Eight of Cups
My self-study of Tarot continues with the Eight of Cups. Or, as I just heard, “leavetaking.”
Leaving it all behind; “It’s the Climb”; walk away; starting over; all that glitters is not gold; follow the light.
Cups, river, mountains, moon, sky.
It’s the all-seeing, all-knowing moon that stands out for me here. Her ebbing and flowing feminine energy stands both as sentinel and illuminator for the journeyer.
Gold, green, red, blue, brown, tan, gray, black.
It’s the midnight blue of the sky with its hint of starfields that captures my attention. It’s equally mysterious and comforting, and its endless quality speaks of limitless opportunity.
What the Guide Says About the Eight of Cups
“A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise, undertaking or previous concern.
“Divinatory Meanings: The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical – giving joy, mildness, timidity, honor, modesty.
“Reversed: Great joy, happiness, feasting.”
Some of this makes sense to me, although even with a reversal I feel I’d be hard-pressed to glean “great joy, happiness, feasting.” I like the mention of timidity and modesty, as they add another possible layer to the implications of walking away.
What We Say About the Eight of Cups
Heading out on a journey of faith.
Accumulated wealth means only as much as it’s allowed to.
A person turns their back on riches and seeks that which will be more fulfilling.
Opening to the guidance of the soul over the domination of the ego.
Awakening the spirit within.
Creating or seeking balance.
I Might Ask a Client…
“Have you ever felt the weight of life so heavily that you just wanted to start from scratch?”
“What does wealth mean to you?”
What comes up for you around this card?