Artist: Mary Layton
Cutting ties, making changes, abandonment, disappointment
“The Eight of Cups represents a turning point, or change of heart. Generally, moving on from the past, or from an undesirable situation. Leaving behind past issues and searching for new beginnings. Perhaps the blonde mermaid sang an inspiring song, encouraging the man to leave behind a troubled past and embark on a search for a better future (and, in the process, she’ll gain some golden goblets to add to her stash of treasures). The card’s astrological associations are Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio – all water signs, which made it easy to fit them into the nautical theme. I’ve represented the signs in my painting by using the mermaid’s fish friends for Pisces, the crab in the mid-ground for Cancer, and I have depicted the constellation Scorpius in the night stars.”
A lonely figure stands on the pier, walking away – leaving the lush sea in favor of a barren landscape. In the water a mermaid sings a song of inspiration to help him turn his back on the past and move on with his life. The mermaid revels in lost treasures of his past as he walks into the dark night. The moon creeps out to light his path, symbolizing the spiritual nature of his journey, but also that the reasons for this decision may not be as simple as they seem.
This card represents a sense of dissatisfaction tempting you to give it all up and walk away – often with a desire to discard material possessions in favor of a more spiritual contentment. It is time to consider what will bring you greater joy and fulfillment.
Astrological Element & Association
Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
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