Each week, I pull a card from a random Tarot deck to bring us a message or piece of wisdom that we can think about or use in our lives on some level – if not now, we can refer back to it when it seems to be more fitting for us. This is food for thought, and not drawn for any one particular person or situation.
For this week’s message, I have drawn from the newly famous Steampunk Tarot deck. This deck is an amazing creation from tarot writer, Barbara Moore, and the talented artist Aly Fell. Deck published by Llewellyn in 2012.
Eight of Cups
This week, you may come up against burn-out, boredom, or disinterest – perhaps with a situation that was once welcome and appealing to you. Perhaps even with regard to a situation that is/was “living your dream,” but now you no longer look at is as YOUR dream. Maybe the dream is really someone else’s, so you have a strong urge to walk away and find what will have meaning to you.
If you’re ready to walk away, just know what you have accomplished is not a waste. There is still value in what you’ve achieved. But now, you may just find that you need to connect with something more, or perhaps something different.
Nothing ever stays the same in life. Things change, and we change, too! And this means that what you once felt passionately about may no longer be the enthusiastic spark that gets you excited. You may be ready for something else. This is what the Eight of Cups is all about.
When you find yourself asking, “Is that all there really is?” it’s a good signal that the time has arrived for you to start a new chapter in your life’s journey. You may be reaching a point of diminishing returns with regard to some important structure in your life, and perhaps you already have a good idea of what that is.
Hanging on and hoping for the best when it’s time to let go and move on is only postponing the inevitable. You can deal with this now — before things totally dry up or come crashing down on you . . . or you can wait for it to get bad before doing something about it. That’s a choice that belongs to you.
Perhaps you have been pushing your unhappiness into the shadows for a while now. You’ve tried to pretend you were happy . . . even though you weren’t. And now you are realizing that you want something more in life.
The situation is likely to be a fairly well developed one at this point in time. It didn’t just happen overnight. It’s been building for a while, and now it’s coming to your awareness in a way that you can no longer deny.
Changes and endings are not always easy. One of the signs, however, that will indicate you are ready to leave behind a particular situation is when you start lacking in energy and enthusiasm. When you repeatedly feel tired and dispirited with a certain involvement, that is an indication that something is wrong, and it’s time to look at the possibility of a new direction.
You may be “burned out” with regard to something and in need of a change. If you reexamine your life and your priorities, you will discover where in your life you need to move on.
The Eight of Cups speaks of a “graduation of sorts” — sometimes we might call it a “graduation of the soul” as it represents personal growth . . . along with the courage to recognize and face what it is that no longer works for you. With that recognition, you can prepare yourself to move on to something else.
With that said, the Eight of Cups is also known as the card of “abandoned success,” because whatever it is that you may decide to change or walk away from may be perceived by others as something that you should never release. To outside observers, it may seem that your success is already there.
But in your heart, you will know that it just doesn’t cut it for you anymore. You will know that the time has come to move on to new things.
Don’t be afraid to let go and walk away. As we are told in the book of Steampunk Tarot, on page 167, “Knowing where you are is important. Knowing where you are supposed to be is imperative.”