An eight of any suit is also tied very closely with the Neptune, which is tied to inspiration. Neptune holds power over dreams and your subconscious mind. This card also has strong ties to the Pisces astrological sign, symbolizing intuition and creativity. The Cups suit would point towards an emotional journey- a new relationship, a new friendship, a new creative project. ndship, a new creative project.
The Eight of Cups shows a figure (typically robed in red, representing desire, passion and activity), walking away from 8 cups. He is using a staff to show his age and wisdom. He is making this decision from a place of wisdom and experience. He is setting off into barren lands, which can show that they are undertaking a new journey that will lead them to growth along the way. It also shows the willingness to detach from what the figure is used to to seek higher purpose.
Upright: Abandonment, seeking truth, end of a relationship
The Eight of Cups tells the story of leaving behind things that are no longer serving you. You may have become comfortable in your current environment and you are too scared to continue seeking your higher purpose. This card implores you to embody the figure on its face and make that frightening step into letting go of your job, relationship – whatever it is in life that is no longer serving you. You may also have been the one that was left, but find solace in the fact that this is not a sad card. There is a happy ending on the horizon. Even though you’re leaving your comfort zone for now, it will bring about greater blessings than the situation you are currently in. The journey to the top of the mountains in the background of the card requires elevation and growth.
Reversed: Stagnation, monotony, fake happiness
Receiving the Eight of Cups Reversed tells more about the struggle to make the decision to leave the situation previously mentioned. Have faith, there are better things in store for you, but they require growth. Think of a plant that’s currently overgrowing its container or a hermit crab that’s outgrown their shell. You sometimes need to shed your current container to find something that allows you space to grow. This may come in the form of letting go of a toxic relationship or putting in your resume for a new job. The Eight of Cups is pointing you towards something your heart has been trying to pull you away from for some time. Do not make any decisions hastily, but make sure you’re set up for success in your new endeavor and continue working towards new enlightenment and growth. Don’t sit in an overgrown pot or you will never bear fruit.
**In a yes/no reading, The Eight of Cups is a no.