The mundane key word for the Eight of Cups is EXTRAVAGANCE. Other mundane interpretations could be:

Over indulgence

Don’t let the heart rule the head

Uncontrolled sensitivity invites disaster

A lover’s quarrel

Caution in matters of affection

The Cancer decanate of Pisces is represented in the heavens by Andromeda, the princess who was ordered chained to a rock by her mother as a sacrifice to the sea monster, Cetus.  Cassiopeia had incurred the wrath of Neptune because she claimed to be more beautiful than his daughter, Nereides.  In his anger, Neptune, ruler of Pisces, sent the sea monster, Cetus to bring destruction to her land.  After appeals were made to Jupiter in an effort to save the country, Jupiter proclaimed that only through offering her daughter as a sacrifice to the sea monster could Cassiopeia atone for her sin.  Andromeda, innocent of any wrongdoing, was thus chained to a coastal rock for Cetus to devour.  Andromeda was not devoured by the monster, but was rescued by her Prince Charming, Perseus, and a enjoyed happiness she could not have hoped for had she not endured Self-Sacrifice.   The key phrase for the astrological meaning of this card is Self-Sacrifice.

The spiritual text of the Eight of cups, however, is more related to the story of Prometheus.  Prometheus became out of favor with the gods because he ridiculed some of their exaggerated pretensions and stole fire from the chariot of the Sun and brought it down to earth so that man might benefit from its use.  This angered Jupiter so much that he ordered Prometheus chained to a rock where a vulture was to feed on his liver.  In this story, the liver of Prometheus symbolizes the priceless gift of freedom to publicly express philosophical and religious ideas.  Prometheus did not perish because his liver continually grew back and eventually he was released.  The spiritual text is thus:  He who sacrifices his own desires for the welfare of others draws down the divine fire from heaven and with it kindles the highest potencies of his own soul.


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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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