Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Eight of Cups Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:


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.

Eight of cups tarot card meanings upright

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. Eight of cups is the tarot card to find what is truly satisfying on a soul level. You are fulfilling the call of your soul. 

Eight of cups in the Vision Quest

The eight cups symbolise material world seen in Seven of cups. He walks towards union with his soul. This is symbolised through the Moon (Soul) and the Water (divine consciousness).

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 they must connect to their soul before any relationship can deepen. This card can mean the couple will go on a spiritual journey together.

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.

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. They feel a deeper sense of who they are.

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. Eight of cups people are often very introverted as they are seeking inner meaning and answers. 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.

Eight of cups tarot card meanings reversed

Eight of Cups tarot card reversed indicates the seeker has given up their dream. 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. Instead of pursuing their heart’s desire, they ended up sacrificing too much.

Eight of Cups reversed as Personality types

The reversed meanings of the tarot cards often speaks of the Seeker acting out due to being under a lot of stress. This can bring out the shadow aspect of the person. 

Eight of cups reversed as a person can speak of someone who feels old. It can speak of someone who give in to the demands of others and neglect their own needs. Sometimes they find it easier to hide in the background. They could feel very alone emotionally. This card shows up reversed when someone is too afraid to be their own person. They could fear rejection. Sometimes it is their childhood programming that keeps them stuck. They need to listen to their heart.

Eight of cups tarot card meanings summary

Eight of cups tarot card meanings denotes connecting deeper to oneself. Make small steps if your dreams scare you. Time will pass, either way, so you might as well get started now. This is a card for going on a spiritual journey.

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: Living off the grid.

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 + Nine of swords: Facing your fears. 

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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