8 of Cups




Upright position:


An abandonment of one's current path in life, disappointment in love, misery and repining without cause, desire to leave on'e success for something higher


The 8 of Cups often means that you will choose to leave a situation that is no longer working for you - whether that's a relationship, a job, or a neighborhood. There may be some sadness involved, but in general, this separation, is in your best interests.

General: Know that renewed good times lie ahead for you. If your "gut" is telling you that you really need to get out of a relationship, job, or living arrangement, trust yourself. Instead of this coming out of the blue, or someone or something leaving you, it usually means that you are the one who will make this choice. Very often one door has to close behind you before the next door in front of you can fully open.

Work: Your current job may no longer be appropriate for you. You may be feeling bored, or under-appreciated. Think long and hard about which is best; trying to fix things where you are, or moving on. Either option can work for you. One thing is for sure, though, things are not going to change for the better on their own. If you're dissatisfied, get specific on what changes would need to happen for you to be happier where you are. If it's unlikely or impossible to change those things, then get moving on finding yourself a new position. You can do it.

Love: You may decide that a long-term relationship is going to end. If you are sure about this, don't wait for the right time, as there will never be a good time to tell someone that the relationship needs to be over. Don't jump headlong into a new relationship; give yourself some time and space to be on your own, first.

Finances: If you are utterly miserable in your current line of work, don't let the security of a regular paycheck tie you forever to the job; but look before you leap before getting out. Health insurance, particularly in the USA, is a huge concern. However, with foresight and planning, and attention to detail, if you want to work for yourself, you can make it happen. Just be sure your plans are well-laid and comprehensive. Money isn't everything.

Health: Stress may be getting to you and causing health problems. Be sure that you are paying adequate attention to diet, exercise, and sleep. Keep a positive attitude.

Spirituality: You may need some time alone. Take it. You will find depth and wisdom in solitude, and in listening to the still, small voice inside.




Reversed position:


Search for pleasure, seeking joy or success, a new love interest, celebration, friends


The reversed 8 of Cups often means that you may be thinking about leaving a situation that seems as if it is no longer working. Recieving the card in reverse, however, points to a need to stop and think about it a bit longer. You may not have given the situation enough time yet.

General: When the 8 of Cups reversed appears, it's important to keep reminding yourself that good times lie ahead for you. If your "gut" is telling you that you really need to get out of a relationship, job, or living arrangement, trust yourself..but think long and hard, first. Look before you leap and weigh all the pros and cons, if at all possible.

Work: You may be feeling a powerful urge to get out of your current work situation when you draw the reversed 8 of Cups. There is a reason why you are feeling this way; don't disregard your feelings, but at the same time you don't have to move, immediately, either. "out of frying pan, into fire," is a real danger now. Talk it over with someone you trust before making plans to go.

Love: You may be feeling as though you want to end your long-term relationship if you are in one. Pulling the reversed 8 of Cups warns that you will be best off to give this some more time and thought. Sometimes when we are challenged in relationships, the difficult parts are the parts that we need to stay with. Yes, you might ultimately end up leaving. But do so when you are very, very sure, and calm, and clear-headed, and not before. If you are looking for love, this is a time to get engaged with the world in whatever way you can. Do not stay home and feel lonely. Go make someone feel better, and your loneliness will dissolve in a flash.

Finances: You may be thinking that you can't take one more day in your current situation, but the truth is that you can, and you don't want to "go off half-cocked." Take a slow, methodical look at your financial situation, consider the actions that you must take, and then take them. Get advice. This process will take more than one day.

Health: With the reversed 8, stress can be feeling as though it is overwhelming you. Know that you can handle it. Take a while to center yourself and to really examine how your attitudes may be affecting your health and well-being. You are not trapped. You do have control over your thoughts. Empowering yourself can make great strides to improving your health. You can do it.

Spirituality: You need to engage more with the outside world when the 8 of Cups appears reversed. If this is hard for you, find a trusted friend, or a group where you feel at least marginally comfortable, and get out and talk to people. Many good things will flow from this simple action, including finding yourself more in touch with the divine, both within you, and that which is in the world. Don't isolate yourself.