43-Eight of Cups – Upright Rider Waite Deck

Your Chosen Card – Eight of Cups Upright Rider Waite Deck

When upright, the Eight of Cups indicates that you have surveyed your current situation and it no longer feels emotionally satisfying. Because of this dissatisfaction with circumstances, you have decided to move on in search of greener pastures. Perhaps a project or a relationship has not lived up to expectations. You may be feeling ‘stuck in the mud’ and wanting to look for fulfillment elsewhere. The bottom line is that you are seeking greater joy and happiness because it does not appear to be available in your present circumstances. It is important to determine whether your discontent is based on a valid assessment of your situation or whether you are acting on some illusory notion, for instance, that blonds have more fun.

Keywords Upright: Renewed interest, walking away from a relationship or situation that is no longer satisfying, a new perspective, travel, a journey, seeking greater meaning in life, searching for something that is missing, renewal of intimacy, lifestyle changes, feasting, joy, finding happiness; the grass looks greener on the other side; a blonde girl loses interest.

Timing: 0 Pisces–10 Pisces. Tropical, 19 February–28 February. Sidereal, 14 March–23 March.
Astrology: The stern taskmaster Saturn in the first decan of watery Pisces, realm of the Knight of Cups (Fire of Water) and the inconstant Moon (Pisces). Saturn is linked to the World.
Number Symbolism: 8 – movement, action, power, determination.

Rider Waite: A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise, undertaking, or previous concern. Divinatory Meanings: Some say joy, mildness, timidity, honor, modesty, but in practice, the card usually 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; (R) great joy, happiness, feasting.

When Eight of Cups is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Eight of Cups is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Eight of Cups is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Eight of Cups using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: Card 7, the querent’s experience of the matter, was the Eight of Cups depicting a character walking away from eight cups, perhaps in search of a more satisfying situation.

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Creative Tarot: Which brings us to today. There have been many successful tarot decks since the Rider-Waite-Smith, like the Aquarius deck and the Morgan-Greer, both developed in the 1970s when the New Age movement started to gain mainstream acceptability, but almost all have followed the illustrative choices that Smith made. It’s all but impossible to overstate her importance in how we use and think about the tarot today.

Complete Book of Tarot: The meaning of a tarot card depends entirely on the intuition and sensitivity of the reader.

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