Faith. There is a lot out there on the web, on the tongue, and in religious and spiritual text that defines what faith is. I have held myself back from quoting or dissecting the term, the meaning because much of what I read, I don't agree with.
I do not believe that faith is based on belief alone. Believing in something that isn't true can still be a faithful meditation. Belief I will quote:
- something believed; an opinion or conviction: a belief that the earth is flat.
- confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: a statement unworthy of belief.
- confidence; faith; trust: a child's belief in his parents.
- a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith: the Christian belief.
There is a flaw to faith when one believes in something that is not based on truth, not based on fact, reality, or what is actually happening. As I have quoted before "Fear is faith misplaced." (Eakins, Tarot of the Spirit) but more than that faith based on fantasy has no value without evidence of worth. That evidence can be had... through a metaphysical experience; or a touch and feel relationship with the universe on a level of duality, seen and unseen.
So I'm getting in touch with my Tauren moon and fingering the world around me. You know Taurus, touch-touch-lick-kiss-push-pull-sigh, they're pretty Venusian and can express well through touch, environment, and demonstration. It's also how they can be complete foot stomping, drama queens. Anyway. Touch-Feely. Yeah but it feels like an outward expression, giving, nurturing through play, laughter, and an aroma of spring. A verdurous bouquet of aaah.
Six of Water / Cups
It is a truism that there is violence, anger and mean-spiritedness in the world. Certainly there is enough of this, but there is also much good will and caring. A mother hands a drink to her child. A friend lends his car for the weekend. A worker fills in for a sick colleague. Small gestures, barely noticed, but so important. The Six of Cups is a card of simple goodness. It encourages you to be kind, generous and forgiving.
The Six of Cups also represents innocence - a word with many shades of meaning. You can be innocent in the strictly legal sense of lack of guilt. You can be innocent of the truth - unaware of some secret. You can be lacking in deceit or corruption - innocent of ulterior motive. Finally, you can be virtuous or chaste. These are all possibilities that can apply to the Six of Cups, depending on the situation.
~ Joan Bunning / Learn Tarot
The Six of Cups almost radiates an aura of joy, because it represents the past with all its memories, the present with all its gifts, and the future with all its wondrous opportunities. It has ties to all kinds of pleasure, particularly sexual pleasure, but it can also refer to smaller, everyday pleasures. Simple gestures of affection, such as the gift of a cup pictured on the Rider-Waite version of this card, are still meaningful despite our modern world and its frantic pace. The Six of Cups can thus signal a gift given or received, or some other similar gesture.
Since the Six of Cups has ties to sex, it follows that it is associated with fertility, childbirth and childhood. Children are a good role model to follow when this card's energy is about. They see the world as a completely perfect place, and their hearts are totally open to experience all the myriad pleasures of the world around them. When the Six of Cups suggests a path to follow, it tells you to open your heart to all the possibilities of life. Live in quiet harmony with those around you. Live in constant peace and joy. Live in the moment, remember the past, dream for the future.
~ James Rioux (The Black Shadow)
This last week has been less about writing and more about doing: Art. Playing with Trixie. A day in the grass. Fun with friends. I wanted to pop a small note on here about the Tarot Journey but I have to say, the idea of the card, the vibration of play has been overwhelmingly fun. With the exception of the Mercury Retrograde last night.
Yes my favorite time of the year.
So I'll be hitting that later but I want to meditate on the effects of Pluto vs. Mercury Retrograde since we seem to be belly dancing in both.
I haven't forgotten Awakening to the Spirit World, I've been reading it all morning, puppy in lap. More on that later.