Your Weekly Tarotcast™: Eight of Cups

Weekly Tarotcast™:  6-20-17 through 6-27-17

Eight of Cups


The weekly Tarotcast card is the Eight of Cups.  This is not the cheeriest of the cup cards, but does indicate leaving the past behind and walking away from situations and relationships we’ve outgrown, been disappointed with, or that have simply reached their natural conclusion.  While those actions might be painful, they are often necessary for our further development and can be viewed as positive  – or at least a move in a more positive direction.

On the kabalistic Tree of Life, this card represents the formula 8:  sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (meaning Splendor – which deals with illusions, imbalance and weakness of the Yang or masculine energy) in the suit of Cups (Briah – the Creative world, the element of Water, our emotions) plus Saturn in Pisces (more on that in a moment) equaling Indolence.

The Eights of the Minor Arcana evaluate, organize, reason and communicate for their respective suits and elements. Their energy may lack harmony, but they can restore symmetry and balance. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure along with the limitations and boundaries of those states.

Astrologically, this card represents Saturn in Pisces and rules from 0 to 10 degrees Pisces, or February 19th through February 28th so 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-handed, hard-nosed energy in a delicate water sign like Pisces leaves the Fish without much mojo, or the strength to stand up and fight.  And indolence means inclined to be lazy or to resist action.

In real-time astrology, Neptune (one of Pisces’ ruling planets) is retrograde in Pisces (through November 22nd). Retrograde Neptune obscures and blurs life’s practical matters. We may lose some motivation and inspiration. We can feel a loss of faith, becoming more indecisive, but also more receptive. Inner exploration is a positive use of this energy.


The Sun and Mercury both enter Pisces’ fellow-Water sign Cancer on June 21st. The Sun in Cancer is sentimental, domestic and family-oriented.  Mercury in Cancer shifts our thoughts and actions to absorbing information on a more instinctive and intuitive level. The Sun and Mercury working together can help us balance emotions and intellect, creating objectivity, a nice counterbalance to the more difficult aspects of this week’s card.

With the New Moon in Cancer on June 23rd we can build and reinforce our foundation. All of the things that create our sense of “home” can be tended, strengthened and nurtured. Acknowledging and appreciating our family and close friends helps us feel safe and secure. This energy tempers some of the harsher aspects of this week’s card.

Saturn, retrograde in Fire-sign Sagittarius (which shares its ruling planet, Jupiter, with Pisces) will move into Pisces fellow-Water sign, Scorpio on June 20th. The main message of Saturn’s transit through both signs is to avoid repeating our mistakes.

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

Let’s focus on the positive or light side of this energy – and there is some – the wisdom to let go of what no longer serves our highest good. Often relinquishing control is our only good option, and finding the reserves of strength we need 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.

A little home alchemy:  Power colors this week include indigo, black and blue (for Saturn), violet and white for Pisces.

Sapphire, emerald and amethyst (for Pisces) and onyx, obsidian, jet and garnet (for Saturn) worn as jewelry or carried as power stones will also help us keep our hearts open and our heads held high. They can also help us balance and recharge our batteries.

Lead (Saturn) and tin (Pisces) are this week’s metals  – neither is good for wearing, but for reminding us that flexibility can serve us best when we’re under the weight of change.

Scent your home, bath and body with heliotrope, carnation, opium poppy (the scent, not the drug), valerian, comfrey, musk and patchouli – they will soothe and heal us this week. Saturn’s influence in Pisces may not be the most comfortable energy – still, let’s make the most of the opportunities it presents.

Foods prepared with thyme or teas brewed from comfrey or valerian will provide the same beneficial effects.


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