A smorgsboard is a collection containing a variety of sorts of things. This may include a variety of sorts of things. Synonyms include “a veritable smorgasbord of religions” synonyms: assortment, medley, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, variety.
The Seven of Cups is a card of new opportunities, choices, and at times, illusion. When the Seven of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you are presented with a veritable smorgasbord of options and opportunities from which you can choose. But be careful! You may be prone to illusion and unrealistic ideals. An opportunity with promises of more money, more fame, or more power may sound appealing, but as you look deeper into what is on offer, you may realise it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be. Your ego may pull you in a specific direction, but it’s important you check in with your Higher Self first. Evaluate your options and dig below the surface to discover what’s involved with each choice.
Often, the Seven of Cups can be a sign of wishful thinking and projecting into the future about what you would like to create, rather than taking action here in the present to make it happen. For example, you may wish for a fitter, more healthy body, until it’s time to get out there and exercise. Or you might wish for a successful business fueled by passive income, but you’re not ready and willing to put in the hard work now to enjoy the fruits of your labour later. If you spend most of your time wishing but not doing the work, then it’s time to choose just one thing and make it happen.
Multiple choices exist. There are many paths to take, and each may show promise. Imagination leads to options. Beware of what looks real, but isn’t.
Drawn into politics as a student activist, Julia Gillard, the first female Prime Minister of Australia, persevered through early election defeats to win a Labor Party seat and then served as deputy prime minister under Kevin Rudd before eventually challenging him for the top job in 2010. She later admitted that she gave Kevin Rudd “false hope” that he would remain prime minister, the night she deposed him as Labor leader. If she hoped for glory her hopes were short lived. History remembers just what she was subjected to.
During her time as prime minister, Ms Gillard was the focus of a smorgasbord of sexist attacks. In response to a question from an 11-year-old girl about the sexism, Ms Gillard said she held an attitude of “don’t let them get you down” and when asked how she coped she said that she coped “by working on my own sense of self. I couldn’t let myself feel good or bad depending on the headlines”.
It is unlikely that Gillard has many regrets about the choices she made and she has gone on to hold prestigious positions, but it is worth noting that all that glitters is not gold. She acknowledged, in an interview, that although it took discipline and resilience, ultimately what counted was what she achieved during her time in office.
Mirage? Deception? Be wary of these Cups!
The simplest way to think about the Devil is that it indicates: Addiction, temptation, materialism and deception
But what does the Devil and the Seven of Cups have in common?
All seven of these cups are inviting you to drink of them, but you don’t have to pick any of them! You should be careful what you wish for or align with because it might not be all that it seems. Your conscious decision may be coming out of your wishful thinking. Choices need to be made, but at what cost?
As you become more aware of your options and test them, a choice will form from the subconscious to the conscious.
Before you pick up any cup, you should think from your gut and get in touch with your intuition to make the right decision. Remember that these cups are traditionally filled with things like a human head, a shrouded glowing figure, a snake, a laurel, a castle, a treasure chest and a dragon. It all about opportunities, choices, fantasy, options, confusion, chaos, fame, temptation, overly imaginative, subconscious, whimsy, dreams, ambitions, desires, wishful thinking and illusion.
So who is the temptress? Many think this has all the hallmarks of the devil’s hand. The Devil card depicts the devil as the ancient goat-god Dionysius, shown sitting in his throne while watching over a male and female captive. Like the Seven of Cups it appears to represent being seduced by the material world and physical pleasures.