tarot across different decks in order to study and explore each archetype and concept more deeply. This is not necessarily meant to be a teaching tool for others, but if you like to study the Tarot as much as I do, I hope you find it interesting. Enjoy!

For more on the decks referenced here please another page in my blog: Tools of the Locksmith: https://wordpress.com/page/theramblinglocksmith.com/163

A major reference for this study was “Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom” by Rachel Pollack.

This week we explore the what we learn as we move from structure and leadership into connecting to the our higher selves and higher powers. Time to discover spirituality with the Hierophant.

The Hierophant is called other things in the history of the Tarot such as the Pope or the High Priest. The Rider Waite deck and some of its contemporaries started using the term Hierophant to distinguish it from “traditional” ways of connecting to a higher power from more organized religions. While the High Priestess guides us to look within and understand ourselves through reflection, the Hierophant guides us to our understanding of a higher power by connecting externally to that higher power and by interpreting sacred texts or “mysteries” from that higher power. The Emperor has the keys to the castle but the Hierophant has the keys to the temple as well as the rites of initiation onto the spiritual path. With this step of the Major Arcana we explore what the higher power is for us, what tools we use to connect to it, and what help we need translating our own messages from our higher selves.

There are a couple of elements that are key for the traditional versions of the Hierophant card. I will list them here and then lets see what choices have been made in some less traditional decks.

  • Two keys, one gold and one silver, crossed at the foot of the Hierophant representing inner and outer ways, the combination of the Magician and the High Priestess, the sun and moon.
  • Either holding or touching a tome or tool of connection to a higher power, which is quite varied in all of the examples we will see.
  • Pillars of a temple behind the Hierophant, inscribed with codification of that spirituality, but the way is open for those who want to explore the path.

In the Lua Tarot a high priest stands in between two pillars covered in Egyptian hieroglyphics representing the gateway to divine wisdom. His two keys are black and white with the black unlocking the way to intuition and the white unlocking universal wisdom. He holds a sacred text in one hand and forms the sign of divine protection in the other.

This image is very traditional and for me hard to connect to. The Tarot, however, is also an older tradition, so choosing that as a tool means I don’t reject all traditional tools and traditions, otherwise why would I spend so much time writing articles about the deeper meaning of this tool? Sometimes its just as interesting to understand what you have difficulty connecting to, what you easily connect with and why.

The question you may want to ask with this particular version of the card is where you are looking and do you understand why certain sides of spirituality speak to you and others do not? Its the key to understanding what will unlock the door for your own intuition and this path for you to walk on, that is what are the right keys for you in the first place. If you already know the answer to this you can then move on to deeper questions.

In the Santa Muerte Tarot we see the Hierophant not as an interpreter so much as a mediator between what is above and what is below, what is past and what is the future. He has clarity and can connect on the right energy level to bridge two things. This Hierophant uses a Ouija board as the tool to help him mediate. His right hand is signaling divine protection like the traditional card, and is left hand is connected to the board which can represent grounding to his own spirituality.

In some occult sects that used the Tarot as a tool this meant you had to go through an initiation in a secret society. But I think all this really has to mean, or what it means for me is not about secret initiations. For me the “secret” is how to be completely present because that’s where we find clarity. Not above or below, not in the past or the future, not by initiation into a secret exclusionist sect or cult, but by being connected to the present moment within ourself.

Connecting to the present is quite the undertaking and its work we have to do everyday to stay connected. If this version of the card speaks to you I would focus on this aspect of connecting to your intuition. Some people describe the path to being present as vibrating at the right frequency, but I just call it breathing. Our breath is our ever accessible initiation into the present, and if we loose that connection we can always come back to it.

The Voyager Tarot has one of my favorite references for the Hierophant of the barefoot Buddha instructing us that the path to enlightenment is through the earthly plane, and by walking its many paths ourselves. The world is our temple and its only by walking its roads and doing good work in the world with the right attitude and intention that we can connect with a higher self.

The large ears of the Buddha in the upper left remind us to listen to our inner voice of experience versus external chatter. The elephant in the lower right references the Hierophant being able to clear the way for others because of clarity and awareness. We have this awareness and clarity because we are present and have the right intention.

If this card speaks to you today ask yourself what your work is in the world and if your connection and intentions to them are clear. How are you walking in the world, or are you? Make sure you are walking and connecting to your path, and that you know what that path is.

The Tarot of the Divine has my absolute favorite representation of the Hierophant with White Buffalo Calf Woman. White Buffalo Calf Woman was sent to the Lakota people by the Great Spirit carrying a sacred pipe to heal mind, body, spirit, and connection to the earth. She gave them a sacred bundle containing the tools and rites of the ceremonies they needed to perform from that day forward and taught them how to perform them. These are rites and ceremonies that are still performed and passed down today by the Lakota people.

