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Cups

About the Suit of Cups

ELEMENT: WATER

DIRECTION: WEST

SEASON: SUMMER

GENERAL KEYS: LOVE, HAPPINESS, SUBCONSCIOUS, INSTINCT, EMOTIONS, GOOD LIFE, PLEASURE, MOODS, DREAMS, FANTASIES, THE PRIEST

Note: While some of this material was taken from our experience and early training, much of this material was sourced directly from “The Tarot” by Eden Gray ISBN: 0553277529 and “The Enchanted Tarot” by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. ISBN: 0312050798. Meanings are divinatory (for use as general guideline in interpretation in a reading) and do not provide the mythical or general background behind each major arcana card.

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ACE OF CUPS
Keyword: Love, birth, contemplation, good karma

House of the true heart, joy, content, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility, holy table, felicity hereof. Beginning of all good things; love, joy, health. Productiveness. Fertility. Beauty. Pleasure. Happy tears. A reminder that when the mind is filled with spirit, the spirit will fill the material cup to overflowing. This marks the fertile beginning of the flow of love into your life because you are accepting and receiving on a new level. There is a new opportunity coming into your life to experience the most positive emotions. Joy, health and happiness are being offered to you. Allow yourself to feel positive benefits flowing in and out of your heart. These are feelings that money cannot buy and time cannot take away from you.

Rev. Egotistical and self-centred. False love. Clouded joy. Instability. Hesitancy to nurture love. House of the false heart, mutation, instability, revolution.

TWO OF CUPS
Keyword: Romance, unified love, partnership, communion, relationship

Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the inter-relation of the sexes, and –as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination –that which nature is sanctified. Understanding, deep friendship or love between a man and a woman. Together, they can carry out their plans. Harmony of the masculine and feminine. Reciprocity. The beginning of a friendship or love affair. Balance of ideas and plans with a kindred soul. Focus of this card is on relationship, mutual affinity and union. This card represents all that is clear and true, supportive and comforting in romantic, familial and business partnerships, as well as the union and harmony of the sexes. There is potential for the development of a loving union and room for passions to grow. There will be a heartfelt emotional exchange of some sort but all may not be revealed now.

Rev. Unimportant disagreement has raised obstacles. It can be resolved, but someone must make the first move. False love. Dissipation, folly, violent passion, disunity, misunderstanding. False love, folly, misunderstanding.

THREE OF CUPS
Keyword: Celebration, birth, harmony, planned pregnancy, support

The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfillment, solace, healing. Happy conclusion, success and the beginning of a new life style. Success. Abundance. Good luck, fortune, victory. Happy issue of an undertaking. Hospitality. Pleasure. Joy, creativity and happiness are celebrated here. You will find yourself filled with gratitude for the life you have. There will be a need to share your good fortune surrounded by supportive friends. It may seem difficult to concentrate on work in such a festive atmosphere, and your work may slightly suffer, but you need this pleasant time to grow emotionally. The art of sharing will help your work. Support of friends, a useful network.

Rev. Circumstances have changed; what was good is now causing pain. Don’t dwell on this, but turn right around and concentrate your energies in a different direction. Too much sensuality, over-indulgence in food and drink. Pleasure turns to pain. Success to ashes. Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end.

FOUR OF CUPS
Keyword: Re-Evaluation, honeymoon is over, boredom, hope, re-evaluation, apathy

Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations. This is also a card of blended pleasure. Discontent, boredom, need for re-evaluation. Ignoring opportunity. A stationery period in one’s life; weariness, surfeit. Dissatisfaction with material success. Re-evaluation of one’s earthly pleasures. Kindness from others. When you are bored and dissatisfied with where your path has led, withdraw from distraction and examine your “heart of hearts” to gain insight. You can literally change your future during a time of re-evaluation. However, you should not re-enter the world of social activities until you are satisfied that you have resumed contact with a personal value system. Indicates a time when one has been too focused on one’s lack, a need to look up and see that opportunity is close at hand.

Rev. New relationship possible. Waking from a period of contentment or contemplation. New relationship possible. New goals, new ambition. Novelty, presage, new instruction, new relations.

FIVE OF CUPS
Keyword: Disappointment, despair, regret, change

It is a card of loss, but something remains over; it is a card of inheritance, patrimony, transmission, but not corresponding to expectations; with some it is a card of marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration. You find it difficult to explain the turmoil you feel inside. Disappointment. The need to let go of what has past and move on to what is possible. Sorrow in those things from which pleasure was expected. Disillusionment in love. Marriage broken up. Loss of friendship. Vain regret, loss, but with something left over. This is a time of deep disappointment but a conscious effort must be made to overcome it. You have lost love but gained in experience. Though feeling depressed and despondent, you must be as kind to yourself as you would be to another person in a similar situation. Like the flowers that are the universal symbol of love’s presence, love can and will bloom again.

