Faced with the choices presented in the Seven of Cups, we have decided to leave that stagnant pond of indecision and move on. Like the other tarot eights, the Eight of Cups is about movement. This is a slow-moving energy, but a very deliberate one. This is emotional energy that cannot be reversed. A choice has been made, and there’s no turning back.
A man makes his way over uneven ground. He wears a red cloak, signifying courage, and leans heavily on a staff for support. In the foreground, eight golden chalices are stacked up. The landscape is a watery one; the scene is placed at a tidal inlet, or perhaps a slow-moving river. There are jagged rocks all around, giving the impression of bleakness. It is dark and a full moon hangs in the sky, lighting the path.
You make a difficult decision which means turning your back on an emotional situation. You leave with a heavy heart but determined to follow your path. Although you must do this alone, you can rely on the support of others to get you started. You are not taking the easy way out and are prepared for whatever hardships lie ahead.
Reversed, the Eight of Cups could mean that you are going off in a huff. That you haven’t thought it through properly, and are merely being driven by an emotional reaction. Know that if you go through that door, it will be almost impossible to re-enter it. You are burning your bridges, and it may not be a wise thing to do.
Interpretations in Various Areas of Life
Your work ceased engaging you a long time ago. You have been working on autopilot and have, at last, decided to make a break. You are not wholly happy with this. Part of you wants to stay, but the wise part of you knows that you were stuck in a rut. You know you must strike out alone, but it’s a tough choice nonetheless.
You are looking for work, but your heart isn’t in it. This means your emotional guidance is telling you that you are looking in the wrong places. You may well have a career path in mind, but it’s not the right one for you. Shine the light on your true feelings and go with them. It isn’t all about rewards and money. Don’t listen to well-meaning advice — go with what your heart tells you.
Your main relationship is not working too well. Neither of you are getting the deep emotional satisfaction required for a healthy partnership. It may be time to reassess whether it can be saved. It’s a difficult thing to do and know that you could end up losing everything. However, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on love — the right one is out there, but it is a long and hard road to find him or her.
Ensure that if everything is falling apart, you need to concentrate on loving yourself. The Eight of Cups might mean that you are neglecting this very important aspect. If you can find it in you to fill your being with love, then your external circumstances have to improve.
The goal of accumulating wealth has suddenly lost its appeal. You are quite happy to turn your back on it, and instead focus on what is more important to you. The Eight of Cups could show up at a particular stage in life when you have gained wisdom and knowledge. You understand that money is a poor substitute for love. You also understand that if you go with the flow and do what makes you happy, then money will come, so there’s no need to worry about it.
Think about selling off some of your worldly goods. If you have a lot of ‘stuff’, it may be preventing you bringing fresh energy into your home and your life. Free up some cash by saying goodbye to all those items you no longer need or love.
Beware burnout; it’s time to hand over to someone else. You need to rest and go for gentle walks. Spend some time near water. You could decide to turn your back on conventional treatment and strike out on your own.
Your views are not shared by others. You are happy to tread your path and are aware that you are breaking new ground. Take some time to get your thoughts and feelings together. A retreat might be a good idea.