The Running Press Tarot-8 of Cups, is also showing indolence in the image of a person who is disinterested in where they are going. One cup is a hat the others, form the boat. Hence, this person is floating along in life using only past emotion as intention. Therefore, no progress is achieved, only ineptitude in coping with today as one lives only in yesterday. One's life is in a state of inertia. Again, the blue corners and the image both imply that the Universal Element assigned to this card is water.
The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Cups is called Indolence and/or The Lord of Abandoned Success.
Attributed to this card is Saturn, shown above, in Pisces, shown below. The Angels of the Decan: Vabaliah and Yeshivah.
Here, Hod is in Briah, the Mental World.
To reiterate, Hod, the 8th Sephiroth, is the concrete mind; however, with Saturn in Pisces the 8 of Cups, being a Water sign doesn't balance Saturn's energy well.
Hence, 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.
On the Thoth 8 of Cups, 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 , drop the load and move on.
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.
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