It’s very easy to stay stuck when we use the judgement of other people as our yardstick for whether we should stay or go. The 8 of Cups is a card of courage in the sense that we choose to heed the promptings of our inner guidance, rather than relying on cues and comments from others.
In the 8 of Cups space, we use the fluidity of our own emotions (Pisces) to get unstuck from limiting forces (Saturn). Sometimes this means an escape from the snare of the trappings of success. However, we have to be ever mindful when the 8 of Cups shows up that we don’t abandon something out of fear of the responsibility success brings.
A.E. Waite about the 8 of Cups card in the Pictorial Key to the Tarot:
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, honour, modesty. In practice, it is usually found that the card shews the decline of a matter, or that a matter which has been thought to be important is really of slight consequence–either for good or evil. Reversed: Great joy, happiness, feasting.
In the Frideborg Tarot, the 8 of Cups visually pairs with the Death card because of the transformation theme. However, in the 8 of Cups, there is free will involved. We can choose to keep moving forward… but if we don’t, it may well feel a bit like we are dying because that is what happens on some level when we ignore the promptings of our soul.
Can you recall a time when you felt it was time to move on and it didn’t make sense to anybody but you? Did you keep moving forward anyway?
I can think of one such example off the top of my head in my life. In my mid 30’s, I had been working as a freelance medical translator for three years and established quite a successful business where I was in constant demand. However, what I really wanted to do was work with the Tarot. When word spread to extended family, my then father-in-law decided to sit me down for a chat. I was told I was ‘not right in the head.’
To be quite honest, I can’t remember any of the other words that he said because I was so gobsmacked by his verbal attack… but I quickly resolved in my mind that his words were of no consequence because I wasn’t put on this Earth to please him.
I decided to keep moving forward on my path as a Tarot reader and healer. It has brought me many trials and tribulations but it has been so worth it.
In the beautiful Spirit Keeper’s Tarot, the 3 Cups floating above the 5 Cups on the ground represent your Higher Calling.
From a Tarot Soul Coaching perspective, the 8 of Cups invites us to pay attention to any signs of ‘divine restlessness.’ What looks good and right on the surface but is actually really awkward for your soul right now?Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings & emotions. - Will Smith Click To Tweet
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