Tarot Card meaning for the Eight of Cups



In the Eight of Cups, we can see a man covered in a red cloak walking away from a tower of cups which appears to be incomplete. It is an emotional journey, one in which our goal is to find the missing cups to complete the tower.

The Eight of Cups as a day card

Today we might leave the everyday (ever so slightly) to go and look for something more - we are searching for the elusive 'missing cup'. What is that in your life? What can you do to feel that the tower of cups in your life is more complete?

Negative or reversed meaning for this card

The initial meaning of the Eight of Cups is relatively negative with the idea that we feel that things in our life are not complete. We could look at it more positively and see that the figure in this card is following their heart. There is not that much logical thought here, we are run by emotions and a feeling that there is something more out there. If we follow our hearts, as many adventure stories have indicated to us before. We are not certain as to what we will find but we will get allot of life experience along this way.

How this card could present itself in real life

In my own life this card could represent the illogical want to go and travel at a young age. Life where I grew up was comfortable, stable and nice, yet there was this urge to look for more. When I now look at my peers that have stayed in the country I grew up, most of them have done very well for themselves. What would I have done? It doesn’t really matter, because if I had stayed I would have been very unhappy about not going out there in the big world and following this sense of adventure. This sense, that there was something more to life.

How this card is represented in other Tarot decks

In the Celtic Dragon Tarot this card is very similar to the Rider Waite a woman is on her way, one can wonder if she actually has seen the Cups behind her.

In the Crowley Deck we see that there is more movement in the water than in the previous card but the card shows broken cups and a limited amount of water flowing, showing that there is an element of hurt feelings in this card.

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