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Six/6 of Cups
In traditional tarot, the Six of Cups shows us two children wearing strange clothing and sharing between them a golden cup while five others sit near by.
The scene is bright and full of greenery. Compared to the rest of the Cup suit, the Six of Cups is lighthearted and fun.
The symbolism in this card directly relates to a time where we weren’t yet bogged down by the stress and emotional upheaval adult life tends to offer.
In some instances, it quite literally points to our childhoods. In others, it tells us that we are taking an innocent, playful approach to what life is throwing at us.
Hagalaz is about destructive natural forces: earthquakes, storms, lightening, and all ways that the raw power of nature cannot be controlled. In this sense it is also associated with the unconscious mind, an energy which must be respected and cannot be successfully resisted. You might not be happy about the destructive force of hagalaz but it will bring an end to things and thus create space for something new. This is the cycle of karma.
Keywords: Love, relationships.
Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.
The ogham symbol Straif has the phonetic value of St, and corresponds to the blackthorn or sloe tree, which is known for its magical power. Staves made from its wood were carried by wizards, warlocks, and witches.
In Irish sagas, the blackthorn has association with battle, sacrifice, transformation, and death. It’s also said to be sacred to Donn of the Milesians, the Irish god of death, as well as to goddess Morrighan who oversees matters of war and death.
Moutain Above, Water Below
Be on guard for the careless or rebellious attitudes characteristic of inexperience. Just as a youth requires instruction, this is a good time to focus on learning lessons from a patient teacher or from life experience. Is there a circumstance in your life that you have failed to comprehend, perhaps because you didn’t appreciate its inherent complexities? Be respectful of anything or anyone who has something to teach you right now. If you are focusing on a relationship, ask yourself which of you is currently the student and which of you is the sage. If you are a parent ask yourself: Who is being the teacher – my child or me?
In order to be ready for challenging times, let education be an ongoing part of your life. Develop the necessary mind-set and willpower to carry you through confusing times. The wise realize that experience – especially difficult experience- is a most powerful teacher. But we cannot be forced to learn, even from experience. Be the humble student who delights in learning, the one who nourishes an expanding awareness.
Examine your attitude for factors that would limit your openness. Observe how you deal with the mistakes of others. Let people live their own lives and learn their own lessons. You may offer them your wisdom or advice, but do so only if they are receptive. Give up trying to convince others that you are right, as it is both exhausting and counterproductive. Instead, all other to proceed, even into difficult or dangerous circumstances. It may be the only way they can learn; and without learning, no one can achive success. Care without forcing attention; trying to take care of someone who is unwilling can actually be harmful. Live and let learn.
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