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What I See:

We have the Water element with the woman swimming in the river (also in the colors). It appears as though the woman is going against the current. I have a sense she’s staying true to herself. She has a determined set to her face. Is she pushing her endurance? Or just intent on reaching the shore? And I wonder what’s going through her mind.

This plays to character arc, water representing emotion, and the journey our characters should travel through our pages. Of course, that we should learn and grow in our actual lives as well.

General Water element/Cups suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Water

Light (upright) Reading:

You have courage and strength and determination.

  • Keywords: Cleansing, Spiritual Quest, Travel, or Moving On.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of letting the past prevent change.

  • Keywords: Indolence, Energy Drain, Escapism, or Avoidance.


Perhaps a story about pursuing one’s dreams. Or the search for something missing? Perhaps an emotional journey. Or a spiritual quest? A pilgrimage?

Maybe running away?

A camping trip? A lazy spring afternoon? Cooling off on a sizzling summer day? Training for a swimming event?

  • Eight Themes: Taking Action, Energy, Self-directed Movement, Empowerment, or Transforming Vision into Reality.

Typically, this card shows eight cups in the foreground with a man walking away toward mountains in the distance. Perhaps a theme comparing material wealth to spiritual or emotional relationships. Or of overcoming obstacles?


Staying true to yourself and your path.

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

For more information on the Eights in general, please refer back to the Eight of Earth.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide