Eight of Cups

Written by Jacob. Published on January 12th, 2014 at 18:01.

Eight of Cups Thoth Tarot

Eight of Cups Imagery

The cups are chipped. The top row of cups are empty. The water is dark, stagnant, and slimy. The lotuses droop downwards.

Eight of Cups Associations

  • Formula: Hod of Briah + Saturn in Pisces = “Indolence”
  • Numerical: Continuity, Fluidity
  • Elemental: Mutable Water
  • Decan of the Zodiac: 0º-10º Pisces (Feb 19-Feb 28)
  • Sephira: Hod “Splendor”
  • Ruled by the Knight of Cups

Eight of Cups Interpretations

The eight of cups has always been fairly straight forward for me: turning around, running away, or disgust. It’s about the cups that once satisfied you, the cups that used to overflow with water, energy, are now drying up. The beholder would rather have a few cups full of delicious, nourishing drink, rather than a few of the chipped empty cups that used to overflow with passion. The eight of cups is the search for the cups that used to flow with clean and nourishing elixirs. This wander lust is necessary—pushing through it will allow the individual to discover and uncover what will be the nine of cups.

Additional Interpretations

“Success abandoned; decline of interest. Temporary success, but without further results. Thing thrown aside as soon as gained. Not lasting, even in the matter in hand. Indolence is success. Journeying from place to place. Misery and repining without cause. Seeking after riches. Instability.” 6

“Indolence. Abandoned success. Decline of interest in anything. Temporary success but without further result. Instability. Misery and repining. Journeying from place to place. May mean leaving material success for something higher.” 5

“Indolence. Hod in the suit of Water. Saturn in Pisces. The Lotuses droop, the Cups are shallow and old, and are arranged in three rows. The upper row is empty.” 5

“Indolence. Saturn in Pisces. Hod. The power is now spent, the water is turned to slime, the flowers droop, the cups are broken.” 5

Additional Interpretations

October 27-28, 2013
I had been commissioned to make Tarot decks for my friend’s boyfriend and another friend of mine. While I really did want to help them and have the experience, I really just wanted to work on my own Tarot deck. While spending time away from home, with friends and family at a hotel, I couldn’t help but be stressed out about the projects.

I think this dream relates because something I find fascinating and fulfilling has run dry of interest and pleasure. I began to seek another outlet for the satisfaction I was seeking.