The Journey Begins

Ten Cups

2010! A new year and a new decade was supposed to provide a new start!

Perhaps it will!

The wheel of fortune spins, stops, points to a new crisis. My mother’s health is deteriorating. She can no longer swallow solids and is on a soft and liquid diet. The problem is yet to be determined. An examination of her esophagus is unlikely to reveal anything good.

I lie dreaming. My cups are full to overflowing but I am facing more transition and change and little of what I have done, who I have been has been nourishing me.

Yet what I have done and who I have been shapes my identity and names me.

I am searching! A new portal has opened. I see a land, full of challenges, lies within.

All I need to do is go, leaving those cups behind but taking another to fill. The ace of cups is a message for us to start at the place of love.

My dream prepares me to set out. I trust I will meet those who can support and guide both my mother and I.

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15 responses

  1. Onward through a new portal full of many things to help you!

    1. Onward indeed! The Ferry Woman of the Six of Swords has just appeared to help me cross those waters and head towards that land. All I am carrying, apart from E’s bag and the Tarot cards, is my empty cup.

  2. And as you embark on the journey, there is always this hearth to retreat to when the road gets rough.

    1. This is why the hearth has become so important Lori. We have all been finding life tough and here, by the fire, we can support one another, offering cups of sustaining broth.

      1. You have reminded me. I do hope the Walnut is still in my bag. Beam me back to the hearth and all that 🙂

  3. Plunk!!!! That was the sound of a flying raven dropping a magic walnut into your sack. The ravens will never let you forget a thing.

  4. Your picture and words really resonate with me at this point in my life, actually for the last number of months –
    “I lie dreaming. My cups are full to overflowing but I am facing more transition and change and little of what I have done, who I have been has been nourishing me.

    Yet what I have done and who I have been shapes my identity and names me.”

    Constant change and challenge seems to be in the cards for almost everyone I know. We bring who we are, but don’t always know who we are as identities are constantly shifting.

    1. Constant change does seem to be a common theme amongst us all. At least here I have some sense of control as I face that which I cannot control.

  5. What a thought provoking image and meditation. Methinks that you have very many companions who are walking the same road as you. Let’s all hold hands and walk the rough paths ahead together.

    1. A crowd has most certainly gathered Edith. And I feel excited as each familiar soul arrives.

  6. Your drawing is very powerful – perhaps the land of your future that you are already glimpsing will lead you deeper into the visual arts. Your technique grows stronger with each drawing.

    You write that the place for you to start your journey is at the Ace of Cups – the place of love. Maybe your love of drawing and creative expression is your starting point of course getting to that point is the challenge – maybe it is the winged horse of your dreams that will take you there.

    1. I do think the creative arts hold a key for me Almurta. I may not get back to doing a drawing every day but I will draw more regularly now.

  7. I’ve been gone from the hearth for far too long. I hope I can find my way back. Your drawing is an invitation to find the portal, Heather. I’ll be looking…perhaps I can She Wolf somewhere on the journey. She’s gone missing this year.

    1. Like you I have been gone too long Jane. I am sure that She Wolf is guiding you back to the hearth and all that it offers.

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