06/13/13: Reflection of What-if? / 4 of Cups

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The Four of Cups (or Water, from the Gaian Tarot deck) shows a woman considering a reflection in a manhole of sorts. The deck’s book (neither little nor white) identifies this as the holy Chalice Well in Glastonbury, England. Evidently, the water in real life is less blue and more rust colored from Iron deposits and is believed to possess healing properties.

Like all versions of the Four of Cups, the theme that stands out to me right now is gazing up a reflection—an expression, a potential—as opposed to looking at what is.

I’m not saying one is better than the other. There are places for both reflecting on “what-if” and recognizing “what-is.” The key  seems to be making good use of the potential you want by backing it up with action. You know?

Are you looking at what-ifs?


Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert

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Comments

  1. What a beautiful card. I don’t have this deck, so it’s new to me. The 4 of cups usually makes me a little sad. This one, and your reading of it, doesn’t. What ifs can become what is if we dream a little dream without getting lost in it. Thanks, Dixie!

    • Excellent point about what-ifs moving to what-is.

      “The next few days will have cards from this deck, I went ahead and purchased it when I found out Llewellyn isn’t doing a second printing, So if you do fall in love, I wouldn’t wait forever.

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