Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Eight of Cups Tarot Card
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Following your dream.

Seeking deeper meaning.

Focusing on the spiritual rather than the material.

Being emotionally distant.

Abandoning the mainstream way of life.

Changing your priorities. Walking away from something.

Having few friends. Being a loner.


Abandoning your dreams.

Sacrificing your happiness.

Feeling miserable.

Symbolism in Eight of Cups tarot card

Symbolism is from Rider Waite Deck.

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Walking away and new terrain.

The eight cups symbolise material goods. The man is walking away from them representing turning away from the physical world to seek something more meaningful. The terrain in front of him is uneven symbolising new challenges and opportunities for learning.

Red cloak, water, mountain, and moon.

The red cloak represents the seeker’s passion for this journey.  The water separating the land symbolises subconscious versus the conscious. The mountain in front of him symbolises new stability if he stays on his path. The moon symbolises the seeker’s dreams.

Eight of Cups and Astrology

Saturn (World) in Pisces (Moon).

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Eight of cups tarot card meanings in a general reading

Eight of cups is the tarot card for turning your back on something to go and follow your dream. The daydreaming that happened in Seven of cups has materialised in a vision that the seeker is now going to pursue. This dream has deep spiritual meaning behind it, as the material world wasn’t truly satisfying. If Eight of cups tarot card shows up with the Hermit you most likely want to go on this path alone. Eight of cups is the tarot card to find what is truly satisfying on a soul level.

Eight of cups in a love reading

In a love reading, Eight of cups tarot card denotes a time where relationships take second place in the Seeker’s life. The Seeker knows he/she must fulfill their soul before any relationship can deepen. The Seeker needs to cut loose, go into the wilderness, and return a new person. The wilderness represents the place in the Seeker’s life where everything is put on the line to achieve something more meaningful. If in a relationship, this card can mean the couple will go on a spiritual journey together. If single, this card can also mean the Seeker will find love while seeking spiritual enlightenment.

Eight of cups in a career reading

Eight of cups can mean casual work supporting the Seeker while on a spiritual journey. Eight of cups can also mean pursuing what the Seeker always wanted to do, but was too afraid to do. In Eight of cups, the fear is gone, and the desire to live a new life has triumphed.

Is Eight of cups tarot card a yes or no in a yes/no question?

Eight of cups is more likely a no in a yes/no question.

Eight of cups as feelings

Eight of cups speaks of feeling connected to your soul. The Seeker feels stronger than a normal connection to who they really are. Eight of cups as how someone feels about you, can mean this person feels curious about who you are as a person. They are observing to learn if what you have is a real soul connection. If you are already in a relationship, eight of cups can mean they want to share a spiritual path with you.

Learn what Eight of cups tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Eight of Cups as Personality types

Eight of cups as a person indicates someone who seeks success and happiness away from the material world. They abandon the mainstream way of life in search of substance. They know there is something better out there and they want to get to it. They are often on a deeply spiritual journey. They’ve changed their priorities and many speak of them as someone who has changed altogether. They have turned their life around in some way and have grown up emotionally to the point that their friends and family hardly recognise them anymore. Eight of cups people are often very introverted as they are seeking inner meaning and answers rather than earthly pleasures. They can at times seem to be unattainable as they are very private people. They need to persevere as giving up to group pressure will be a huge step backward. Eight of cups people need to do what is right for them rather than what is right for everyone else.

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Eight of cups tarot card meanings reversed

Eight of Cups tarot card reversed indicates the seeker has given up their dream to surrender to an uncomfortable, loveless, and miserable reality. The seeker might have surrendered their life to please someone else, like selling their business to work in a job they dislike. Eight of cups sometimes shows up reversed when the Seeker feels completely lost in the world, and they have issues with shame and guilt. There are meaningless changes and purposeless journeying. The seeker has stopped growing.

Eight of Cups reversed as Personality types

Eight of cups reversed as a person can speak of someone who feels old. This card reversed can speak of someone who give in to the demands of others and neglect their own needs. As a result they often become apathetic and they believe things are a lot worse than they actually are. Eight of cups reversed people tend to go towards the path of least resistance as any challenge can seem overwhelming. However the lack of growth in their lives can end up hurting them in the long haul, and they will have to participate whether they like it or not. This is someone who is hiding in the background and is at times hardly noticed. They often feel very emotionally misunderstood.

Eight Of Cups Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Eight of cups:

8 of cups + The High Priestess: Developing psychic abilities. Empowering yourself. 

8 of cups + The Empress: Investing in health and beauty. 

8 of cups + The Emperor: Self-employment. Realising a dream. 

8 of cups + The Hierophant: Finding a community to belong. 

8 of cups + The Tower: Necessary conflicts to have individuality. 

8 of cups + The Sun: Becoming a leader. 

8 of cups + The World: Teaching. Seeing the world. 

8 of cups + Ace of wands: Learning new technology. 

8 of cups + Three of wands: Going Freelance. 

8 of cups + Six of wands: Using your talents to make the world a better place.

8 of cups + Knight of wands: Moving to a place where your dreams can come true. 

8 of cups + Queen of wands: Teaching something you are passionate about. 

8 of cups + Two of swords: Playing a long game to get what you want. 

8 of cups + Five of swords: Finding the truth about a dark secret. 

8 of cups + Eight of swords: Special needs expert. 

8 of cups + Nine of swords: Facing your fears. 

8 of cups + Knight of swords: Craving danger. Thrillseeker. 

8 of cups + King of swords: Becoming a professional, then a master within the field. 

8 of cups + Two of pentacles: Seeking more job satisfaction even if it means less money. 

8 of cups + Five of pentacles: Going back to school. 

8 of cups + Seven of pentacles: A hobby farm. 

8 of cups + Ten of pentacles: Needing family. Wanting to retire. 

8 of cups + Queen of pentacles: Wanting to care and nurture people, animals, and plants. 

8 of cups + Two of cups: Seeking a soul mate. 

8 of cups + Ten of cups: Seeking perfection in a relationship. Some will seek fame.

8 of cups + Page of cups: Auditioning. Showcasing your talent. 

8 of cups + Queen of cups: Writing a book, lyrics, storytelling. Creativity. 

8 of cups + King of cups: A healer. Emotional evolution. 

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Eight of cups tarot card meanings summary

Eight of cups tarot card meanings denotes it is time to go and chase something big. There are no guarantees where it will take you, but you can’t keep doing what you are doing either. Something’s gotta give, and it is most likely going to be the routines you are dreading each day. Make small steps if your dreams scare you. Time will pass, either way, so you might as well get started now.

Learn the Meanings of the Suit of Cups Tarot Cards Here.

Learn the Meanings of Eight of Wands, Eight of Pentacles, and Eight of Swords

Learn the meaning of the Number 8 in Numerology Here. 

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