The emotional body as truth.
That’s the phrase that came to me when I drew this week’s reading, and which is described in the first two cards – the Princess of Cups and the Ace of Swords – with the third card – the Nine of Disks – as their potential outcome.
Once more, we have the Ace of Swords, which has appeared twice already this year, on February 21 and then on March 1. (I’d suggest reading these first, because today’s reading is intimately related to them.)
Having needed to move within these past few weeks before going anywhere with a particular plan or seed of an idea, you are now ready to set things in motion by releasing it into the world.
By doing this, you also liberate yourself in a way that is personally meaningful to you – one that speaks to a deep desire that you have to express your feelings freely and fearlessly.
“Freely” because what had bound your own heart and voice from the inside is now gone, or loose enough not to constrict you.
“Fearlessly” because you know that you don’t need anyone to catch you any more: your fear of falling is actually a fear of flying and of embracing an autonomous sense of your own emotional freedom. In this experience embodied in the Princess of Cups, you begin to know that this kind of free-fall no longer holds the primal threat experienced by an infant or a child.
You are an adult now.
Sure, there will be turbulence from time to time; you may be intimately acquainted with what it’s like to float unmoored and un-held; you may know all-too-well that fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants feeling. Yet, here you are. You are learning that you have wings that are dependent on no-one else. The fledgling is about to vacate the nest of what was once safe but which is now holding you back and down.
But it isn’t just about emotional freedom. Emotional freedom is the foundation to what happens when the Princess of Cups, as the embodier of emotional freedom, meets with the Ace of Swords and that seed of insight that has the potential to bring viable, tangible returns.
The Ace of Swords, like all of the Aces, represents pure potential. This particular Ace is associated with the mind, when the mind is as sharp as the edge of the blade in the card in front of you. A double-edged blade: so it can cut both ways, and it can cut not at all. It’s up to you to remain aware, to notice when an idea is leading you somewhere, and to open the doorway to the Ace’s presence – to bring it into form in your world.
Coupled with the Princess, this insight takes on a new quality. Here, it is insight as it is lived out through the emotional body. This is insight coupled with heart. It is not heady as much as watery; it is systemic rather than being restricted to thought. It is a keen knowing that thrums in time with the beat of your heart. It causes your feelings to come alive, and, in so doing, it causes you to come alive – it animates you so that you long to dance its expression into your life.
It is not so much a case of, “Ohhhh, I see!” as, “Ohhhh, I can feel that, I get it. I know this to be true to my very depths. Don’t ask me how. I just know.”
They’re an odd mix when I think about it too much: the air of the Swords and the water (grounded in earth) of the Princess. But they are balanced across all the elements (barring one, which we’ll get to later), and if you look at the images side-by-side, the commonality is the deep blue sky – a place of potential, a place of expansion, a place that is clear, and where weather may arrive in the form of clouds from time-to-time, but which can clear just as quickly.
Together, they leave you in no doubt as to a particular truth that runs through you like a boundless river, but which is also drawing you in a very specific direction.
That direction? That’s the final card on the right, the Nine of Disks.
I’m not going to focus too much time making a detailed, specific interpretation of the card, but instead invite you to make your own interpretation.
- What do you see when you look at the Nine of Disks?
- How is this relevant to your life?
- What do you feel when you look at it?
- Which elements stand out, and why do you feel you are drawn to them? Can you make any associations between these elements and your own life?
Try not to think too much about any of this. What you are looking for is the kind of approach to interpreting the Nine of Disks that is suggested by the combination of the Princess of Cups and the Ace of Swords: a directed river, or a body- and heart-felt flow, that is absolutely leading somewhere.
We are meaning-making creatures, and the meaning here will reflect a truth in your own life. If it doesn’t make sense at first, consider holding it in reserve for a while before dismissing it outright, and then coming back to it – or waiting until it comes to you.
What I will say about the Nine of Disks is that it will be a foundational, enriching moment or period in your material/physical life – one that involves a fruitful partnership, which can also refer to an inner partnership that reflects the progress you’ve made when once-separate elements of your psyche are integrated – cognisant of one-another and co-operative.
It will create a vantage point – one where you can see clearly (now the rain of clouded emotions has gone).
Your new found relationship with the emotional-body-as-truth has the effect of creating a tangible sense of security in your life.
A final note on the absence of one element: that of fire. (The Princess is earth and water, the Ace is air, the Nine is earth.) Don’t forget to bring your creativity to bear on this particular journey. It may feel like you have to work for that inner heat – that passion, that glowing spark that precedes both feelings and thought – and harder than usual. But it will serve you to put in that extra effort to identify it and to bring it through. Otherwise there may be a surfeit of emotion without the ability to apply it artistically (and your life itself can be your art-form), or a preoccupation with what you can make, or build, or think up, without the passion to give your vision some zest.
What you are feeling, and what you are creating, and how your mind is working, should turn you on in the broadest sense. Add some considered fire, and then you’ll really be cooking.
Astrology Correspondences: Princess of Cups (the earthy aspect of water), Ace of Swords (the pure, limitless potential of air), Nine of Disks (Venus in Virgo)
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