Rev. Things look better. You have the courage to see things through. Return of enjoyment. New alliance formed. Return of a old friend or loved one. Hopeful expectations. News, alliances, affinity, consanguinity, ancestry, return, false projects.

SIX OF CUPS Keyword: Joy, reunion, nostalgia, pleasure, childhood, good karmic ties

A card of the past and of memories, looking back, as–for example–on childhood; happiness, enjoyment, but coming rather from the past; things that have vanished. Another reading reverses this, giving new relations, new knowledge, new environment. From the past will come happiness. You may meet an old friend or acquaintance. Happiness, enjoyment but coming from the past. Meeting with childhood acquaintance. Pleasant memories. Or card may mean new friendships. A gift from an admirer. New knowledge and new opportunities. This is a delightful, lovely card. By some twist of fate, a person, a feeling, a memory, a smell, touch or taste from childhood makes an appearance in your life. There is complete rapport. A feeling of nostalgia can be triggered by a gift or a short trip. These memories will leave you looking back at the time when adults – especially our mothers – were all-knowing giants and a year seemed to stretch for eternity. Can speak to a gift forthcoming from a mate or grown offspring.

Rev. Rewards may be delayed or someone may receive recognition that you feel is due you. Living too much in the past. Clinging to outworn morals and manners. Worthy associates. Possibility of inheritance or gift from the past. The future, renewal, that which will come to pass presently.

SEVEN OF CUPS
Keyword: Illusion, fantasy, possibility, magic, imagination, decisions

Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment, imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested. You are having difficulties in making a decision. Minor crossroads. Dreams, castles in the air, an imagination that’s been working overtime. Client’s forces have been too scattered. Illusionary success. Selfish dissipation, deception. You may be daydreaming and building castles in the air. It is time to look at things clearly, to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of wishful thinking. You are getting to know yourself now and may have many creative and a spiritual experiences. Just remember to be realistic about all possible eventualities. Look to past patterns in making one’s decisions, choose to follow one’s heart, and the money and success will follow.

Rev. You are on the right track. Pursue your goals. Good resolutions. Slight success must be followed up. New will and determination. Intelligent selection. Desire, will, determination, project.

EIGHT OF CUPS
Keyword: Sacrifice, turning away, abandonment, independence, withdrawal, loneliness

A card of the past and of memories, looking back, as–for example–on childhood; happiness, enjoyment, but coming rather from the past; things that have vanished. Another reading reverses this, giving new relations, new knowledge, new environment. The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical –giving joy, mildness, timidity, honour, modesty. A need to search for deeper meaning in life. Things thrown aside as soon as gained. Journeying from place to place. Misery and repining without cause. Disappointment in love. The seeker may desire to leave material success for something higher. Success abandoned. There must now be a retreat from emotional involvement. A need to set out in new directions. Too much time spent concentrating on the concerns of others, or on pursuits that primarily benefit others, has left you unfulfilled. You have given away too much of yourself. You may have to abandon that which you once sought, to seek something that is more worthy of your effort and sacrifice. You now have the opportunity to find a new direction.

Rev. Interests lie in material pleasures. Interest in success. Joy, feasting, a new love. The spiritual abandoned for the material. Great joy, happiness, feasting.

NINE OF CUPS
Keyword: Fulfillment, wishes fulfilled, comfort, happiness, compromise

Concord , contentment, physical bien-etre ; also victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made. The “wish card”. Spread position is important. Can mean wish is coming true, especially in the outcome position. Other cards determine how wish will be fulfilled. Material success, satisfaction. All good things in life are available. Client will get their wish. Physical well-being. Satisfaction is achieved. Wish is granted. It may arrive in an unexpected way or after a small delay, but know this is a very lucky time for you. Be sure to wish for the things you know are best for you in the long term because you are likely to receive them. You may know sensual comforts and a blessed period of contentment. The memory of this healing respite may be drawn upon if things become difficult in the future, thus helping you to attain the supreme goal of complete contentment. Can mean the need to make compromise in order to have what you want. Can also indicate someone whose good cooking is appreciated, or a small gathering, a pleasant social encounter.

Rev. Wish will not be fulfilled at this time. Misplaced reliance, false freedom. There may be some deprivation or illness or over indulgence in food and drink. Wish not fulfilled. Truth, loyalty, liberty; but the readings vary and include mistakes, imperfections, etc.

TEN OF CUPS Keyword: Success, Attainment, marriage, familiarity, contentment, rapport, idealism

Contentment, repose of the entire heart; the perfection of that state; if with several picture-cards, a person who is taking charge of the Querent’s interests; also the town, village or country inhabited by the Querent. You are experiencing the happiness you desire. Realization of personal hopes and dreams. Contentment. Lasting happiness because it is inspired from above rather than being a sensual satisfaction. Perfection of human love. Great friendship. Lasting success. Peacemaking. Under the power of this card, you have found your spiritual family. You have attained a goal that will bring you lasting personal success and domestic happiness. Your reputation is enhanced, as are your relations with friends, relatives and business associates. The respect and honour of your peers has been attained through your own correct action. Can also mean that someone has been lost in romantic or idealistic images and will have troubles achieving their goals – can indicate a need to be more practical and realistic in one’s goals.

