8 of Cups-Indolence:
This card represents emotional over-extension; where your giving of yourself to others and taking time for yourself is out of balance. Emotional happiness often depends on a balance of give and take. Emotional stagnation is a state of inertia brought on by over-extending oneself beyond personal limits and boundaries. Either, we ignored our limits and boundaries or just didn't know them. This card reminds us to set our boundaries and emotional limits and to honor those limits and boundaries if we are to experience emotional health. The eight of cups suggests that we are feeling tired, depleted, and emotionally short-circuited as a result of fulfilling others needs to the brim and ignoring our own. The symbol of the lighted holes in the sea of emotion, depict over-extended energy which results from over-giving or the random actions of over-extending oneself. This just radiates off into the atmosphere where it is wasted energy. When this card is thrown, the querent is warned to not over-extend themselves and not to just set emotional boundaries and limits but to honor them as well. This is especially so when one is deeply emotionally involved. Astrologically this card is Saturn in Pisces. Saturn suggests that we supply discipline or established structures in our life.Pisces is a representation of emotional fluidity . The combination of Saturn and Pisces, reminds us to honor our emotional fluidity but to set personal limits and boundaries that honor ourselves. It is best to understand that we must not do for others, what they can do for themselves...it is not our job to heal everyone we meet as freedom of choice demands that each of us have a right to our own emotional health or disease... As these are choices! It is good to remember that we can't give what we don't have, so it is important to honor yourself and stay in your emotional balance if you are to assist others in theirs. When I was studying Qabalistic Magic, my Mentor said something very startling to a young martyr who feared the evil of his own emotional confusion. After a period of trying and trying, without success , to achieve a particularly difficult Qabalistic ritual, I begged with tears flowing down my face, for him to show me how. After a horrid period of begging, He held up his hand and said," If you wish to speak to me you must stand for I'll not support your weakness." Stunned, I walked away feeling emotional depleted to the point of exhaustion and abruptly went to sleep. Upon awakening the light went on, and I proceeded to approach the Great Ritual with Greatness in my heart---and succeeded. This card reminds us to honor the inner strength in all of us and not do for others what they must realize for themselves------It's okay not to cure everyone. Do for others not what they allow you to do but what doesn't overstep your personal boundaries of honoring the Divine in yourself and others. Everyone has the right to their own imbalance so that by experience they can learn to correct it. Emotional over-extension helps no one, it only magnifies the error. "Above all things, know thyself"! When thrown, the querent is reminded that in the next 8weeks or 8 months, they either are going to experience emotional over-extension or will have the opportunities to set real emotional boundaries and honor them and thus relieving the emotional stagnation they are presently experiencing. For more information about the Qabala, Tarot Cards or for a personal reading on-line or in person call Eli @ 253-241-0129 or email <email@example.com> Thank you for your interest and comments. May you life long and prosper.