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Tarot Post – Eight Of Cups

 

Eight of Cups (Indolence / Failure)

 

G`Eight Of Cups (Revised) by G A Rosenberg

Joy has brought you here
The gates of wisdom beckon
Begin your climb now

 

Long have I stayed here
drinking deeply of the pleasures offered
Now my soul longs for more
Cups lie empty strewn around me.
Surely there must be more!
I look out and feel a yearning
a calling- some message
telling me…what?
that I can be more than this mundane creature
with neither needs nor ambition
that there is purpose and meaning
once I give it such.
I know I will be changed
by what lies ahead
Do I have a choice?
Stay here and become not
bur remain that which I’ve been
or follow the pull
on mind heart and being
no choice at all
I reach out and
I’m gone
– GAR

 

The suite of Cups deal with our emotional nature including love, both that as in a relationship between two (and rarely more) people and that of friends and companions. Eights deal with recognition of boundaries and a focus of the energies to move on and continue. Sometimes we stay a little to long at the party. This can be a literal party or a relationship or a job where things have been great, they’ve been good and we settled and now things have gone stagnant. We have stopped growing which can quickly poison any situation. Water left standing too long becomes unfit to drink.

We know that there is something out there that can renew us, a new adventure in the offering with new challenges Something that can motivate us to be better than we’ve ever been. All we need to do is find it in ourselves to leave what we’re used to in order to pursue it.

 

Astrological Correspondence – Saturn in Pisces – The Saturn in Pisces energy tends to be very sensitive to everything that doesn’t work about a situation. This can be amazing as it can inherently understand and communicate the failings (and feelings) of others. This can lead to being overwhelmed by all the incoming emotional data and lead to freezing up. However, there is also a core of courage and resolution that called upon can help the Saturn in Pisces energy continue onwwards. Channeled correctly this energy can bring one far in terms of art and music and other forms of self-expression.

 

I Ching Correspondence – 46) Shêng – Pushing Upwards –

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The Trigram for Earth is over that of Wood. To break through the packed earth, the growing wood must use some effort to push upwards. There is progress in this hexagram but only if one perseveres. With the proper push, much direct progress can be made. Indeed the only thing that stands in the way of growth and prosperity is the inertia of whatever lies on top. So how to get past that? Only with courage and resolution is this possible. One large push past the obstruction and there after without limits

 

When the Eight of Cups turns up in a reading, it often shows that there is some disillusion with one’s present circumstances. It is the feeling that there is something better out there somewhere if only we had the courage to get up and leave and pursue it. The card may also refer to a sense of failure when really it is just that our current situation has run its course. The energy of this card is not a tragic one as much as it is a call to action. This action is not necessarily jumping into a new situation, whether it be living situation or relationship as much as leaving the current one to take stock of what we learned and from there start anew thus it is often a solitary enterprise. This card may also mean a time to accept the aid of others.

 

When the Eight of Cups comes up reversed, it may mean that even tho we may feel its time to leave our current situation, there is still more joy and knowledge that we can gain from it. It can also mean coming to terms with our current situation in a way that we haven’t before. This card may also mean that one is refusing to leave the party when it is time either out of laziness or fear of the unknown

Tarot Card – Eight of Cups (Two Versions)

Long have I stayed here
drinking deeply of the pleasures offered
Now my soul longs for more
Cups lie empty strewn around me.
Surely there must be more!
I look out and feel a yearning
a calling- some message
telling me…what?
that I can be more than this mundane creature
with neither needs nor ambition
that there is purpose and meaning
once I give it such.
I know I will be changed
by what lies ahead
Do I have a choice?
Stay here and become not
bur remain that which I’ve been
or follow the pull
on mind heart and being
no choice at all
I reach out and
I’m gone
— GAR

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Eight of Cups by G A Rosenberg

(side note: After seeing this depiction, a friend of mine who knows quite a bit about the tarot and things esoteric suggested that traditionally the cards are stacked… Looking at given meanings for the card, I could see his point. Sometimes before finally given up, we make a show of trying to put the chaos in our lives into order.  I did a second version of the card to reflect this (and leave a neater beach):

Eight of Cups (Version 2) by G A Rosenberg

Tarot Card of the Day – December 12 2009

VIII of Cups

Hod in Water
Saturn in Pisces

Long have I stayed here
drinking deeply of the pleasures offered
Now my soul longs for more
Cups lie empty strewn around me.
Surely there must be more!
I look out and feel a yearning
a calling- some message
telling me…what?
that I can be more than this mundane creature
with neither needs nor ambition
that there is purpose and meaning
once I give it such.
I know I will be changed
by what lies ahead
Do I have a choice?
Stay here and become not
bur remain that which I’ve been
or follow the pull
on mind heart and being
no choice at all
I reach out and
I’m gone

Failure

VIII Cups from Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

I Ching : 41 Sun, “Decrease”

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Ken (Keeping Still) Mountain over Tui (Joyous) The Lake – What is below is decreased to what is above, one is resisting the call of the Lake and hearing more the Lure of the mountain. There is something about male adolescence in this card if you think about the lake in terms of the feminine maternal and the mountain as the masculine. One must be careful not to try to ascend too quickly however as in increasing the top of a edifice at the expense of the foundation can cause instability.
“Decrease combined with sincerity –success no blame”. There comes a point for everyone where the time is right to move on. This is best done if the time is right and it is done with honesty rather than emotional drama as in having to create a scene to make it easier to leave.”

Saturn in Pisces also carries forth the idea of going out in the world. One must overcome irrational fears such as the differences between people in terms of poverty, affliction, race, etc and learn how to develop in service to all. There is the potential for a deep spiritual understanding with this force.

In readings this card is something of an elephant among blind men, with different people seeing it different ways. Aleister Crowley speaks of it as being “the German Measles of Christian Mysticism” (LOL) and describes it as the morning after a night that did not occur. The host tried to throw a party beyond his means. At any rate, very often when this card comes up, it means that the time has come to move on, usually to more serious or spiritual pursuits from the pleasant, perhaps a relationship has run its course, perhaps the time has just arrived to go.
Reversed Readings: It means that things are not yet over and there is still something that needs to be learned in the situation, This is not necessarily a pleasant thing. It can also be time to break up one’s patterns of relationships as one is not getting what one wishes to from it..