The Tarotcast - January 18, 2017

Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?

I can dress this statement up as much as I like. I can restate it in many ways so that I fulfil an acceptable number of words. But whatever I do, and whatever you're doing, it comes down to this: Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?
Nine of Cups, The Hierophant, Seven of Cups from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig © US Games, Inc. Click on the image for a larger version.
Two Cups cards, one Major Arcana card; the Major is the mediator between the two Cups. And who better to be the mediator than The Hierophant: embodier of wisdom, the calling to apply yourself to something that serves not only your body and your mind, but your soul too? The Hierophant heralds the commitment to the kinds of laws that everyday life isn't particularly interested in. They are the laws that stretch beyond those of rulers, courts, and countries (the realm of The Emperor). They are outside the worldly value system; they are outside the value systems that are imposed on you. They are deeply held inner values, which may or may not be shared by others, and which may or may not be formally articulated. They are what you hold yourself to - or what you are held to by an advocate in one form or another. In all of these things, The Hierophant is active. And this is what he is saying here, now: "Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?" It is that simple, and you'll know how it applies to you when the time comes - or you may know it now.

Do you want "Happiness"? Or do you want the card on the right?

I don't feel that the Nine of Cups or the Seven of Cups needs any further interpretation than that. In this reading, in the presence of the one card that is worth explaining because it will help you identify the area where they're active, they are simply symbolic of two opposing ideas. Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right? And if you're in any doubt, look at The Hierophant looking at you, and then look at his left hand, index finger held up against the Seven, middle finger gently resting against his thumb and pointing towards the Nine. Finally, I look at his hand and wonder: if he were to snap his fingers - to snap you gently to your senses, perhaps - what would be the first thought foremost on your mind? What is he drawing your attention to with this one efficient gesture?

Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?

Astrology Correspondences: Nine of Cups (Jupiter in Pisces), The Hierophant (Taurus), Seven of Cups (Venus in Scorpio)

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