I was looking at the reading today and puzzling out the significance of having both the Moon and the Sun show up basically beside each other (though I put them in separate rows) when I recalled that it makes perfect sense for a Solar Eclipse day! Tarot always amazes me!
We have a reading today about saying goodbye. In the top row we have the Eight of Cups, The Ace of Swords and the Moon. The Eight of Cups is one of those cards that has multiple meanings. Often it signifies leaving something when the realization dawns that nothing more can be done to salvage the situation. Feeling drained and weary of it, you may also be feeling a loss of hope. Sometimes is a simple case of realizing that this is the end of a cycle and it’s time to tie up loose ends and walk away. In either case, you feel the need to move on. In the process of moving on we choose to leave some things behind but there is always the search for something new.
This message is reinforced several ways in this reading. First by placement of the Ace of Swords right next to the Eight of Cups. This signals that it’s time to cut through the illusion, seek the truth of the matter or a movement away and leaving things behind to seek deeper meaning. The Moon is a symbol of that illusion, just as the Sun is a symbol of enlightenment and understanding. We can only gain this enlightenment through the process of transition which we see in the Death card. The Death card is a card about the things in life that are inevitable. The theme of the Cycle is very strong in this reading. We see it in the Death Card, we see it in the monthly Cycle of the Moon and we see it in the daily Cycle of the passage of the Sun and the Moon.
At the bottom of the reading we have the Five of Cups. See the similarity in the Eight of Cups, which begins our reading and the Five of Cups which ends our reading. Both figures are walking away and leaving things behind which no longer serve them. The difference between them is that the Five of Cups is also about regret. Perhaps in making this move you realize that you could have handled things differently. In the Five of Cups there are three cups spilled but two remain standing. This fellow is focused so hard on the spilled cups that he doesn’t see the two full cups at his back. During your process of moving on, be reminded that it’s not all a loss, remember some of the good things too.
I hope this helps.