Sinking Wasteland Tarot – My Favorite Eight of Cups

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I picked up the Sinking Wasteland Tarot from Pixel Occult a while back and have been slowing working to connect with all the cards in this deck. I am very fond of it and love the way the art depicts different scenarios than what one would normally expect. It has a post apocalyptic space like theme and to put it simply, it’s a very open world. There are a lot of decks out there you can just pick up and start reading, but this one is special to me. I tried to do that in the beginning, but to be honest, I wanted to do more with it because it felt disrespectful otherwise.

I tend to look at Tarot differently. Maybe it’s because I’m not a Tarot reader by profession, but I don’t really read them. I tend to feel them out and then genuinely experience them. A lot of magic can happen the moment you fully immerse yourself and slide into a new world. You gain the opportunity to live the lessons or obtain the information in a different way depending on the particular scenario you are looking into. When I do this, definitions change, vibes change, and for me it’s been a quick way to level up my own ability to see even more clearly. I didn’t even know I could do this until a short bit ago when I was shown how to jump around anywhere. I thought I’d give it a try with my cards and it worked! Before, I would sometimes be able to see the cards playing out a scene, but this was brand new because I actually got to go there. While I’ve always been the type to create my own meditative constructs, doing this has been eye opening for me and has really changed a lot of my perceptions.

In most cases the Eight of Cups is about walking away from difficult situations, being done with challenging emotions (or even relationships), and while that can certainly be applicable here, I usually see this card as more of a journey for self. It’s a deep dive into the psyche where one can better discover who they are. Of course, other readers are welcome to intuit as they see fit, but this is simply how this card hits me.

I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. The beautiful blues, the barren landscaping and the uneven terrain really paved the way for a true adventure. I saw it as an opportunity to trek through a limitless world where one could learn more about themselves and even forge a better path ahead. I’m a believer that, at times, we do have to get lost in order to find out who we are or rediscover our way. Sometimes it’s necessary to know there is no clear path forward and it’s up to each of us to make it ourselves. While moving through the sands on windy and chilly desert night may not be ideal in a regular reality, this world inside this card also teaches conviction and the importance of trusting one’s own intuition. I believe when you do, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for and be able to apply the lessons in your version of the real world.

I saw the cups shown here as everything that is being left behind. Whether that is knowledge, difficult emotions, or what one believed to be true, there is only so much you can take with you on a trip like this. Hold onto the bare necessities. For this journey, you only need your warmth, your mind, your intuition and of course, your wand. The further you go and the deeper you get, the quicker you will find the light needed to rekindle your fire within and start over again. If you haven’t taken a trip like this before, I encourage you to try. It doesn’t mean you have to let everything go, but perhaps you’ll gain the opportunity to further expand your mind.

I’m not much for symbols as noted in another article, but for those interested, here is a quick summary of what I have seen and felt. Intuit as you wish though. Using your own intuition during your readings is always the way to go.


Shadowing (cups and person): The light you are leaving behind while in search of something new.

Cups: The knowledge, the emotions or anything you thought to be true that is not necessary for a trip like this. You can’t gain anything new if you carry all the old with you.

Rugged Desert Terrain: A perilous journey, a true test of will, a challenge that will make you stronger

Starry skies: Being in search of a new dream or finding a path to better bring your current aspirations into creation

Crescent Moon: An opportunity to replace old, unneeded emotions with something even better

Hooded Cloak: External appearances do not matter here. This is a journey for you and you only. You will get the opportunity to emerge and show all who you are once this is complete.

Wand: In search of new inspiration, using your passions to guide you, knowing you will find exactly what you are looking for in order to rekindle your fire.

Facing to the right: Trusting that your intuition will lead you the proper way.

Tablecloth: I haven’t yet had a hit on this particular part of the card, if you see or feel something, please let me know. I’d love to hear your take!

That is really I saw for symbols, but if you see something I don’t, please leave a comment below. I love hearing other interpretations because when it comes to all of this, nobody is ever wrong. Your read, your intuition, your way. I also plan to write more about this Tarot deck as time moves forward, but if you are interested in checking this out, visit the links at the beginning of this article. I find it to be pure magic and I think you'll love it too.

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