Short meaning: The Eight of Cups is, unarguably, a sad card. You have given up on, or lost hope of resolving issues in a relationship you have invested a lot into. You’re feeling hurt, upset and disappointed. Accept this ending and the pain; with time you heal and feel happy again.
In-depth meaning: The Subject is going through a break up of some description and they’re feeling sad, hurt and extremely disappointed. On some level this relationship isn’t right for them and it can’t continue this way. Whichever party ends it, there is a sense that the Subject doesn’t have any control of the outcome.
The Eight of Cups is a lonely, sad card and unfortunately refers to a situation that most people will face in life at some time or other. The Subject will have already invested a lot into this relationship from the heart and, in addition, they could be concerned about the opinions and reactions of friends and family about the relationship ending. Also, it can be very hard to let go of dreams and expectations they shared with the person they had loved . The Subject should be encouraged to spend time trying to heal, recover and look to the future rather than go over the past and what has been lost.
Notes on the image: The tree shows no sign of life and looks harsh and stark. Each branch is drooping – very shortly the Cups will fall out of it and there will be nothing. The water is turbulent too. There is little that can be done to save this relationship