Hello tarot folk,
I hope you're having pleasant holiday season, whichever holidays you recognize in this season. Our next card is all about the warm feelings of home, family and good food.
The Nine of Cups: Happiness
The pursuit of Happiness is important enough to us that we wrote it into the declaration of independance here in the US, as an inalienable right. What is that perfect happiness? A single moment without care, surrounded by family and friends, knowing that you are loved and safe. With the Nine, the Love that began our journey through the suit of cups has reached it's full expression and become an all-encompassing fulfillment. This is what we strive for. From the moment we first held hands, through all of the ups and downs and painful setbacks, this is the vision that has driven us, a happiness that knows no fear, no doubt, no reservation.
It is, like all the Cups, a shimmering dream just out of reach of our mundane reality, but one worth pursuing. There is a sense in this image of a scene too perfect to be real, like a memory seen through rose-tinted lenses. Aleister Crowley referred to this card as "a dream within a dream." There's nothing cynical about that - even if true happiness exists only in the mind and the heart, that makes it no less real and powerful for us.
I had some fun with mixed media in this piece; you'll see a lot of textures scribbled in with crayon and paint, but sitting side by side with more sharply defined details. The scene is set in Fort Washington Park, with the impressive arcs of the George Washington Bridge reaching across the Hudson in the background. In the summer months, the picnic tables along the river are abuzz with families gathering around the public grills, and the smell of food drifts through the park.
One last card from the cups still to go, and that will conclude the minor arcana entirely. After that, there are just two cards left, and I've been looking forward to them for quite some time.