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What does the Eight of Cups mean?

April 6, 2015

Eight of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Eight of Cups:
Sometimes you need to move forward no matter how reluctant you are or how many regrets you have about leaving something behind.

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  1. I have always said the same about this card James, “Cut yourself loose and move on already!”

    • Yes, although I do like to acknowledge the regrets and reluctance also, which is why I noted them in this pithy meaning. I think people can take this advice better — and let go of their regrets and reluctance better — when they hear someone acknowledges this.

      • I have really found that the 8 of Cups appears when the seeker has been dealing with an emotional issue from the past for a long, long time to the point of frustration. They really appreciate the simple message this card shares, of, excuse me “But get over it!” not that I would use such brevity.
        Bright Blessings,

        • Oh yes, there’s that too. I was referring to the situations (which the 8/C address sometimes too) when someone needs to let go of something in order to move forward, but they have regrets about letting go. This can be a subtle difference, to be sure.

  2. Annie permalink

    I refer to the Eight of Cups as “The card of parting is such sweet sorrow.”
    Whenever it appears in my readings I can feel the sorrowful energy around it. Though its true that sometimes sorrow must occur so that growth and change may follow, the sorrow often remains, becoming part of who we are.

    • Thank you! I like that old saying for this card. I think I’ll use it as a pithy meaning sometime.
      As for that sorrow seeping into our souls, hopefully we Tarot readers, as helpers of other people, can help the querent find a way to incorporate that sorrow into their lives in a positive, meaningful way. (People often just let it corrode their spirit. Think, for example, of Miss Havisham from Dickens’s “Great Expectations.”) I think that’s part of the positive side of this card that balances the sorrowful side — growing and moving on after the sorrowful parting.

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