Monday, 7 May 2012

Drowning In Creativity

Today's card from the Sun and Moon Tarot (U.S. Games, 2010) is an interesting one.  At first glance, it seems to owe allegiance to no-one.  Although the title is the same as in Crowley's Thoth, visually the image is extremely different from the slime-dripping cups painted by Lady Frieda Harris.  It doesn't reflect the RWS tradition of cups with different things peeping out of them, either.

Here, a couple seem to tread water in a sea where seven cups float down towards the seabed, trailing bubbles.  Quite unlike the RWS, it seems more as though their choices are slipping away from them, rather than having too many.  It also doesn't seem overtly debauched: they are both fully dressed (which isn't true of all the denizens of this deck), although wrapped in a passionate embrace.  However, they are so caught up in one another that they pay no heed to the sinking cups, locked in their own little world of all-consuming emotions, with only their heads just above water.  Perhaps this is the debauchery - being blind to everything else because of the intoxicating emotions in us.

On the more positive side, I see this card suggesting being really passionate about something, willing to immerse yourself in it.  The crescent moon suggests that this focus will allow something to grow.

For myself, I can imagine plunging into some creative pursuits today, things that engage my emotions.  I guess that might also be seen as being a bit debauched, when I should be focusing on paperwork.  Ah well...

I am grateful for creative ideas and the time to pursue them.

6 comments:

  1. like how you interpreted this card, makes a lot of sense to the image which as you say isnt quite rws or thoth

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    1. Hi Bonkers,

      Glad you liked this interpretation. Someone over on the TABI version of this suggested that the cups could be our previous dreams and desires slipping away as we lose ourselves in this new love, which I thought was another interesting perspective. Just love how there are so many ways to interpret any card ;)

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  2. What an interesting take on this one. I like your thoughts on what we lose when we get too involved. Makes me think of NRE (New Relatinship Energy).

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    1. Hi Arwen,

      Haven't heard that acronym before. I guess it's the way we get almost overwhelmed with emotion at the start of a new relationship? I remember reading that if we stayed at that fever pitch forever, we'd just keel over and die, as it's so intense *eek* :)

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  3. Really loved your take on this card. And I may have to get this deck...it looks gorgeous!

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    1. Ah, that's me, John, enabler extraordinaire ;) It is a lovely deck!

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