Featured Card of the Day – 8 of Cups – 78 Tarot Mythical

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Keywords

Disappointment, escape, cutting ties

Element

Water

Astrological Association

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

THE CARD’S STORY BY: JAYDE HILLIARD

I decided to illustrate an Iroquois story called Three Brothers Who Followed the Sun, one of the surviving Native American stories which we are fortunate enough to be able to read and listen to today. In the card, you see that the brothers have departed the shores of their home, leaving behind vases (representing the cups) that were molded by the hands of their family. While some versions of this story has the brothers eventually living the rest of their lives contentedly in the spirit world, hunting and never tiring, others do not have such a positive ending and convey that the brothers are killed after returning home from their journey and telling their family about what they saw while they followed the sun.

THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN

Three figures, three brothers, sail off into the horizon in a canoe together. Bored of their current life, they are travelling towards the sun, behind them, eight jars lie, cast aside like detritus. Up, up and away! It’s time for you to take your leave, and move onto bigger and better things. Yes, you’ll miss the old ways, but you know this is the right decision for you. It’s far better to take the risk now, to go and be happy, while fondly remembering the past, than stagnate, and end up resenting that you stayed. No matter how safe and familiar your current life, your new one will be better, and deep in your heart, you know it.

MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: THREE BROTHERS WHO FOLLOWED THE SUN

The Three Brothers Who Followed the Sun is an Iroquois sun myth. There are variations, but the story is told that three brothers, who were unmarried, spent their lives as huntsmen. But as the years passed, they tired of the hunt, and became dissatisfied. One brother suggested that they travel to the edge of the world. Their journey was longer and more complex than they expected, but eventually they got to where the sun dips under the sky’s edge. Two brothers made it, unfortunately the other only in spirit form as the sun came down too fast for him. Leaving their old lives to make positive changes make this legend a perfect one for the card.

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