THE EIGHT OF CUPS, LORD OF ABANDONED SUCCESS

Saturn in Pisces, Mercury in Hod

   Your ally has turned away from the golden cups arranged neatly in the foreground. Of the eight cups, three are stacked in a row on top of the other five. There is an empty space--one cup seems to be missing, and it is literally from the point of the missing cup that your ally is beginning his or her trek up the hillside. Your ally begins hiking in the moonlight, feeling the influences of Saturn and Mercury in Pisces (Mercury resembles Saturn but on a lower arc--in the realm of the conscious mind). The moonlight suggests that the Piscean influence might sometimes make people too otherworldly for the practical purposes of living in the “real” world. Pisceans tend to dislike confinement and discipline, sometimes withdrawing into psychic realms or into a dream world where their qualities can bring mental satisfaction--potential reasons for why your ally has turned away from the cups in the foreground. But Pisceans also tend to be gifted artistically and are versatile and intuitive, have quick understanding, observe and listen well, and are receptive to new ideas--characteristics compatible with Mercury. All these factors can combine to produce remarkable creativity. The Piscean influence, spurred by the discipline of Mercury and Saturn, suggests why your ally has turned away from previous achievements to attain greater heights.

CORRESPONDING COLOR: Orange.

QUALITIES: Turning away from previous achievements to attain greater heights. Combining discipline with creative impulses.

POSSIBLE ADVERSARIES: The Hinderers, The Concealers (Saturn). The Liars (Mercury).

Cups:

The Seven of Cups.
The Nine of Cups.

Connecting paths:

The Hanged Man.
The Devil.
The Tower.
The Sun.
Judgement.

Astrological associations:

The World (Saturn).
The Moon (Pisces).