#TarotTuesday – Eight of Cups

Welcome to another Tarot Tuesday!

If you are just joining me, let me explain the inspiration to begin these posts. In Texas, and all across the country, Taco Tuesday is a popular day when Tacos are usually 99 cents. So, I had the inspiration, or Angel nudge as I like to think of it, to create a Tarot Tuesday. Each Tuesday I will post a different Tarot card and give its meaning. I pray and ask for the right card that will bring a universal message.

I created a short video to demonstrate how I pull the card for the posts. If you’re interested, here’s a LINK.

Today’s card is the Eight of Cups

When the Eight of Cups shows up in a Tarot reading, you may feel compelled to walk away from a disappointing situation. It could mean turning your back on an unfulfilling relationship, job, career path, living arrangement or creative project that was once a source of great happiness to you but now only brings you pain. You have invested yourself emotionally but, despite your best efforts, are disappointed; it hasn’t turned out the way you had expected it to, and you realize that you are no longer getting anything out of this situation. Now, the only choice is to put it behind you and move on with your life, even if it brings you sadness as you say goodbye.

The Eight of Cups suggests you sense that something is missing, particularly on an emotional or spiritual level, and instead of waiting around for things to get better, you know you need to leave that unfulfilling situation. It may not make sense to others because on the face, it looks as if you have everything you had wished for – but, deep down, you know it’s not serving your Highest Good, and it’s time for you to let it go and move on.

The Eight of Cups can be a sign that you are trying to escape a problematic emotional situation or avoiding some major psychological issues and concerns. The Cups in the foreground represent emotional issues that remain real and present in your life. Yet you are trying to pretend as if they no longer exist, refusing to deal with them. You may repress your emotions or refuse to have open conversations with others about what’s happening, instead preferring to pretend as if everything is okay, or avoiding the scene altogether.

The Eight of Cups invites you to ask yourself what brings you joy, contentment and fulfilment on a deeper level. Without it, you might pursue goals that fail to give you the satisfaction you’re seeking. So, if you find yourself repeatedly in these Eight of Cups situations where you have no choice but to walk away, spend time exploring what will bring you true happiness and realign your goals with your values.

This card, for me, was an “in your face” kind of reading. My husband has been gone for eleven years. I tell myself every day that I don’t need anyone; that I’m happy alone. Somedays I am and somedays I’m not. But I never allow myself to express the emotions that loneliness can bring. I put a smile on my face and pretend everything is fine. And eventually it is again. I’ve been told by a male friend that my heart is closed and I’ve built a wall around myself. Maybe so. Maybe that’s what this card is telling me. It’s hard to admit these things. So, I shove them under the rug and move on with a smile. Is that healthy? Probably not. Something to ponder. As far as walking away from a disappointing situation, I can’t relate that to my life right now. How about you?

37 thoughts on “#TarotTuesday – Eight of Cups

  1. My life doesn’t reflect the card right now. I’ve been to the dark places and made my peace with them after years of avoiding the pain. Letting go was so difficult as we do tend to draw comfort from the familiarity of even those darker moments. Moving forward has seen my life blessed by allowing others into it. I’ve met and made some wonderful friends since I restarted my journey. I’m so grateful to include you amongst them, Jan. ❤

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    1. Awww, your comment made me smile, Soooz. In this age of technology, we can have true friendships around the globe and never get to share a cup of coffee or a hug. And, you are a shining example! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  2. I can’t relate this card to my life right now, but it’s an interesting read. It’s never too late to find a good companion. You deserve someone who’ll appreciate you and make you happy. Thank you for sharing your life with us. ❤

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  3. Thank you for the reading, Jan. The card doesn’t relate to me now but there have been events that it would definitely relate. I hope when you are in periods of feeling alone that you know a ton of folks tune into you frequently and that in actuality you are not alone.

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  4. That card is talking clearly to you. I like that the card tells you that it is not the end. Yes, maybe something has not turned out the way it was expected, but only because there might be something better waiting. But it can only be seen when the heart’s eyes are finally open 💖

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    1. Hi, Nicole! It’s great to meet you. I am in the final few weeks of my #TarotTuesdays, but I invite you to browse back through for my other posts as I am covering every card in the deck. Thanks so much and I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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  5. I love the image and your accompanying reflection. It seems 2020 has opened our hearts in ways rarely experienced. Many of us have retreated from non-lifegiving empty cups and sought out people or places or practices that bring us joy. How wonderful. ♥

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    1. I would definitely agree with your observation about 2020, Gwen. I think many hearts have been opened to more “real” experiences and ventured away from the surface experiences. It is the time to go deeper! Thank you so much for stopping by! Hugs!

