Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Holistic Tarot card meanings and correspondences

“I give you this to take with you:
Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can
begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.”
― Judith Minty

The 8 of Cups is letting you know that the restlessness you are feeling inside is completely justified. The time to move on has come. And while it can be very hard to leave and embrace the unknown, the only certainty in life is change… so trust your gut, celebrate the unknown and leave swiftly. Lingering will only build the pressure to boiling point. Nothing good can come of it.

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
~ Robert Tewe

The 8 of Cups could show up to signal that it is time to break up with someone, quit a dead-end job or to depart with a bad habit. Either way it is showing you what your gut has been whispering for a while: ‘enough is enough’  

Affirmation: “I respect myself enough to leave any situation which no longer serves my Highest Good.”

8 of Cup Prayer

Dear Mother-Father God (or whichever higher power you acknowledge), thank you for helping me see clearly that it is time to move on and that doing so will bring a better perspective of what went before. I honour this God-sent intuitive prompt to leave and ask for the gift of understanding. So mote it be!

Correspondences for the 8 of Cups

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Planet: Saturn

Archangel: Sandalphon (Angel of Pisces) and Cassiel (Ruler of Saturn)

Gemstone: Amethyst, black tourmaline, clear quartz

Scent: Lime

The 8 of Cups in Love and Relationships

This card is a sure sign that something needs to change drastically in the relationship. You have reached a plateau and one (or both) of you is not happy staying there. Disappointment is tangible and it is likely that people around you are picking up on the fact that you’re not happy in the relationship too.

The enchantment has gone and there is no further growth. At this point you are faced with the choice of seeking professional help, as in relationship counselling, or moving on. It is important that you ask yourself why you are so unhappy and that you are honest about your part in creating this dynamic. Otherwise you risk meeting a new partner but simply recreating the same dynamic.

In a reading for a single person, the 8 of Cups could mean that they have been so disappointed by a relationship in the past that they are reluctant to try again. Or it could simply mean that they have more healing to do before they are ready to meet someone new. Either way, they have their mountain to climb before love can bloom once more.

Physical intimacy is not usually on the menu under the auspice of this card.  If it happens anyway, it’s a soulless act that you’ll find you would have been better without.