Sometimes a certain card will just show up over and over. Not just in personal card pulls, but in readings I do for clients as well. Whenever this happens, I notice that the energy of this repeat card is pointing towards something larger, something in the collective that we are all experiencing/working through/learning from. During the last month the Three of Cups has literally shown up in every reading I've done. No joke. The last time they popped up I realized I was being asked to really pay attention and perhaps share my thoughts on what collective medicine this card has to offer at this time. So, in that light I thought I'd treat this card as a Tarotscope (Tarot x Horoscope) for all of us right now.
Today and tomorrow we move from winter to spring, from death to life, from Pisces season (and the end of the zodiac) into Aires season (starting a new turn of the zodiac wheel). In many cultures this is the start of the new year, or the passage that marks a fresh turn of the wheel. Ostara celebrates new life and is ruled by Eostre the Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen), and is symbolized by eggs and bunnys (just like it's Christian version Easter).
There really could not be a more perfect card than the Three of Cups for this Spring Equinox season. To put Three of Cups in one word; it's a party! And coming out of winter into spring is truly a reason to celebrate! As a three this card has an energy of synthesis, community and stability, and in the suit of Cups/water it has to do with our emotions, love and spirituality. Three is also a sacred number of the Great Mother, and in the element of water she feels joyful, overflowing with love and nourishing to all creation. It makes sense that the Three of Cups is linked in the Major Arcana to card 3, the Empress, further enforcing the goddess/empress energy of love and joyous celebration contained in this card. However, this energy is not one of superficiality or frivolity (this ain't no sorority party). The other Major Arcana card linked to the Three of Cups is Death, and in this we see the celebration contained in the Three of Cups is one that comes after pain, loss and or a dark night of the soul. I like to think of the Three of Cups as the literal embodiment of the life/death/life cycle (which is the true way of the Goddess), making this card the perfect companion during this season when we move from winter (death), to spring (celebration of life).
In the Motherpeace image of the Three of Cups, three women come together in playful, joyful community. Each one brings her unique skills and gifts; one holds snakes in her hands, another plays Pan's pipe, and the last holds the thyrsus made of branches from three sacred trees belonging to the Moon Goddess. Each of these women has gone through a death of the ego that leaves her stripped down to her true essence, secure in her own gifts and identity. Because of this they come together without competition, judgement, scarcity or fear. They are each authentic, vulnerable, and celebrate themselves and each other just as they are. These women are deep soul friends; sisters.
So what is the medicine of this card for us right now? Clearly we are all ready for the new life and joy of springtime! I'm personally ready to shed the dark night of the soul brought on by Pisces season and burst into the fire and life of Aires season. But more than that, I feel like this card is showing up for us all as a reminder or instruction to come into community with one another. To find and/or celebrate our soul friends who see us fully, and love and support us without judgement or competition. To go even further, I feel like this card holds powerful instruction about how we can work collectively to build new ways of being, new systems that are free from capitalism and patriarchy.
If you know me in person, you know that I am always thinking and talking about (and trying to live) a life that actively works to build new systems that can help us move collectively away from old systems of oppression (patriarchy/capitalism). I'm no expert in this, but it's something I'm passionate about. To me, this card helps me better understand the kind of community, friendship and love we need to continually foster, develop and seek in order to operate as a web rather than a hierarchy. We can seek individually and collectively, to shed the ego based fear that we must be in competition with one another in order to survive. We can learn to see and celebrate the fact that each of us is unique and that there is room for everyone. We can find ways to make our communities joyful even in the face of a lot of terrible things (I'm not arguing for a 'light and love' only attitude, but rather that even in difficult times we can reach out to find joy in our lives). Patriarchy as a system seeks to isolate us, to keep us in a state of constant fear, and instills in us the idea that there isn't enough to go around and we need to copy/compete with/stay separate from others in order to succeed. The Three of Cups is the perfect antidote to that. We all do better, and there is more flourishing and growth, when we drop our defenses and come to the collective party grounded in our own power from within, and ready to support and build others in their power.
In her January 2018 Horoscope Report Astrologer Chani Nicholas wrote: "The revolution will be healing. Or not at all." Since reading it, this phrase has played over and over in my brain. We are in a season of revolution, of massive shifts in our society and collective. It's an exciting/terrifying time to be a living being in this earth. I believe the narrative of doom and gloom, of terror and death, is the age old patriarchal narrative that death is terrible must be avoided at all cost, replacing it with eternal life is the goal. This narrative paralyzes us with fear and denies us the experience of death as a natural part of cyclical living, of our natural state. When we learn to face death, and move through it in all of it's forms both individually and collectively, we make way for profound change, huge growth, new life and new ways of being beyond our imagination. In this time of collective and individual revolution, we've moved through some big deaths, and will continue to move through more. The Three of Cups reminds us and invites us to celebrate and embrace the new life emerging, to notice the buds on trees, the bulbs pushing up through the soil, the eggs getting ready to hatch. It reminds us to bring ourselves to the revolution party, healed, healing and ready to heal.