The Eight of Cups has a mournful feel, an energy of loss and regret. It makes me feel sad and I can feel her longing for a better life.
It reminds me of those women who are so very desperately unhappy. On the surface they appear to have it all, a loving Husband, children, big house, nice car. But despite all that, she has a deep, unfulfilled longing for something else. None of this is enough for her.
One day, seemingly out of the blue, she just walks out. Leaving behind everything, her children included. This is a purely selfish act. In her deep longing for something ‘more’, she leaves a smoking black hole in her wake. Her kids are left without a mother, her husband left grieving for the sudden loss of his much-loved wife.
But this card is more about her, her longing, her need, her sadness and regret. It is what she goes towards, not what she leaves behind. I get the feeling that she isn’t sure of what the future brings, of what her next move will be. She will just follow alongside the shore, the turmoil of her emotions, seeing where it takes her.
She isn’t thinking clearly, she has just followed her heart. Was it hard to leave a whole life behind? Undoubtably it was. I feel that she carries with her a heavy heart, a lot of regret and pain. But her deep discontent has overrode all. She has walked out that door and now she is free. Free to walk into whatever the future brings. She does not look back, only forwards, to whatever may come her way. Maybe if she did look back right now, she would lose her courage and return to her home, her life. But this too, would only bring more regrets. A grief for what could have been, for the rest of her days.
We don’t yet know if this was the right decision, as this is only a stage of transition. She has left, but knows not where this new path leads. Although she appears to be walking towards the dawn of a new day, a fresh start.
The dolphin beside her, emerging from the sea, could be her subconscious, knowing she is on the right path, urging her forward. Or is it that he is telling her to go back, that this is a huge mistake? Once again, I don’t think this is clear just yet.
So, the Eight of Cups is a card of transition, of looking forwards, of leaving something special behind. But it is leaving with a deep sadness and regret in your heart, though knowing, all the while, that this is something you must do. That this is your way forward, your destiny.