3 of Cups: Abundance

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“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” – Winnie the Pooh

The 3 of Cups appears in a reading when we are living in a state of joy and pleasure. It is the celebration card. If the Ace of Cups is the seed, and the 2 of Cups is the bud, the 3 of Cups is the blossom. Aleister Crowley titled it “Abundance” and stated it was: “The fulfillment of Will of Love in abounding joy. It is the spiritual basis of fertility.”

In this card, we see pomegranates adorning three cups. The pomegranates represent Persephone, the goddess of the underworld and wife of Hades, the god of the underworld.  These are symbolic of marriage, fertility, abundance, and rebirth.

In the myth of Persephone, Hades was madly in love with her and wanted her as his wife, so he tricked her into eating six pomegranate seeds. She didn’t realize that for each pomegranate seed eaten, she would have to spend one month a year in the underworld with Hades.

According to the legend, she lived with Hades as his wife for six months out of the year, and stayed with her mother, Demeter, goddess of the earth, for the other half of the year. Crowley, the true pessimist, gives us a subtle warning with this card that emotional fulfillment may have a shadow side to it: All that glitters is not gold. He states: “The good things in life, although enjoyed, should be distrusted.” Talk about a buzzkill!

In the Thoth 3 of Cups, eight golden lotus flowers are displayed. Lotus blossoms symbolize rebirth, regeneration, and reincarnation. Lotus flowers grow from muddy water. During the day, they open to allow the rays of the sun to give them life. In the evening, they close as the moonlight shines upon them in their deep slumber. Every morning, they are brought back to life by the sun.

The three chalices may represent specific people, emotions, or situations where we experience good times. It may show up in a reading as a girls’ night out, a party, a first date, a committed relationship, or as a message that we need to experience more joy in our lives. It’s the card that tells us not to take life too seriously and to have a little fun. Life is to be enjoyed to the fullest.

In regards to a relationship, after much analyzing and introspection, I’ve realized that the 3 of Cups may represent the two people in the relationship and the separate entity that is the relationship itself. Two people create the relationship. The relationship is their baby, in a sense.

Through their effort, they make the relationship into whatever they choose it to be. It requires both of them to make the union work. Each person must put in the same amount of effort as the other for it to be balanced. All three cups must be flowing with equal amounts of water, otherwise there’s going to be an imbalance in the relationship. Since each chalice is overflowing with water (emotion/love), it may be a message that for a relationship to truly last, each person must love himself/herself first.

It corresponds astrologically to Mercury in the 2nd Decan of Cancer. In the Quabalah Tree of Life, it is Binah through Water.

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Manifesting with the Gemini Full Moon, December 17, 2013

This December Full Moon aka “The Cold Moon” will appear on Tuesday, December 17, in the sign of Gemini. Since Gemini is the sign of duality or the “twins”, we can manifest two desires at once. The best thing we can do during this Full Moon is meditate, center ourselves, and write down two items we wish to manifest in the new year.

You need to be clear when setting the intentions. If you want a relationship in 2014, write down “I am in a loving, romantic relationship.” If you wish for more money in the new year, you will write “I have an abundance of money.” Write out the intention as if you already have it.

I enjoy casting spells and setting intentions during full moons, because the energy is especially powerful. Intuitively, I feel as if this particular Full Moon has a lot of oomph and yummy energy. If you wish to boost the energy of your manifesting, I would suggest buying two candles: one for each goal you wish to manifest.

I personally love candles and think they can be quite effective for sending out the energy of what we want into the Universe. The Universe is listening. We just have to know how to tell it what we desire: This is the key to manifesting wonderful things.

Choose two candles to represent the two intentions. For example, if I want abundance in 2014, I’ll burn a green candle. If I want more passion and energy in my life, I’ll burn a red candle. If I’m seeking love, I’ll burn a pink candle. Here is an entire list of candle colors and their meanings. They can be any size candle. For this, two votives would work fine.
 
Read off your two intentions out loud and light the candles. Burn them all the way down. If you have to go to sleep or leave the house, you can either put them in the sink to burn or “snuff” out the candles, do not blow out, and relight them when you’re back.
Take the slip of paper where you wrote the intentions and place it underneath your mattress. Good luck and happy manifesting for the new year!

What do you wish to manifest in your life for 2014?
 

Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice signals the halfway point in the year where we need to plant the seeds of our future. It’s about fertilizing the soil and watching our lives blossom before us. It’s a beautiful time of opportunity and letting our futures unfold before us like a wondrous fairy tale.

It’s the beginning of summer, a time to enjoy ourselves and experience life to the fullest. We need to welcome more joy and abundance into our daily lives, and enjoy each moment as it comes to us. We get so bogged down in trying to rehash the past and control the future that we don’t experience the NOW as it should be – as it’s meant to be.

We need to focus on the thoughts, ideas, and interests that make us happy and less on the negative thinking that only makes us feel bad and serves no purpose. Think of the summer as a mystical golden goddess. What is it that you want to ask the goddess for? What would make your life better? What would bring you more happiness?