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Eight of Cups Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:

Upright:

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.

Reversed:

Abandoning your dreams.

Sacrificing your happiness.

Feeling miserable.

Symbolism in Eight of Cups tarot card

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. 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 tarot card and Astrology

Saturn (World) in Pisces (Moon).

Eight of cups tarot card meanings upright

Eight of cups is the tarot card for turning your back at something to go and follow your dream. The day dreaming that happened in Seven of cups has materialised in a vision that the seeker is now going to pursuit. 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.

In a love reading, Eight of cups tarot card denote a time where relationships take second place in the Seeker’s life. The Seeker knows he/she must fulfil their soul before any relationship can deepen. The Seeker needs to cut lose, 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. 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. 

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

Personality types in Eight of Cups tarot card

Eight of cups tarot card indicates someone who seeks success and happiness away from the material world. They abandon the mainstream way of life in search for 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 earthy 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 backwards. 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

Seeking purpose

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 change and purposeless journeying. The seeker has stopped growing.

Personality types in reversed Eight of Cups tarot card

Eight of cups tarot card reversed indicates someone who feels old and useless. They believe they are over the hill and that they have nothing left to offer the world. Everything seems to be too difficult and hopeless for an Eight of cups reversed person. It is easier for them to give in to demands of others than to focus on their own needs and desires. This is someone with a tendency to escape through prescription drugs or in some cases illicit drug addictions. They are battling lethargy and apathy, 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 seems to overwhelm them. However the lack of growth in their lives 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 feel very emotionally misunderstood.

Eight Of Cups Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Eight of cups:

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

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

Eight of cups + The Emperor: Self-employment. 

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

Eight of cups + The Tower: Necessary conflicts. 

Eight of cups + The Sun: Becoming a leader. 

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

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

Eight of cups + Three of wands: Going freelance. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eight of cups + Knight of swords: Craving danger. Thrill seeker. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eight of cups + Ten of cups: Seeking fame. 

Eight of cups + Page of cups: Auditioning. 

Eight of cups + Queen of cups: Writing a book. 

Eight of cups + King of cups: A healer. 

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.