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Eight of Cups — Spiritual Message of the Day

June 2, 2011

“If that were your only way to God, would you take it?”

Eight of Cups -- Tarot of the Masters
In Who Would You Be Without Your Story?, Byron Katie asks the above question of someone who is going through a difficult and painful experience. It reminded me of the Eight of Cups, with its typical imagery of a man following a path up a mountain, which is symbolic of a path to the Divine. And so this quote lends this card a peaceful nuance in its call to reconsider difficult situations in such a way that we allow them lead us from turmoil to serenity.

The Eight of Cups is often seen as an indication of leaving something behind, such as a problematic situation, relationship, etc. However, what we really need to leave behind is our emotional distress and anxiety about a situation. We don’t necessarily have to leave the situation itself—sometimes it’s not possible to do that—but we can always change our perspective about it. Therefore, one way to consider a difficult situation is to realize that everything can be a path to the Divine, and all problems may be considered “grist for the mill,” which is a sentiment we also see in this quote from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross:

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.”

Our problems can put us into a state of mind where we have no alternative but to surrender. Thus, they may move us to trust the Divine, to look for the best in people rather than focus on their shortcomings, and to live in the present moment in a state of acceptance instead of in anger about the past or worry about the future. But our problems can move us in this way only if we choose to do so, only if we choose to see the path we are on as our “only way to God.”

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

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