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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- 8 of Cups: Indolence & The Jungian Tarot- 8 of Cups: Change

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth 8 of Cups: Indolence:

The word indolence, means entropy, laziness and sloth. The Thoth Deck Eight of Cups represents indolence in every symbol it consists of.  The number 8 is associated with Hod (splendor) on the Tree of Life and shows the influence of Mercury which would seem all well and good until we realize that Saturn is in Pisces. Pisces is calm but stagnant water/Emotion; and Saturn poisons it completely.  Thus the symbolism of dead water is everywhere on this card. Water, being represented as emotions in the cups, shows dead- stagnant emotional issues.

In the 8 of Cups card of indolent-stagnation, water appears as pools rather than a florescence ocean as in the 7 of cups and the Lotus blossoms droop from lack of rain (lacking new fresh emotions). The shallow, broken cups imply living in the old worn out emotions of the past. With only two central cups "emoting"  and unable to fill the two lower cups, the 8 of Cups implies unfulfilled emotional function. The whole image of the card, with leaden sky, extensive pools of dead water and a sickened yellow horizon, lends to the message of this card. That by living in past emotional reaction or misery, we are merely dead to life today.

The bright side is that all this isn't permanent and that once we acknowledge that we are being miserable or not changing emotional reaction to our environment, usually because it is a type of "martyr's complex" that makes us feel special in a negative way, we can begin the process of emotional recovery. Being able to let things end, is a skill that must be practiced like any other.

The Four Eights are attributed to Hod (eighth Sepiroth--Splendor) on the Tree of Life. Since Hod is in the same plane as the Sevens (Netzach-victory) the same weaknesses and/or defects that are in the sevens will apply. Yet, in a sense, the alleviation of the Sevens weakness is also being applied in the Eights. One might say that the mischief has been done  and their is an action against it; much like white blood cells attacking a intruder in the blood stream; not a total cure but a beginning in that direction.


The Eight of Cups is called INDOLENCE, and is ruled by Saturn. Saturn's rule imposes time and sorrow onto pleasure, making a general unpleasantness. There is no strength in the element of water to oppose this unpleasantness. It is almost like a hangover, except the party never happened as the caterer has not brought the "good cheer" nor has the host invited the guests. Therefore this card represents a fault of the host, whose plans were beyond his/her capacity to meet. The Eight of Cups usually means that great plans where fantasied but the host lost heart at the last moment.
 
The Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life, shows us a map of our journey through creation; through force and form. We are of the One Mind, and are much more than a physical reality. We are the Conscious connection between the Above: Kether, to the Below: Malkuth, all of which compose the Universal Collective Unconscious/The Divine Creative. 
Therefore, knowing that the Divine Creative built me to "observe itself", I often find myself saying to that emotional child within who fears abandonment,"Get over yourself and get on with you, impeccability is what we do". For I am not an "emotion", but rather a ternary creative consciousness who can observe itself, and place energy in motion to create my will in the physical world.There are Three States of Conscious running this individual show we call "Me". The Original "I" that began our Soul, the "Am" that began our Force, and the "Me" who is our form and self-conscious. Three of us, a ternary being, who talks to itself all the time. Yes, we Three communicate to each other, and when the Me feels down and out in its survival- mind-world, the Infinitely Greater Worlds of I AM can come to our rescue. It's not only "Okay to be Me", it is Okay to be Three in balanced union, all focused on the goal of expanding and liberating the Alive from their own short- sighted-self- absorbed realities. By listening to the silence behind the screaming emotion of the frightened child. we can hear our Guardian Angel (our own individual God identity--I AM.)  say to us," It's okay, I haven't abandoned you, you're still breathing." 

The Jungian Tarot-8 of Cups: Change, is a card proposing a philosophy that there is little mastery in any area. Here is a romantic flitting from one idea to another, as intuition and feelings are more important than thinking. Therefore, amusing pastimes are pursued, but only briefly. Although this person may have an intellectual grasp of many subjects, the understanding is superficial. Therefore, this card often represents an immature personality that is unable to make  permanent commitments. Hence many superficial pursuits are suggested, but few projects are likely to succeed.

When the 8 of Cups card is thrown during a reading, it implies:

  •  That for eight weeks or eight months the querent has been or will be experiencing moods of depression and abandoning success. 
  • There is a declining interest in anything.  
  • Temporary success, but without further result. In other words, things thrown aside as soon as gained. 
  • Misery and pining without present cause. 
  • Seeking after riches, and/or journeying from place to place. 
  • According to the dignity of the accompanying cards; even  emotional instability.

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