Maat Tarot (Julie Cuccia-Watts, 2006) offers a somewhat different perspective on the Eight of Cups.
For one thing, the main figure feels female to me, though we can see nothing but her hand. She sweeps along, black cape flowing behind her, headed towards the light that shines through the trees. On her shoulder, a raven rests, whispering wise counsel in her ear. I find this card stunningly beautiful, from the bright flowers to the lush foliage, from the dark cloak and raven to the piercing, enticing sunlight. Behind her, filigreed cups are stacked neatly yet with a gap to the woman's side, giving the sense of an emotional situation which is tidy, but has left her feeling incomplete. Hence the figure's spiritual quest, moving away from the everyday.
Something about this card makes me think of Sarah McLachlin's song "Into the Fire". Although the element seems wrong (fire instead of water), the sentiment feels right to me - a quest for spiritual enlightenment, for a feeling of oneness.
After a morning of boring business meetings, this afternoon I see my therapist. I wonder what emotions we will explore today?
I am grateful for moments of spiritual searching.