Sasha Graham’s Tarot Card a Day Blog – The Queen of Cups

The Queen of Cups

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The Queen of Cups represents the spiritual, artistic and psychic side of yourself. She can also be a person in your life. The Queen of Cups is an artist, a poet, a Tarot card reader. Cups represent the moist, damp element of water. Water can transform into elusive haze, fog, vapor or mist. The Queen of Cups appeared tonight as something entirely different. She was a phantom, a spirit, a specter.

I’m staying up late with the ghosts of Thanksgivings past . . .

It is four nights until Thanksgiving. We are at our farmhouse prepping for the holiday. We’ll return to the city for school and work before returning here to cook for twelve hungry Italians – all of them my husband’s family. It will be a very good holiday this year. I can feel it.

Crunchy snow covered the ground when we arrived last night. I awoke this morning, blessedly late, and peeked outside. Giant snowflakes whizzed by. I had forgotten how quickly winter comes in the mountains.

We’ve gone ahead and set the Thanksgiving table, complete with his grandmother’s vintage English china. At midnight, I walk past the table, to my favorite Saturday night ritual, bubble bath in the claw foot tub. Something peculiar caught my attention. Past the glimmering crystal glasses and pressed linen napkins, sat a person. Posture erect and completely at ease. A ghost!

Did my Queen of Cups once live in this farmhouse? Was she attached to the heirloom china I’ve set out? Was she a wandering soul who decided to take a break at my table? Who she could be? I haven’t the slightest. But I’m happy she is here.

The months between Halloween and New Years are so haunted. The Northeast’s landscape transforms in the blink of an eye. Fiery orange and red leaves wash from trees in chilly rains and the landscape becomes gothic and barren. The nights are long and cold. The holidays pack massive expectation and oodles of emotion. We take stock and reassess our lives – where we’ve been and where we hope we are going. We turn inward.

We get visited by lots of old ghosties when we make significant changes in our lives. I’ve been doing a lot of reassessing and changing as of late. So, I’m not surprised at all to see a visitor at my table.

I figure the Queen of Cups will be my guest of honor this year. If I stress out while entertaining, I’ll think of her. She’ll remind me cooking is a simple way to share pleasure with those I love. I’ll stay open to any advice she may have and look for her when we all join to say grace. We’ll stuff ourselves silly with cheeses, pasta, turkey, side dishes and way, way too much food. When dessert comes, I’ll be sure to make my Queen of Cups a sweet offering.

This year, I am grateful for my unexpected guest.

Who visits you this time of year? Do you ever have ghostly visitors? When you move inward who shares in your intimate thoughts? If you could summon any guest to your Thanksgiving table, who would it be?

Sasha Graham’s Tarot Card a Day Blog – The Seven of Cups

The Seven of Cups

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Possibilities, possibilities! The marvelous Seven of Cups Tarot card reminds us that there are wonderful options available all of the time. Take a closer look at our conjurer’s cups. Why, is that the High Priestess hidden beneath a veil, a ghostly skull lurking within the victory wreath cup? Which cups will the conjurer choose? Which will you grab? Do you crave money, knowledge, danger, beauty, sex, adventure, psychic power? Do you want it all and want it delivered? I do.

If you are anything like me, choice overwhelms you. One reason I adore the Tarot is that it serves me when struggling through my indecisiveness. If I can’t decide, I’ll let the Tarot give me an answer, knowing my intuition is really what underlies my reading of the cards.

Situations exist, however, when Tarot won’t come to the rescue. You can get overwhelmed and frustrated or give yourself an advantage. Stepping back and readjusting your approach slightly, will provide exactly results you need.

I was shopping for an outfit for my high school reunion. I’m standing in Macy’s Herald Square amidst hundreds of designer duds on the 65% off racks. God knows, I can’t spend 10 hours trying to match up separates. I needed a slammin outfit, I won’t pay retail and I’m no fashionista! I need a stylist! How can I get a bored salesperson to really hook me up?

Suddenly, I remember something my marketing coach, Elizabeth Genco Purvis said, “People love to be asked their opinion, they love to be asked their advice.”

I look at the closest sales associate. She doesn’t look like she wants to help anyone – least of all me. I walk over, “Hi. Are there any clothes on the sales racks that you really love?” She got totally excited pulling out her favorite stuff for me to try on. I had found my stylist!

The reason she jumped to help me was that I took the weight off of my problem – desperate outfit help – and made the situation all about her. What did she think? What did she like? What sale items were exciting to her? I walked out of Macy’s saving over $600, outfit to die for, in less than two hours!

Take a moment to think about situations where you become overwhelmed. You may get beleaguered by clothes shopping, multitasking or by really important decisions like what direction you want your life path to take.

Think of one small way you can approach the same situation in a different way. What one thing can you do next time you tackle your choice that is different? How can you shift your approach in a small, yet solid way?

Often, the most important adjustments we make in life are the teeny tiny ones. Then, you can reach out and claim the exact cup you want!