Be Kind to Yourself

The Princess of Cups from the Druid Craft Tarot

The Princess of Cups from the Druid Craft Tarot

It’s been a while since my last post, and I have to say I’ve been juggling a lot of things the last few months of 2013.  When responsibilities start piling up, I have to be super conscious about self-criticism and and lack of self-care.  Add a string of holidays to the mix, and I’m sure you can see where this could lead:  Stress-ville.  That’s why I was so comforted and pleased to see the Princess of Cups show up for these last couple of weeks of December.  Her message is:  Be kind to yourself, honor your sensitivity, and nurture the light within.

The Princess of Cups is also known as the The Page of Cups in more traditional Tarot decks, and they represent children, youth, innocence, being a beginner, openness, and embracing wonder.  I have to admit that this particular Princess of Cups is my favorite of all the decks I’ve seen.  She is savoring the blessings of her cup.  She is quiet, inward, sincere, and very grounded {just look at her bare feet standing solidly on a rock by the pool of water.}  All of these things are exactly what we need during these busy times.

The meaning of this card is sweet, simple, and to the point.  Savor this precious time.  Be good to yourself and nurture your physical body so you can stay grounded.  Take time to enjoy the connections of family and friends, and remember that it’s the energy rather than the “stuff” you bring that will be most remembered.  Notice the wonder of this magical time of year {we had our first snow over the weekend, and it was so hushed, reverent, and beautiful.  It slowed everything down, and it felt like a gift to be able to stay home, make beef stew, and just putter around.} Be grateful, laugh, play and remember that you are enough.

It’s easy to get swept up in the intensity of holiday activities, but one of the reasons this is such a time of celebration is that it’s the time of the winter solstice ~ the longest night of the year.   As the light dims outwardly, it’s a time to go inward and kindle the light within ourselves.  The Princess of Cups is the essence of open-heartedness and connection, and she knows that the love/light starts within each one of us.  So keep your flame burning bright by being kind and loving to you, and you’ll end up blessing everyone around with the light of your own warm heart.  Being sparkly is contagious!

I’m sending you lots of love for your holidays and wishing you the most beautiful, joy-filled season.  Thank you for all the warm wishes and kind words over the past year… it’s been deeply felt and appreciated.  I’ll be back in January with a new website and a whole new journey! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! xo