“He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.” -Meister Eckhart
Whether it’s a romantic breakup, opting out of a deteriorating friendship, leaving a one-beloved job, or even a shift in spiritual views, everybody reaches the point of walking away from something that was once quite meaningful. Often, the loss isn’t strictly tangible—it may be only potential, the bright future they had planned.
Today’s Tarot is the Eight of Cups reversed or Lord of Abandoned Success, associated with Saturn in Pisces. We’re more familiar with the traditional RWS version, where are fellow walks off toward the mountains, leaving his eight cups standing. Tarot Nova, though, does a nice job communicating the same message, with our fellow in his little boat, sad but also feeling the relief we’d expect at putting the situation behind him.
Dealing with all the Tarot eights involve hard work, one way or another. When I see this card, I know we’re talking about a matter close to the heart, often a choice regarding emotional (Cups/Pisces) boundaries (Saturn). This expression of energy here is very much a release—letting go, walking away, transcending (Pisces) limitations (Saturn) that are an inherent part of the situation at hand. Reversed, I’d look at delays, indecision, or difficulty letting go.
That’s the thing about energy—it’s a finite resource. If we remain emotionally entangled in situations that are not working, not serving us or the greater good, then we don’t have the wherewithal to use that energy elsewhere, in places and way it can pay off for us or others. Everything else suffers.
Leaving it behind doesn’t mean there wasn’t any good there. We wouldn’t have been invested in the first place, if not. It does suggest, however, the situation isn’t working any more. Inverted, there may be second-guessing about the break, ongoing grief, or other strings that continue to connect to those remaining cups. If you’re feeling this, ask yourself, “What good this attachment is doing?” Is it keeping you or another from growing, living fully, and moving forward? It is a false hope you’re latched onto? Does it serve?
I’m not suggesting you have to let go of anything before you’re ready. This won’t happen in my experience, anyway. But do examine what you’ve attached to, to judge if it’s still meaningful, helpful and appropriate to maintain in your life. Does it cause more pain than joy? Because by the time we hit the Eight of Cups, we’re growing weary and often it’s a phenomenal amount of energy required to sustain connection.
Here’s the thing: you can’t go anywhere else when you’re babysitting the remaining cups. It ties you to the proximity of the attachment and limits how far you can travel, you know? It’s scary to sail off into the unknown. But to me, it’s more scary to think I’ll never get there because I’m not willing to move on.
You letting go? How’s it going?
Tarot: The Complete Kit
by Dennis Fairchild
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