The eight of cups can represent abandonment, both of material possessions and of emotional attachments.
It can also indicate an abdication of responsibility, or a feeling of alienation from others.
The card may suggest apathy, or a sense of arrival at a low point or dead end.
It can be a sign of discouragement, indolence, and disdain, as well as a harbinger of greater consequences to come.
The eight of cups can also be read as a a challenge to complacency, or a reminder that escapism breeds cynicism.