Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
Keywords and Phrases:
Abandoning a path, walking away.
Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
The eight tarnished cups behind the man look as though they were previously stacked neatly but are now in disarray as he turns his back to walk away from them. As Cups represent emotions this card indicates a situation where you’ve emotionally invested yourself into but now decide to call it a day and move on, and this may be in any area of life.
There’s usually a sense of disillusionment, perhaps for the time, energy, or devotion already invested but, realising it isn’t going where you hoped, it’s time to abandon the path in search of a new direction.
It’s usually a personal decision to walk away from the situation although this can be for good or bad reasons, often it’s something that has long since passed its sell-by-date but finally, the penny drops.
If reversed or ill-dignified, may show that continued efforts bring good result and happiness.
Similar or supporting cards: Six of Swords (moving on) Death (final ending, closing the door)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Nine of Wands (perseverance) Strength (endurance) The Star (hope)
Eight of Cups Tarot Card Combinations:
This is quite a self-explanatory card to work with, just look to the preceding card to see what the seeker is walking away from, particularly if working with a simple line, or free flow spread. Ideally, we’d like to see a positive card following to show a smooth transition to something more favourable. If a negative card follows then the seeker could make the situation worse and it’s worth reconsidering options at this time. For example…
Two of Cups > Four of Cups > Eight of Cups: walking away from a relationship that has become stale or wearisome.
Five of Swords > Eight of Cups: leaving a situation unexpectedly without consideration to others, may be viewed selfishly.
> Ten of Wands: “out of the frying pan…” possibly not a wise move at this time, but in reverse order (Ten of Wands > Eight of Cups) a good one – moving on from something that felt heavy-duty and put you under pressure.
Two of Wands > Eight of Cups: leaving a business partnership or group venture.
> The Fool: leaving an old path to explore a new one that seems more exciting, similarly Aces represent pastures new.
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