Exploring the Eight of Cups

Welcome to Tarot Thursdays! This week we will be exploring the Eight of Cups and how it can be used as a prompt or brainstorming in our writing.

Tarot is an interesting thing. It’s based upon symbolism and metaphors through imagery. With these images the subconscious mind is tapped into through the story provided. Not everyone gets the same thing from a piece of art. Each piece will influence each person in a slightly different way.

Introduction of the Card


The Eight of Cups is card number 43 in the deck and the eighth card of the Cups Suit in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot.

Let’s take a look at the following examples of Eight of Cups below.

Card Examples

L-c8Notice the similarities between them and take note of their differences. Do any of these move you more than the others? Take your time and allow these cards to tell you their story.

My Analysis of These Cards

Of these four cards, the only one that doesn’t look like the cups are being left behind is in the Dragon Tarot card. In this card, the dragon appears to be flying away from something to get to the cups. As for the rest of them, the individuals are leaving the cups behind and whatever they contain to find something new. In all of them, they are moving on to what they believe are better things.

Themes of the Card

Each card has a set of keywords associated with it that serve as themes for its image. These keywords will vary somewhat depending on who you ask.

According to the Learning the Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:


You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

According to the Biddy Tarot website, the keywords associated with the card are:


You can learn more about what this site has to say about this card here.

What this Card Means to Me

Those of you that have read my life story posts are aware that I have been through a lot, particularly with my ex. Sometimes we really want things to work and we don’t want to give up or quit. While admirable, sometimes this only brings about more misery and in the end the best thing we can do for everyone involved is to just let go and walk away. It’s not about being right or wrong anymore at this point. It’s about what’s best. It’s being well. And it’s about swallowing your pride in order to do it sometimes.

The woman in the card from the Mythic Tarot deck is Psyche and in order to win Eros back, she was tasked to go down into the Underworld to get a drop of Persephone’s beauty to bring back to Aphrodite. (Seriously, the jealousy – for both Psyche and Persephone – of this goddess had no bounds.) This isn’t a jaunt in the park mind you. We’re talking about entering the world of the dead here. Psyche was willing to risk everything, leaving everything she knew behind, to go down in there for the love of her life. If she failed or got lost in there, she’d would be stuck in there forever. As far as she was concerned, she had already lost everything. I think that old saying, “The only way out is through,” applies here. The only thing left was to just keep moving.

The key phrase I choose for this card is: MOVING ON.

Music Playlist

In this spirit of all this, these are the songs I have picked out for this card.

The Writing Exercise

This exercise is a free write. Permit yourself to write whatever comes to mind based upon the theme of this card. Choose a keyword or key phrase and run with it to see what you come up with.

I would love it if you linked or pinged back what you wrote so I could see where you went with this.

Happy writing!

Mythic Tarot by Liz Greene (Author), Juliet Sharman-Burke (Author), Tricia Newell (Illustrator) © 1989
Dragon Tarot by Terry Donaldson (Author), Peter Pracownik (Author) © 1996
Universal Tarot by Lo Scarabeo (Author), R. De Angelis (Illustrator), A. E. Waite (Designer) © 2001
Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti (Author), Lee Bursten (Author) © 2015

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