To read more in depth about White Buffalo Calf Woman please read this article which also talks about the modern keeper of the bundle who is Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota People. https://www.lakotatimes.com/articles/the-story-of-white-buffalo-calf-woman-and-the-gift-of-the-pipe/

This card emphasizes the Hierophant as more of a teacher than a mediator. Do you have your own traditions and rites and what is the deeper meaning behind them that connects you to an ancestral or higher power? Who taught them to you, what stories do you pass down and how do they teach the next generation?

And finally the Osho Zen Tarot chooses to represent this step with No-Thingness. The Buddha called this shunyata.

The scary thing about this card is that you can’t tell where you are at on the journey. You are “in the gap” and disoriented. You are in the space between breathing in and breathing out.

The reassuring thing about this card is that all you need to do is to exhale to keep going. The journey to the present moment is already happening, and you just need to remember to keep breathing.

Though potentially disorienting this experience contains not just some possibilities but all possibilities. If you are “in the gap” remind yourself to exhale and breath into your next steps. lf you can do this you congratulations, you are now connected with the present moment. Welcome back. Now just keep breathing.

4- The Emperor

This article is part of a series of posts that will compare each card in the Tarot across different decks in order to study and explore each archetype and concept more deeply. This is not necessarily meant to be a teaching tool for others, but if you like to study the Tarot as much as I do, I hope you find it interesting. Enjoy!

For more on the decks referenced here please another page in my blog: Tools of the Locksmith: https://wordpress.com/page/theramblinglocksmith.com/163

A major reference for this study was “Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom” by Rachel Pollack.

This week we explore the what we learn as we move from the natural world into society, how to learn and provide rules and structure how that might play out in the role of leadership – the Emperor.

The Emperor is the archetype of setting up rules and order in society and having the authority to enforce them. In the traditional descriptions of this card there is an idea that the natural world is chaotic, and if we marry the power of the natural world (The Empress) to some societal structure we can move out of survival mode and create the stability that could allow spiritual development – (a foreshadowing of next weeks card of The Hierophant).

There are a couple of elements that are key for the traditional versions of the Emperor card. I will list them here and then lets see what choices have been made in some less traditional decks.

  • The structure of the throne the Emperor sits on is full of rigidity and iron. He sits centered on the throne on a very rigid posture. All of this emphasizes the idea of order and structure.
  • He holds an Ankh – the Egyptian symbol of life to represent the power of life and death
  • There are four rams on the throne representing the symbol of the first sign of the zodiac – Aries. This supports the idea of the new life of spring emerging from a just society.

In the Tarot of the Divine the Emperor is represented by King Arthur, maybe the most fatherly of all the examples here. King Arthur fought alongside his people and provided unity for the knights of the round table.

One idea of the Emperor is that he provides cold hard facts without compassion for his people, and that can be the negative side of the card – gaining too much power and becoming disconnected from people to become a dictator.

But this version in King Arthur is the idea of providing leadership and structure out of care for the land and its people. We can be a leader and still show vulnerability to our community/team. If this idea of compassionate ruler speaks to you today, examine where you can bring more compassion in your own leadership, show vulnerability, or influence that in other leaders.

The Voyager Tarot card for the Emperor for me shows a lot of the elements and aspects of leadership and development. On one hand we have the Emperor as a builder and not just a ruler with the pictures of the hands holding a young sapling, and the different examples of groundbreaking architecture in the card. There is also the dark side of the Emperor which only has a focus on material wealth at the bottom of the card.

But what does it take to build and lead? Just a strong will? Or balance in the other areas like the mental clarity of the eagle, the emotional strength of the whale, and the physical energy of the ram. This card brings along the idea of how much an effective leader or leadership structure has to have balance and not just rules.

If you are a leader where could you be more balanced? What could you add to your toolbox to gain this? What if you think about leading and guiding your own path, what tools could you use to create a more balanced structure?

This Emperor Card from the Light Seers Tarot still has a lot of the same traditional elements, but somehow I find this Emperor more accessible. I’m not sure if its the more laidback tone of the card that seems more familiar, or if we finally see a representation of an authority figure that is from a different race or ethnicity.

More than any other card in the tarot, it seems the hardest for the Emperor card to be represented by anything other than a white European male. I’ve read a few articles on the successes and failures of inclusion in tarot decks, and while I get that it originates from white European society, I live in the modern world and want to see the modern world reflected in my readings. For me that means seeing more than one culture represented in the deck so its more representative of the world, and in the case the leadership styles found in other cultures – many of them female.

So then what of the message of the card? I would say to make sure that your leadership and building of structures, and visions for the future include representation and diversity of thought, and if you don’t have that currently to study or discuss ways to get it.

A very literal idea here of growth through cerebral things versus emotional or spiritual leadership in the Way Home tarot as a tree grows out of a brain in this card.