Rev. Present situation is causing you depression and sadness. Loss of friendship. Betrayal. Wantonness, waste. Criminal satisfactions. Repose of the false heart, indignation, violence.

PAGE OF CUPS (Sometimes known as Princess of Cups) Pisces
Keyword: Young Woman or Child; A messenger, a service rendered

Fair young man, one impelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected; a studious youth; news, message; application, reflection, meditation; also these things directed to business. Young person who can offer help or cooperation. A gentle and quiet person. A dreamer. A melancholy and passionate youth. Studious but given to flights of imagination. Willing to render service to you. If not a person, then you are drawn to the arts, and given to meditations. News, a message, perhaps the birth of a child. New business methods proposed. Something new, creative and loving is to be expected soon. Be sure you are not being too romantic and emotionally naïve to make the best use of it. Or you may be indolent, lying around daydreaming when action is called for. Can mean that a wish will come true.

Rev. You will be offered help, possibly by a young person. Little desire to create. Dilettantism. Good taste. A deception may soon be uncovered. Obstacles. Unpleasant news. Taste, inclination, attachment, seduction, deception, artifice.

KNIGHT OF CUPS ( Sometimes known as the Prince of Cups)
Keyword: Young Man; Kindness, an offer of love

Arrival, approach –sometimes that of a messenger; advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement. Young man can offer interesting invitations or proposals. Graceful, poetic but indolent. He is a dreamer of sensual delights. Can mean the bringer of a message, a proposition or an invitation. Now is the time to be in contact with feelings of young love. This card indicates lots of movement in the form of comings and goings of all kinds, of emotions and emotional people. Although usually light and charming and a welcomed visitor, he can sometimes be shallow and even deceitful, if his feelings have been wounded. At his worst, he can be a Don Juan type who will not hesitate to kiss and tell.. Can also speak to a person who travels for a living.

Rev. If you have received an unusual offer, it’s advisable to check circumstances before accepting. Sensual, idle, untruthful. Swindling, trickery, fraud. Propositions should be carefully looked at. Trickery, artifice, subtlety, swindling, duplicity, fraud.

QUEEN OF CUPS Scorpio
Keyword: Mature Woman; Emotional security

Good, fair woman; honest, devoted woman, who will do service to the Querent; loving intelligence, and hence the gift of vision; success, happiness, pleasure; also wisdom, virtue. Sensitive lady to relies on her intuitive ability rather than on common sense. A woman who is able to put into practice what her visions decree. Good wife and mother – honest, devoted, loyal. If no woman, then someone with vision should be considered or someone who is kind though not willing to take too much trouble for another. Success, happiness, pleasure indicated. Now is the time to be aware of the less fortunate, and to nurture and care for them, helping them to attain emotional security. Your intuition is divinely inspired, for The High Priestess communicates most directly with the Queen of Cups. This help must be given without expectation and should enable those helped to be independent. Remember the ancient Chinese proverb, “Give someone a fish and you feed them today. Teach them to fish and they feed themselves forever.” Can indicate that there will be a need to focus on a project or to be attentive to one’s personal happiness for a period, to let the world pass you by while you deal with something important – or it can indicate someone who has allowed the world to pass them by, often deliberately, by a happy choice.

Rev. This lady can present a good story and is intelligent, but she is inclined to exaggerate. Means well but not fully reliable. A perverse character. Intelligent but not to be relied on. Dishonesty. Immorality. The accounts vary; good woman; otherwise distinguished woman but one not to be trusted; perverse woman; vice, dishonour, depravity.

KING OF CUPS Cancer
Keyword: Mature Man; Honourable feelings

Fair man, man of business, law, or divinity; responsible, disposed to oblige the Querent; also equity, art and science, including those who profess science, law and art; creative intelligence A reliable, respected man from any walk of life. He is trustworthy and can help you. An emotional person. This man is skilled in both law and trade. He may be connected with either a church or worldly institution. He is kind and considerate and willing to take responsibility. If no man, traits of liberality, generosity, consideration, creative intelligence and interest in arts or religion. It is important that you make a sincere effort to be understanding at this time, appealing to the emotional aspects of the situation. You must be the ruler of your emotions by understanding them and not repressing them. Trying to bury strong feelings under a false surface of calm is dangerous.

Rev. Avoid entanglement, this man is not always what he appears to be. A powerful man, but likely to be crafty and violent. A fierce nature under a calm exterior. Double dealing. Beware of being robbed of either virtue or money. Dishonest, double-dealing man; roguery, exaction, injustice, vice, scandal.

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