"A hand holding a group of stems of lotuses or water lilies. There are only two flowers shown which bend over the two center cups pouring into them a white water. The cups are not yet filled.
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"The three upper cups are empty. At top and bottom Saturn and Pisces.
"Temporary success, but without further result. Things thrown aside as soon as gained. No lasting even in the matter in hand. Indolence in success. Journeying from place to place. Misery and repining without cause. Seeking after riches. Instability according to dignity.
"Hod of Heh. (Success abandoned, decline of interest in anything.) Herein rule Vavaliah and Yelahiah."
The Eight of Cups is Hod in the scale of Briah. It is Mercury (Splendor) in the Creative World of Pure Intellect. Saturn in the watery sign of Pisces is not well suited here. Pisces represents water in a calm, passive state, and the heavy leaden effect of Saturn turns the water Temple of Hod into a completely stagnant pool. The influence of Mercury here brings about self-examination and introverted behavior. Thus a disinterest in the manifest universe sets in. The result is abandoned success, disinterest in anything, weakness, and perhaps even sickness caused by lack of caring for the needs of the physical body.
The Eight of Cups has the flashing colors which show it to be one of the suit of Water. Water flows from the lotuses into the two central cups which in turn overflow into two lower cups without filling them. It is as though the flow of primal water has been forgotten and abandoned. The background color behind the feminine hand is orange, the color of Hod in the scale of Briah. Orange is a secondary color formed from the mixture of red and yellow. The energies of Geburah (red) combine with those of the
Reconciler, Tiphareth (yellow), to form a third color, orange, which is the compliment and flashing color of blue, the Waters of Chesed.
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.