Eight of Cups
Today’s spiritual card is the emotionally charged Eight of Cups, titled “Lord of Abandoned Success” by the Golden Dawn, a phrase inspired by its challenging, but important astrological attributions, bringing a sense of order and discipline to the watery world of Pisces. Fortunately, Pisceans like their own space, to drop deep into the still waters to be alone, to reflect upon their thoughts and contemplate the spiritual aspects of life, a subject they are well adept with and enjoy immensely.
Jupiter is the ancient ruler of Pisces, Neptune in modern astrology, accented by Saturn in the first decan, a planet that has gained quite a difficult reputation, demanding boundaries, order and discipline, to offer a few important ideas and keywords, traits necessary to live a healthy and balanced life.
Saturn is a planet that takes us deep into the shadowy aspects of the self, the parts of the mind that we may prefer to bury and ignore, but not today as today’s card is a card of reflection, healing and support.
Pictorially the card depicts a middle-aged woman leaving her belongings behind. I say “woman” as Pisces is associated with the element of water, qualities she will need as she enters her next phase of life. As she knows it’s time to confront her life honestly, to gain the courage to leave behind all that limits or makes her unhappy.
This is the heart of today’s important message and advice, a calling to move away from the hustle and bustle of life’s distractions, to reflect upon the obstacles and trajectory of your life and wellbeing. To uncouple from old baggage, to leave behind negative patterns of behaviour that keep you stuck or holds you back.
Numerologically, eight is a powerful number, the perpetual symbol and motion of infinity; negative habits follow cyclical patterns, destructive routines that without care we can become trapped or enslaved. Discipline and renewed effort may be needed, a time to step away, to simplify, de-clutter and refocus upon the real meaning and purpose of life.