A New Feeling for the Seven of Cups
The Seven of Cups is often seen as an indication of confusion or of trying to choose from a bewildering array of choices, and yes, it can indicate that, but that seems more mental (Swords) than emotional (Cups). Since this card is in the suit of emotions, I feel that it should reflect that aspect of our being also, and so I was happy to find a new association for this card that lies within that realm. As I was reading today’s entry in The Book of Awakening, the following passage reminded me of this card, especially as it looks in my Tarot of the Masters deck.
… we all have fogs roll in around our heart [now and then], and often, our lives depend on the quiet courage to wait for them to clear.
The point of today’s entry in this daybook is that there are times in our lives when we feel disenchanted with our lives. Our relationship may seem to have gone stale, the flowers in our garden may have lost their appeal, or our religion no longer inspires us. This loss of enthusiasm can be disappointing and disconcerting, but it is part of the natural rhythm of life, and if we give it time, it will pass. Unfortunately, we sometimes reach the conclusion that the problem lies in what we are looking at rather than in our perception of it. For example, we may feel that the spark has gone out of our relationship when perhaps we are just going through a period when, as Nepo says, a fog has rolled in around our heart. However, he goes on to say:
Certainly things and people change, … but we have no chance of recognizing real change or loss if we cannot recognize and accept our [occasional] inability … to feel what we see.
So let’s return to the Seven of Cups. The silhouetted person illustrated on this card with his/her back to us is gazing at a host of cups floating in the clouds. Has a fog rolled in around his/her emotional responses? The Tarot’s Sevens can represent challenges, and in this card, the challenge may be to have faith that this emotional fog will clear and to find the courage and wisdom to wait for it to pass.
 The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo is a wonderful daybook which I heartily recommend.