|Odin - just hanging around|
The Father of Cups from the Haindl, that's who.
This deck is very special to me. It was the first 'fancy' Tarot deck that I ever bought. It was also the first purchase that I ever made on ebay! I *know.* I'm a veritable FONT of spiritual insight.
The image in the card depicts Odin, the Head Honcho god of the Norse pantheon. The suit of Cups represents the North and the Northern Gods. Interestingly, the Queen of Cups is The Willdendorf goddess, which I mentioned earlier this month, here.
We see Odin hanging upside down (exactly like the Hanged Man card) suspended on the World Tree, Yggdrasil. He is reaching into the Underworld to find the Runes - you may just be able to pick them out, scattered on the ground beneath his outstretched hand. He has been half-blinded (a payment he made to Mimir) in return for a drink from the giant's well. The name Mimir means memory, apparently. I may have remembered that wrong. *boom tish - eyethankyoo*
Odin was more than just the Leader of the Norse pack and a God of War, he is also closely associated with more 'Cups' orientated subjects such as poetry and magic. I'm hoping that it's his Cups associations rather than his warlike tendancies that are coming to the fore for me!
I usually think of the King of Cups as a slightly laughable figure - kind and diplomatic of course, but always slightly mystified as to where he's left his car keys. A bit of a buffoon. Which is terribly unkind of me and probably says more about the influence of Wands and Swords on me than the poor Father of Cups!
Yet here he is, taking me by the hand to guide me through to the full moon.
So - until the full moon, I am prepared to go with the flow, to surrender (Hanged Man stylee) to the Father of Cups and Life Itself (which is totally unlike me). I will endeavour to be kind and considerate; to accept people at face value; to be diplomatic (let me tell you right now, your bum does NOT look big in that).
And most importantly, now is the time for me to reach into my own underworld and emerge with knowledge and magic... slightly scary prospect! But if I am prepared to trust the King of Cups, this is the time to do it.
I've taken to intermittent fasting (fast for 24 hours, twice a week) and have been considering a deeper fast with more spiritual endeavours....
I wondered whether I was on the right track with my thoughts bout the King and drew another card to modify him (as I do with the amplifiers exercise). I drew the 7 of Wands: Courage. So I think I'm on the right track after all :-D
What does the King of Cups mean in your life, right now?