Hi tarot people,
I want to thank everyone who contributed to the Daughters of Mercury project last month. Thanks to people like you, the project was fully funded, and I'm looking forward to being a model, a few months down the line.
And so we come to the 74th card,
The Eight of Cups: Indolence
After the initial honeymoon phase we saw in the first three cards in the suit, the relationship story told in the Cups has suffered through some difficult times. With the four, we faced the dangers of getting too comfortable and stale. In the five, we dealt with betrayal and disappointment. Although the six brought us once more to pure joy, the seven immediately found itself overindulging in that pleasure, and becoming corrupted by it. With the eight, we see perhaps the ultimate threat to any relationship: when someone simply stops caring enough to make it work.
We all know the signs when someone has stopped putting in the effort. Maybe they are waiting to be dumped, because they don't have the courage to leave. Maybe they're just killing time at their job, waiting to be fired because they haven't the motivation to quit. There is a siren call, which we have all heard at one time or another, that tells you to give up, stay home, phone it in and just stop giving a crap. Goodness knows I've answered that call more than I'd like to admit.
This card represents a toxic morass of procrastination, distraction, depression and sloth; a ever-deepening pit that we dig for ourselves. The longer we stay in it, the harder it becomes to climb out again. It takes the strength of will that allows us to speak honest, painful truths, and the emotional courage we sometimes need to stand up and simply walk away.
Ah, but perhaps that can wait another day, right? There's this show I've been meaning to see...
I had been imagining this card originally as being set at the desk of some anonymous cubicle farm, where a lazy employee was drinking on the job and playing solitaire rather than working. But I decided to get a little more personal with it, and depict my own workstation, and put my own self-recriminations for laziness right up on the screen. One big blank rectangle in Photoshop - the empty canvas is a scary thing for any artist to contemplate. It's funny how much work indolence took to capture though; there's a lot going on in this composition, and I went back and forth on a lot of the details over the last week before I was happy with it. I certainly had some fun making little creatures out of office supplies and building pyramids out of shot glasses though. Seemed odd at the time to think that what I was doing was actually work.
I'm already well into the next card, the Nine of Cups, so I'm hoping to show that to you soon. Grey skies are gonna clear up...