Welcome to lesson 5
How did you find the 3 card reading with the Wands added to the Major Arcana? Did it feel like it added another dimension?
Now we will move on now with the Cups.
This lesson focuses on the cards for the suit of Cups, and as so many of us consult the Tarot cards about our love life and relationships; this is a particularly important suit to feel comfortable with.
So lets see what the suit of Cups is all about!!
The Suit of Cups
Just to remind you, the Minor Arcana cards generally refer to practical issues and the more everyday or mundane events in our lives. The 56 Minor Arcana cards can be used separately for a reading or within the full Tarot deck.
The second suit of the Minor Arcana is the Cups.
This suit is associated with the element Water, the cup represents our ability to contain and manage our emotions and feelings. The cup can be empty or full and its contents can be an elixir or a poison.
Cups represent the emotional elements and spiritual experience in our lives, affairs of the heart, love and relationships.
- Positive attitudes associated with this suit are creativity, contentment, love, compassion, understanding and happiness.
- Negative attitudes associated with Cups are lust, jealousy, hate and sadness.
For all of the Minor Arcana suits I will simply be focusing on the key words and values associated with each card.
Take out from your deck the Cups and keep the remaining cards wrapped in your cloth.
Like you have done in previous lessons, focus on the first card, the Ace of Cups, and try to memorize some of the key words associated with the card. Make notes of any words or symbols you get from the card before moving onto the next one. Do this until you have completed all cup cards.
NOTE – In some of the cards I will share a DEEPER explanation, but I want you to find your own meaning in the cards.
Ace of Cups
– positive: contentment, faithfulness, creativity
– negative: barrenness, lost love, despair
The Ace of Cups shows is a symbol of possibility in the area of deep feelings, intimacy, attunement, compassion and love. In readings, it shows that a seed of emotional awareness has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be an attraction, strong feeling, intuitive knowing, or sympathetic reaction. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event.
When you see this Ace, examine your life to see how its loving energy could work for you. This card often means that love is the essence of the situation. It may or may not be romantic love. Look for ways in which you can begin to connect with others. Do you have someone to forgive, or do you want to ask for forgiveness? Can you set aside your anger and find peace? Would you like to drop your reserve and let your feelings show? The Ace of Cups tells you that your time is coming.
This card also suggests inner attunement and spirituality. Cups are the suit of the heart, and the Ace stands for the direct knowing that comes from the heart. Trust what your feelings are telling you. Seek out ways to explore your consciousness and your connections with Spirit. Allow the power of your emotions to guide you in a new direction. Embrace the love that is the Ace of Cups.
2 of Cups
– positive: partnership, love, understanding
– negative: separation, divorce, betrayal
To understand the 2 of Cups, all you have to do is look at its image. A man and a woman are gazing at each other, ready to share their cups (emotions). Here is the very picture of romantic and sexual attraction. The energy between these two is almost palpable. The Two of Cups shows the beauty and power that is created when two come together. This is the card that lovers want to see, and, in fact, the Two of Cups is the minor arcana equivalent of the Lovers in many ways.
The Two of Cups has a deeper meaning as well. Whenever two forces are drawn together, there is the potential for bonding. This card can stand for the union of any two entities – people, groups, ideas, or talents.
In readings, the Two of Cups tells you to look for connections in your life, especially those that are one-on-one. Now is not the time to separate or stay apart. It is the time to join with another and work as a partnership. If you are in conflict, look for truce and the chance to forgive and be forgiven. If you are struggling with two choices or tendencies within yourself, seek to reconcile them.
Usually, the Two of Cups is welcome in a reading, but it can also sound a note of warning. The energy of Two can be very compelling. If you have ever stood next to two people in love, you know what I’m talking about. They create between themselves a world of their own that can feel exclusionary to outsiders. “Two’s company; three’s a crowd.” Make sure that the tendency to pair off is not creating disharmony in your situation.
3 of Cups
– positive: fertility, happiness, creativity
– negative: sex without love, self obsession, exploitation
4 of Cups
– Blended Pleasure
– positive: re-evaluation, familiarity
– negative: fatigue, overindulgence, depression
5 of Cups
– Loss in pleasure
– positive: reassessment
– negative: worry, futility, sense of loss, bad luck
6 of Cups
– positive: harmony, happy memories, the past shaping the future – negative: nostalgia and inability to face reality
7 of Cups
– Illusionary success
– positive: imagination, choice, aspirations
– negative: self-delusion, deception in matters of love
8 of Cups
– Abandoned success
– positive: change, breaking of ties, development
– negative: restlessness, dissatisfaction, unrealistic goals
9 of Cups
– Material happiness
– positive: emotional stability, kindliness, happiness
– negative: complacency, vanity, finding fault in others
10 of Cups
– Perpetual success
– positive: commitment, peace, love
– negative: antisocial behaviour, disruption of routine
The 10 of Cups embodies happiness, joy, contentment and emotional fulfilment, particularly in the area of your relationships and family. It represents almost an idyllic state of peace, harmony and love where all your dreams and wishes have come true and you are delighting in your good fortune. Given it is a Ten, this card indicates attainment of this idyllic state so stop for a moment to appreciate everything that you have accomplished and be incredibly grateful for the blessings that fill your life right now.