Another idea of the emperor is that he/she is not just a builder or a leader but also a visionary that can create and share a vision with his team.

An additional idea that this card brings is the Emperor as protector of the forest. What internally or externally do you feel needs stronger protection, and what vision can you provide to do this? Even more so, what is your latest vision for the future?

Sometimes when we have a truly unique vision others may not understand its purpose or be able to see it with us right away. This Bull Elk from the Brady Tarot seems to be lonely at the top, but a true visionary will be comfortable being alone at least at first so that decisions that no one else are willing to make – really hard decisions – can be made.

The elk has the companion of an Eagle representing in this case spiritual guidance – its what the elk uses to keep himself grounded and also to ensure he is making decisions for the greater good and not just to grow his own empire.

Who or what is your eagle? Do you have a difficult call to make that may be unpopular with others but that you know is the right thing to do? If so call on the energy of the Emperor and make sure you know what you need to do for grounding.

The Tarot of Mystic Moments has a much more whimsical take on the Emperor. He still has the structure and vision of some of the prior cards with the castle coming from his head, and he is decorated with medals showing his authority has been earned. But to me the whimsical nature of the card gives me one more aspect of the Emperor which is not to take the structure or yourself too seriously. If we are too rigid, or we cannot show any sense of humor or vulnerability, those we are trying to lead may not be able to relate to us or trust us.

Is there a subject you are taking too seriously? Make sure what you lead brings you joy and that you can still laugh at yourself.

I hope this article has brought you joy today!

3 – The Empress

This article is part of a series of posts that will compare each card in the Tarot across different decks in order to study and explore each archetype and concept more deeply. This is not necessarily meant to be a teaching tool for others, but if you like to study the Tarot as much as I do, I hope you find it interesting. Enjoy!

For more on the decks referenced here please another page in my blog: Tools of the Locksmith: https://wordpress.com/page/theramblinglocksmith.com/163

A major reference for this study was “Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom” by Rachel Pollack.

This week we explore the feeling side of the female archetype – The Empress. Where last week’s card of The High Priestess represented introspection and thinking, The Empress is the pure emotion and the passionate approach to life with feeling. The Empress is about experiencing the world in a very physical way through nurturing and growing life itself. She is the Great Mother archetype.

In the Tarot of Mystic Moments the Empress wears a skirt of flowers and is surrounded by nature. A deep connection with nature is only possible by being out in nature and not reading or imagining it. It means going out on hikes, growing things in the dirt, growing food, growing people.

The Empress in this card carries a child and has taken off her crown to already hand to this child as a gesture of protective love. In this way its not just experiencing nature but protecting it and protecting all life.

She is truly Mother Nature, and a way to ask yourself what you are cultivating in the physical world, and if you are spending enough time in it or in nature, or if you are spending too much time in your head.

In the Way Home Tarot we see trees growing directly from a heart with the roots of the trees both being nurtured by and protecting the heart.

In the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith empress card the Empress has a shield with a heart on it. In this card the idea of unconditional love is taken even further to represent something that both nurtures and protects us.

Are you able to feel and receive as well as give unconditional love? Can you see it as a strength? If not you may need to explore which healing process might help you reach the ability to feel love in the world.

In the Tarot of the Divine the Empress is represented by Our Lady of Guadalupe – a Catholic Saint who preformed two miracles – one was a healing miracle and one was a miracle in the natural world with roses appearing on a hillside.

Healing ourself and others is a quality of the Empress, and part of healing is growth. Where do you need to heal, or how do you want to help others to heal and grow? Where do you need to grow yourself? Connect to your higher self and create your own miracles.

In the Voyager Tarot the Empress represents the law of preservation and the power to resurrect, re-create and revive shown here through the Egyptian goddess Selket who cures scorpion and other poisons. These are powerful words and we can only access what they mean for us if we are willing to deeply experience and connect with all of our emotions.

I’ve been writing about how important feeling vs thinking is in this archetype and this is the first card where we see some actual water which typically represents the emotional path of life.

Our emotions are rivers running through us and beneath us and they connect us to all of human experience. Without connecting to them we will most likely feel disconnected from others and from life, maybe even poisoned. Maybe we disconnected in order to protect ourselves and we need to convince ourselves that it is safe to reconnect and feel again. Being able to feel is a way to breath and experience the world, let any poison you have experienced be removed and allow yourself to feel your life again.

The dove over the Empresses head in this card represents peace – the peace we feel when we heal.

Well, I did say I wanted to see more water….in the Afro-Brazilian Tarot the Empress is represented by Yamanja, or as I’ve heard her called before, Yemoja in the Yoruba language. She is the mother of all Gods and in the Afro Brazilian pantheons, the power of the moon harnessed into controlled but nurturing emotion. The moon influences the waves and brings them back to the shore. Expanding on that we can picture that Yemoja is helping us feel grounded in our emotions as opposed to be tossed about at sea.

