What does the eight of cups tarot card mean?

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The eight of cups is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Cups suit.

Keywords: Breakup, moving on, abandonment


The Eight of Cups is a card full of change. Your life is about to undergo a major transitional period, and this card is a warning to brace yourself. The change may not feel pleasant while it’s happening, but it will be good for you in the future. This card usually suggests that a romantic relationship is coming to an end. Though obviously difficult, this breakup will enable you to move forward in your life to pursue what you want. Or, it could relate to your professional life; perhaps you have recently quit a job or are thinking about it, or maybe even been fired. Walking away from a job can be scary, but better things are coming.

Reverse Keywords: Aimlessness, restlessness, unwillingness to commit

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Eight of Cups suggests that you feel stuck in your current situation, but are unsure of how best to change your circumstances. This uncertainty is causing you to stall or act aimlessly. You may not want to move on because you feel like you don’t have closure, especially if this change relates to the end of a romantic relationship. However, sometimes you need to force yourself to walk away without all the answers. Make a plan and take the next step, and give yourself the chance to move on towards a brighter future.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Cups suit)