Thursday 10 March 2016

Pisces in the DruidCraft Minor Arcana: The Ten of Cups

The Ten of Cups, in the astrological correspondence system I follow, is linked to Mars in Pisces, and the final third of Pisces (10th-19th March this year). 
First of all, what qualities does Mars bring to Pisces?  Fire and Water... Mars is assertive and determined, and takes the initiative – so in Pisces, we could be looking for assertiveness in terms of ideals or ideology. Assertive, but at the same time compassionate and kind.  The initiative and drive we associate with Mars will be softened by the sensitivity of Pisces.  Desires and dreams are achieved by following instinct, or those moments of inspiration. The shadow side of this could manifest in emotional vulnerability.

DruidCraft Tarot
And in the Ten of Cups?  Well, in the DruidCraft Tarot we see a fairly traditional (as in Rider-Waite-Smith tradition) image – the family sitting around the ten cups, but are they content?  To me the man seems to have an element of boredom in his expression, rather than contentment, and his son looks a bit on the wistful side.  Are they now looking for something new? That could be the Mars energy – the drive to push ahead, but in the Pisces world those Martian qualities might radiate more gently.  

That helps me to see the more permanent sense of contentment that we’ve come to associate with the Ten of Cups – as opposed to the moment of ‘bliss’ of the Nine.  With the Ten, we have a sense of completion – emotional fulfilment in relationships, be they romantic, familial, platonic.  To achieve and maintain this sense of fulfilment we need the effort and drive of Mars, allowing us to turn our dreams into reality, rather than let them stay a Piscean vision.

DruidCraft Tarot created by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections 2004

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