Pisces energy has been waxing over the past few days, in the build-up to the Blue Supermoon in Pisces. The lunation is exact tonight/early tomorrow morning depending on where in the world you are (30-31 Aug 2023). So in today’s post, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the Pisces energy cards in the Tarot. Identifying these cards is especially handy if they show up when you do a Pisces Full or New Moon reading for yourself.
We are working with the Golden Dawn System of correspondences.
The Main Pisces Energy Tarot Card
The Main Pisces energy Tarot card is the Major Arcana Moon card. People sometimes find this confusing. Shouldn’t The Moon be, well… the Moon (as in the astrological Planetary correspondence). But no. Our occultist forefathers designated The High Priestess (Arcanum 2) as the correlation for The Moon. And once you dive deeper into Esoteric studies that really does make sense.
Pisces is the final Zodiac Sign before the Zodiac New Year that begins with Aries. So it makes sense that it is one of the final cards of the Major Arcana. The cards following The Moon are The Sun (Sun), Judgement (Pluto/Fire) and The World (Saturn/Earth).
If we look at the Zodiac signs as the various roles we try on for each earthly incarnation, we face our final exams before stabilising/harmonising in the process of individuation*** (The Sun) in the Pisces space. This is where our deepest fears rise to the surface, something that is clearly discernible in the imagery of The Moon card. If we learn to face those fears with grace and virtue, we get to graduate.
*** The process of individuation doesn’t end. Even older people are still individuation. However, when we harmonise/stabilise as individuals, we are able to express our true essence instead of being reactive and dependent on the approval of others.
The Imagery of the Tarot Moon Card and Pisces Energy
The imagery in the Tarot Moon card corresponds with the zodiac sign Pisces in several ways, reflecting the deep and mysterious nature of this water sign.
When looking at the imagery of the Moon card, we see a moon shining brightly in the night sky. The moon represents the subconscious mind and our intuition, which are deeply connected to Pisces energy. Pisces individuals have a natural ability to tap into their intuition and navigate the realms of the unconscious. They are highly attuned to their emotions, often guided by their inner knowing and intuition when making decisions.
In the foreground of the Moon card, we see a path leading into the distance, disappearing into the horizon. This symbolises the mysterious and ever-changing nature of the Pisces journey. Pisces individuals often find themselves navigating the depths of their emotions and exploring the vast and limitless realm of the subconscious. The path represents the spiritual and emotional journey that Pisces individuals embark upon, often seeking deeper meaning and connection in their lives.
Furthermore, in the Tarot Moon card, we encounter two animals: a wolf and a dog. The presence of these animals represents duality within the Pisces energy. The wolf represents the wild and instinctual side of Pisces, symbolising the untamed depths of emotions and the connection to the primal and intuitive aspects of the self. On the other hand, the dog represents the domesticated and loyal side of Pisces, highlighting their compassionate and nurturing nature.
The water in the Moon card is another significant element that aligns with Piscean energy. Pisces is a water sign, and water represents emotions, intuition, and fluidity. The water in the Moon card signifies the deep emotional depths that Pisces individuals often explore. It represents the ebb and flow of emotions and the vastness of the subconscious mind that Pisces individuals navigate more or less effortlessly depending on their fear levels.
The crayfish crawling out of those deep waters represents repressed subconscious material surfacing or deep fears being triggered. We can access and heal these deeper layers of repressed emotions or paralysing fears in hypnosis which acts as a bridge between the subconscious mind and waking consciousness. Dreamwork can also facilitate this type of healing and act as a bridge for healing deep-rooted fears.
Spirituality vs Materialism
Finally, the Moon card features two towers in the background. Like the two dogs, these towers represent the dualistic nature of Pisces. Pisces individuals often find themselves torn between the earthly realm and the spiritual realm, seeking a higher truth while also being grounded in everyday life. The towers symbolise the balance between the ethereal and the material world that Pisces individuals strive to achieve.
Quite contrary to popular belief, Pisces is also a sign that relates to money and financial abundance. While many Pisceans care little for money, they do love their creature comforts and often find a way to make a good living through their creativity.
In summary, the imagery in the Tarot Moon card corresponds with the zodiac sign Pisces by capturing its deep and mysterious nature. The symbolism of the moon, the path, the animals, the water, and the towers all reflect the intuition, emotional depth, duality, and spiritual journey that are characteristic of Pisces individuals. It beautifully portrays the essence of Pisces energy within the Tarot deck.
Minor Arcana Pisces Energy Cards
8 of Cups and Saturn in Pisces
The 8 of Cups in the Tarot corresponds to the astrological placement of Saturn in Pisces. This combination brings an interesting blend of energies that can be both challenging and transformative.
