Here is Danae again, in her tower of confinement - materially, she has what she needs but there isn't much movement to it... one day is much like the other and in this small room she cannot do much but hold onto what she has. But divinity, in the form of Zeus has entered the scene as a shower of gold, ready to bestow on her greater comfort and security than the utilitarian life she leads in her imprisonment. And the thing that strikes me about this is that in order to receive, we have to be able to let go of what we've got. Danae could have turned Zeus down, remained in her tower and had her basic needs (if not her desires) met, and in so doing held onto whatever security would come from her father not actively seeking to destroy her - because later in the story, it becomes clear that being favored of the gods doesn't secure one a peaceful quiet life! This card speaks of that impulse to hang onto the bare necessities rather than reaching out for more, and the stagnation that results. Uneasy security vs. genuine stability seems to be the tension here.
While today, I do need to be mindful about the need to conserve (as I do everyday), I want to be careful that I'm not penny pinching to the point where more ethereal forms of security and a sense of actual abundance are given up. I will want to seek ways to bring in a true spirit of abundance to our life today even...especially if.. it means letting go of worry about basic necessity.
Spiritual Connection - XVIII - Illusion (Ivan & Odette)
The lovers depicted on this version of the Moon card are Ivan & Odette from Swan Lake - the dark swan is the evil Odile who tricks Ivan into declaring eternal love for her after he mistakes her for Odette and in so doing, Odette is condemned to remain a swan forever. Depending on which version of this story we're talking about, Odette and Ivan are lost to each other by her permanent swanhood or the two of them break the enchantment by committing suicide together... but either way, this isn't the sort of Illusion that one really gets beyond or that does anyone much good.
Thinking about this in light of the 4 of Coins, my first thought is there's Zeus up to his old shapeshifting tricks - but oddly, I think the real illusion in this card is that holding onto what you have will keep you safe. Zeus, at least in this deck's retelling of the story, is a positive if not particularly safe influence on Danae's life. But in order to meet her destiny she has to let go of the illusion of security she has here in this tiny tower where a minimal pittance is provided to her by her father.
Ivan is tricked into swearing fidelity to the wrong maiden... and it's easy to see how the 4 of Coins is also about swearing loyalty to the wrong priorities for the sake of feeling secure. So, the spiritual response to the instinct to hang on tight to whatever I've got is to see beyond the illusion of security it gives me - to not commit to it at the expense of what really matters.
Affirmation: Today, I will see beyond the illusion that comes from my fears of not having enough, and let go of those things I am clinging to that prevent me from being connected to what I truly value.