The Five Of Cups

I mentioned in a recent post that I’d had my tarot read whilst we were on holiday. I’ve never had a reading done before so I was excited, but nervous as well!

The man I saw asked me to tell him the sorts of things I was hoping to explore through the cards. He then asked me to choose a number of cards from the deck (which I’d shuffled). If anyone is interested, he was using the Thoth Tarot Deck by Aleister Crowley.

He turned over the cards and as he explained their meanings they really resonated with me, not just in terms of the meanings but the sequence in which I’d drawn them from the deck.

You might remember that just before I went on holiday I wrote this post, where the title really summarises what it was about. Whilst reflecting on my tarot reading (which I’ve done each day since having had it), it only recently hit me that one of the cards was the Five of Cups. Notice how all of the cups are empty…

the five of cups

This was one of a number of cards which formed part of the reading, but I feel it formed a really central aspect. We talked about how I’d been working so hard over the past few years and now that I’d reached the end I was pretty drained; running on empty.

We discussed what needed to change in my life and I explained how my husband and I had plans to do some private work. I reached a realisation that I was making the right decision in deciding to return (albeit part-time) to a branch of work that I was so passionate about.

Did the cards “know” all this? I’m not sure, but that didn’t matter. What mattered is that the reading generated a really powerful discussion between myself and a total stranger regarding where I’ve been, where I’m going, and what I need to do in order to look after myself. It was so powerful I had to take some time for myself to process my emotions.

Since coming back from holiday, things have been progressing quickly and we are well on our way to pursuing what we both know will make us happy. I want to thank the Tarot, and the man who read the cards for me, for giving me that extra push 🙂

 

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