“Don’t fret. We all experience it. We must. For despite our humanity love is the only way we can be like gods. It is in love that we glimpse heaven during our lifetime and have proof that there’s something worth looking forward to in the end.”
― Felix Alexander, The Last Valentine
As some of you may know my beloved dog, Ziggy, passed to spirit last week.
It is still really raw. Fifteen years we were together. Although I knew he was old, tired and sick and the fun of life had slipped away and it was time for him to do the same, the emotional devastation of an empty dog’s bed is beyond measure.
I was not prepared for the grief that would follow.
As matter of fact as I have tried to be, it has been undoubtedly one of the hardest things I have had to do, to say goodbye to a loyal, cheeky, loving companion. Ziggy was a different kind of mutt, clever and thoughtful but full of fun and he will always remain part of the DNA of our home. I now have to walk my talk and let go. It will become easier in time as do most things and I have realised I can learn a lot from Ziggy’s life and how he lived it which will be a gift that keeps on giving. It has been such a powerful event, so I decided to draw a little inspiration from it for this blog.
I took out my cards and randomly drew one to represent my situation.
I got the Wheel of Fortune but it didn’t sit well for me to write about it. I proceeded to draw more cards until one fell to the floor, a flyer, so I picked it up...it was the Ten of Cups. Flyers are renowned to be the ones with the greatest message and probably could not be more perfect for the moment.
The Ten of Cups represents the family.
It shows the security and support of the family, love, affection and unity, the joy of being part of all that you survey. Interestingly, it shows the rainbow bridge, the path to that place in heaven where animals find themselves at the end of life.
Could it be that the people in the image might represent the guardians and guides who greet the animal souls as they cross over? Apparently, the rainbow first appears in the bible after the flood. God creates a rainbow as a pledge to Noah that he will never again destroy the world. The rainbow is a symbol of peace and a covenant from God guaranteeing our eternity.
The Ten of Cups may also indicate interconnectedness and that we are not separate from each other. We are reminded that to make a heaven on earth we could perhaps share a vision, this would start with all life matters and all is equal unto another. It is not blood that binds us together but it is soul.
When we come into this world as the Fool we are to discover joy and to dream of bliss.
To be in the world is to be filled with wonder and we can be safe, loved and happy. Each being, despite their species, is here to make a heaven on earth.
In gnostic thinking, the cup signifies the loving cup of wine overflowing within. Rumi says ‘Lo, from the flagon of your love, O lord, my soul is swimming.’ To the gnostic, the Ten of Cups is ‘baqa’ which is a symbol of immortal life and an everlasting resting place with the divine presence. The lover and the beloved are now one. Once more Rumi says to us, ’I am like the rose garden of paradise, a garden of joy in the world.’
Another perspective on this card could be spiritual fulfillment that has been attained through the journey of life.
A sense of spiritual well-being that radiates love and warmth. Kindness and compassion that awakens the sleeping spirit and illuminates the real value of physical birth.
We can sense the power of the evolving spirit as it seeks a union with the beloved. This can be like an intense ‘Don’t fret. We all experience it. We must. For despite our humanity love is the only way we can be like gods. It is in love that we glimpse heaven during our lifetime and have proof that there’s something worth looking forward to in the end.’ An intense current that takes us into the river of profound spiritual awareness that colours the world with shades of deep beauty.
We recognise great spiritual joy but it has to be shared. Nothing can replace the path of inner development. It is the hope of overcoming struggle and difficulty that lays open the portal for a brighter future.
Praise be to the traveller!