You've heard the term full plate for being busy, having a lot of responsibilities? This young Page of Cups seems to be momentarily stunned that his plate is empty. The lower in pecking order the more people to tell you what to do and here he is with a free moment. He has chosen to use his by taking a break in a beautiful area with stunning vistas, water sweeping majestically and blue sky all around. He has also chosen to take a beautiful Imari porcelain bowl, empty, to remind him to enjoy and appreciate the free time.
I'm reminded by this card and the bowl, that so often we spoil the time that should be devoted to refilling our internal well by dragging to-do's, wanna-dos, and gotta-do's right along with us. There is something to be said for Zen...be in the moment, not in front of it or behind it.
"In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well stocked fish pond... If we don't give some attention to upkeep, our well is apt to become depleted, stagnant, or blocked... As artists, we must learn to be self nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them - to restock the trout pond, so to speak." ~ Julia Cameron 1948-
This week's deck is the long out of print Ukiyoe Tarot, 1982, published by Angel Co., Ltd. Japan; art by Koji Furuta who recreates the 'floating world' of Ukiyoe art which was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.