Card meanings: eight of cups


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“I’m taking my ball and I’m going home!” Sometimes it seems like anything has got to be better than what you have now, and you just get the urge to go find out. You may (from all outward appearances) have everything you want in life, but inside you feel the need to get away from everything and scrub your soul clean. This is different from the 4 of Cups, as it is a need for something different and taking action on it, versus shutting everyone out. For complete information on this card including how to use it to manifest your desires please try out a copy of The Easiest Way to Learn the Tarot—EVER!!

 

Eight of Cups — Rider Deck Blue Box Eight of Cups Description: A man has placed his affairs in order and heads away to distantlands, and hopefully greener pastures. A note on the symbolism used in this card: Correct symbolism would show a full moon in the sky with a crescent moon reflected in the water, revealing his emotional desire for more from life (full moon) and the emptiness of his psyche’s current state (new moon). Nonetheless, his red cloak and boots illustrate he has clothed himself with purpose and resolve of action. He will not be coming back, no matter what he finds over the distant mountains he must traverse. This card is a reaction to a life of unhappiness and, therefore, is mutable.

Prime elements at work in this card

  • Number: Eight. Cycle of completion, time for a change. Even
  • Suit: Cups. Unfulfilled needs, desires and longings, change
  • Direction: East-Southeast. Escape, travel, greener pastures. Pre-dawn
  • Element: Water. Spiritual needs, vision quests, solitude, withdrawal

Traditional meaning: “I’m taking my ball and I’m going home!” Sometimes it seems like anything has got to be better than what you have now, and you just get the urge to go find out. You may (from all outward appearances) have everything you want in life, but inside you feel the need to get away from everything and scrub your soul clean. This is different from the Four of Cups, as it is a need for something different and taking action on it, versus shutting everyone out. This card indicates life changes: a move across state, country, or even continent, a relocation for a new job, a new career; but changes you make from a deep desire to get away from where you are now. Much clarity can be found by looking at aspecting cards.

NOTE: If you really want to get snooty (although we prefer the term “precise”), this card indicates travel over land, whereas the 6 of Swords illustrates travel over water, and the Eight of Wands suggests travel by air. This comes in handy when planning a vacation.

Traditional reversed meaning: Inability to leave a bad situation. Imprisonment or a situational mess that needs to be resolved or “cleaned up” before you can make progress toward your goals.

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