Name: Eight of Cups (8oC)
- Suite: Cups — emotions, reaction
- Element: Water – emotions
- Sign/Planet: Pisces — emotional, sensitive, empathetic
- House: 12th – mysticism, secrets, hidden thoughts
- Colors: blue – calm,peace; red – passion; yellow – happiness
- Numerology: 8 – moving from pain
- Symbols: water – intuition, emotion; mountain – journey; cups – emotion; moon – femininity, emotion
- Upright: Leaving, Respite, Seeking, Journey, Contemplation
- Reversed: Stagnant, Confinement, Thinking of leaving
- Character/person: The Buddha — he left everything behind to focus on his spiritual being.
This card has an emotional tug on me. As a spiritual person, I always tend to seek retreat — especially through meditation or for grounding. As an introvert, my best way to charge back up is to walk off and be alone. I can’t stand being in a crowd for too long, and even shelter myself from my loved ones after being around them for too long. As someone with bipolar, I tend to have to walk away from my own thoughts of negativity and regret.
Sometimes you have to leave things behind and let go — especially those things that bring negativity or pain into your life. Life is too short to live in misery.
This card also reminds me of the movie Seven Years in Tibet. The actor Brad Pitt accidentally ends up in the beautiful land of Tibet. There he meets the future Dalai Lama — which opens up a world of spiritual and emotional beauty. Although it wasn’t his intention, he went on a profound journey which changed his heart, and soul, forever.
Description (Rider-Waite Tarot)
This card shows a man walking towards a mountain. He holds a staff in his right hand. He wears a red robe, and red shoes. The waters beside him ripple, and off in the background are sharp mountain peaks. The sky is a calming blue, and the moon looks downward. He is guided solely by the light of the moon, and his spirit.
A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise, undertaking or previous concern.
Divinatory Meanings: The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical–giving joy, mildness, timidity, honour, modesty. In practice, it is usually found that the card shews the decline of a matter, or that a matter which has been thought to be important is really of slight consequence–either for good or evil.
Reversed: Great joy, happiness, feasting.
- Where is a physical place you can go to get away from everyone?
- In that place put things that make you happy: pictures, stuffed animals, candles, etc.
- In that place create an altar like area and include the four elements: fire, earth, air, and water.
- Make sure that the area is always clean and away from others.
- Make it comfortable. Include pillows, blankets, and other things to sit on.
- Schedule a time to visit the spot daily and spend time in meditation. It doesn’t have to be long, just enough for you to refocus and refresh.
- What are some emotions you need to let go of and leave behind?
- Where are places you can find the most respite? Why those?