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Thoth-8 of Cups-Indolence
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The Spiral Tarot- Eight Of cups
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Attributed to the Thoth-8 of Cups Tarot card is Saturn in Pisces. The Angels of the Decan:
Vabaliah and Yeshivah. Here, Hod is active in Briah, the Creative World. The interpretation of the 8 of Cups, is based on the fact that Pisces, is calm and placid water that is completely deadened by the heavy influences of Saturn, whose metal is lead. We know Water, is the Element of emotion, unconsciousness and intuitional consciousness, so what is going on within one is a deadening of interest, a complete lack of wonder.
On the Thoth 8 of Cups, the lotuses of enlightenment droop, for lack of sun or rain (lack of new input). The Sea of mind has become little stagnant pools in poisoned soil. All the cups are old and broken, symbolizing "an old and worn out" way of thinking. The Sun of the Soul, is a pallid yellowish light barely shining through the leaden clouds of indigo. Therefore, the 8 of cups implies that the mind and emotions are on autopilot as the thought process is not conducive to expanding and liberating the Life of the person. The blood in the body is moving like molasses. This person needs stimulation!
Crowley's description of this card says it best:
"This card represents a party for which all preparations have been made; but the host has forgotten to invite the quests; or the caterers have not delivered the good cheer. There is this difference, though, that it is in some way or other the host's own fault." [Book of thoth-pg.,184]
Not my favorite card, but this dullness of mind, is often necessary to warn us that it is time to evaluate our feelings and get off of our indolent butt and do something that makes the blood move again.
Indolence, can be due to emotional overload (a copying device), where everything has become too serious to even contemplate. "Serious", is just another way to say "fearful" and behooves us to use humor to declassify the "serious" and reclassify it as in the "necessary stuff" of life. Therefore, the 8 of Cups suggests that we look at the first thing needing solution, and do it. One thing at a time, preferably the time the issue is noticed, not "tomorrow", but now. This keeps things from piling up and making the brain a dromedary rather than a computer with active solutions that come in from active Spirit. Where the body is reactive, the Spirit is Action; action changes the environment.
Spiral Tarot- eight of cups
The Spiral- Eight of Potions, shows 7 cups stacked high in the air with one hovering above a stairway into a starry darkness. Upon her shoulder is a tattoo of a pomegranate, while above her and hanging on the wall is a pomegranate tree in full fruit. Pomegranates are the sacred fruit attributed to the Greek Goddess of Spring-Persephone. Here, she is bored with the past (7 cups) and seeks a new but unknown path (hovering cup).
This card, is about inner changes. Here the querent begins to understand that finding a spiritual path can lead one to new places. Having embarked on a spiral path of enlightenment, one must be humble and honest, especially to themselves. One also learns that disappointment will often change you for the better as Spirit leads you towards what you need, and not necessarily towards what you want.
When the 8/Eight of Cups is thrown during a reading the querent may be experiencing:
- Exhaustion, being overly tired, drain and dull emotionally.
- There is an unconscious change taking place, on a deep inner level of feeling.
- There is a warning here to Pay attention to yourself...stop and examine your perspectives, this is the end of something and the beginning of something new!
- The emotional state of stagnation and stillness.
- This could go on for 8 weeks or 8 months, depending on the querent's actions.
- There is a need to focus and consolidate your emotions in an inspired way.
- Letting go.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout, it implies:
- Hidden joy.
- Turned away from the Spiritual path.
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