The cards pictured are from the Crowley Thoth Deck.
Five of Cups and Knight of Disks
This week we enter Eclipse Season with a Taurus New Moon Solar Eclipse on April 30. Eclipse Season is a time of accelerated growth where we feel a heightened sensitivity to the world around us. The cards speak to this energy and show us how to work with the vibrations.
Our first card is the Five of Cups, which can come up in times of sensitivity. At an initial glance, receiving this cup card, which is also called Disappointment, may not seem like a good thing.
Depicted on the card are empty cups, representing feelings of depletion. The image of decaying water lilies and their knotted roots symbolize inner troubles below the surface. There is pain associated with this card.
Disappointment can come in many forms. Disappointment with ourselves, others, or the world itself. Maybe we had high expectations and things did not turn out the way we thought. Maybe we feel overwhelmed by the all suffering in the world.
But the Five of Cups is asking you to feel your feelings. It is telling you it is okay to feel disappointed, it is part of the human experience. Let yourself cry, write down your thoughts, and grieve.
Yet if you look closer at the bottom of the roots you might see something else, a butterfly. The message here is that pain can be our catalyst for change and the fuel for our metamorphosis.
When a caterpillar becomes a butterfly it literally digests parts of itself. Certain cell groups then turn the liquid material that remains into new eyes, wings, and other structures. It is truly amazing.
While we can’t do the exact same thing, we can digest our pain and turn ourselves into something new. We can be our own version of a butterfly that floats on the breeze and sips the nectar of each lovely flower.
Our next card is the Knight of Disks. This card shows up when we need to slow down and pay attention to ourselves and the world around us.
This Knight stands out because it’s the only one in the deck that does not have a horse in motion. The Knights are usually galloping through the land or flying through the air, but this Knight has stopped to rest.
And that is exactly what we are being asked to do. We need to press the brakes and take a moment to ground ourselves. We should not be making big decisions or moving at lightning speed.
All of the vibrational shifts that take place during Eclipse Season have the tendency to deplete our energy. We must take time to recharge and reconnect with ourselves.
The Knight of Disks is in a beautiful field, letting his horse graze as he looks out at the setting sun. Disks are all about the natural world and a great way to recharge is in the loving arms of the earth.
How can we pause in nature this week? When can we spend time completing in a beautiful space?
It’s important for us to take intentional time to rest before continuing on our journey. If we don’t, we might burn out and need an even bigger break later on. And if we make pausing a part of our daily life, we will be able to continue on at a swifter pace.
But don’t focus on the speed of the journey right now, take time just to be. Allow yourself to sit with your emotions, especially if they are heavier and need more time to be processed. The Five of Cups will support the integration and transformation and The Knight of Disks will support the space for this work.
Mantra for the week: Disappointment and pain are important teachers. When I give myself space to feel my emotions, I can really grow.
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