Element: Water

Sign: 1. decan of Pisces

Planet: Saturn

Tree of Life: Hod

Light: apathy, spiritual heaviness, lack of energy, need for structure and logic

Shadow: disinterest but only for certain influences

Lord of Indolence

The Eight of Cups, also known as the Lord of Indolence, is a card that speaks to the profound inactivity and lethargy that can sometimes overtake us. It represents a time when we may feel so sluggish that we can’t find the will to get up and do what we want or need to do. 


During times of indolence, it becomes vital to open our eyes to the potential for change and growth that lies before us. The symbolic representation of emotional waters in the Eight of Cups suggests that it is through embracing and navigating the depths of our emotions that we can find the path towards renewal. In doing so, we allow ourselves to be guided by the light of transformation, embracing change with open arms and embarking on a journey of personal growth and self-discovery.

Joe’s Divine Guidance: Eight of Cups in a Tarot Reading



The Eight of Cups in the upright position indicates a time of apathy and spiritual heaviness. It suggests a period of inactivity where you may feel stuck and unable to move forward. The state of the cups’ indolence reflects how the cups have been driven to this inactivity. Take caution against remaining in dumb resignation without taking action.

In its reversed form, the Eight of Cups may indicate that you are beginning to move out of a period of indolence and apathy. It suggests a time of healing and transformation, where you are beginning to find the will to move forward and make changes in your life. This card warns against falling into a state of absolute excess and the delusions that can arise from it.

Mystical Symbolism - Eight of Cups Thoth

Image of the Eight of Cups in the Thoth tarot deck.

Broken Cups: The broken handles of the cups symbolize damage that needs to be healed before the cups can be used again. This suggests the need for healing and transformation in our lives.


Poisoned Field: The poisoned and dried field represents a lack of nourishment and joy in life. It suggests a need for healing and transformation.


Sun on the Horizon: The glimmer of light on the horizon represents the promise of a new day and the potential for transformation and renewal.

Tree of Life: Hod and the Eight of Cups

The Eight of Cups is associated with Hod on the Tree of Life, which represents splendor and intellect. This card embodies the need for intellectual understanding and insight in order to overcome feelings of apathy and indolence.

Astrology Insights

The Eight of Cups in the Thoth Tarot is associated with Saturn in Pisces. In astrology, Saturn represents structure and discipline, while Pisces is associated with spirituality and intuition. This combination suggests a conflict between the physical and spiritual aspects of life, which can lead to feelings of apathy and indolence.