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  6. I don’t have anything going on in my life right now that relates to this card, but your own comments gave me pause. On those days when you’re down, I hope you find peace and uplifting moments to make your spirit soar again 🙂

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    1. Always, Mae! Someone asked me over the weekend what percentage of the time do I feel at peace. As I reflected on that question, I realized that I am able to maintain a pretty consistent level of peace deep within most every day. For that I am grateful! Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. This one speaks to me, but I’m not going into it here. I choose to look at it as the aftermath of a party, and the guy is walking away to let someone else clean it up. Many ping pong balls were bounced into those cups last night.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Craig. One thing I loved about this card was all the elements around the cups. The mountains, river, the moon in the sky, and staff in his hand all spoke to me as well. The man is leaving in the dead of night hoping to go unnoticed, suggesting that there may be a level of escape or avoidance in this card. Yep, leave the clean-up for someone else.

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  8. I’ve been told that when one spends so much time alone, it becomes difficult to share his/her space with another again. That doesn’t take away the moments of loneliness. Perhaps changing perspective may help. Maybe this card is telling you to lay to rest the idea that you would be replacing Rick and instead open yourself to the idea of finding a companion. Just a thought…

    A few weeks ago, this card would have spoken volumes to me because I was in a low point of my relationship (for lack of a better word), but I realized that this pandemic has affected us all differently. Still, after some pondering, I can say that I’ve closed the door to the high expectations I had set (those expectations only led to disappointment). I’ve restructured my priorities to put my needs first, and I’m at peace with my decisions. In the end, I think that is what this cards calls for – finding inner peace and joy. 🙂

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    1. I would agree with your comment, Yvette, that the more time one spends alone, the more difficult it would be to share his/her space with another. And, no, it doesn’t take away the moments of loneliness. I could never replace Rick. That’s impossible. But, I do realize that I am closed off to the idea of a new relationship and maybe that’s okay too. 🙂 As long as I have peace about ME, then I’m okay. And I have learned to put my needs first. That was a hard thing to do. Thank you so much for stopping by, Yvette and leaving such an insightful comment!

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  9. Hello Jan- I guess this card does not speak to me, but I’m glad it doesn’t. In 2 days I’ll celebrate 20 years of sobriety and I’ll not let anything in the way of such a grand milestone.
    You have a loving heart, you’ve had the BEST TRUE LOVE & so I understand you not being ready to give your heart away again. Rick is watching over you and when you feel lonely, just talk to Rick, he’s listening and holding Your hand as you go through life. When the right man comes along, you will receive a message from Rick that he knows this new love will be what you need. I love you!

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  10. A lovely post, Jan, and an interesting card. It is not easy to walk away from disappointing situations especially when others rely on you and you have invested years of your life in them. Nothing is ever easy, is it? Perhaps you will make a new friend who will be good company for you. Someone special.

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    1. It’s never easy to walk away from disappointing situations and often, we’re content to stay in them because they are comfortable. But to grow in life, we have to get out of our comfort zones. Yes. Perhaps I will let in a friend who will be good company. Or not. Either way, I will be okay! Thank you for your comment!

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  11. It always strikes me how wonderful the artwork is on these cards. Even without looking at the description, I sensed the disappointment and walking away aspects just from looking at the image.

    I came to that juncture early on in my life, and that’s ultimately what propelled me into the temple for 13 years. No matter the successful job, living in my own home (mortgaged, but still), and a relationship … thing is … I had a big hole inside. Something was missing. In the end, I gave it all up to pursue the fulfilment I sensed I needed.

    I did the same thing again at age 40 when I returned to the world, disabled and alone. Sometimes, we just have to let one door close completely and stand in the dark for a while before another door opens. The biggest lesson I’ve learnt in life is not to let fear stop me.

    Thanks for sharing, Jan. Hugs xx 🙂

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    1. What a beautiful comment, Harmony. You are SO right. Sometimes we have to let a door close completely and stand
      completely still in the darkness for a while until another opens. Wow! I love this so much and I also agree about the artwork on the cards. Thank you for stopping by! Hugs!

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