It is hard when we feel tossed about in the sea of our own emotion, we may need help from Yemoja to feel grounded in our feelings. But we can’t learn how to without going in the water in the first place.

Where do you need to dive back into how you experience, feel and grow in the world? If this card is speaking to you today you are ready…take the plunge!

What will your legacy be?

The 10 of Pentacles/Coins

Many of our questions tend to be around our own path, how to heal and evolve ourselves. For some of us we will never attempt to find a legacy, or consider what kind of ancestor we might become. A step beyond this is asking what myth or legend our story could become? Who will we inspire for future generations? What will we leave them? A problem to solve, or a solution?

The message of the 10 of pentacles is to ask these questions, and see if there isn’t something you can be building or working on today that will become a legacy for the future.

These first two cards are from the Afro Brazilian Tarot and the Tarot of the Divine. These are two powerful heads of a family/clan/community who have built a legacy through leadership. One possibility, and a very noble pursuit. Lets look at some more ways of manifesting this idea.

These next two cards are from the Light Seers Tarot and the Way Home Tarot. They show beautiful visions of 10 plates, or 10 foundations that future generations can eat from or play with.

That might sound a little daunting, so if you are having trouble envisioning this, start with one plate. What plate/dish/foundation/inspiration can you start working on today that will become a place setting for this legacy?

I think even more importantly you don’t have to do this on your own. Make it a community/family/team project. Each member starts working on a plate. At the end of the current generation there will be an amazing feast and celebration to pass this on to others.

How beautiful!

The name given to the 10 of roots from the Brady Tarot is Wealth. Its a strong tree with deep roots that bears fruit that nourishes many. With this card we also have several symbols illustrating archetypal concepts that will last for generations, and maybe for all time.

This is what the tarot is actually. A set of archetypes and archetypal paths that all humans can relate to. Imagine creating an archetypal system like the tarot! I know! Talk about overachieving.

The Ancestral Path Tarot is a whole deck devoted to the idea of discovering your path to becoming an ancestor. You might even call it a 10 of pentacles Tarot, except that in this deck the pentacles are called Sacred Circles.

The sacred circles suit of this deck are inspired by both a Menominee creation legend of bear and thunder spirit ancestors, and a Winebago medicine song, both of which support the tale of the vision quest.

A vision quest is an intentional journey that is intended to allow you to learn about a higher purpose, and also connect you to the next stage in your own transformation.

One of the most important tools of connection in many Native American cultures is the drum. It measures the heartbeat of the earth. It carries messages with each beat and connects you to the place where the spirits and ancestors are waiting to guide us.

If it all sounds like too much… If even today sounds like too much…. If you feel like you can’t even begin to envision this legacy….find your heartbeat. Beat your drum. It will come back to you, because its something you were born to do.

Here is to your path to legacy and becoming and ancestor. Hell, here’s to all of ours, because if we don’t all take up this mission, I’m not sure what the next generations will have to sustain them.

With so much love…..

The Rambling Locksmith

Weekly Reading, November 7, 2021

A Story of the Two Cups

One of the most romantic cards in the deck, the two of cups represents two hearts meeting. I would like to dedicate this post to my brother and his new wife as this is the card I pulled for them on their wedding day, and it couldn’t be more fitting. The manner of meeting and how they become joined together can happen in all manner of ways, but the result is always a happy one. Here are some examples of the two of cups and their meanings. This first is the exact card for the newlyweds.

The Two of Cups in the Way Home Tarot shows two jellyfish that have met in a vast ocean, and are now effortlessly swimming peacefully and gracefully together. Everyday and every hour may not be able to feel this effortless, but that fact that you have found this in each other is miraculous. The Cups are about emotional connection which is not often effortless for a lot of us, which makes this message even more beautiful.

In the Santa Muerte Tarot the Two of Cups card shows two people who are able to be open enough with each other that they can refill each others cup and in a effortless way where this does not feel like a sacrifice. This is a joyous union created when we can find joy and solace in each other.

In the Brady Tarot cups are represented by horns and the 2 of Horns shows two Albatross and is called Union. Albatross mate for life, but only show this joyous dance at the start of the relationship. Maybe a reminder to keep dancing. They are also combining the water from their horns to form new medicine.

In the Tarot of the Divine the Two of Cups is represented by the story of Enkidu and Gilgamesh. Enkidu was created to defeat Gilgamesh, but instead Gilgamesh finally found his equal in strength. The two grappled for days, and instead of ending in one overpowering the other, it resulted in the two becoming inseparable and never wishing for the company of another. Finding someone who compliments or matches your strengths is a great thing indeed.