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GODDESS TAROT TUESDAY: the Eight of Cups

Inner GoddessLily MyersComment
The Goddess Tarot is created and illustrated by Kris Waldherr.

The Goddess Tarot is created and illustrated by Kris Waldherr.

Okay, so the universe is definitely trying to tell me something. For my daily one-card reading from the classic Rider-Waite-Smith deck today, I pulled the three of swords, which is all about sorrow caused from knowledge… learning something that deflates your giddy heart-balloon. Then when I went to pull a card for this week's Goddess Tarot, I got the eight of cups-- which is about disillusionment in matters of the heart.

Okay, world… what are you trying to tell me?!

Seriously, though, there's a lot to unpack here. The cups are personally my favorite suit. They represent water, love, emotions, dreams, the moon, the feminine, receptivity…. as a water-loving moon-worshipping Pisces, this suit is my jam. I visually and emotionally connect to this suit the most; I am viscerally drawn to it. The suit of cups is most closely related to matters of the heart, and I tend to reside in my heart-realm most often, driven by emotions and intuition more than anything else. So it's interesting that both cards I pulled today are about leaving behind matters of the heart--or at least, employing the mind to discern whether your heart is making the best choices.

In the eight of cups, we see a woman walking alone on a beach, under the guiding moon, leaving behind some treasure. The treasure, visually represented by cups, is some matter of the heart. There is some love-connection she has been reveling in, that she has now outgrown; she has become wiser, and finally realized that she has surpassed this particular heart-connection. It's a bittersweet departure, but it is necessary.

So, what does this mean for us? The eight of cups is a reminder to us to take stock of where our heart is. Whether that's a romantic relationship, or a passion of the heart you're invested in (a hobby, a job, a project), make sure it is truly the right endeavor for you right now. Sometimes our passions really can obscure our powers of discernment. And this can be hard for us to realize, because of course the nature of passion is that it is all-consuming. But when we can marry our head and our heart, and employ our wisdom in judging whether our heart truly is in the right place, then we are even stronger.

So, despite my initial panic at picking these cards (who likes to be disillusioned?), after some contemplation I've realized the truth of their message. Both cards are telling us to use our mind, even in matters of the heart. The eight of cups encourages employing our deeper wisdom when our heart wants to run away with us. Passion is addictive, enthralling, invigorating--and that's wonderful. But we have to know when to walk away from a particular passionate endeavor. When have we outgrown it? When is it no longer serving us? What can our rational mind help us with in matters of love?

Questions for this week: Where is our heart running away with us? What love-connection are you entangled in that you have perhaps outgrown? What does your mind feel about where your heart is? How can you respect both your head's knowledge and your heart's passions-- and integrate them together into an unstoppable team? 

Happy head-and-heart-hunting, loves!!!