Ten of Cups

Ten of Cups is a truly joyful card, symbolizing family and joy, but also sometimes symbolizing that a situation has gone as far as it can go (seeing as it is numbered ten).

However, when I pull this card, it's usually giving advice that my client needs to focus on living their life in the fullest manner possible.

We get caught up easily in lots of things: what others are feeling and thinking, what is going to happen in our future, if we are doing the right thing with our lives now. This card reminds you to focus on the things and people that bring you joy, that nourish you and round out your life.

When we are down in a funk, sometimes we get stubborn about enhancing our lives, or don't know where to begin.

Read a book if you like reading; go swimming if you like swimming; learn how to make a meal, learn a language, go ride a bike, go have dinner with your family, call your family, call your friends.

Do whatever helps make you feel whole, and good, and gets you away from obsessing over something, especially when you don't have control over it, or don't know what to do.

The Ten of Cups tells you to LIVE. L-I-V-E. The trick here is that this takes constant cultivation. Much like working out your muscles at the gym, making sure you are living wholly also takes upkeep, but there is more fulfillment in this upkeep, so keep going.

Sometimes we may feel that there is still too much on our plate for such maintenance. This is all the more reason to find ways to feel whole.

I sing with a choir which once performed in a small village in Africa. These people did not have anything, but they had their joy and their music, and celebrated what we brought to them, as much as we celebrated what they brought to us.

You do not have to have a lot to find ways to live life. You do not have to have a lot of money to do it. You do not need a car. You do not need fancy clothes.

You just need to remember your love of things and people, and locate your ability to let go of what's going on around you. Then you can cultivate your own wholeness.