In Tarot the suit of Cups symbolizes the element of Water, representing the emotional side of life – as if Life were a box that one could organize so easily. Ha! Eights represent the eternal, We use this figure~ a figure-eight upon its side, an endless Mobius strip~ to describe the endless eternal. Being the first perfect cube, (2x2x2=8) eight is also a number of multiple manifestation, another sort of Infinity.
The cups are arranged nicely, the sand is smooth and the moonlight inviting – so where is everyone? And why is our fellow wandering off, now?!
It seems that wanderlust, the desire to find that missing unknown something, is a pretty eternal human emotion. We constantly seek to make things better, different, more…What is it that makes a man or woman leave everything when it was all set up so (almost) perfectly? There is a hole in the pattern of the cups as they are set up. Notice that the missing element in the arrangement is the passion (red boots) that makes him move.
By the same color of his cloak we see he is positively carried away by his desire, this lusting-after-wonder. The mystery of the co-joined sun and moon fascinates our wanderer. Prepared? Yes, well he has this walking stick… and he’s not going very far…
It can happen suddenly, in the midst of preparing for other beautiful things. Or it can be a long time waiting for friends who do not arrive before coming to the slow realization that no one else is going with you. And no one else can.
Whatever the reason, there are times when it is necessary to make course corrections, put on your cloak and grab a stick to go chase a moonbeam across an ocean. You will know when you have found it. The surprise may be (after all the travelling) to find you really wanted some wine on a beautiful moonlit night at the coast after all.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.