The Druid Craft Tarot- Eight of Cups, shows the element of water and eight unfilled goblets up-rite on a rock. In the back ground a cloaked individual is hiking up a path, ignoring the cups. Hence, one is abandoning their duty, and/or success. This can be seen as an act of indolence. There is also a eclipse happening in the sky. These were seen as evil omens, in many ancient cultures and may be the reason the cloaked person, decided to abandon the cups. The eclipse also deaden's the sunlight, implying one's thoughts are gloomy, and moody.
The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Cups is called Indolence, and/or The Lord of Abandoned Success.
Saturn in Pisces is attributed to this card. The Angels of the Decan: Vabaliah and Yeshivah.
Here, Hod is in Briah, the Mental World. Hod is the concrete mind; however, with Saturn in Pisces the 8 of Cups, being a Water sign doesn't balance Saturn's energy well.
With Saturn in a water sign, a certain amount of introspection, manifests as disinterest with material conditions. The effect, is discontent or a decline in interest in anything. Thus, one's tendency is to abandon success.
The interpretation of the 8 of Cups, is based on the fact that Pisces, is calm and stagnant water that is completely deadened by the heavy influences of Saturn. We know Water, is the Element of consciousness, so what is going on within one is a deadening of interest, a complete lack of wonder.
The lotuses of enlightenment droop, for lack of sun or rain. The self-conscious 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 Spirit, is a pallid yellowish light barely shining through the leaden clouds of indigo, almost indicative of a eclipse as seen on the Druid Craft Tarot. Therefore the 8 of cups implies that the mind and emotions on autopilot; 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!
Not my favorite card, but this dullness of self-consciousness, is often necessary to warn us that it is time to evaluate our feelings
When the 8 of Cups or 8 of Water 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.