Tarot Challenge : Day 07

What is your favorite card (both in terms of the deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)?  [ full list of questions here ]

This is a hard one because each image on the Shadowscapes deck is so beautifully done. I previously featured The Empress card because the artwork is one of my favorites. However, in terms of both artwork and divinatory meaning, that card would be the Queen of Cups.

Below is the meaning of the Queen of Cups card from the guidebook :

The very being of the Queen of Cups is a creative nexus. She is poetry in motion, imagination incarnate. She can dance upon the swell of the ever-shifting, ever-changing seas in unison with the dance of life that engages all of the world and its creatures around her.

She heeds her intuitions and follows her heart. She listens to the whispers of the stars, for she knows they are much wiser than any being on this earth. They have witnessed the world from when the seas were very young.

Though her steps seem random and impulsive, she relies upon a deep-seated knowledge. She draws her strength from the vast abyss of the ocean. The ancients of the deeps, the sea turtles, the wise ones of the ocean: they come swimming up to join her in a joyous celebration. The world that they jointly move in is like a dream. Everything is fluid, one element melding into the next. It is the shifting landscape of the subconscious, overlapping with the material being of reality. This is the essence of creating and artistic expression.

Guided by instincts, she is attuned to that otherworld and finds joy in that communion of kindred spirits. For someone else who did possess a comprehension of her synchronicity, a misstep from her position would mean a plunge into unfathomable depths, but not so for the Queen of Cups. She dances on, embraced by the endless azure ocean and heavens, and where the see meets the sky, there is no seam.

As someone who has always loved and created art, this card is speaks to my soul. Its focus is to be loving, to be in tune with your emotions, to be spiritual, creative and intuitive – all characteristics I strive to be.


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