Drawing 5 Of Pentacles Card And 8 Of Cups Tarot Cards Together | What Do They Mean When Together? | A Complete Guide

  • By: Reece
  • Date: 21 December 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.

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However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.

As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the 5 Of Pentacles card and 8 Of Cups card together in particular.

The 5 Of Pentacles card and 8 Of Cups have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.

What does 5 Of Pentacles and 8 Of Cups mean together?

The 5 Of Pentacles and The 8 Of Cups tarot card together suggest that you may be facing a difficult decision. Ill health, poverty, worry, isolation and financial loss are no small matters and can be debilitating. However, the 8 of Cups indicates that there may be an opportunity to create a healthier path for yourself through the process of retreating and abandoning some of the external sources of pain and stress. It could be a sign that it’s time to make a difficult decision and break away from what is no longer serving you, in order to move forward and start anew.

The meaning may differ depending on what you are asking. Here are some common questions and their possible meanings

What does 5 Of Pentacles and 8 Of Cups mean together for your love life?

The 5 of Pentacles tarot card and the 8 of Cups tarot card present a difficult situation in a love life. The 5 of Pentacles is a card of illness, poverty, worry and loss. It speaks of a time of difficulty in a relationship as two partners are facing challenges that are too big to handle. The struggles that come up could be financially related, such as a partner not being able to find or maintain a job, or struggling to make ends meet. These financial issues can create stress, tension and worry in the relationship, causing them to drift further and further apart.

The 8 of Cups is a card of retreat, abandonment and moving on. This card may suggest that one partner has made the difficult decision to walk away from the relationship because the struggles have become too much. Whether it be physical, emotional or financial, they may feel they have no other choice but to move on and try to rebuild their life.

When the 5 of Pentacles and the 8 of Cups appear together in a love reading, they can point to a difficult and painful situation. The strife created by the financial hardship and worries has caused one partner to withdraw and abandon the relationship, leaving the other partner struggling to cope with their illness, poverty and loss. It can be difficult to rebuild a relationship that has been damaged by a time of such difficulty, but it is still possible with the right effort and commitment. With time, love and understanding, it is possible to come back together and create a loving and secure future.

What does 5 Of Pentacles and 8 Of Cups mean together for your finances?

The 5 Of Pentacles and The 8 Of Cups tarot card together can signify a period of financial and job related strife. When this card combination appears in a reading, it suggests that your finances and job may be in a state of difficulty. You may be feeling worried and isolated due to financial loss and ill health. You may be feeling overwhelmed, that you are struggling to keep your head above water.

However, this card combination also suggests that a change is in store. It is time to retreat, to withdraw from your current situation and to move on. This can signify the beginning of a period of transition, where you make the decision to start afresh and abandon what is no longer working for you. You may make the brave decision to let go of the old and embrace the new.

When this card combination appears in a reading, it can signify the need to reassess your financial situation and job. It is important to take personal responsibility for the current circumstances and make the necessary changes to improve them. This can mean making wiser financial choices, taking a part-time job or even changing careers entirely.

Ultimately, the 5 Of Pentacles and The 8 Of Cups tarot card combination suggests that despite the difficulties you face, you have the power to make positive change. As you transition and retreat, you can rebuild and reinvent your finances and job in a way that is healthier and much more rewarding.

What does 5 Of Pentacles and 8 Of Cups mean together for your health?

When the 5 of Pentacles and the 8 of Cups appear together, it’s an indication that one is facing an illness or condition that requires withdrawing from their current lifestyle. The 5 of Pentacles typically symbolizes physical and emotional ailments, poverty, worry, isolation, and financial losses. It can indicate that one is ill, unable to work and may have lost money due to their condition. The 8 of Cups indicates a need to retreat and move on from the current situation. It suggests a need to abandon the current lifestyle and focus on taking care of one’s health and wellbeing.

This combination suggests that one needs to focus on their health and make necessary changes in their life in order to achieve wellbeing. They may need to take a break from their job and routine, pick up new hobbies or habits which will promote healing, and find a way to manage their stress and anxiety. They may need to re-examine their relationships and make necessary changes or (temporarily) distance themselves from certain people or situations.

It is likely that this transition period will come with financial losses and worries. One may need to cut back spending or take up a new job with lower wages in order to make ends meet. This could be a difficult transition but it is necessary in order to restore health and wellbeing. The 5 of Pentacles and the 8 of Cups speak to the need to make this transition and find a way to cope with the unease that comes with it.

In the long run, the message of these cards speak to the importance of taking care of one’s health and making necessary sacrifices in order to achieve wellbeing. Making changes like this will not be easy and will require strength and resolve. However, in the end, it will be worth it as one is able to take back their life in a healthier and happier way.

The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.

Common 2-card spreads

Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread

The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:

  • The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
  • The 2 card “Yes or No”

“The Fool’s Journey”

Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over

Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)

Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.

The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation

The 2 card “Yes or No”

Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.

Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.

The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.

Yes or No meaning

Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as 5 Of Pentacles and 8 Of Cups mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.

The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.

What does 5 Of Pentacles mean?

When the 5 of Pentacles appears in a Tarot reading, it means that health, finances, and relationships are all being affected by a period of hardship and limitation.

Health: Physically, the 5 of Pentacles indicates an illness or a sense of being run down. It can represent serious physical illness or it can indicate simple ill health brought on by stress and worry. Emotionally and mentally, it can represent feelings of despair and being overwhelmed, so it is important to take time for yourself to relax and recuperate.

Finances: The 5 of Pentacles is a card of financial worry, of financial loss and of feeling burdened by debt and lack. It is important to take a look at your current financial situation, looking for ways to reduce your expenses. It is also time to look at ways to increase income, either through side hustles, finding a better job, or asking for help. It is also important to stay positive and to keep faith that things can and will get better.

Relationships: The 5 of Pentacles can also represent loneliness and feeling isolated, so it is important to reach out to family and friends and to ask for help and support, if needed. It can also mean conflicts in relationships, and it is important to work through those issues and to be honest with yourself and those around you. It is also important to remember that having a strong support network is essential in times of financial worry and to find ways to stay close with those important to you.

What does 8 Of Cups mean?

When it comes to health, the 8 of Cups tells us to be aware of setting boundaries. It may mean that it’s time to withdraw from unhealthy relationships and habits that may have had a negative impact on our health, such as lack of exercise, poor diet, negative relationships, or unhealthy environments. The 8 of Cups can remind us that we need to attend to our own needs first and move away from any situation which is not conducive to our wellbeing.

In terms of finances, the 8 of Cups warns us of the need to be prudent with our money. It may mean that it’s time to withdraw from any bad investments or projects that are not making a return and that we need to re-evaluate our financial goals. It can also be about letting go of any illusions or fantasies about financial success and understanding that if we want to achieve our financial goals we need to be realistic about what we can and cannot do.

When it comes to relationships, the 8 of Cups can indicate that it’s time to let go of attachments that are draining our energy. It can be about moving on from relationships that have gone stale or are no longer beneficial to us. The 8 of Cups is also a reminder to trust our intuition and recognize that it’s okay to draw a line and walk away. This is not necessarily a sign of failure or a bad thing but rather that it’s time to focus on what matters and let go of anything which is no longer helping us grow and evolve.


Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw 5 Of Pentacles and 8 Of Cups has helped you.