The Eight Of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Have you had an Eight of Cups Tarot card in your reading and want to know what it means? Maybe you were given an interpretation but want to know what else the card could mean? Or do you want to learn more about Tarot readings? No matter your question, we are here with the answer! 

Today we are here with a list of all the possible meanings of the Eight of Cups Tarot card.

Whether the card is upright or reversed, we have all the meanings below and some helpful advice that will allow you to use the meaning to make changes in your life. 

Upright Eight Of Cups Tarot Card Meaning 

Generally, the upright Eight of Cups represents abandonment. The card can suggest walking away from situations or people in your life or abandoning plans.

It also suggests escapism, disappointment, turning your back on, or leaving a bad situation. 

The card also suggests weariness or exhaustion that can prompt you to decide to turn away or leave a situation. Here you will need courage and strength to walk away and head into an unknown future. All of these qualities are represented by the Eight of Cups. 

The card represents travel, so you might find yourself embarking on an adventure when you see the card!

It also suggests looking for the truth, loneliness, self-analysis, and introspection. 

Now that we have looked at the general meaning of the card, let’s dive a little deeper to see what else the card could mean!


Health-wise, the card suggests you might be spending too long dwelling on negative parts of your life which are impacting your health negatively.

You need to work to shift your focus here to a positive outlook. Doing so can help improve your health! 

The Eight of Cups also suggests that a holiday will help and give you the boost you need to start thinking more positively! 

Love And Relationships

The Eight of Cups isn’t a good card to get as it represents abandonment or abandonment issues. If you are in a relationship, the card suggests that you or your partner will walk away from the relationship.

It can suggest leaving a bad relationship too. 

You might become so tired from the situation, that you feel there is no other option than to leave the relationship. 

If you are single, the card suggests loneliness or being cautious about entering a new relationship. The card can also represent abandonment issues.

This could be down to a past relationship, or parents abandoning you.

These issues will stop you from trusting people or believing in love, leaving you alone until you can heal these issues. Supporting cards here will help to confirm this. 

Money And Career 

Career-wise, the Eight of Cups suggests you might walk away from a job that you don’t find fulfilling anymore.

You might feel like you are on the wrong career path and want to change entirely. 

If you are in business, you might walk away from a business that is no longer viable. You might also look for new ideas or innovations to make your business competitive.

The card also suggests traveling for work. 

Financially, the card warns you to be prudent and smart with your money. You need to be aware of what is happening with your money. If you aren’t happy with your financial advisors, don’t be afraid to let them go and bring in someone you trust. 

The card also indicates financial loss which can be confirmed in the supporting cards. 


The Eight of Cups suggests you are taking yourself on a journey of self-discovery. You might find yourself doing some soul-searching and introspection when this card appears in your reading. 

You might also find that you abandon old spiritual beliefs to search for your own spiritual path.

Don’t hold back here, go and see what is out there for you! 

Reversed Eight Of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The reversed Eight of Cups has a slightly different meaning, so let’s take a look at it now. Generally, the card indicates stagnation. You might be accepting your lot in life or staying in bad situations because you are afraid of moving on.

You might also be worried about your future if you leave this bad situation. 

You might seem happy to others, but underneath, you know you need to let go of situations and people in your life to move forward and find happiness. You might resist this change because of fear or not knowing your options once you leave. 

The Eight of Cups is also a sign of running away from situations because you are afraid to be vulnerable and take a chance.

The card represents a lack of emotional maturity, along with low self-worth and low self-esteem. 

The card also represents returning home after living abroad or a period of traveling. 

Now that we have looked at the general meaning of the card, let’s dive in a little deeper to see what else it could mean! 


Health-wise, the reversed Eight of Cups indicates you are remaining in a  situation that is negatively impacting your health. You need to work out what is impacting your health and what you can do to improve it. 

You have the power to improve your health, whether it is taking up exercise, changing your diet, or letting go of things that cause you unnecessary stress. 

Love And Relationships 

If you are in a relationship, the reversed card suggests you might be unhappy in your relationship, but won’t let it go.

This could come from a fear of being alone.

Sure, you appear to be happy in your relationship on the outside, but inside things have become stagnant and monotonous. 

The reversed card also suggests a fear of commitment or lack of emotional maturity that is causing problems in your relationship. If there is also a divorce or separation card in your reading, the reversed Eight of Cups suggests things are being handled badly.

This could be a nasty divorce, or a parent abandoning the family. 

If you are single, the card suggests you are putting off potential relationships by being too clingy. You might accept bad treatment from parents due to low self-worth or low self-esteem. 

You might also be running from relationships when they become serious due to a fear of commitment. No matter the issue, you need to work on them to have a healthy relationship.

Once you work on these issues and improve your self-worth, you will attract the right partner.

Money And Career 

Career-wise, the card suggests your career has become unfulfilling and stagnant, but you are sticking with it. This can come from a fear of change or you might not have explored all the options available to you.

You need to embrace change rather than accept your life as it is, especially if it is bringing you down. 

If your career is not fulfilling you, you are the only person who can change it.

This might mean a change in your career path or move to a different company. Be brave and go for what you want! 

You might not get everything that you want, but you will know that you have tried! If you are self-employed, the reversed Tarot card suggests you might be holding onto a business that is no longer profitable.

You might be afraid to let it go, but you will need to if you want to move on to more profitable business ventures. 

Financially, the card suggests clinging to a business or job that you should walk away from. This could be because you are afraid of the future, but also the financial security it gives you.

It might help to come up with a financial plan for when you leave, to take out some of the uncertainty for the future, and provide you with more financial security. 


The reversed Eight of Cups suggests you might be lacking in self-awareness or your spiritual growth is stunted currently. Now is the time to do some soul-searching to connect to your spiritual self and discover your true path. 

If you find yourself drifting in life without a direction, a connection to your spirit can help give you the strength and courage to leave behind what no longer serves you.

Doing so can help you see your new path clearly. 

Now is the time to put any fear behind! Your spirit guides are always there to guide you to fulfill your destinies, just listen to what they are telling you! 

Final Thoughts 

And there you have it, all the possible meanings of the Eight of Cups Tarot card! Whether the card is upright or reversed, now is your time to evaluate your life and let go of everything that is not serving you. The bad situations, people, and feelings that bring you negativity should be left behind to help you find focus, happiness, and the correct spiritual path for you. 

Don’t forget to check out the other cards in your Tarot reading to confirm some of the meanings. No matter what the cards are telling you, your future and happiness are in your hands! 

Zhara O’Brien
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