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Eight of Cups — Spiritual Message of the Day

February 12, 2011

Eight of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersA figure climbing up a hill, which we typically see on the Eight of Cups, has obvious connotations of spiritual pursuits and a quest for enlightenment. This card says that such a quest involves leaving behind our emotional attachments. This may refer to a relationship, but often it refers to the many little attachments we have, and we do have a lot of them.  We have emotional attachments to both the good and the bad things in life — the failures as well as the successes, the aggravations as well as the pleasures, the sadness as well as the joy, the hate as well as the love. The problem is that our attachments create irrational behavior — words and deeds that arise from a place that is unworthy of us instead of from a place that is in accord with our higher self.

You can discover what some of your more dysfunctional attachments are by thinking of something in your life that you don’t like and then try to abandon it. If you encounter internal resistance, there you are. You found one. For example, does someone in your life (a friend, neighbor, co-worker, family member, etc.) aggravate you?  The next time you start thinking about what a jerk that person is, try to stop thinking about that and replace that thought with one of compassion and understanding.  Can you do it? Probably not, and that indicates that you are emotionally attached to that aggravation. But practice doing it anyway, even if it feels false at first, and eventually you’ll find yourself leaving that attachment behind.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

  1. This post is a bit of an eye opener for me! Very interesting perspective on this card …

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