Unconditional Love and the Tarot’s SIX cards
Today’s entry in The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo ended with this quote:
Unconditional love is not the hole in us that receives the dirt, but the sun within that never stops shining.
Since it mentions the sun within, this quote reminds me of the sixth Sephirah of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. This Sephirah (Tifarah) is associated with the Sun and it emphasizes love, beauty, self sacrifice and service. Being the sixth Sephirah, it is also related to the Six cards in the Tarot’s Minor Arcana, so I thought I would come up with an Unconditional Love meaning for each of those cards today. Here is what I came up with.
Six of Wands:
Show support and enthusiasm for the success of others, even when your own efforts have not yet culminated in success.
Consider how easy it is to be jealous of the accomplishments of other people when success has eluded you. It takes a bit of unconditional love to overcome that and to be genuinely happy for someone who has succeeded when you have not.
Six of Cups:
Love the unlovable.
You know who I mean! We all have someone like that in our lives. But again, remember that this doesn’t mean giving them a pit within us for their dirt, but rather it’s about providing sunlight to brighten the shadows in their life.
Six of Swords:
Lend a sympathetic ear to someone with a problem.
Just listen without judging and without trying to solve anything unless you are asked for that sort of help. Often just having someone who will listen to our problems is a wonderful help. Perhaps that’s why people will tell some of their most intimate secrets to bartenders and strangers on an airplane: No judgments, no “solutions” and no consequences.
Six of Coins:
Give a coin along with a smile and a kind word to a homeless person.
This doesn’t mean merely sending a check to a charitable organization, although you can do that too. An important part of charity — and of the message of this card — is the personal touch that goes with your generosity: the smile and the kind word. That’s also what makes this advice so challenging, and thus so rewarding to you too.
Note that a while back I wrote another spiritually oriented post about the Tarot’s Sixes, and I’ve written ones about the Six of Coins and Random Acts of Kindness and one about the Six of Cups and Paying Love Forward. I am coming to the conclusion that they are the most spiritual of the numbered cards in the Tarot deck!