The 3 of Cups is a card that references the energy of the group. Because it’s in the Suite of Cups, it talks specifically about the function of emotions in a group setting. In any situation that involves more than a single person, there’s an entwining of emotions that happens. We’re all quite affected by the emotions of those around us, even if we don't quite realize it. This is why your mood can change drastically when you’re around large groups of people (airports, shopping malls, sporting events etc.) This is also why someone in a bad mood repels you (makes you want to get away fast) and someone that’s warm and loving draws you in (because you want to feel some of what they have)
So let’s talk about boundaries. Emotions are represented by water, an element that really knows no boundaries, it’s extremely hard to contain for the most part. So there’s a certain fluidity that happens where emotions are concerned. For those of us that are more highly tuned to energetic nuance, we feel the emotions of others leaking out of their energy field and permeating our own.
Because emotional energy is so mercurial, unpredictable and ever changing, it’s often really hard to be clear about what’s really happening in the energy of a group (and this can mean a group in your physical presence or a group of social media followers or even the News) as ever-shifting emotions are spread around like invisible germs from a cold.
So the message for the energy this week is around being aware of that. Know that you may easily be swayed but what’s going on around you. Be cognizant that while you may be under the influence of someone else's mood, you’re also perfectly capable of throwing up some healthy boundaries. If someone is bringing you down, walk away for a while. If your Facebook feed is making you feel anxious and slimed, log out. If you find yourself hissing at the TV, click it off and go outside. Just because we have the potential to be affected, doesn’t mean we have to play along.
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