EIGHT OF CUPS Success abandoned; decline of interest. Temporary success, but without further results. Thing thrown aside as soon as gained. Not lasting, even in the matter in hand. Indolence in success. Journeying from place to place. Misery and repining without cause. Seeking after riches. Instability.
GENERAL: Weakness, broken hopes, disheartenment, resignation, necessity of changing one’s ways, stagnation, depression
PROFESSION: Poisoned work atmosphere, stagnant business dealings, lacking energy, disappointed expectations, endangered job, mismanagement
CONSCIOUSNESS: Recognizing one’s own errors that have led to disappointment
PARTNERSHIP: Deadened feelings, trouble brewing, lack of commitment, hopeless relationship, resignation
ENCOURAGES: Leaving the disastrous morass
WARNS AGAINST: Clinging to what has decayed or starting something with no prospects of success
AS CARD FOR THE DAY: Things could get quite messy today. Even if this isn’t solely your fault, you still have contributed toward it. Since the matter is quite muddled, you should attempt to free yourself from this morass as quickly as possible. However, it is important to find out what has led to this standstill. This is the only way you can avoid succumbing to this same mistake in the future.
Don’t walk away before looking around.
We don’t forget. We have trouble remembering. We don’t forget our keys; we don’t remember where we put them. If we bring our keys to mind, we might remember where we left them, where they are.
We have encountered many of the same challenges before. They may not look the same, but there are similarities, especially when it concerns our response. (EZM)
EIGHT OF CUPS The pleasant nature of Cups tends to lull us away from what we have to do. The Eight begins (or ends) a series of five cards dealing with the Water problem of action. In this card we see someone turning his back on a double row of standing Cups which symbolize a situation that not only has provided happiness, but actually continues to do so. In contrast to the Five, all the Cups remain upright; nothing has been knocked over. And yet the person knows that the time has come to leave. The imagery suggests one of the true uses of Water instinct – an ability to sense when something has ended before it either dries up or comes crashing down around us, to know the time to move on.
We see the figure climbing a hill, going to higher ground, with the implication of moving from a less to a more meaningful situation. Notice the resemblance of the figure to the Hermit. To reach the height of the Hermit’s wisdom, we must first put the ordinary things of life behind us.
The Hermit reminds us that the image of land does not necessarily mean action or involvement in the ordinary sense, but can suggest almost the opposite: that is, withdrawing from outer activity to seek at greater self-awareness. At first the scene appears to take place at night; but when we look closer we see that actually it depicts an eclipse, with the moon moving across the sun. A moon phase, that is, at period of inner awareness, has taken over from outer-directed activity. By joining moon imagery to a scene of movement, the card teaches us that developing a deeper sense of self is also an action. Remember that the Hermit, by reversing the sexual polarity of the High Priestess above him, combines action and intuition in a definite programme of self-knowledge.
Whether we view the figure as moving away from the world, or into action, the card symbolizes leaving a stable situation. In its deepest level this card acts as at Gate, similar in certain ways to the Three of Wands. Both work through the image of a journey into the unknown, but while the Fire card is drawn to Water, the Water card is drawn to Air. The Three of Wands breaks down the ego and frees the exploring spirit, while the Eight of Cups moves from the vagueness of Water to the specific knowledge of abstract principles symbolized by the climb up the Hermit’s mountain.
Eight of Cups element: water theme: movement
A cloaked figure walks up a hill under a full moon. He may remind us of the Hermit, who is aligned with the Moon (the Moon’s number, 18, reduces, 1+ 8, to 9) and who stands on a hill holding a similar staff. Like the Hermit, he can be leaving the world of ordinary activities to seek some higher truth.
Unlike in the Five of Cups, nothing here has been knocked over, nothing spilled. He simply knows that the time has come to let go of something, to move on. This card can show you the moment when you know you need to end a relationship, quit a job, move house, or make some other change in your life. Notice the gap in the top row of cups. Maybe he’s gone to find something that was missing from his life.
On a less dramatic level, it can mean a time to move away from outer activities toward solitude or inner reflection. This does not have to be a long-term change. Tarot readings show us the way things are right now, and things can change quickly. Look again at the way the Moon is shown. Rather than a scene at night, the card may show us a solar eclipse. Symbolically this means lunar qualities taking over from solar, at least for a time. Look in at yourself rather than out at the world. Let your intuition guide you rather than try to solve problems.
Recognition that it’s time to leave something, to move on. There is no disaster, only an inner awareness of change. Less dramatically, it can indicate a time to be quiet, to look inward; possibly to consider a higher purpose beyond your ordinary activities.
The Rider-Waite tarot deck, originally published 1909, is widely considered the most popular tarot deck for tarot card reading. Other names for this deck include the Waite-Smith,Rider-Waite-Smith, or Rider tarot deck. The cards were drawn by illustrator Pamela Colman Smith from the instructions of academic and mystic A. E. Waite and were originally published by the Rider Company. The deck has been published in numerous editions and inspired a wide array of variants and imitations.
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