Our very lives are a gift, something we have ‘on loan.’ On some level we know this, yet we cling tightly to what we hold dear, willing it to stay. To grasp, cling and fight for what is ‘ours’ is the natural inclination of the ego.
It is better to live with open hands, hands that pass the gift on quickly… hands that are able to impart blessings. How do you bless someone when your palms are balled up into fists?
Stop. Look at your hands, your palms… and give thanks for having them on loan so that you can be a blessing to those around you. Surrender them to love because the love you give away is the only gift you get to keep for all eternity.
Empty palms and being a divine vessel for love in the world is one of the meanings of the Ace of Cups.
This is my understanding of the Holy Grail/Ace of Cups and what it means to be like Christ in the world: to prayerfully constantly empty and purify ourselves so that his blood can fill and renew our soul from within. Then, what comes next, in the 2 of Cups, our relationships glorify the King and the pinnacle represented by the 10 of Cups, becomes a symbol of the union of saints in holy communion.
Love and Blessings,