This weeks cards are the Three of Cups, the King of Swords and the Seven of Wands.
Elementally speaking, the Three of Cups and the King of Swords are on neutral terms, the King of Swords and the Seven of Wands are on friendly terms. The Seven of Wands then is the strongest card in the set
This is an interesting set of cards and it immediately made me think about the concept of friendship.
The Three of Cups shows three characters raising their chalices to the sky in a toast. They wear rich flowing cloaks, there is an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables surrounding them on the ground. The character on the right of the card seems to be holding a basket of freshly picked fruits. The sky is blue. There is a feeling of joy and togetherness. We don’t know what they are celebrating. Maybe it’s a birth, May day, a birthday, a good harvest. Whatever the reason, these people are rejoicing in being together and sharing a special, happy moment.
Mercury in Cancer takes the meaning of the card deeper. In a natal chart, this would suggest someone who expresses themselves emotionally but who chooses their words carefully in order to protect the feelings of others. They are the listeners of the zodiac who will remember the special things you tell them – and won’t repeat them. Their words will make you feel loved and protected.
Your friends are the family you choose.
As the King of Swords says, we must therefore choose our friends wisely. Ruled by Aquarius, the King represents the sign that presides over the 11th house of friendship.
The King sits squarely facing us, eyes steady, body slightly tense. The upraised sword in his right hand shows he is ruled by his intellect (an Air sign) yet on his throne we can see carvings of a butterfly, crescent moons and an ephemeral (perhaps angelic?) character that sits above his left shoulder seemingly whispering in his ear. There is a sense that although the King is ruled by logic, he knows the fragility and beauty of love. He is aware of his anima. He is not heartless or emotionless, simply able to put his emotions behind him if necessary in order to deal with the issue at hand.
As the 11th house in astrology rules friendships, so it also rules our goals and wishes. The best friendships accept us for who we are but also positively encourage us to move to a higher place and fulfil our potential. True friends are the ones who support your dream, treasure your vision of the future and love the uniqueness of YOU. A true friend will stand aside when necessary and yet will be there to catch you when you fall. Because they see you from the outside, they help to offer you a different perspective. The strength and stillness of the trees despite the billowing clouds shows how true friendship endures, even when the winds of change blow or a storm breaks.
The Seven of Wands is a card that talks of testing and courage. In the card we can see our character has reached the top of a mountain. It looks as though he is defending his position from others indicated by the wands at the front of the scene. He carries his staff in a position of defence, prepared and at the ready to do battle if he must. All the wands contain buds showing that this card is one of creativity. He’s fired up and ready for anything. Some people call the Seven of Wands the writer’s card.
Astrologically this is Mars in Leo which could be read as fierce pride. This card shows the part of us that will fight to retain our position. It shows how we must stand up to the final test, push on through the last hurdle, strive to stay at the top of our game.
Within friendships, sometimes it can help to have a little friendly competition. A buddy who checks in to see how you’ve done, a mate who supports your new endeavour and who will pull you up if you haven’t played your part. Mars in Leo is big hearted, slaps you on the back to encourage you and will make you feel powerful enough to achieve anything. A friend like this will also have no qualms about letting you know if you have got too big for your boots!
But then there are other friends who somehow always seem to pull you down, who don’t want you to have the limelight even if they don’t want it themselves. These are the kinds of people who find it difficult to celebrate your good fortune, to congratulate you on a job well done.
Looking at the three cards, there is a strong sense that it may be important to maintain boundaries in friendships, to be aware of what is and what isn’t acceptable. If you are constantly on the defence with someone, what does this say about the quality of friendship?
They say that our personalities are a mix of the five people we spend the most time with. Take a look at your friendships. What do you think they say about who you are as a person? Rejoice in the loving connections you have made. Make time to appreciate the friends you have. They are central players in your autobiography. But don’t be afraid to cut ties if someone is not willing to celebrate your victories as well as commiserate your losses