THE 2019 BIDDY TAROT PLANNER
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Upright: Disappointment, abandonment, withdrawal, escapism
Reversed: Trying one more time, indecision, aimless drifting, walking away.
In the Eight of Cups, a man walks away from eight cups standing in the foreground. The cups are placed in such a way that it appears as if there is one missing, a sign that emotional fulfilment and wholeness is lacking in some way. The man has turned his back on these cups with a feeling of loss and disappointment, and walks away into the mountains. The river nearby is symbolic of the emotions he is feeling, and the mountains represent awareness that this isn’t going to be an easy journey (though it is a necessary journey for true long-term happiness). The moon in the night’s sky illuminates the path ahead, while suggesting that there may be some level of escape or avoidance in this card, given the man is leaving in the dead of night hoping to go unnoticed.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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When the Eight of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you may feel compelled to walk away from a disappointing situation or relationship. You may be turning your back on an unfulfilling relationship, job, career, living arrangement or creative project that was once a source of great happiness to you but now only brings you pain. This is a situation where you have previously invested yourself emotionally, but despite your best efforts, you are left feeling disappointed, and disillusioned because it hasn’t turned out the way you had expected it to. You have come to realise that you are no longer getting anything out of this situation and it is causing more harm than good. Now, the only option is to put it behind you and move on with your life, even if it brings you sadness as you say good-bye.
Similarly, the Eight of Cups appears when you feel like there is something 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 of it, it appears as if you have everything you had wished for. However, deep down, you know it’s not serving your Highest Good and it’s time for you to let it go and move on.
At times, the Eight of Cups is a sign that you are trying to escape a difficult emotional situation or you are avoiding some major emotional issues and concerns. The Cups in the foreground represent emotional issues that remain very real and very present in your life. Yet you are trying to pretend as if they no longer exist and you are refusing to deal with them. You may be repressing your emotions or refusing to have open conversations with others about what’s really going on, instead preferring to pretend as if everything is okay, or avoiding the situation altogether.
The Eight of Cups invites you to ask yourself what truly brings you joy, contentment and fulfillment on a deeper level. This is important because without it, you may find yourself pursuing goals that fail to provide you the satisfaction you’re seeking. For example, you may think that being in a long-term relationship is what you desire, but when you manifest it, you realise that it’s not just the long-term relationship that you want but also a deep soul connection with someone and if that’s not there, then the relationship isn’t going to fulfill your needs no matter how long-term it is. So, if you find yourself repeatedly in these Eight of Cups situations where you have no choice but to walk away, spend some time exploring what’s going to bring you true happiness and realign your goals with your values.
The reversed Eight of Cups raises the question, “Do I stay or do I go?” You may be caught between walking away from a disappointing situation or trying one last time to make things better. But the real question is, “Can the circumstances really improve, or is it a lost cause?” Check in with your intuition and your Higher Self to understand whether it is in your best interest to give this situation one more chance, or if you are desperately clinging on when really, it is time to release and let go.
If the reversed Eight of Cups is paired with more passive cards such as the Hanged Man or the Four of Swords, then it may be a sign that you wish to try one more time. However, if this card is paired with a more active card such as the Eight of Wands or Chariot, it may be time to move on and pursue a different path.
The invitation with the reversed Eight of Cups is to listen deeply to your heart about your next course of action. Others may have an opinion, but ultimately it comes down to what’s important to you. Only you know whether this situation is serving you and if there is hope for the future. Be consciously aware of what you truly desire and then check in to see if this situation is in alignment with your goals and dreams.
At times, the reversed Eight of Cups can indicate that you are aimlessly drifting from one place to the next because you never feel satisfied with staying in the one place. “The grass is always greener on the other side.” If this resonates, ask yourself what truly makes you happy and how you can create your life in a way that is in alignment with your deepest contentment.