Today’s card is the Eight of Water (Cups), also known as The Quest. In the Shapeshifter Tarot, as in other traditional decks, the Element of Water represents the emotions and matters of the heart, love in all its forms, friendship and compassion, gentle healing, and all matters concerning blood, the circulatory system, and menstrual flow. Water also represents bodies of water, all underwater creatures and amphibious creatures, ships and travel by sea, beaches, seashells, and seaweed. It comes sometimes in waves and storms, crashing into us with force and overwhelming us if we let it. It is also where the Moon resides, whose power affects the tidal flow of the Earth itself.
The keywords for this card are Seeking, Abandonment, and Apathy. In the rushing waters of a stream, representing universal possibility, disembodied faces can be seen floating downstream. They seem unaware of their surroundings, either having their eyes shut completely, or by fixing their gaze past the salmon jumping about them, a symbol of vast spiritual and ancient knowledge. These creatures are of the beautiful mountains and lush green fields in the distance. Further, they do not see the Goddess power that surrounds them in the form of water-worn stones. Their eyes are closed to the truth or are avoiding what lies too close to shore. Instead, they seek a vision of an intangible, illusionary, and distant something that will require less discipline and responsibility. They have stopped seeking the option close at hand believing that the solution can only be found in a place outside of themselves. They have dis-engaged their emotions and float in a world of illusion. If only they would look to the mountains, signifying the gateway to the realm of the spirit, and to the green trees, Nature and peacefulness; they even ignore the flower of renewal close at hand. For these shapeshifters, the illusion or dream has become all consuming. Reality is a myth and the beauty of the ‘truth that is’ has been replaced with the delusion of the ‘truth that may never be’. This journey downstream can only lead to unfulfilled seeking and inner longing.
This card indicates a restless quest that has no basis in reality; stop and look at the inner motives of your goal and the illusion under which you are living. Now is the time to re-balance the spiritual with the physical, for you have allowed an imbalance to occur and are neglecting your physical responsibilities, whether it be your physical health, your family and home, or your financial stability. Your refusal to make commitments or rational decisions, believing that the spiritual is all important and the mundane can wait, are creating problems in your relationships and possibly your employment status. Time to take yourself back the the base, your root system, and make sure you are on strong footing before making any rash decisions.
May you ground yourself in reality today and may you find your roots strong and healthy!