Victorian Romantic Tarot (Baba Studios, 2012). Although, I've used this deck on the blog before, that was the Russian language edition from 2010, while this is the newer, English second edition. Quite a few cards have been changed for this edition, including today's card: the Five of Cups. In the original and Russian editions, this card showed a woman with her back to us in a garden, a black dog behind her, obviously weeping.
In this version, a woman walks
down the last few steps from a grand building, probably a church. She
is wearing fine clothes: a purple scarf with gilt embroidery and
tassles, a white blouse and under shawl, and a velvety-looking green
skirt. She throws a melancholy glance down towards three overturned,
tarnished cups near the bottom of the stairs. Two more cups, shiny and
upright, sit a couple of steps higher up. There are quite a number of
people at the top of the stairs, by the church entrance, but the woman
is the primary focus of the image.
The woman's sad gaze is fixed
on the three spilt cups, and she holds a lacy tissue in her hand.
There is a definite sense of mourning here, as well as the obvious and
traditional symbolism of the two bright cups she has her back to.
funny, we often treat melancholia as a bad thing. However, having
worked as a bereavement counsellor, I recognise the importance of
allowing our sadness its place and time. This week has been incredibly
hectic, mostly in a good way. We have put an offer in on a house and,
fingers crossed, look set to move in November. It's easy to get drawn
into planning for the move and thinking about where to put the
bookshelves and who gets which bedroom. And so perhaps today is a good
time to honour my regret that we are leaving a house we have loved and
been very happy in.
I am grateful for six happy years in our home.