8 of Cups – Left to Pick up the Pieces

In the classic Rider Waite Eight of Cups, a man walks away from the eight cups standing in the foreground. The cups are arranged in such a way that it looks like one is missing, a sign that emotional fulfillment and wholeness is lacking. The man has turned his back on these cups with a sense of loss and disappointment and shuffles away into the mountains. A nearby river symbolizes his emotions, and the mountains represent the awareness that this will not be an easy journey (though it will be necessary for true long-term happiness). The moon in the night’s sky illuminates the path ahead – the man is leaving in the dead of night hoping to go unnoticed, suggesting that there may be a level of escape or avoidance in this card.
Biddy Tarot

The solitary wanderer has decided to go elsewhere in his quest for life’s purpose and meaning. The woman is left to pick up the pieces.

After Tarot
When she still hadn’t come home that night, Koletti, a hairdresser and aspiring musician, drove around the quiet neighbourhood streets with the windows of his sports car down as he played “full blast” the music he had made for his wife. He hoped this would lure her out of hiding.

When working with the 8 of Cups what can be overlooked is the aftermath of someone walking away. The truth is that after someone has walked there can be considerable collateral damage to be cleaned up.

A case in point is Melissa Caddick who disappeared a day after authorities raided her $6.8 million Dover Heights home, in an affluent area in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on November 11, 2020.

Caddick ran a Ponzi scheme that saw her allegedly embezzle more than $30 million from her 60 clients, including close friends and family members. Each month she would send clients a forged CommSec portfolio report indicating that their shares had made excellent returns. However, $23 million of their funds had been used to maintain her life of extraordinary luxury.

While accruing her millions illegally she lived lavishly wearing designer clothes and driving expensive cars. According to the seizure list, there was a jaw-dropping amount of jewellery including Cartier necklaces, Canturi bracelets, sapphire earrings, diamond rings and a number of designer watches by Breitling, Christian Dior, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, TAG Heuer and Longines.

In November 2020, the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) froze her bank accounts and properties and prevented her from leaving the country. On November 11 at 6:30 am, officers from ASIC raided Caddick’s luxury home in Dover Heights, a wealthy eastern suburb of Sydney.

Caddick disappeared the next day and has not been seen since November 12 2020. However a foot belonging to her washed ashore on a south coast beach on February 21, 2021. At this time police declared she had died.

Her husband, Anthony Koletti was just one of many left to deal with the associated fallout. Perhaps most devastating is the continuing monetary hardship faced by Caddick’s victims.