The Eight of Cups is the card of walking away, searching for truth, and letting go. The card shows a man walking away from eight cups in the foreground. The man has turned his back on these cups with a sense of loss and disappointment. He is leaving what he knows behind him. He is escaping at night, which suggests that there is an element of avoidance in his energy.
The Eight of Cups reminds us that it is okay to let go and walk away when what is around you is no longer serving you or your needs. You do not have to stay out of duty or obligation. You have to do what is right for yourself. The Eight of Cups reminds us that there is no shame in walking away.
If you are asking about what is the outcome of a relationship, and you draw the Eight of Cups, that means that somebody in the relationship is being avoidant. One or both of you could feel as though the other is drifting apart from the other after a slight. Alternatively, this could mean that one or both of you are searching for the truth in a situation. This card is astrologically associated with Saturn in Pisces. Whatever the case may be, this can feel like a heavy energy to deal with.
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The Eight of Cups as love outcome is a sign of feeling emotionally distant. There could be an aura of resignation surrounding the relationship. One or both of you may feel emotionally unfulfilled in the relationship, but you’re reluctant to walk away. With this card’s astrological association with Saturn, you may feel like maintaining this relationship has become more of a burden than anything. This would be a good time to have an honest discussion with yourself, and then later with your partner. Ask yourself if this relationship is truly still making you happy.
If you are wondering about a potential relationship, the Eight of Cups as love outcome means moving on. This could indicate moving on from a previous relationship to a new one. Or moving on from old patterns, and starting anew with a new mindset and new hopes. Your person may have recognized that their previous relationships haven’t worked out that well. They’ve done their shadow work, and they have the self-awareness to understand how they contributed to the failure of their past relationships. Your person is determined not to repeat those past mistakes with you.
If you are in a new relationship, the Eight of Cups as love outcome means becoming older and wiser. This could be the two of you gaining wisdom through the relationship, or it could be the nature of the relationship itself. If you are reconciling with this person, they are determined to do better this time around. They are letting go of old habits to pursue a more high-minded approach to relationships. If this is a new relationship, they see you as the best they’ve ever had. They could believe you have a soul or spiritual connection.
If you are in an existing relationship, the Eight of Cups as love outcome means gaining wisdom. One less understood interpretation of this card is “moving on” to a higher level of knowledge rather than “moving on” from a person or relationship. This could mean that rather than being purely about romance and sex, you two dig deeper. If you are in a twin flame connection, you could be wondering why you were brought together. If you can’t be together, you could be philosophizing on why you were meant to learn in this lifetime. The two of you are willing to look at your situation from a higher, bigger picture perspective.
If you are currently in separation with each other, the Eight of Cups as love outcome means walking toward or away from something. If you are separated by distance, your person could be considering walking away from the relationship because they’re unwilling or unable to do what’s required to take this relationship to the next level. Alternatively, they could be considering relocating toward you. If you are inquiring about an ex you’re interested in reconciling with, your person has accepted that it is time to move on.They’ve taken the higher road, and they’re willing to let you go so you can both find happiness elsewhere. If you’re still interested in reconciling, you will have to make the first move.
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If you are asking about what is the outcome of a relationship, and you draw the Eight of Cups reversed, that means being unable to see things from a higher perspective. The Eight of Cups carries the energy of high-mindedness. It is a card of introspection and taking Saturnian accountability for the role that we play in situations. Your person could be very short sighted when it comes to decision making. They could approach things from a place of ego, rather than considering what is truly beneficial for the both of you. This person could have a very “my way or the highway” attitude.
The Eight of Cups reversed as love outcome is a sign of not knowing when to walk away. For example, you put up with your person’s egotism and selfishness for years, knowing that it’s not good for your mental wellbeing. You could feel as though you can’t walk away. This could be due to feeling like your relationship is your comfort zone, even though you’re no longer comfortable in it. With its astrological association with Saturn, you could be staying due to restriction or a sense of responsibility. Look at the bigger picture, and don’t be afraid to leave that comfort zone.
If you are wondering about a potential relationship, the Eight of Cups reversed as love outcome means an unwillingness to walk away from a situation that lacks potential. This card forces us to ask questions such as, what are you willing to put up with? What is it about this person that makes you willing to overlook things that are usually intolerable to you? Why are you willing to put up with these things and is it worth it? Do you fear being unable to find someone better and ending up alone? Know when to walk away from something that’s no good for your soul.
If you are in a new relationship, the Eight of Cups reversed as love outcome means one or both of you are still hung up on the past. When you draw this card in a reading, neither of you are starting off on a clean slate. One or both of you are bringing baggage into the relationship, and that’s unfair to the other party. Having life experience can be enriching, but only if you’ve learned the lesson. If you’re still healing from those life lessons, you’re not likely going to be giving your best into a relationship. If you know you’re a rebound, know that you’re too good to be somebody’s rebound, know your worth.
If you are in an existing relationship, the Eight of Cups reversed as love outcome means that you are beating a dead horse with this relationship. This is a relationship where you’re consciously or subconsciously aware that it’s no longer serving your higher good. Yet, you remain in the relationship, despite what your intuition is telling you. You may feel like you’re stuck in a loop of going in and out of toxic cycles with this person. You may have become emotionally detached and resigned. This card advises us to either work things out or work on finding happiness elsewhere.
If you are currently in separation with each other, the Eight of Cups reversed as love outcome means being unable to walk away from a hopeless situation. If you are separated by distance, you may have a sense that this relationship is not going to work out, yet you can’t bring yourself to walk away from it. Alternatively, this may indicate feeling indecisive about relocating. If you are inquiring about an ex you’re interested in reconciling with, your person is having a very hard time moving on from you emotionally. However at the same time, they’re stuck in their own head. They are indecisive about whether or not they should give the relationship another try.
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For love readings, the Eight of Cups represents walking away and letting go of the past. Sometimes it is necessary for us to move on from what no longer serves us, in order to find our greater good. What may seem like a curse now may prove to be a blessing in disguise. The Eight of Cups reminds us that it is okay for you to let go of what is no longer serving you. You are not beholden to obligation and duty if it is not right for you.
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