8 of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

8 of Cups Angelic Tarot Card Meanings

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.

8 of Cups Frideborg Tarot
8 of Cups from the Frideborg Tarot

“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 depart with a bad habit. Either way, it is showing you what your gut has been whispering for a while: Enough is enough!  

Divine inner restlessness is indicated when this Saturn in Pisces energy card shows up. You could find it impossible to shut down the yearning for something more even though you don’t quite know what that something more is. But deep down you recognise that it is your soul urging you to move on to the next developmental phase. This means leaving the shore of the known behind. Other sacrifices may also be necessary but the grace of this card is that they will be easier to make than they ordinarily would be.

“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

Affirmation: When the inspiration to move on arrives from on High, I fearlessly step into the unknown.”

8 of Cup Prayer

8 of Cups Tarot Prayer

Dear Mother-Father God, thank you for the divine inner restlessness that prompts me to seek what you have in store for me. As I venture into the unknown, help me stay faithful to the calling, trusting in Holy Spirit guidance every step of the way. Amen and so it is!

Correspondences for the 8 of Cups

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

Planet: Saturn

Archangel: Gabriel, ruler of the Element of Water

Gemstones: Amethyst, black tourmaline, clear quartz

Essential oil: Lime, jasmine

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 further growth seems impossible. At this point, you are faced with the choice of seeking professional help, as in relationship counselling or moving on. You must ask yourself why you are so unhappy and be honest about your part in creating this dynamic. Otherwise, you risk simply recreating the same dynamic with a new partner.

Together with the 10 of Swords and the 2 of Cups or Justice, the 8 of Cups signifies a breakup or divorce.

Single and looking

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 blossom in love once more.

8 of Cups as a personality

If the 8 of Cups shows up to signify your love interest, there is a chance that they could be a bit of a rolling stone. They could be easily dissatisfied and not the type to really want to settle down. The same goes if it shows up as your own significator.

Examine if you tend to move on too soon out of boredom/unwillingness to do the work or make the necessary sacrifices, or if you are genuinely prompted by divine inspiration. You will know the answer if you generally find it difficult to stay grounded and present in the here and now.

The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.

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