Your Chosen Card – Eight of Cups Reversed Thoth Deck
When reversed, the Eight of Cups cautions you to be thoughtful about a temptation to abandon your current life circumstances in search of greener pastures. You may be feeling dissatisfied with some aspect of your life, but now may not be the optimal time to walk away from difficulties; it may be wiser to try to resolve problems in your current situation. If you run away from troubles, you may take them with you because they are of your own making. The grass may not be greener on the other side. Ponder the words of Eric Samuel Timm: ‘We are often unaware of the gradual decline and the erosion in our lives but not unaware of the gnawing feeling it brings.’ 41
Keywords Reversed: The decline of a matter, disillusionment, abandoned success, instability, unsteady emotions, dissatisfaction, resignation, giving up, recklessly walking away, aimless travel, chasing an illusion, emotional withdrawal, fear of intimacy, dejection, loss of interest, feeling stuck, indolence, sluggishness, laziness; do blonds really have more fun?
Timing: 0 Pisces10 Pisces. Tropical, 19 February28 February. Sidereal, 14 March23 March.
Astrology: The stern taskmaster Saturn in the first decan of watery Pisces, realm of the Knight of Cups (Fire of Water) and the inconstant Moon (Pisces). Saturn is linked to the World.
Number Symbolism: 8 – movement, action, power, determination.
Etteilla: A blond girl, a sincere girl, modesty, timidity, sweetness, attractiveness, honor, moderation; (R) joy, pleasure, happiness, satisfaction, festivity, diversion, pomp.
When Eight of Cups is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If Eight of Cups is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Eight of Cups is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for Eight of Cups using cards from the Thoth Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
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Complete Book of Tarot: The Golden Dawn used number associations in various ways to assign meanings to the tarot cards. One of their fundamental ideas was to pair the thirty-six pip cards numbered two through ten with the thirty-six decans of the zodiac. What is a decan?
Complete Book of Tarot: When upright, the Eight of Cups indicates that you have surveyed your current situation and it no longer feels emotionally satisfying. Because of this dissatisfaction with circumstances, you have decided to move on in search of greener pastures. Perhaps a project or a relationship has not lived up to expectations. You may be feeling ‘stuck in the mud’ and wanting to look for fulfillment elsewhere. The bottom line is that you are seeking greater joy and happiness because it does not appear to be available in your present circumstances. It is important to determine whether your discontent is based on a valid assessment of your situation or whether you are acting on some illusory notion, for instance, that blonds have more fun.
Complete Book of Tarot: we saw in the last chapter that the modern tarot deck consists of seventy-eight playing cards in five suits: Wands (batons), Swords, Cups, Pentacles (coins, disks), and trumps (keys, major arcana). Tarot cards today are used to play card games but more commonly are used as tools for divination. The structure of the current tarot deck derives from the ordinary playing cards (naibs, naipes) the Arabs brought to Spain some seven hundred years ago. The practice of playing games with cards was well-established on the Iberian Peninsula by the year 1375 CE.
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Complete Book of Tarot: A fundamental principle is that a cards essential meaning does not change simply because it appears upside down. What does change is the way in which you perceive the card as opposed to what the card essentially signifies. If you stand on your head, the room you occupy is still the same room. Your perception of your surroundings, however, becomes altered in the process. In other words, the room stays the same but you experience it differently.