The Eight of Cups — 2022 Tarot Card of the Year
Riffle shuffle — 6X.
Overhand shuffle — 6X.
Cut the deck into four.
Pick up the cards in a random sequence.
Riffle shuffle — 6X.
(This process takes some time, as I am a lousy shuffler.)
(Still shuffling . . . )
Okay. Now randomly choose one card from the deck.
And that’s how the card for 2022 came to be.
So it is with great fanfare that I announce the card that represents the dominant energy for 2022 is the . . .
. . . drum roll, please . . .
Eight of Cups
(as if you couldn’t tell because of the photo)
This card looks hopeless, dire, doesn’t it? But it is not. It’s a transition card in the best way. At its core, it symbolizes a desire to make sense of the mundane world. It’s a quest for higher knowledge and deeper meaning. Something is missing in your life and you’re off to discover what it is and incorporate it into your life.
The lesson for 2022 is that you *must* be true to what your inner compass tells you…always, always, always. But particularly in 2022.
What does this mean — what is this mysterious thing that’s missing or lacking? Here are some ideas to help you apply it to different areas of your life.
Spiritual/Personal Development and Transformation
This is the year to set off on your personal search for meaning if you don’t know what it is or to go deeper if you do. The Eight of Cups shows your desire to leave the mundane and head for higher ground, higher principles, higher aspirations, and higher consciousness. This will be a long and deep journey, an excursion into the unknown. Indeed, the only thing you’ll know for sure is that you need to go on this quest and stick with it.
Is there a lack of direction in your relationships? It looks like there could be. This year is the year to shake things up, discuss with your partner/relative/coworker how to get back on track. If that doesn’t work, take steps to move on. This is the year to turn things around, with or without their support.
If you feel lost, take heart. You’re being called to something better, a new way to increase your income, a different career or place of employment. However you feel about this, it’s necessary for you to leave the known and make your way to that new endeavor, no matter how frightened or unsure you are.
If you’re having health issues (physical or psychological), the Eight of Cups says buckle your seatbelt because you’re in for a long ride. There will be some improvement, but it’ll be much slower than you’d like. Although you may not be able to return 100% to your old self, you’ll be pleased with the headway you’ll make if you stick with your recommended course of therapy.
Finally, let me leave you with a poem about listening to your own voice, without looking back, without remorse. I hope it will give you the courage to follow your inner compass when things get tough.
by Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voice behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life that you could save.
Here’s a beautiful recitation:
I designed the cover, Donna Clement took the photo, and Luis H. Ruiz chose the font colors and sizes and placed the text where I told him to. I’m bossy that way.
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