Receiving this card suggests the value of spending time alone. This can be a fertile time of self-reflection. It is an opportunity to evaluate the “why” of your situation. If you have felt loneliness or the sense that you don’t fit in, if you have been trying to fill a bottomless pit inside yourself, this is the time to plumb those depths and repair what is broken.
Since you are dealing with an imbalance of water (emotion), integrate the other elements (air, earth, and fire) into your discovery. Sit outside on the ground at noon while you gaze within. Feel the warmth of the sun, the firm foundation of the earth, and inhale the air around you. Allow your emotions to drain into the earth, where they can be transformed. Take this time for yourself, and heal.
The Suit — Cups or Hearts
The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.
Number — 8
Eight is a number of movement, power, and adjustment.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous
The Eight of Cups adds movement to the following cards.
Fool: If the Eight of Cups (Hearts in other decks) is in combination with the Fool, it indicates travel and the need to leave a situation.
Chariot: If the Eight of Cups (Hearts in other decks) is in combination with the Chariot, it indicates the need to leave a situation.
Knights: Any of the Knights in combination with the Eight of Cups (Hearts in other decks) indicate the need to leave a situation.
Six of Swords (Spades): The Six of Swords (Spades in other decks) in combination with the Eight of Cups (Hearts in other decks) indicates the need to leave a situation.