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FOUR PILLARS SOCIETY TAROT: EIGHT OF CUPS

Notes on: The Eight of Cups

(Seeking a Better Way)

Artist’s Notes:
 
The suite of Cups deals with our emotional nature including love, both in a relationship between two (and rarely more) people and that of friends and companions. Eights deal with the recognition of boundaries and a focus of the energies to move on and continue. Sometimes we stay a little too 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.
When we do make our move, it is best to ignore the counsel of those who would hold us back. They may be stuck in the mire as well and even if their intentions are good, it is counter to our new awareness. A wise man once told me that when I was halfway through a lake of shit, the best advice was to keep on going.
 
Why does one of the cups glow? Let’s say that whenever we leave a place there is always something that we find difficult to leave behind. Call it a sacrifice of necessity but it is something that we can only bring with us in our memories.
 
About the Archetype:
 
The suite of Cups deals 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 recognising boundaries and focusing on the energies to move on and continue. Sometimes we stay a little too 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.
 
 
When we do make our move, it is best to ignore the counsel of those who would hold us back. They may be stuck in the mire as well and even if their intentions are good, it is counter to our new awareness. A wise man once told me that when I was halfway through a lake of shit, the best advice was to keep on going.
 
 
Astrological Correspondent:
 
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 is called upon can help the Saturn in Pisces energy continue onwards. Channelled correctly this energy can bring one far in terms of art and music and other forms of self-expression.
 
 
In a Reading:
 
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 a 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 or badly aspected, it may mean that even tho we may feel it’s 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
 
Fate’s Whisper:
 
There is a tale of a man forsaken by time. Born of the more divine priestess and the bloodiest warrior his blessing were endless. Time would see him at birth and warn them
 
“For life to grow destruction must wipe the slate clean. You gave birth to our next agent. You have one year before each place you reside crumbles.”
 
After this,  Time would depart without another word. As she had said around the halfway point they would begin to see this destruction.  After his birth,  travel became his lifestyle. What is home to one who can’t settle? What type of story would you make when you have no set foundation?
 
While there will be more to this legend, this is where your begins. When your heart is ready to move on what happens to the roots you set? Can you face uncertainty with a steady heart? After all, what is the point of life if we can’t move on to better places?
–NF