Here is a quad of cards I pulled today. I noticed some repeat cards: Death, 8 of Cups and 8 of Wands. This is one which FEELS like it's about something very specific but I can't quite put my finger on it. It seems clear from these recent pulls that some chapter is very consciously ending and another beginning. This isn't a bad thing, but can sometimes leave an emotional toll as it's happening.
I do feel, in general, the 8 of Cups shows leaving the known for the unknown, and the Death card enhances this meaning. I like the description I saw over at Aeclectic:
The querent may genuinely care for these familiar cups (things or people) whether or not they lived up to expectations. A crazy new dream, however, is calling to him, maybe has been calling for a while. His instincts are to follow the dream. But good idea or not (an inverted card might suggest that it's a bad idea or an illusion), he'll need fortitude to do this. It is easy to give your emotions freely to what is known, harder to give them to what is unknown. Yet the unknown is what will likely raise you up to a new level.
Yes...that's definitely the hard part for me--having the strength, dynamism and fortitude (which I think is what the Chariot is about here), the energy and will, to do something else. Nothing changes until you do (the title of a book of an author/speaker I like to listen to), and that can sometimes be a painful reality to wake up to. No one will hand me a new reality on a plate-I have to decide to take it on.