Eight of Cups: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading

9-28-21 through 10-05-21

The Eight of Cups is this week’s Tarotcast card. This is not the cheeriest of the Cup cards. On the positive side, we can leave the past behind. It’s time to walk away from disappointing situations and relationships we’ve outgrown. Other circumstances have reached their natural conclusion. These actions might be painful. But they are necessary for our further development and for moving in a new direction.

The Elements

Water is fluid and conductive. But it also dilutes and distorts. The sign of Pisces embodies mysticism. Saturn’s weight of obligation, karma and responsibility can drag it down into martyrdom.

The Number 8

The Eights of the Minor Arcana organize, reason and communicate. Their energy may lack harmony, but they can restore symmetry and balance. The eights bring justice, karmic balancing or rebalancing, order and structure. They establish limitations and boundaries.


On the Tree of Life, the Eight of Cups card represents the formula 8. Sephiroth or sphere 8, Hod (Splendor) the sphere of Mercury. This relates to illusions, imbalance and weakness of the Yang or masculine energy. Manifesting in the suit of Cups (Briah). The Creative World. The element of Water and the emotions. Plus, Saturn in Pisces equaling Indolence.


The Eight of Cups card represents Saturn in Pisces. It rules from 0 to 10 degrees Pisces, or February 19th through February 28th. So, if your birthday falls on or between those dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. Saturn’s heavy, hard energy in a delicate water sign like Pisces leaves the Fish without much mojo. The Fish haven’t the strength to stand up and fight. And indolence means inclined to be lazy or to resist action.

In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Air-sign Libra. Libra rules relationships. We interact with others as mirrors of ourselves. Libra governs diplomacy, compromise, and negotiation. We seek balance. We look for harmony in our relationships. Balance and harmony are also found in artistic expression and beauty.

“Seems to me you don’t wanna talk about it – seems to me you just turn your pretty head and walk away…”


Mercury is retrograde in Libra. We examine the ways in which we understand and communicate information. Mars is also in Libra and conjuncts Mercury during this retrograde. It is time for catharsis. We purge what we’re ready to release. We shed what no longer serves us. We find a renewed determination to fulfill our life’s purpose. This energy is a perfect match to the higher aspects of this week’s card.

“Just walk away, Renee – you won’t see me follow you back home. The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same – you’re not to blame…”

Neptune (in Water-sign Pisces) is quintile True Node (in Air-sign Gemini). Neptune is dreamy and intuitive. It lives in the subconscious. This quintile heightens sensitivity and clarifies our desires. We move forward in new directions – and to do that, we must leave the past behind.

“It’s easier to walk away, better off to face the facts. When love holds you up for ransom, walk away and don’t look back…”

Saturn is continuing its long transit of Air-sign Aquarius. Currently retrograde, it will station direct in Aquarius on October 10th. Saturn themes are time, structure, authority and karma. Saturn is one of the natural rulers of Aquarius. Saturn represents stability but Aquarius energy is unpredictable and even erratic. It combines tradition with innovation.


Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of the Eight of Cups card includes depression. Also, self-pity, apathy, and at its very worst – suicidal thoughts or tendencies.


Let’s focus on the positive or light side of this energy. It’s there – in the wisdom to let go of what no longer serves our highest good. Often relinquishing control is our only good option. Our reserves of strength allow us to take a fresh look. A breath of fresh air or a drink of fresh water changes things enough for us to regain a positive outlook.


Power colors: indigo, black and blue (for Saturn), violet and white for Pisces.

Power stones: sapphire, emerald and amethyst (for Pisces). Onyx, obsidian, jet and garnet (for Saturn). Wear these as jewelry or carry them as power stones to help us keep our hearts open and our heads held high. They can also help us balance and recharge our batteries.

Power metals: lead (Saturn) and tin (Pisces). Neither is wearable. They are good for reminding us that flexibility can serve us best when we’re under the weight of change.

Power fragrances: heliotrope, carnation, opium poppy (the scent, not the drug). Valerian, comfrey, musk and patchouli. These will soothe and heal us this week. Saturn’s influence in Pisces isn’t the most comfortable energy. Still, let’s make the most of the opportunities it presents.

Power foods: foods prepared with thyme or teas brewed from comfrey or valerian. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.

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  • Lyrics quotes: “Walk Away” ~ James Gang (Joe Walsh)
  • “Walk Away Renee” ~ The Left Banke (Michael Brown/Bob Calilli/Tony Sansone)
  • “Easier to Walk Away” ~Elton John (Elton John/Bernie Taupin)

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