Card Meaning: Eight Of Cups
The figure on this card is turning away from the chalices; he is moving forward
and away from some old situation that no longer serves him. He is rejecting his
emotional burden that on this card is portrayed by swamp around him. The swamp
is appropriate image of stagnant energy, old habbits and emotional attachments.
Where there is no longer the flow of energy, only stagnation and death are
possible. This card speaks about our relationship with the past. This card also
signifies the breaking of our connection with the past. Maybe we were imprisoned
in "everything was better in the past" mode of thinking and that was detrimental
for our present efforts. Maybe we found a new direction in our life that brings
us more motivation and new energy.
Positive: positive change, breaking of ties, new development, new direction,
rejecting old for something new, turning point.
Negative: delusion, dissatisfaction, reckless, restless, unrealistic goals,
A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise,
undertaking or previous concern. Divinatory Meanings: The card speaks for
itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical--giving joy,
mildness, timidity, honour, modesty. In practice, it is usually found that the
card shews the decline of a matter, or that a matter which has been thought to
be important is really of slight consequence--either for good or evil.
Reversed: Great joy, happiness, feasting.
— The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite