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Eight of Cups meaning​

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The Eight of Cups suggests letting go of what no longer serves you. It may seem as though this act goes against your instinct as you struggle to do so, but it is for the best. In life we outgrow what we are not meant to carry with us. We must accept this as natural rather than fight what is meant to be.

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Detailed meanings of the Eight of Cups

Egyptian Grand Etteilla Tarot 8 of cups

CARD NUMBER 42. – Eight of Cups.

Upright. – Young blonde girl, charming and honest. For a young man: marriage with this girl. For a young girl: happy news from a friend.

Reversed. – Pleasure, gaiety, joy of spending money.

8 of cups tarot card advice main

Acknowledge your pain. Let it surface and spill over. Give it permission to make an uncomfortable mess. Healing can happen this way. And so can emotional freedom. Face it all. Free it, too.” – Alex Elle

It is impossible to go through life without getting hurt. There are many things in this world that can leave our hearts bloody and bruised, but right now, you are trying to cope with the aftermath of someone directly attacking you in a way that was not expected.

It has been especially painful because they were someone that you thought you could trust, and their betrayal may have come as a complete and utter shock. You gave them your heart and let them see the most intimate parts of yourself, only for them to turn around and use that to their advantage. Now you feel more vulnerable than ever before, as if your armor has been ripped wide open and you have no idea how to begin fixing it. However, your inability to heal from this trauma largely stems from the fact that you continue to hold a grudge against this person, or otherwise use the pain as a tool. 

Perhaps you use the pain as an excuse to not form new relationships. Or maybe you use it as a new form of armor, isolating yourself from your support system as you refuse to completely heal and move on. The pain has become such a huge part of you that you don’t even know what it would be like to be happy again. However, your attachment to this trauma will only hold you back from moving on. While pain is not entirely unavoidable, it is not a necessary part of our everyday experience. It is okay to be okay; there is no reason to continue letting yourself suffer.

8 of cups meaning for relationship
Recently, you’ve been hurt by a central figure in your romantic life. Your partner may have broken up with you suddenly, you may have caught them cheating, or you may have been outright attacked by someone that you held deep feelings for. While it is difficult to come to the terms that others don’t always reciprocate our feelings, it can be even worse when a romantic partner is not gentle with the love we are willing to give them. 

People are nasty, and allowing yourself to be vulnerable to a partner is just as much of a risk as it is a reward. No matter how terrible they may have been to you, the grudge that you may currently be holding is not solving anything. Your anger won’t change who they are, and it certainly won’t undo the mistakes that they’ve made. Revenge is beneath you; by taking action against them, you are showing the childish and petty side of your rage. 

As difficult as it may seem, it is time to be the better person and move on from them. This does not necessarily mean that you have to forgive them; instead, it means that you will not allow them to control your life, your thoughts, and your future any longer. They are not worthy of your attention. Instead, think of all the possibilities that now lay before you! 

There are plenty of other romantic partners out there waiting for you; now you are free to pursue them. You want to make sure to heal as much as you can now before getting deeply intimate with another person. After all: someone who does nothing but whine and complain about their ex is not very attractive to potential partners!

Eight of Cups meaning tarot


A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise, undertaking or previous concern.

Divinatory Meanings: The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical—giving joy, mildness, timidity, honor, modesty. In practice, it is usually found that the card shows the decline of a matter, or that a matter which has been thought to be important is really of slight consequence—either for good or evil.

Reversed: Great joy, happiness, feasting.

8 of cups meaning for job and career
The professional realm is oftentimes fraught with cutthroat competition. Lately, you may have found yourself butting heads with someone in your field of work. This may be a boss, coworker, or client who has done nothing but make your job harder and harder. This person may have initiated a direct attack against you in an attempt to sabotage your progress or otherwise use you as a stepping stool to propel themselves forward. Perhaps they lied about their performance, taking credit for the work that you did. Or maybe they constantly show up late for their shifts, leaving you with most of the brunt work in their absence. 

As frustrating as it is to deal with, this has taken a deeper blow than you initially expected it to. You’ve done nothing to provoke this kind of behavior. You may be sick of getting blamed for their mistakes, as it is a direct result on your character and ability to do your job. You’ve been stewing on this for some time, using these negative emotions to fuel your interactions with this person. However, this is a sign that it is time for you to begin taking steps to actually resolving the root issue. 

Nothing will be solved if you let your rage bubble over until it leads to an explosion; in fact, it could make the whole situation significantly worse. Instead, take a moment to calm yourself, and allow yourself to take an optimistic look at your future relationship. How can you reach out to this person to appropriately address the problem? Is there a misconception that they held about you which led them to take issue with you? 

Most disagreements stem from miscommunication; you will find that simply talking to them about the truth of the situation will work wonders for your relationship. Avoid doing anything that will add to the problem. Now is a time for healing and burying the hatchet.

8 of cups reversed main meaning

Some trauma is easier to overcome than others, and sometimes, certain events that are horribly traumatic for some are fairly easy to heal from for others. When The 8 of Cups appears in the reversed position, it is a sign that you have moved on from a traumatic experience

Despite the less than optimal circumstances, you have been able to return to your normal state of being relatively free from any severe emotional consequences. However, this does not mean that you have simply swept your feelings under the rug. You have properly addressed them in a way that worked for you, taken time to process your emotions, and let go of any baggage that comes along with holding on to that specific memory. 

This is evidence of your resilience and adaptability. You are a very hardy individual that is able to survive even through the worst of the worst. Furthermore, you may have found a productive way to use this trauma to accomplish other things in the various aspects of your life. Perhaps you learned something about yourself that you now regularly put into practice. Or you may have identified your support system, providing yourself with a sturdy safety net for the future.

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The eight of cups symbolize drifting apart from someone or a situation. This is a clear NO card. A symbol of loneliness, but also courage. Possible travel. A journey of self-discovery and recognizing the true meaning of life. Not a good omen for love as it seems you are letting go of your relationship due to a lack of emotional fulfillment. Feeling like you are in the wrong career.

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Eight of Cups meaning in a card spread. Try the original Cardarium readings.

8 of cups meaning

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