The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 8 of Cups-Indolence & The Tarot Apokalypsis-8 of Cups.

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Above all things know thyself!

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Thoth-8 of Cups-Indolence

Lord of abandoned success.

#8. I look forward with confidence to the perfect realization of the Eternal Splendor of the Limitless Light.

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The Tarot Apokalypsis- 8 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 the 8th Sephiroth-Splendor is active in Briah, the Creative World. The interpretation of the Thoth 8 of Cups, since Pisces is calm and placid water it 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.

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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 guests; 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 our indolent butt and do something that makes the blood move again.

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Indolence can be due to emotional overload (a coping 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 or unnecessary stuff" of life. Therefore, the 8 of Cups suggests that we look at the first thing needing solution and do it. Say to yourself, "I AM the Solution! "

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 Spiritual Will. Where the body is reactive, the Spirit is Action; action changes the environment, while reaction doesn't, as it is just an automatic response that comes from the "false ego" buried deeply in the subconscious.

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The Tarot Apokalypsis- 8 of cups

The Tarot Apokalypsis- 8 of Cups focuses on a Spiritual Journey and emotional progress. 8 Cups are lined up on a granite staircase at the entrance to a Temple showing an entry way that resembles a vortex of energy. She is standing in water that is coming from underground, implying the journey is in the subconscious akasha. The statues at the front of the cave/womb like entrance show a prominent statue of Athena. The temple of Athena Nike (Goddess of Victory), as with all Greek temples, was considered a home of the deity, represented in its statue, and was not a place where regular people would enter. The male image accompanied with Cerberus, the 3 headed dog guardian of hell is Pluto/Hades, Greek Aïdes (“the Unseen”), also called Pluto or Pluton (“the Wealthy One” or “the Giver of Wealth”), in ancient Greek religion, God of the underworld. Hades was a son of the Titans Cronus and Rhea, and brother of the deities Zeus, Poseidon, Demeter, Hera, and Hestia. Therefore, this is a cave/temple entrance to the Underworld which represents the subconscious mind. Suggested here is a spiritual journey into the Akashic records of the soul, whose entrance is in the unconscious mind. This is the Spiritual journey of the awake consciousness, which must enter the subconscious mind and clear out all the demons of fear-based thought. emotional fear and a false ego. Making the subconscious more conscious and a clear slate for future creation of dreams that inspire and progressively expand the consciousness. Some call this journey into the depths "the dark night of the soul" a phrase coined by St. John of the Cross. For Puto's realm is the place of nightmares, fears, shame, and emotional embarrassment, all products of the fear-based subconscious and/or survival mind. However, there is Athena Nike in front, implying victory is assured after a battle is fought.

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Tree of Life-10 Sephirotic Beings.

This card is about inner changes. Here the querent begins to understand that finding a spiritual path can lead one to unfamiliar places. Having embarked on an individual path of enlightenment, one must be humble and honest, especially to themselves. On such a path, 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 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:

  • Depression.
  • Self-pity.
  • Suicide.
  • Hidden joy. 
  • Turned away from the Spiritual path.

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