The Eight of Cups tarot card shows a cloaked figure, using a walking stick to support himself, turning his back and heading off into the distance towards a mountainous range. A river runs from between the mountain peaks and down onto the valley where he is beginning his journey. The moon shines overhead but with its eyes closed in point of ignoring the figure below. In the foreground eight chalices are stacked in a partial pyramid, and though all are upright, none appear to have any liquid in them.
Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings- Letting go, abandonment, loneliness, disappointment, escapism, walking away, emotional setback, change of direction, and despair.
The Eight of Cups signifies moving away from situations or abandoning plans. Transitions and changes which can evoke loneliness and sadness are bound to occur. As a card of transition, strength and courage are necessary as you face hardships. You will find yourself embarking on an unknown future as you leave your comfort zone but it’s basically being forced upon you. You must leave what you know in pursuit of better things. There is nowhere to go at a dead end. This is a card of sadness and the change that must occur for you to move through it to better times.
Love & Relationships- The Eight of Cups is a bad omen for relationships. It depicts abandonment or breaking up of commitments. It may also indicate that you feel your relationship is hopeless and you just have to let it go. It is important to note that even if this relationship is not working, do not let yourself be prevented from loving again. This is not the end, it is merely a change of course. For single people it’s a clear sign that what you are doing is not working. Either the object of your affection does not return your feelings or you are struggling to meet someone you click with.
Money & Career- As for your career this card may punctuate that it’s time to let this lost cause of a job go. It’s disappointing that things didn’t work out as you hoped, or were promised, when you took this job. But the reality is you can’t fix what is broken, and you have to accept that in order to find the strength to cut ties and move on to something else. You absolutely can do this but you must have faith in the process, that this pain and discomfort will serve your better interests.
Health & Wellness- The Eight of Cups tarot card shows the negativity surrounding you is taking its toll on your health and is leading to adverse effects. Your sorrowful nature is not allowing you eat in a way that is beneficial to your body. If you’re struggling with a serious or chronic condition you are experiencing a despair and loss of motivation because nothing is helping. No treatment is working or getting you back to your old self. While you may not achieve a full healing you can change course to recover your hope and positive spirit.
Spirituality- Your journey towards self-discovery and soul-searching has led to a conflict of beliefs which is turn led you to abandon them all. Perhaps you don’t feel they are working the way they should be or you are not strong enough to abide by the tenets. This tarot card suggests that you have been experiencing terrible events in life and they have burdened you for too long. You can’t push through them no matter how hard you try so it is time to find a way around them. Your success in the spiritual realm depends entirely on your ability to change course and accept this sadness and disappointment in order to receive hope and light.
Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings Reversed- Fake happiness, hopelessness, giving up, lack of self-worth, fear of commitment, stagnation, monotony, and fear of moving on.
In a general context, the Eight of Cups is indicative of staying in a bad situation because you fear too much what the unknown future holds. You are showing happiness on the outside but in reality you are angry, sad, or lonely. These emotions morph into a lack of self-worth, self-esteem issues, and emotional immaturity. These behaviors do not serve you and in fact make you vulnerable to hurt, abuse, and abandonment. And thus, the cycle continues to repeat and things worsen as years go by.
Love & Relationships- In terms of love and relationships the Eight of Cups tarot card reversed points out that you are unhappy and unsatisfied. Sometimes you get everything you ever wanted and in reality it becomes monotonous and boring. It’s easier to let a relationship go of a relationship that has lost its spark and excitement. But, is this truly what you want or simply what your emotions are telling you that you want? You can leave but if you’re suffering from a lack of satisfaction with yourself those feelings will follow you to your next relationship. In the most extreme cases, those of abuse, feelings of worthlessness and despair are so profound you cannot extricate yourself without help. This type of situation demands professional resources and you deserve to use them and get yourself out. If you’re single be aware that your need of outside validation can come across as clingy and desperate to potential partners.
Money & Career- Well, things are at a standstill at work. This is ok with you, for the most part, because you’re not ready for an abrupt change. If you were, you would have already moved on. Despite your job being unfulfilling, you are not convinced that a change would result in a better outcome. Right now it’s difficult to see past the negativity and hopelessness you’re feeling but here’s a secret- take on one small challenge, like updating your resume. That’s it. Once you have done that you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and worthiness and then you can take another small step like reading job openings in your career field. Each small step will equal progress towards a greater goal of self-satisfaction in your work.
Health & Wellness- An inverted Eight of Cups encourages staying in your current health program despite its (perceived) negative impact. While it may be cumbersome, uncomfortable, or aggravating you need to stay the course your doctors outlined for you. These are trying times and most days you just want to give up but rest assured your health is being managed to give you the best quality of life. Maintain an open line of communication with your doctor. Knowing why they are having you do, or take, something can often help offset the discomfort or fear.
Spirituality- In this position, the Eight of Cups sees that you have a weak spiritual connection. Your life has been clouded by grudges, traumatic feelings, and wounds from past events. Your repressed emotions are making you unable to connect fully with the universe and you’ve stagnated in your spiritual growth. Addressing those feelings, and the circumstances they stem from will help you reconnect on your spiritual journey.
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