In honour of Halloween, I asked the deck for a card that might represent this spooky holiday.
The card I got was the 7 of Cups. In the Rider Waite Smith version, the image is of man in shadows looking up at a cloud in which seven golden chalices hover.
Each chalice contains a different item – a woman’s head, a snake, a castle, jewels, a victory wreath, a dragon, and someone shining and hidden. Are they dressed as a ghost?
If there were ever a card that might suggest Trick or Treat I’d say this is it.
What’s the guy in the shadows want? Is his choice going to be a trick or a treat?
We know that the figure under the sheet is in question, but what of the other possibilities?
The chalice with the victory wreath has a skull on it, and is that castle real or made of sand? The dragon is downright scary, as is the snake, though it may of course be of the garden variety.
The jewels look nice, and the girl is pretty, but money and love can always be a two edged sword. And anyways, the gems might be baubles, and the girl looks like she’s fading into the mist.
This card points to indecision and emotional uncertainty. It suggests feelings of longing, fantasies and undefined fears.
It advises us to get real, and stop being afraid to make up our minds. We can never be completely sure we’re making the right choice, but we’ve got to choose anyway.
For a Halloween card, this 7 surprised me, but with Trick or Treat in mind, it makes a lot of sense.
And the more I look at it, the guy in the sheet is definitely dressed as ghost.
Happy Halloween Everyone! Boo.