7 of Cups
I. The meaning of the Seven of Cups Shadowscapes Tarot
The young girl’s mind now lost its way in the clouds. Her eyes were now filled with stars, her spirit drawn to the fanciful light of the moon as she looked toward the whole castle in the sky. She was not much aware of the dangerous standing position at the moment, maybe in a moment of excitement, she could carelessly step forward and fall from the cliff to the bottom of the dim white mist below. The wind blew and flipped her hair and clothes in an exciting melody.
In the meantime, the boy, standing in a somewhat safer position, with a little thought, turned his eyes towards the castle located on the surrounding cliffs. Perhaps it will be difficult to reach the place, but they can completely succeed, his desire is strong enough to achieve what he wants.
But that girl was the exact opposite. “Look!” She shouted while her fingers cupped the boy’s shoulders, urging him to listen to his desires. He nodded his head, trying to refute the thought of “how can we get to that heavenly city?” and continued to …
Sound: “o” as in “oh”
Stands for: God and also Mouth
Casting meaning: This rune represents the power of communication, oral bonds, and the commanding force of word and song.
More commonly Know by its Elder Futhark rune name – Ansuz
with a slightly different meaning
Sound: “aa” as in “aah”
Stands for: Mouth (or Divine Breath)
Casting meaning: Ansuz is a rune that symbolizes stability and shows us order. It is also a rune that indicates intellectual activities and directly represents the divine breath of all life and creation.
Rune of Communication
As the bird fly’s in and out of this realm and the other it carries with it a message of transforming urgency. As quick as the birds direction can change also is the news it brings.
communications, movement, travel, information, greater knowledge
Pronunciation – Str-ef
Tree Association – Blackthorn
Meaning – Adversity, omens, secrecy, and is sometimes known as the tree of the dead due to its connection with spirits and the Underworld. This thorny tree-shrub is symbolic of the sword, arrow, and spear. Now is a time to focus on the root of a problem instead of its effects. Confront challenges head-on, and do your best not to become overwhelmed by the difficulties that lie before you. Brace for the unexpected; life may be taking an unforeseen turn. It can be an excellent time to keep knowledge and information to yourself until the path ahead is more apparent.
If reversed – Transitions, changes, and death. Straif reversed is a sign of caution. Things may be falling apart in your life right now so that they can come together more positively later.
Inscription and Magical Uses – Use this ogham wisely. It can help to develop the courage and fortitude you need to overcome the unpredictable challenges headed your way. Change is headed your way, helpful for use in keeping your mindset upbeat and instilling hope.
Folklore – Blackthorn has developed a bad reputation over the years since it thrives in winter when everything else seems to be dying. It is often associated with cailleach (Dark mother or Crone) and the Morrighan. Blackthorn was often used to create a shillelagh (Irish walking stick) which was often the weapon of choice for bataireacht (BAHT-air-ahct) (Irish stick-fighting martial arts).