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Tarot for December 11th, 2016: Abundance, reversed


Today’s Tarot card is the 3 of Cups (Abundance), reversed.

The 3 of Cups is the territory of Mercury in Cancer, which is the opposite sign of Capricorn, the sign in which Mercury currently resides.   Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which is having a bit of a rough time today.  Mercury in Cancer puts our thoughts and speech in the realm of a sign known for its emotional sensitivity (or moodiness, depending on your point of view…).  Cancer’s function is to create safe space for ourselves and our loved ones in which to feel.  Mercury in Cancer wants us to be able to think about and express what we feel.  When we do we help to create that safe space for ourselves and others – we establish a precedent for valuing emotional sensitivity, and we encourage further exploration of and appreciation for emotional richness.  This results in a state of feeling abundance – our world becomes less limited, less restrictive, and because we appreciate our own feelings and others’ more, we become more conscious of them and what they add to our lives.  The 3 of Cups thus can be taken to indicate a joyful and well-connected community of kindred spirits who share their feelings honestly with each other.

The 3 of Cups reversed during a Mercury in Capricorn cycle and especially on an emotionally uncomfortable day like today suggests that we may be feeling a desire for a little less emotional abundance 😉 but it may also indicate a sense of isolation and lack of community or connection, and a need to remedy that.  Given the awkwardness of the day that may feel especially difficult, so if you are feeling isolated recognize that this is a legitimate need – humans are social animals, after all – but it may be a need that will take time to remedy.  With Mercury in Capricorn, we don’t tend to be forthcoming about what we feel, and are oriented toward thinking and talking about the things that will help us reach our goals, rather than messy emotions.  We also tend to be thinking and communicating in ways that emphasize our independence – it may not even occur to us during this time that going it alone might not be the best course of action.  The 3 of Cups reversed is a good reminder to value our connections with others, even if embracing them might be awkward or frustrating on this particular day.  The people who matter most in our lives are likely to understand, and may need someone to vent to just as much.


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