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EIGHT OF CUPS in The RIDER WAITE Deck of Tarot Cards

How to read the 8 of cups tarot card in the minor arcana of the rider waite tarot

Quick Keywords

Walking away, new direction, no turning back, burning bridges.

Symbols and Colours

This is a dark card showing a figure walking away from the stack of cups.  There is no looking back.  There is both the sun and moon together, which is almost an eclipse.


This can be someone walking away from a person or a situation or feeling like they want to do that.  45The person may not be fully acknowledging their own feelings and emotions. The person has clearly turned away from a certain path and is going in a different direction. 

This does not look as if it is an easy choice and the person seems to realise that there may be difficulties on their path ahead. The person does not seem to want to take anything from their past with them, although there may be something that might help them.

This can also be a deep dissatisfaction with a life that has been built on superficial values and a desire to set off in search of something better or more Meaningful.

As the cups are all upright, this can also indicate that the person has attracted their heart’s desire and then realised it was not what they wanted.

This card can be emotional turning point, which is going to lead to new actions. It is a time to move on to new things. This might be a physical change such as moving house, changing a job or leaving a relationship. It might also be an emotional change such as letting go of old beliefs and values.

Once this course of action has been started, there is really no turning back.

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston



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