The reason I love the 8 of Cups from the Shadowscapes Tarot (UK Amazon affiliate link) so much is that it is an invitation to dive deeper into the realm of our emotions. I take this as an invitation to reconnect with the heart, to get to know it and allow it to light the way forward so that we can follow the path of our destiny and soul’s calling with peace in our hearts.
The mind often likes to convince us that it is the seat of the soul. This is a lie, of course. The ego-mind is fond of lies, mind tricks and illusions. It is the mind that tricks us into taking that job we know deep down we’ll end up hating. It’s the mind that makes us choose friends based on popularity or a romantic partner based on looks rather than possessing a true and loving heart. It’s the mind that constantly chatters to make sure that we can’t hear the voice of the heart… because if we did, we would trust ourselves and our choices completely.
Gasp! And then…
It would no longer be possible to motivate us with fear. We would no longer need the things that the advertisers insist we need. We would no longer be pawns in the political agenda of those with worldly power. Almost everything you see around you – not just media – is set in place to keep you as an automaton of your own monkey mind.
When you first wake up to this fact, it is likely to hurt… but once you have learned to tune into the voice of your own heart, you know that the cure for that pain, aka Weltschmertz, is found, not in other people or things or circumstances – but deep within your own heart.
Divine restlessness is something I often associate with the traditional depiction of the 8 of Cups. In this 8 of Cups, we already see the intent, coupled with courage, not just to leave a situation behind but to go ever deeper… This card feels very much like an invitation for us all to go deeper…
Another quote that might be a good fit for this card is this classic Steve Jobs quote:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
Will you spend some time in the company of your heart today? Will you trust its voice enough to follow it?