Eight of Cups

TAROT Card of the Day: Eight of Cups

The companion book describes the Eight of Cups as: “A relationship, work, project or creative endeavour may have fulfilled its purpose, and it may now be time for you to move on. One of the hardest wisdom of the heart to acquire is knowing when to leave a situation, to let go. There is no need to blame anyone or anything in the past for your decision. Instead, see the future calling to you as you give thanks for, or acknowledge, the experiences of the past.”

Eight of Cups – Rider Waite from Wikipedia.com

TAROT Card of the Day –TAROT Lesson:

Sometimes, we reach a point in our life when we have done everything to make things work or have tried our best to make sense of why things work the way they do, yet we fall short. We become conflicted with ourselves with regard to the notion of moving on. Most of us would like to stay to see things through, as we truly believe in loyalty.

What we fail to see is, sometimes moving on and letting go is not a lost or defeat but is actually victory, in terms of coming and sticking by a tough decision to move forward. We have to struggle between our sense of loyalty to the cause we’re fighting for or for our well-being. It is also not surprising to wake up one day and realise that we have actually forgotten what it was we were fighting for and what was the cause that lead us to the current situation. It is unwise to wait until all things have failed before we decide to let go. Oftentimes, when we do that, we soon realise that we have expended all our strength and have nothing left for ourselves to push forward. It would be too late, by this time.When we see the Eight of Cups, it talks about these kind of situation and is actually encouraging us to let go, cut the ties, to not look back and just keep moving forward. We need to live our lives the way it must be lived and find the best avenue to grow – not just through strife and hardships (though these build character) but also through joy, happiness and passion. We are encouraged to free ourselves from anything that does not contribute to our sense of well -being. We are advised to move forward to preserve what’s left of us and to salvage the almost empty “cups” in our life, while there remains hope of finding ways to fill them up once more.

The Eight of Cups is not just the actual decision of moving on, but it talks about the state of emotions we struggle to arrive at such a decision. We always dither with the thought of “maybe things will work if I soldier on and stay”…”Maybe I just need to give more and things will get better”….”Maybe I am meant to stay and see this through no matter what”…Maybe..Maybe… versus the thoughts of.. “Maybe when I leave, I will find life worth living again”….”Maybe in letting go, I am actually learning more and I also help the other person(s) find their own path”….Maybe in moving on, I will find my calling and be able to be the best of me”….

The Eight of Cups calls us to do something really difficult – to let go and move on. If we focus on the reasons which are growth, life, acceptance, learning and freedom from the things that have bound us for so long, then this is something seriously worth considering.