With the image of a happy family and a comforting home in the background, the 10 of Cups is indicative of a harmonious and loving family life. All family members are getting along with each other and there is a lot of happiness and love shared. No-one is fighting or causing any tension. Instead, it is an environment of peace and happiness that lends itself to warm and loving relations. The presence of the Ten of $cups may even reflect an upcoming family holiday where you can rest and relax together, creating fun and happy family memories. There may be a family reunion or a family celebration where members of your extended family come together. This is a wonderful time to bond with your family and lay the foundation for a happy and harmonious future together.
The 10 of Cups is also a very positive card in terms of romantic relationships and may indicate either the beginning of a new, very happy relationship, or the ultimate satisfaction of a long-term relationship. Commitment and love are the requirements of such satisfaction and this card promises that with the required effort a lasting love can be built. The time will also be made for the enjoyment of pleasures, which may be shared with another person whom you love.
Outside of relationships and the family, the 10 of Cups is also reflective of your personal values system and what you believe will bring you the ultimate fulfilment and happiness in your life. This card represents a time when you are very clear on where your personal beliefs and values lie and you have successfully created a life that is aligned to those values. It may reflect a spiritual or religious person who lives in peace and harmony. It may also reflect strong family values that were instilled within you early in life which are now helping you to create a fulfilling lifestyle.
The 10 of Cups encourages you to follow your heart and go with your intuition about where the best opportunities lie. As an intuitive person, you know that you can trust your gut feeling to guide you. When you feel truly happy and inspired about something, you know that that is the way to go! Aim to seek out opportunities that make you feel fulfilled and that are aligned with your personal values, rather than simply following the path that others expect you to take. You have to do what feels right to you and you only.
Page of Cups
– Astrological signs associated with this card are Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces – this card can represent a child – male or female
– appearance – fair/brown hair, brown or blue eyes
– positive characteristics – loving, caring, creative
– negative characteristics – selfish, scheming, insecure
possible event – easy to fall head over heels in love, but be careful of giving your heart so readily. Take heed of a friends advice as the object of your desire may not be all that they seem. Can also mean a need to study for exams.
Knight of Cups
– Astrological signs associated with this card are Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces – this card can represent a young man less than 35 years of age
– appearance – fair/brown hair, grey or blue eyes
– positive characteristics – enthusiastic, artistic/creative, passionate
– negative characteristics – devious, immoral, faithless
possible event – sudden changes in your emotional state, instant attractions and amorous relationships are indicated. Negative event – your feelings may be abused by a fickle lover.
Queen of Cups
– Astrological signs associated with this card are Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces
– this card can represent a woman of any age
– appearance – brown/brunette hair, blue or brown eyes
– positive characteristics – artistic, affectionate, intuitive
– negative characteristics – disloyal, unfaithful, vain
– possible event – being over emotional allowing your heart to rule your head, behaving irrationally. Wanting to make a gesture to show your affection for someone.
In readings, the Queen of Cups asks you to think and feel as she does. For example: Are you aware of the emotional climate? Are you feeling loving? Do you trust your heart? Have you received an intuitive message? Have you been moved by another’s pain?
This Queen can also represent a man or woman who is like her, or an atmosphere of gentle love, acceptance and respect for feelings. In a reading, she tells you that her special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this Queen in whatever form she appears in your life.
King of Cups
– Astrological signs associated with this card are Scorpio, Cancer and Pisces – this card can represent a man aged 35 or over
– appearance – fair hair, blue eyes
– positive characteristics – charming, life and soul of a party, good mediator
– negative characteristics – self centered, treacherous, secretive
possible event – diplomacy may be required as you may have to act as mediator between two factions. Negative event – you won’t be able to persuade rivals to come to an understanding.
-now extract the Major Arcana from your deck and then add the 10 cards of the Wands suit and the 10 cards of the Cups suit, shuffle well and pick 3 cards, and yes you’ve guessed it!!
Practice the 3 card reading with these extra cards, and again write your reading in your notebook.
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