of shadow work
facing the darkness /
to live in the light
to live in the light
After I studied this card a bit, I see why the Most High picked it for the day before Thanksgiving.
Of course, it starts with family. The Minor Arcana card Six of Cups is the glowing love child of the Sun card (Sun) & the Death card (Scorpio). The Sun card represents the joy, optimism, protection, freedom & spiritual gifts that come with total submission of the ego to the Most High; & remember the Death card (Scorpio) represents complete obliteration of relationships, authorities & circumstances blocking a brand new day. Basically, the Six of Cups (Sun in Scorpio) is the kid destined to do big things.
Let's look at the Six of Cups literally: There are two people, both wearing red hoods. The hood is still fitting for the woman on the right, but ill fitting the dude on the left. Not only that, but if you look at his legs, you'll see that he's literally growing out of a plant. There are four plants in the foreground (including the one he grew out of), so we can assume he outgrew someone else's earlier (be-four/ before) plants (plans). He's showing off his plant (plan) to the person closest to him, but his plant (plan) is too high (ambitious). She wonders if he'll bring them down a bit...? He realizes she needs to see him as stooped (stupid). Even stooped down though, he's grown taller than her. Behind them is the wall, yes? So against her wall (will), she looks up at him & against his wall (will), he looks down at her. With her left foot behind the plant in the corner, we can assume she feels left behind & cornered. There are plants (plans) but no growth where she stands. Actually, if you look closer, her right foot is between plants (plans). She's unstable. She wears one mitten, which prevents her from putting her bare hand (helping with) his plan. She won't (one) admit it (mitten) but she can't handle his growth. She hides her other glove (hides her love) from him. We only see one side of the man's body; this perspective of him is one sided. She can't see that he is supported by a pillar that holds a higher plant (plan). Behind the higher plant (plan) is a shadow's path. The shadow's spear simultaneously rests at a dead end on the side of the wall & spears the plant (Dead inside; spirit plan).
Since this is a Cups card, it deals with emotion, or in this case, intuition. The Sun bestows the gift of clarity to Scorpio, revealing clearly what is dead. When you speak to someone who doesn't support your growth or embrace your plans, you literally feel dead inside. It is a higher spiritual plant (plan) that this be the case, that you would keep your plant (plan) to yourself. Become self-tall (taught).
Shutting the hell up is the point of this card I think, because it's impossible to explain yourself to those who don't understand you, & unnecessary to explain yourself to the folks who do. The way you feel when you discuss your plans is how you'll know the difference; if you somehow wind up feeling stupid & dead inside, like a shadow of yourself, you're talking the the wrong folks. If you feel sky high & alive, you've found your tribe. Unfortunately, your tribe is rarely found at the family table. Even Jesus said (Luke 4:24), "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown." The shadow of energy of this card is what happens when you keep trying, even after you notice your nearest & dearest suddenly looking at you a-type-of-way. The light is accepting that everybody isn't going to be happy for your progress because for whatever reason, your growth makes them feel small.
You see how dude bends slightly to be knee-deep in the bushes? He's belittling himself because he's needy (knee deep) in this bullshit (bushes). He's grown up with it. It's all he's ever known. You see how, from this perspective, the corner of the roof will poke him in the head if he stands straight up? This means he's got to move out from under this roof, & climb up out of these bushes (bullshit) in order to walk tall on his spiritual path. Sometimes the only way to prove that you've grown is to get gone.
Why stoop in the shadow when you can stand in the light? It's crazy though because the first thing you see in the light is the corpses of half-ass, non-supportive relationships.
Dead bodies everywhere.
Here's my Six-Of-Cups story:
I was struggling to come up with a story for this energy but then I realized it's because this energy is subtle af. It's hard to articulate that Six of Cups shit, because it's not so much what people say to make you feel small, it's what they don't say or how they say the things they do say. No one comes out & says they don't believe in you or they wish you'd sit down somewhere, they say things like, "Tell me about your back-up plan," or "Is that little project bringing in any money yet?"
You know what I mean? Condescension. But notice it never, ever comes from people who feel good about their own growth. People who feel good about themselves tend to mentor others because life yields life. Growth fosters growth. Condescending remarks always come from the people who want to tear you down because they're jealous. You are growing & they are not. You feel alive & they feel dead, & they hate you for your happiness. So I guess the Six of Cups is the spiritual intuition of knowing who's a mentor & who's a hater, depending on how they react to your plans.
When I first started mentioning the Melanated Classic Tarot Deck to my friends & family, they didn't really know wtf I was talking about. My (used to be) nearest & dearest don't mess with tarot or spirituality too tough. It's kind of lots of Jesus or nothing. They know me as being a writer & anything short of me saying I PUBLISHED A BOOK, they feel like I'm just distracted from my path. They don't think I'm evolving, they think I'm avoiding.
About two years after I moved to Cali, an old friend of mine from Chicago came to visit. I told her I was getting into tarot, & then I showed her my closet. When I was first learning the cards, I took a small closet in my home & pushpinned every card from my first deck on the wall inside the closet, & then I would sit cross-legged on the closet floor & study them, like in a tarot chamber. It was awesome!
Anyway, I showed my friend my tarot chamber, which would obviously indicate dedication & interest, but she didn't see that. She said, "Are you writing? Because the Oubria I know is a WRITER." Y'all.
Ok so flash forward like a year from then, & I'm accepting pre-orders for the deck & its blowing up online & all that. I explained to her that I'd taken a pretty popular deck & made it black, & that people were responding well. She listened but she didn't say much.
About a month after that, a very popular singer whose music I love emailed me & told me she'd bought one of the decks & she was excited to get it. We chatted back & forth a bit via a few emails. I was OVER THE MOOOOOON. I wound up talking to my friend on the phone later that week. She's a teacher; she talked non-stop for like 40 minutes about her students, the administration, her nigga, her kids, her mama, & I listened to every single word, gave great advice, all that. Finally she got tired of talking & said, "Now what's going on with you?"
In the past when she asked me that, I always had problems to match her problems, you know? But this day, I was feeling good. My favorite singer's favorite singer bought something I MADE. So I told her the story. She was like uh huh, huh, for real, ooh girl let me call you back.
Same thing happened with my sister- I told her about the singer buying the deck & my sister said, "Oh & you believed that was really her?"
Alright, I'm done. Happy Thanksgiving. Share your pies, not your plans.
What are y'alls Six of Cups?
7:16 pm Edit: I had to come back to this post bc if Imma do this work, I have to DO it. (Sigh) I have definitely been a hater. It wasn't that I hated anyone but I hated how their accomplishments made me feel because I wasn't on the same level, & I was unstable & I had hella plans but no growth. My younger sister went to medical school & started making really good money when she was fairly young. She is very smart & worked her ass off but when she hit certain milestones I lowkey wanted to avoid her just so I would't be faced with my own failure. When she bought her first house, I should have been first to go see it but I made hella excuses. When she opened her first practice, she had to ask me to come by. I didn't inquire oyherwise. My sister and I are very close in age & my father always compared us. When we were kids I could beat her at anything but since we've been adults she has whooped me in every category, from financial stability, to physical fitness, travelling- you name it. On paper I am a total loser when it comes to her. I know we all have our own paths & I wouldn't trade my journey for anything but I would like to be able to genuinely be happy for my sister even when I am miserable for myself. I really don't want to be a hater, it sucks. Whew...
all of us.