The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 8 of Cups-Indolence & The Notoria Tarot in Light-8 of Cups

Western Hermetic Qabalah, Tantric, Alchemical, Numerical, and Astrological Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Notoria -Thoth

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 Notoria Tarot in Light- 8 Of cups

God who generates all things.

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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, 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.

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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 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.

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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 Notoria Tarot in Light- 8 of cups

Invocation: In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram.

The Notoria Tarot in Light- 8 of Cups, shows 8 cups in the hands of 8 cherubim, being poured out the church spires or steeples below while the Angel,  Jabamiah holds a golden urn up high towards the golden light. This pouring of gold on the institutions of man imply that this Angel pours forth the primal energy of wisdom into the subconscious mind transforming the profaned (corrupted) parts of our deepest nature; parts corrupted by the "mind virus" of the "false ego". This allows higher entities to enter our inner temple. In all of us lies a deep wisdom, a sparkles of gold that comes from being the "golden child" of the Divine Creative. Therefore, more wisdom can be released by this baptism of gold that gives us the strength to abandon old desires that are self-destructive and belong to the "false ego".

The attributes to this card are listed on the left facing sideboard:

  1. The Angel's Seal.
  2. The original classification number as supplied by the Shem ha-Mephorash: 70; Chorus of Angels (9th Sephiroth-Yesod).
  3. Angelic name.
  4. The Tarot Card number and name to use in Tarot divinations: 8 of Cups.
  5. Planet-Venus.
  6. Zodiac sign: Pisces.
  7. Esoterica as assigned by Eliphas Levi and Alister Crowley: 8 of Cups-Indolence.
  8. Elemental sign: Triangle symbol for water.
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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 new places. Having embarked on a 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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