six of cups

innocence / wonder / nostalgia / childhood //

nostalgia has always been a governing force in my life; my mother has told me that when i was four, one of my favorite things to do was climb into bed with her and get her to tell me what i was like when i was younger. i don’t know how or why nostalgia was introduced to me at such a young age, only that i’ve never really known life without it. it’s as much a part of me as the fact that i have curly hair.

(so if i am salty now, as an adult, it is probably from a lifetime of looking back like lot’s wife.)

disney loomed as large in my childhood as it did in the state in which i grew up. when my family lived in new york, we went once a year. one of my earliest memories is of riding the monorail. my feelings about disney now are more complicated than they were when i was a child, of course, but that childhood love will never go away.

what i’m trying to say is that i am, perhaps, an ideal audience for christopher robin, the live action winnie the pooh movie with ewan mcgregor and hayley atwell. i watched it yesterday and found it very charming - but then i would, wouldn’t i? nothing was surprising in the movie; it hits all the story beats you expect.

the premise of the movie is that christopher robin has grown up and forgotten his friends in the hundred acre wood; christopher encounters pooh, who with the rest of the gang helps christopher to rediscover the joys of life, to reconnect to his childhood. it’s a very sweet movie! i recommend it if you, like me, have tender feelings about disney and/or winnie the pooh.

which brings me to this week’s card, the six of cups. it’s one of my favorites in the cups suit, which makes sense given my relationship to nostalgia. this card shows us that even though nostalgia sometimes gets a bad rap, it can be beautiful and necessary for growth. remaining connected to what brought us joy in childhood can be a way to cultivate joy in adulthood.

darlings, this week try to spend some time bringing that childhood energy back into your life, whatever that may look like for you. maybe it’s revisiting a book or movie you once loved; maybe it’s going on a walk and stopping to look at each wildflower on the way. whatever it is, make space for your inner child.

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this week’s deck: sasuraibito tarot
this week’s crystals: milky quartz, aragonite