Tuesday, July 24, 2007


TODAY'S CARD is The Eight of Cups. This version is from The Sacred Circle Tarot, by Anna Franklin and Paul Mason, Published by Llewellyn:

Here's The Eight of Cups in The Rider/Waite/Smith deck for comparison:

THE EIGHT OF CUPS: I've had the Sacred Circle Tarot deck for many years and have always found some of the designs stunningly apt and beautiful. There's a video on YouTube of some of the cards in the Sacred Circle Tarot. This video re-awakened an interest for me in this deck's images so I thought I'd post one today. When I looked through the deck and came to The Eight of Cups I was astonished! The landscape on the card is exactly like a years-old dream I still remember (but no longer have the notes for). Then when I read the flash word at the top of the card it opened that old dream image for me: abandonment by others, or by one's self of one's self (or fear thereof). Often this card speaks more to abandonment in the sense of debauch, and both can ultimately result in (or can even be caused by) disappointment -- which is a traditional meaning for this card.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE EIGHT OF CUPS: (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Abandoning one's responsibilities (to others or to self).

Over-empathizing or over-identifying with others, which can overwhelm and exhaust you.

Fear of disappointing others; fear of being disappointed by others.

Focussing all of one's needs/desires onto one object, i.e. addictive tendencies.

A tendency to project responsbility for one's own feelings/actions on to others.

You may appear to others to be self-indulgent, however it is not only appropriate but necessary for you to have all these feelings about this situation.

It's not good or necessary for you to get involved; you can walk away.

Time to walk away, either literally or metaphorically. Your part in this is complete.

Walking away from this will free up more positive energy than you can presently imagine. Renewal awaits.

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Resource: Images from The Sacred Circle Tarot at aeclectic.net.

‘til next time, keep recognizing what your responsibilities really are, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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