~ Discovering the Wild Unknown: 8 of Cups ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is The Wild Unknown 8 of Cups.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown, writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Wild Unknown 8 of Cups
The Wild Unknown 8 of Cups shows eight broken cups at the very bottom of the card. Some of the cups are knocked over, but all have their stems intact and all have the liquid-holding part of the cup broken.
The background is dark as a mountain looms high toward the top of the card, creating a completely black backdrop. The sky behind the mountain is dark, with horizontal lines darkening the rest of the card. My guess is that this is a night scene.
Traditional Card Meaning
In the Rider-Waite depiction of the 8 of Cups, a figure is seen walking away from eight cups. This indicates the abundance that surely eight Cups might yield, but the figure knows that there is something better out there, and that it is their time to leave. They don’t know what’s in store for them, only that it’s time to pursue something better.
What I derive from the Wild Unknown 8 of Cups
These Cups are alone, on their own, in the dark. They’ve been left there. Someone had them, put them there, and however they broke, they were abandoned. Presumably, they once held Water, but the Water will have run out of these broken Cups, and thus, they are no longer of any service.
I wonder if they’re at the bottom of a valley, someplace difficult to get to and away from. I wonder if that is the significance of the mountains, that walking away from these Cups which no longer server a purpose will be difficult.
The night sky tells me that the future is unknown, and perhaps is a less than happy event.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.