Friday 9 September 2016

Carried by the flow: Margarete Petersen’s Daughter of Cups

Like the Son of Cups, the Daughter is also quite literally in her element – sun-dappled water, in this case. There’s a dreamlike, serene quality to the image, reflecting the gifts she’s received from her family:  serenity and devotion (Mother), tears (Father), compassion (Son).  She’s well-equipped in her quest for adventure in relationship.  I’d never really thought about the Courts in this way – giving each other ‘gifts’ of qualities, but I like it!

Daughter of Cups (trimmed):
© Margarete Petersen Tarot

Margarete Petersen doesn’t explicitly relate her court cards to the more traditional King, Queen, Knights and Page. However, in her LWB, she writes that the Daughter of Cups is carried along by ‘non-doing’.  That’s not a bad description of the more traditional depiction of the Knight of Cups meandering along on his horse – I never feel he’s doing all that much, just going where the flow takes him – little experience and little staying power, as you say. 
Here too, the Daughter of Cups is being carried by the flow, rather than actually swimming. MP writes “all that lives is in a constant state of flux and will lead me to my creative source”. That sums it up!  Not so sure she’d be singing a self-penned sonnet to anyone, but who knows?


Carried on life’s tides
Dreaming, imagining love - 
Driftwood’s holy grail.

Margarete Petersen Tarot, AGM-URANIA, 2004. 

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