I was super excited about posting today's cards because I didn't have to photograph them! I have a scanner again! Yay!!! My mom sent me my birthday gift a couple weeks early. A printer/scanner/copier/fax machine. (Does anyone still fax??) Now rainy days won't affect my card capturing!
I pulled all Cups cards today. The Queen of Chalices I see as both me and my mom. We are both water signs. And the Queen's back is reflected in the mirror, making two figures. The Six of Chalices is typically about childhood and nostalgia, which ties us together. The illustration on this card is a bit different than the norm. There is a young lady greeting a large grizzly bear who seems to have joined her tea party. Although there are six cups set out, there is only the two of them there. But the whole world seems contained in the intimacy they share. There doesn't seem the need for anyone else to arrive now that they are together. This, along with the usual card meaning, reminds me of growing up with my mom, just us two. I was an only child and she was a single mom.
The Seven of Chalices was very interesting to me, visually. There are only six cups, the seventh cup being the reflection of one of the cups. This again brought me the idea that those two cups were the main attraction. The poignancy of two. This is emphasized by the two figures in the card, and again, like in the Queen of Cups card, one figure has become two by reflection. The young woman is looking at her reflection in the water, and what she sees is a skeleton. This made me think of growing older... then it reminded me of a list my kids and I are in the process of creating. We originally intended to send it to my mother, but decided to send it to all of our closest relatives as well. It's a huge list of questions, some silly, some serious, about their lives, memories, likes, dislikes, etc. It's a way for my kids to get to know their long distance relatives better. Looking at the skeleton in the water, I recall one of the things that inspired this project. A few years after my grandfather died, I thought of something I wanted to ask him. But I couldn't. All of the stories I never asked him about left with him. So this idea I had was a way to ask everything my kids (and I) would like to know about my mom (and other relatives) while we still have the chance to ask.
My mom is still young and healthy and vibrant, and should be nowhere near becoming a skeleton. But I didn't want to wait until it was too late. And I'm learning to act on my ideas when I have them, rather than putting them off. I know that in the future, when we look back at the answers we receive from our loved ones, we will be very happy we thought to ask them. And I think once the initial list is sent (I'm lovingly calling it "The Spanish Inquisition"), I think maybe we'll send a smaller list once a year, with new questions we have collected in our curious minds. It can become a family tradition.
Deck: Tarot of the Sweet Twilight (by Lo Scarabeo)
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