Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Pamela Colman Smith, 1909

Eight of Cups Keywords: Abondonment, Moving On, Spiritual Quest

Eight of Cups Tarot Card Description

A man in a red cloak and red boots walks away from eight cups stacked neatly in the foreground. He brings a staff for the journey. He walks along the water’s edge and heads for the hilly terrain in the background. The sky is dark blue and there’s a waning crescent moon, along with a full moon, shining down. The eyes of the full moon are gazing down on the man.

What The Eight of Cups Means In A Tarot Reading

A difficult choice has been made to leave something behind and move on. I say ‘something’ because the neatly stacked cups in this card can represent many things; all of which have brought you joy and happiness and continue to do so. You’ve invested time and effort into these things, and nurtured and cared for them, but the outcome wasn’t quite what you expected it would be. While they bring you joy, you’re not fulfilled – particularly on a spiritual and emotional level.

So, what are these things? Well, that’s going to be different for everyone and in every reading. The more important question here is why you are abandoning these things. You’ve invested time, effort, care, and attention, but now you’ve come to realize that what you believed would fulfil you doesn’t really fulfil you at all. This isn’t something that’s easy to come to terms with and walking away is difficult.

You’re setting out on a spiritual quest; searching for higher emotional ground. You need something in your life that’s going to meet your needs on a deeper level. You thought your achievements so far, and the path that you were on, were all you needed, but you’ve come to realize that something is missing.

The hills in the background represent the climb to higher emotional ground and spiritual awareness. It’s not an easy path. In fact, it would be much easier to accept things as they are now – after all, you’ve invested time, care, and attention in your situation, and it still brings you joy. But you know deep down that it’s not enough. Your intuition is telling you that, with effort and persistence, you can find true fulfilment. What this means will be different for everyone, but if you’ve pulled this card in a reading then deep down you know what you’ve got to do. The Eight of Cups is an affirmation of this and is an encouragement to you to take those first steps.

Eight of Cups Love And Relationships Tarot Meaning

The Eight of Cups often signifies the end of a relationship that you’ve worked hard at. Both you and your partner have invested time, care, and attention in the relationship, but it just hasn’t worked out as you’d thought and hoped it would. You’ve realized that the time has come to walk away. You have the courage and conviction to do this. You need more from a relationship, and you’re prepared to put in the effort to find that love and happiness.

Occasionally, the Eight of Cups may indicate that you need to find a new way to be in your present relationship. It may not mean the end of this relationship, but there’ll be a fundamental change and shake-up in how you relate to one another. There’ll be a huge shift in the direction the relationship takes, and you’ll find new and ultimately better ways to be together.

If you’re single and wondering whether a new relationship is on the horizon for you, the appearance of the Eight of Cups suggests that you should invest some time in yourself. Discover what it is that will bring you true happiness. Learn how to fill your emotional and spiritual needs. As you do this, you’ll find that you’re open to new and better experiences. You’ll set yourself up to find a love that you connect with on a deep level – one that nourishes your soul.

Eight of Cups Career Tarot Meaning

The same meanings apply in a career reading. The Eight of Cups shows you leaving behind past success for something that will be more meaningful to you. In some instances, this will mean changing your career path entirely. You might leave your job when you find that it isn’t what you thought it would be. Changing direction won’t be easy, but you’ll know in your heart that it’s the right thing to do. Despite the effort and attention that you’ve given to your job, and the success you’ve achieved, you know it isn’t the right fit for you. You’ve a better idea now of what will fulfil you and you’re willing to put in the hard toil and effort required to reach that goal.

On the other hand, the change required mightn’t be so dramatic as a change of career. You may simply find that, despite your care and attention to detail, something you’ve been working on hasn’t turned out as you had hoped it would, and you’re having to go back to the drawing board. Admitting this to yourself won’t be easy, but you know a change in direction is needed. This will require more work and effort, but it will definitely be worth it in the end.

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