Key Meanings: Departure, change, and emotional intelligence.
The Eight of Cups reveals a time of restlessness when it feels as if something is missing. Work and relationships may appear harmonious from the outside, but your intuition is nagging at you. The result may be a departure and moving on.
Traditionally, the Eight of Cups predicts you leave a situation or break an agreement that no longer gives you fulfilment. This should not be a hasty decision, only move on when you are sure that there is no more you can gain or contribute.
When the timing is right, there’s also less drama than you would expect, like the figure on the card slipping away into the night, you can take your leave quietly and swiftly. Naturally, you may feel sadness but little regret, provided the timing is right.
Like the figure in red following the path of the river, it’s now time to go with the flow. You’ll soon feel energised to move on to where your interests and curiosity call. You can also feel content with what you have achieved.
This card often turns up in a reading to show that you have already left a situation emotionally, and action will follow as you now take your actual leave. It can also predict a time to travel, to explore physically or through spiritual journeying.