The 8 of Cups is especially highlighted at the time of writing this post. The upcoming Supermoon in Pisces is conjunct stern Saturn. Saturn is known as a hard taskmaster and his energy does not sit well in soft, dreamy and mutable Pisces. However, in terms of testing our limitations, Saturn and Pisces have one thing in common: fear (false evidence appearing real).
When the energy of Saturn meets Pisces in the 8 of Cups, it can signify a time of facing emotional limitations and exploring the deeper layers of our subconscious. This card often represents the need to let go of attachments that no longer serve us, particularly in the realm of emotions and relationships. Saturn’s influence here brings a sense of urgency and determination to release what no longer aligns with our higher purpose.
The combination of Saturn and Pisces can create tension between the need for structure and the desire for emotional freedom. It may evoke feelings of restlessness, dissatisfaction, or a sense of being trapped. However, it also presents an opportunity for profound growth and self-discovery. It’s a signal that now is a good time to move on from whatever is keeping us stuck.
The 8 of Cups Imagery
In the 8 of Cups, we see a figure leaving behind a stack of cups, symbolising emotional attachments or situations that have become stagnant. This act of walking away represents a journey towards greater emotional fulfilment and personal truth. With Saturn’s influence, this journey may involve confronting deep-seated fears, acknowledging emotional limitations, and finding the strength to move forward.
Overall, the 8 of Cups serves as a reminder that true emotional satisfaction often requires us to step out of our comfort zones and release what no longer serves our highest good. It encourages us to embrace change, confront our fears, and embark on a transformative journey towards a more authentic and fulfilling emotional experience.
The 9 of Cups and Jupiter in Pisces
The 9 of Cups in the Tarot corresponds to the astrological placement of Jupiter in Pisces. Jupiter is the ruler of Pisces in ancient Astrology. This combination brings a unique and expansive energy that is both joyous and emotionally fulfilling.
Jupiter is known as the planet of abundance, expansion, and optimism. It represents growth, wisdom, and wishes coming true. When it is in Pisces, a sign associated with intuition, spirituality, and empathy, the energy of Jupiter becomes infused with deep emotional depth and sensitivity.
The 9 of Cups is often referred to as the ‘wish card’ or the ‘card of emotional fulfilment.’ It signifies a state of contentment, satisfaction, and emotional harmony. With Jupiter in Pisces, this card takes on an even greater sense of abundance and prosperity, particularly in the realm of emotions, intuition and relationships.
The combination of Jupiter and Pisces encourages us to tap into our intuition and connect with our deepest emotions. It invites us to expand our understanding of love, joy, and emotional well-being. This card encourages us to embrace the blessings and opportunities that come our way, as well as to cultivate gratitude for the abundance we already have.
The 9 of Cups Imagery
The imagery of the 9 of Cups depicts a figure surrounded by nine golden cups, each representing a different aspect of emotional satisfaction. This image symbolises the culmination of emotional desires and the realisation of dreams. Under Jupiter’s benevolent influence, this card reflects the potential for great emotional growth and achievement of our heart’s desires.
The Dark Side of the Cups
However, it’s important to note that the 9 of Cups, like any card, has its shadow side. While it can signify emotional contentment, it may also suggest a tendency towards excessive indulgence or complacency. Jupiter’s expansive energy can sometimes lead to an overemphasis on pleasure-seeking, ‘checking out,’ gullibility or the pursuit of superficial happiness. It reminds us to find balance and appreciate the deeper, more meaningful aspects of life.
Overall, the 9 of Cups with Jupiter in Pisces is a powerful symbol of emotional abundance, fulfilment, and spiritual growth. It encourages us to embrace our emotional desires, trust our intuition, and open ourselves up to the vast possibilities that life has to offer.
The 10 of Cups and Mars in Pisces
The 10 of Cups in the Tarot corresponds to the astrological placement of Mars in Pisces. This combination brings together the fiery energy of Mars with the dreamy and intuitive qualities of Pisces, creating a unique and potent blend of energies.
Mars is the planet of action, passion, and assertiveness. It represents our drive, ambition, and the way we assert ourselves in the world. When Mars is in Pisces, its dynamic and assertive energy becomes infused with the sensitive, imaginative, and empathetic nature of Pisces.
The 10 of Cups, aka ‘The Happy Families Card’ is often considered a card of emotional fulfilment, harmony, and deep emotional connections within relationships. The traditional Waite Smith card symbolism reflects a sense of joy, contentment, and overall emotional well-being. With Mars in Pisces, this card takes on an even greater intensity and emotional depth.
The combination of Mars in Pisces invites us to explore the intersection of our desires, passions, and emotions. It encourages us to find a balance between assertiveness and sensitivity, taking inspired action while honouring our intuition and emotional needs.
