Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Eight of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™: 5-28-19 through 6-04-19

Eight of Cups

This week’s Tarotcast is the Eight of Cups tarot card. This is not the cheeriest of the cup cards. On the positive side, we can leave the past behind. It’s time to walk away from disappointing situations and relationships we’ve outgrown. Other circumstances have reached their natural conclusion. These actions might be painful. But they are necessary for our further development and for moving in a new direction.

The Elements

Water is fluid and conductive. But it also dilutes and distorts. The sign of Pisces embodies mysticism. Saturn’s weight of obligation, karma and responsibility can drag it down into martyrdom.

The Number 8

The Eights of the Minor Arcana organize, reason and communicate. Their energy may lack harmony, but they can restore symmetry and balance. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure. They establish limitations and boundaries.


On the Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 8. Sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (Splendor, the sphere of Mercury). This relates to illusions, imbalance and weakness of the Yang or masculine energy. Manifesting in the suit of Cups (Briah). The creative world. The element of Water and the emotions plus Saturn in Pisces (more on that in a moment) equaling Indolence.


This card represents Saturn in Pisces. It rules from 0 to 10 degrees Pisces, or February 19th through February 28th. If your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. Saturn’s heavy, hard energy in a delicate water sign like Pisces leaves the Fish without much mojo. The Fish haven’t the strength to stand up and fight. And indolence means inclined to be lazy or to resist action.

In real-time astrology, the Sun continues its transit of Air-sign Gemini. Mercury enters Pisces’ fellow Water-sign Cancer on June 4th, the last day of this forecast period. This active mental energy may be the literal fresh air we need this week. Avoid taking external events too personally. Nursing a grudge or stewing over old problems is depleting.

The New Moon in Gemini on June 3rd provides a welcome opportunity. Commit to goals that highlight your strengths. Hone your communication skills with active listening. Seek other points of view, and give them due consideration. Don’t just listen, hear. Then be willing to share your own views in a non-judgmental, non-confrontational manner.


Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of this card includes depression. Also self-pity, apathy, and at its very worst – suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

Let’s focus on the positive or light side of this energy. It’s there – in the wisdom to let go of what no longer serves our highest good. Often relinquishing control is our only good option. Our reserves of strength allow us to take a fresh look. A breath of fresh air or a drink of fresh water changes things enough for us to regain a positive outlook.


Power colors: indigo, black and blue (for Saturn), violet and white for Pisces.

Power stones: sapphire, emerald and amethyst (for Pisces). Onyx, obsidian, jet and garnet (for Saturn). Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones to help us keep our hearts open and our heads held high. They can also help us balance and recharge our batteries.

Power metals: lead (Saturn) and tin (Pisces). Neither is wearable. They are good for reminding us that flexibility can serve us best when we’re under the weight of change.

Power fragrances: heliotrope, carnation, opium poppy (the scent, not the drug). Valerian, comfrey, musk and patchouli. These will soothe and heal us this week. Saturn’s influence in Pisces isn’t the most comfortable energy. Still, let’s make the most of the opportunities it presents.

Power foods: foods prepared with thyme or teas brewed from comfrey or valerian. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

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