The Erotic Tarot of Milo Manara, 8 of Water, is attributed astrologically to Saturn in Pisces, as is the Thoth Tarot 8 of Cups. The art of Milo Manara, shows a young pioneer woman, wading into a lake of water. Here he cleverly gets the water element into the picture, and her partial nudity gets the erotic into the picture as well. The card is water, hence, Moon and feminine.
However, she is suddenly surprised by the sight of an arrow sticking out of the tree that is down stream of her. Since, this arrow looks like it has been there for a while, as there is no sign of motion, it suggests a rethinking of her presence in this spot and to get focused on where she is at. This is coincides with the assigned meaning of this card as a "reversal of present path". The other meanings assigned are:
- The need to refocus and consolidate in an inspired way, idealistic, subtle.
Indolence, and/or The Lord of Abandoned Success.
Attributed to this card is Saturn in Pisces. The Angels of the Decan: Vabaliah and Yeshivah.
Here Hod, the 8th Sephiroth, is in Briah, the Mental World.
To reiterate, 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. The metal attributed to Saturn is lead. Therefore, with Saturn in a water sign, a certain amount of introspection, manifests as disinterest with material conditions , a certain heaviness in emotion. 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. whose metal is lead. 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.
To reiterate, Hod is the Sephiroth of the concrete mind; However, with Saturn in Pisces the 8 of Cups, being a Water sign doesn't balance Saturn's energy well.
The lotuses of enlightenment droop, for lack of sun or rain. 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 Spirit, 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; 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 mind, 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.
If ill dignified:
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