The Cups are the suit of emotions and the 8s represent movement. Here we see a figure that has turned his back on 8 upright cups and is moving away. These cups signify a time of happiness and in fact they still provide this. However, the figure has, through some deep or intuitive sense, realised that it is time to move on.
Note the similarity of the figure to the Hermit, signifying withdrawal to contemplate things. The presence of the moon also hints at inner meanings and contemplation. Also, the move to higher ground signifies a move to a place of higher significance.
Whether we view the figure as moving away from the world, or towards action, the key fact is that they are moving on, leaving a stable situation behind.
In readings, this tells us that, once and for all, we have realised that the past is gone, the signs of change are in our face and we must move on. If you are feeling tired or dispirited, it is time for a new direction.
Reversed, it can be a simple reversal of what has been said above. You are refusing to leave or move on, determined to hang on even though you know it is the wrong thing to do. Alternatively, it may be stating that now is not the time to move on, but that you should stay and make the best of the situation.
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