The 10 of Cups Imagery
In the 10 of Cups, we see a joyful family celebrating together, surrounded by a beautiful rainbow. This image symbolises the ultimate achievement of emotional fulfilment, indicating a harmonious and loving atmosphere within relationships and the home.
With Mars in Pisces, the fiery energy of Mars is softened and blended with the compassionate and intuitive nature of Pisces. This combination suggests that the actions we take to create emotional satisfaction should be guided by our intuition and empathy.
Harnessing the Energy
The energy of the 10 of Cups with Mars in Pisces encourages us to actively cultivate emotional contentment and deep connection in our relationships. It invites us to take action that honours both our desires and the emotional needs of others. It reminds us that true fulfilment comes not only from personal achievement but also from nurturing and supporting the emotional well-being of our loved ones.
The 10 of Cups Shadow
However, it’s important to be mindful of the potential challenges that may arise with this combination. Mars in Pisces can sometimes bring a tendency towards passive aggression, self-sacrifice, or a lack of assertiveness. It’s important to find a healthy balance between asserting ourselves and being considerate of others’ emotional boundaries.
Overall, the 10 of Cups with Mars in Pisces represents a powerful opportunity to create deep emotional connections, experience harmonious relationships, and actively pursue emotional fulfilment. It encourages us to embrace the intuitive, sensitive, and compassionate aspects of ourselves as we take action towards creating the loving and fulfilling relationships we desire.
The King of Cups
The King of Cups in the Tarot is often associated with the energy of Pisces, even though technically timing-wise, he corresponds with the final decan of Aquarius and the first two decans of Pisces. However, in terms of personality and traits, he embodies the essence of Pisces energy within the Court Cards.
The King of Cups represents emotional sensitivity, intuition, compassion, and creativity. These are qualities that are highly characteristic of Pisces individuals. Like the water sign, the King of Cups is deeply in tune with his emotions and the emotions of others. He possesses a profound understanding of the human experience and is able to empathise with others on a deep level.
Pisces is known for its dreamy and imaginative nature, and the King of Cups reflects this quality. He is often depicted as a figure sitting on a throne by the sea, symbolising his emotional depth and connection to the subconscious mind. Like Pisces, he has a rich inner world and is in touch with his intuition and spiritual side.
The King of Cups embodies kindness and mastery of emotions, traits that are synonymous with individuated Pisceans. He is supportive and nurturing, offering guidance and wisdom to those around him. Just as Pisces tends to be compassionate and understanding, the King of Cups is known for his ability to provide comfort and emotional support to others.
Moreover, the King of Cups is associated with artistic endeavours and creative expression, aligning with the Piscean affinity for the arts. He embraces imagination, intuition, and the ability to tap into the depths of the subconscious mind. This makes the King of Cups not only emotionally intelligent but also highly creative and intuitive.
Shady Pisces Energy
However, it’s important to note that the King of Cups, like any card, has both positive and negative aspects. While he represents emotional depth and understanding, he can also be prone to moodiness, a lack of boundaries or emotional volatility, which is also true of Pisces. Addictions are another issue that can surface when this card shows up in a reading. It’s important for individuals embodying the energy of the King of Cups/Pisces, to find balance and establish healthy emotional boundaries.
In summary, the King of Cups resonates strongly with the energy of Pisces. He embodies qualities such as emotional sensitivity, intuition, compassion, and creativity. He has a deep understanding of emotions and is able to connect with others on a profound level. The King of Cups represents the ideal combination of emotional intelligence and creativity, making him a reflection of Piscean energy within the Tarot.
In conclusion, exploring the Pisces energy in the Tarot reveals a deep and mysterious connection between the cards and this water sign. From the Major Arcana’s Moon card representing facing our deepest fears to the Minor Arcana’s 8 of Cups, 9 of Cups, and 10 of Cups symbolising emotional release, abundance, and harmonious relationships, each card tells a unique story of Pisces energy.
The imagery in the Tarot Moon card beautifully captures the essence of Pisces, with its symbolism of the moon, the path, the animals, the water, and the dualistic towers. It reflects the intuition, emotional depth, duality, and spiritual journey that are characteristic of Pisces individuals.
Furthermore, the Minor Arcana cards of the 8 of Cups, 9 of Cups, and 10 of Cups, corresponding to the placements of Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars in Pisces, further demonstrate the transformative and expansive qualities of Pisces energy. These cards invite us to confront emotional limitations, embrace desires, and take inspired action towards emotional fulfilment and deep connections.
I hope this exploration of Pisces energy in the Tarot has been insightful and inspiring. I would love to hear your thoughts on how these cards resonate with your own experiences or any questions you may have. Please leave a comment below and let us know your perspective and insights on Pisces energy in the Tarot.
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