Disillusioned. Who isn’t? We have 2 very conservative cards in the reverse, the Ace of Coins and the Pope himself, and although the 8 of Cups (Saturn in Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) is a heavy, lonely, sad card, it’s time to march to our own beat.
It could be, though, someone else who could be ‘disillusioned’ with us. The Pope or Hierophant, being of the Major Arcana (Taurus) and today in the reverse and in the center is of course about conservative, organized religion but also social convention in general, and on a grand scale in terms of how we’ve lived our own personal lives.
In the upcoming position, we see from the back a human who seems to be abandoning something in which he or she had invested a lot of themselves in the form of an incomplete, uneven stack of gold cups on the stagnant, drying up shore of a body of water in the lower corner of the card. The puddle seems brackish, rocks slimy and covered in green algae. This human is deeply unsatisfied. It’s hard to move on.
The Ace of Coins (Venus/Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) is a very powerful card. In the upright, this huge, shiny gold coin being handed to us ‘out of the blue’ represents money and a lot of it, but in the reverse, it’s going out or not coming in at all. In the ‘past’ position, this card in the reverse is greedy and materialistic, and this is the way you could have been raised – or we all were. The reversed Pope is loyal to God and country, great institutions, organized religion, of course, and, always pictured between stone pillars, the Pope being a very ‘pillar’ of society himself. In the upright, the Olde Tyme readers would read this as a traditional marriage or wedding, the gold coin representing a gold ring. The Pope’s stone church also represents a ceremony or a place of worship itself.
Grab the brass ring.
It’s a charming image, isn’t it, children riding colorfully painted and jeweled wooden horses around and around on a carousel, leaning out to grab a brass ring barely within reach at every turn.
I’m pretty sure they can teach rats to do the same thing #yearofthemetalrat
That ‘pool’ is ‘drying up’ it would seem, even if we did everything ‘right’, that is according to social convention, tradition, or religion or as we were taught. The Ace of Coins was a bad investment or opportunity you turned down, missed or ‘walked away from’ as a matter of individuality, nonconformity, even ethics. This could also represent the Church itself losing money, that gold coin in the past position in the reverse looks a bit like an empty collection plate.
The suit of Cups is the emotional suit. It’s all about how we feel, and it’s important. It’s a passive, receptive suit, which is why the 8 of Cups is so interesting in this spread in the ‘future’ position. This human is no longer waiting to be told what to believe or how to feel or for what or for whom, but instead is moving on. He or she has no choice at this point but to choose to pursue his or her own happiness. One’s own happiness is one’s own responsibility, period.
Something doesn’t feel right, we don’t fit in, we’re not treated as an equal, and in these cards we never will be at least by doing the things the way they’ve always been done for who we’ve always done them for or even with.
The 8 of Cups is a ‘seeker’. We may not know what happiness is but we should know what it isn’t, our own instincts tell us that, and we feel it. Or hear it: the Pope, or Hierophant, points skyward with his white-gloved right hand as if to say ‘listen!’. In the reverse, we’re not listening, or more likely, not listening to him as much as listening to our own inner voice. There is interesting lore around the phenomenon of ‘ringing in the ears’, as in clairaudience. The right and left ears receive different messages and meanings, but with the Hierophant in the reverse, it’s probably just your crappy TV speakers.
The 8 of Cups goes where no man – or woman – has gone before. I’m inspired by this card, it takes a lot to put your own happiness first. The 2 cards that follow the lonely 8 in the suit of Love, the 9 and 10, are both happy cards, and the departing human cloaked in red bravely ventures ahead to face an uncertain future. This is also a card of seeking refuge from a flood or hurricane, in which case the usual relief or resources may be unavailable – or conditional.
There are no mistakes, although looking closely at the unevenly stacked cups on the 8 we may think we should or could have done things differently, especially in matters of the heart, but there is no point looking back at reversed cards, or looking back at all.
Someone may simply not be suited for marriage, period, or someone may prefer their own sex, religion, nationality or race.
It may be right for someone, or everyone, else, but it’s not right for you, that’s all.