Eight of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Eight of Cups (Reversed)

Ideas: Familiarity, retention, stay

Traits: Conciliatory, considerate, cooperative, forgiving, patient, tolerant, uncomplaining

Emotions: Contentment, gladness, homesickness, relief, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Accepting a counteroffer
    • Living a stable and orderly life
    • Planning your next move
    • Retaining a person
    • Returning to somewhere that you are familiar with
    • Staying to put food on the table
Eight of Cups (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Departure, dissatisfaction, expedition, withdrawal

Traits: Courageous, decisive, principled, purposeful, reflective, solitary, venturesome

Emotions: Disappointment, eagerness, hope, longing, unhappiness

  • Actions:
    • Blazing your own trail
    • Going on a retreat
    • Leaving an unhealthy situation behind
    • Looking for something more meaningful
    • Realizing there must be more to life
    • Seeking the still, small voice
    • Starting your own business
Eight of Cups (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Fault-finding, rootlessness, runaway

Traits: Egocentric, inconsiderate, intolerant, irresponsible, opinionated, selfish, uncaring, uncooperative

Emotions: Annoyance, frustration, grouchiness, grumpiness, irritation, pride

  • Actions:
    • Being implacable
    • Burning your bridges
    • Harping on past mistakes and disappointments
    • Implying that it is your way or the highway
    • Nitpicking
    • Refusing to settle down
    • Running away from problems or confrontations
    • Threatening to quit as a strategy to get your way

Eight of Cups’ Advice

Personal Growth

As children, we ridicule “quitters.” As adults, we need to realize the time does come to throw in the towel. In your own life, what habits or attitudes need to be abandoned, cold turkey? Don’t think of it as quitting; see quitting as a step towards a new beginning.


If a relationship fails to supply what you need, consider looking elsewhere. Occasionally, a little time apart can restore perspective and reveal true character. Don’t be afraid to be alone; it’s okay to be your own person.


Threatening to quit is never productive. Dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to a task … or move on without fanfare. A persistent feeling that “something’s missing” should tell you something. Know when to say “No!” to overbearing bosses.


Consider the value a retreat might offer. Spend time alone in nature. By stepping outside of your daily routine, you automatically heighten your awareness. When you return to your every day world, you’ll see it with fresh eyes.

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