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Eight of Cups
by Ruby Red Slippers

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Meaning
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Artist's Bio

Description

I used the RW theme but with a decidedly Texas slant. The fountain shown here is in McNay Museum located close to my home. The grounds here are fabulous! One enters the gate from a busy street and at once you are transported to another place in scenery, feeling and time. Behind the fountain is a Japanese garden with a pond filled with Koi and a gazebo where my husband & I got married in a private ceremony 5 years ago.

Five years ago, I left my home 2000 miles away to follow my husband "on a path with heart". Therefore, I thought this setting was apropos for the 8 of Cups. My husband is in the foreground. We are contemplating our next move, leaving one emotionally filled place and will be off for another adventure, this time together, in the near future.

My husband was very much a participant in this project and the placement of the cups around him where done so with the idea that the 8 of Cups shows how "emotion" affects our heads, hands and environment.

Meaning

The number 8 always indicates some kind of movement to me. In the 8 of Cups, that movement is attached to our emotional self's. Whatever movement is happening is attached to feelings and attachments to the place one is leaving and feelings and anticipation about the where one is heading. This can be in the literal sense or in the psychological sense of "letting go".

This card signifies a time to "move on" either way. Sometimes we know in our hearts that the current situation or experience is no longer fulfilling. At times the experience appears to carry certain inertia with it. Actually taking the first step is the hardest and the easiest at the same time. Because it is only when we find the strength from within, signified by the 8-Strenght card, that we realize how easy it is to follow our hearts. The shadow represents our "shadow self" and that it is only when we confront this aspect of ourselves can we be free to "move on". It is a time for celebration of our Spirit.

Artistic Media

The 35mm photograph of Mike taken at the McNay was scanned to the desktop. The cup featured here is from the 4 of Cups card in the Ancestral Path Tarot. The cups were added using Paint Shop Pro.

Artist's Bio

I am a wise woman who knows that the more I know, the less I know. I consider myself an "explorer of the spirit" of all that lives and breaths and has purpose in the universe. I am chronologically middle aged, but ever young at heart, seeking new adventure and experiences in life. So much to see, do & learn, so little time!

I am a registered nurse who has seen the power the "mind" and "attitude" has on healing, which is different than medicine. My traditional nursing roles included the emergency room, operating room and family practice. I've seen it all! I currently earn my living as a Legal Nurse Consultant, taking complex medical issues and making then understandable to the average person.

I live my life through esotericism of Tarot, creating healing jewelry, and the "Healing Arts" of Reiki, Shamballa Multidimensional Healing and Shin Jin Jyutsu techniques and practices with my husband Mike, my lover, friend and fellow adventurer!


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