Abandonment and disappointment are the ruling elements in this Minor Arcana card symbolized by the man turning his back on the cups seeming like he has given up all hopes and is trying to escape the current situation as he walks away in the darkness. The moon in the night sky seems to be enlightening the path as the man embarks on a new journey in hope for a better life. The river flowing in the background represents drifting away without any aim and the mountains are the symbol of his strength and awareness.
The Eight of Cups suggests that a major change is about to come, it may be in terms of your job, relationship or change of location and it may also be in the form of more emotional changes like thoughts and emotions. The Card wants to guide you to a better place by telling you that if some things don’t go as expected then it is important to learn to move forward rather than being bound by the situation. Card portrays that others may think that you have it all, but on the inside you know that you are missing the emotional connection.
When the Eight of Cups is Upright in your Tarot reading, you may feel under pressure to get away from a current unfulfilling situation. It might mean escaping from an emotionally unavailable partner, an unrewarding job or an incomplete project. You could turn your back on the things that were once a source of joy but are making you uncomfortable now. You have to understand that change is inevitable and sometimes it is important to let go and move ahead, even if it hurts to break ties with the things and people you love but it’s important for your well being.
The Reverse Eight of Cups in your reading is a sign that you need to start listening to your inner voice as you plan for a better future. You need to stop caring about other people’s point of view and begin moving in the direction that your gut provides you. Even though the card suggests drifting away from unfulfilling situations but when this card is paired with more passive cards like Four of Swords or Hanged Man, then it may imply that you need to try one more time to get settled in the current scenario and work hard to keep what you have achieved so far.
Eight of Cups in Love Tarot reading is a sign that you are ready to escape or walk away from a relationship that doesn’t seem to be working out. Eight of Cups is a card of abandonment and isolation which will not allow you to feel settled in a new relationship or will push you towards loneliness. It might mean getting away from your partner or not being able to find someone who gives you emotional satisfaction.