Here is Steve’s new spread for this deck for me today.
1) NINE OF CUPS – Spirit: what Spirit wishes you to know
2) THREE OF PENTACLES – Within: highlights our own deep-rooted desires and needs with regard to the message received already.
I thought it amusing that Spirit wishes the “Wish Card” for me. That is often what the Nine of Cups is called, so I take it to mean Spirit wants me to know that I have everything I’ve ever wanted or needed.
Building on this I browsed through James Ricklef’s thoughts on this card in his book The Soul’s Journey:
“…examine the things in life we wish were different, find the meaning and lessons in them, and seek satisfaction and gratitude in them instead of regret and discontent.”
“…but it’s the much harder practice of appreciating the value of everything in our lives that brings us deep and lasting joy and serenity.”
“…and we must remember that appreciation is a matter of attitude more than circumstances.”
For the Three of Pentacles, it’s about Art to me, my art. Maybe a desire to work with others or be taught, which is uncharacteristic for me. I also have this feeling of being trapped in a room with the world outside and that fellow with the roller in his right hand, up a ladder, showcasing things I can no longer do due to pain and the inability of my right shoulder to move. Certainly regret and my need to do what I can’t do, my mental focus on what’s lacking, that all the big things to build are not mine any more.
James Ricklef again:
“We need not build a castle…in order for our lives to have value. Rather, is is the sincerity of our efforts, the care we take in them, and the spirit we put into them that creates worth and greatness in anything we do.”
Last night I picked up a book I have been reading now and then before bed called No Self, No Problem by Anam Thubten and came across another buttressing passage:
“We are like a person standing in a freely flowing river yet feeling very, very thirsty. We are holding an empty cup, begging everyone we meet to give us some water. Does the person standing in the river have even one convincing reason why he or she should not drink from the river? There is no reason. The only reason is that the person is looking in the wrong direction. He or she has forgotten to look down. All we need to do is look down a little bit and then we realize immediately that we are standing in a river with a never-ending supply of cool, fresh water.”
Trust the Nine of Cups, trust and appreciate what you have. You don’t have to build a castle to have value.