Don't Shoot the Messenger - It's the Page of Cups
"For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation."
Rainer Maria Rilke
What wondrous times we live in.
Current global events have us on the edge of our seats. The path forward is even more daunting than before due to the upheaval of political events both here and in the USA. As the dust begins to settle, we are beginning to see that possibly, just possibly, there is a glimmer of evolution and transformation up ahead. We are also starting to see that if we organise ourselves and defend what we deem to be right, then we can be a very active part of this period of transition.
My sense is that a doorway is opening.
If we walk through it and are prepared to show compassion and understanding, then we too can shape the society we want to live in and counteract the tyranny of those at the top.
Compassion is more than love; it is an intelligence and our challenge is one where we must not allow that intelligence to be gobbled up and distorted by resentment, bitterness and fear.
I drew a card for the collective energies of the moment and received the Page of Cups.
Princess of the waters, Lotus of the palace of the floods, Princess and Empress of the Nymphs or Undines. Earth of water. (Golden Dawn).
Imagine you are a court within a palace. The Pages are message bearers. They connect the other inhabitants in the palace by sending communications. The messages are not what is coming in from beyond the parapet but what is internal and behind the drawbridge that needs to be expressed outwardly.
The Page stands on the periphery.
He does not have full knowledge of critical and meaningful events, yet he is there, he is the beginning of the journey, the newly dedicated. Pages bring a call to action that the inner court instigates in order to bring pertinent influences to a state of higher awareness. The Pages then are stages in apprenticeship. They are the emissaries from the unconscious that tentatively bring the deepest self into the conscious world.
The Page of Cups is a dreamer and a visionary.
He is interested in the world of metaphysics and mysticism. An emotional being, he expresses this emotion through esoteric systems; meditation is a good ally. Highly perceptive and psychic, music and the arts are soul food for this Page.
There is another element to this liminal creature and that is compassion. He loves without fear of attachment and has a profound sense of heart, perpetuating the flow of giving and receiving.
I see this page as a Peter Pan, supping from the cup of immortality, the goblet of Vas Hermeticum, the Hermetic Vessel.
It is important that our Page of Cups heeds his gifts and works with them for the greater good of all. He should apply discipline to his intuitive abilities to avoid personal chaos and confusion. What is special about this essence is that he can ground elusive and whimsical concepts into the physical world, making them easier for others to comprehend, as a result ideas can flourish and grow.
One could say that this page is innocent and naïve.
He knows little of the darker elements of love; envy, covetousness, rejection and inadequacies. Yet he is no stranger to separation, he is outside the general melee, he stands on the threshold of his own existence waiting to go further into his own power and grace. This one was born to take centre stage, whatever that stage maybe.
So, as a messenger from the collective consciousness he is mirroring the general consensus in so far as that maybe we are ready to stand up for what we believe in, to make a platform for those beliefs and manifest them into a reality.
Maybe we are ready to own our emotions, to master them and channel them into a force for good. Perhaps we are ready to see our own light and even more importantly to truly understand the nature of compassion. All the tools are there. There are many dark things going on in the world today; there always has been. As we become more conscious, more awake, then we have a responsibility to deal with the issues at large. Those things, images, comments, situations, systems which make us angry or horrified, sad or bewildered are catalysts for change.
It is entirely possible that current events are designed in some way to bring us to enlightenment, a personal appraisal of our existence where we can then be a conduit for compassion.
In recent times, a lot has been made of Gandhi's adage ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’.
Well, now is our chance.