Suit of Cups: Tarot Card Meanings

Suit of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsThe Suit of Cups is representative of the element of water.

The Suit of Cups Tarot card meanings deal with the emotional level of consciousness and are associated with love, feelings, relationships and connections. Cups are about displays of emotion, expression of feelings and the role of emotions in relation to others. The Cups Tarot cards indicate that you are thinking with your heart rather than your head, and thus reflect your spontaneous responses and your habitual reactions to situations. Cups are also linked to creativity, romanticism, fantasy and imagination.

The negative aspects of the Suit of Cups (i.e. when the Cups cards appear reversed) include being overly emotional or completely disengaged and dispassionate, having unrealistic expectations and fantasising about what could be. There may be repressed emotions, an inability to truly express oneself and a lack of creativity.

The Suit of Cups traditionally represents the west and autumn. If using an ordinary deck of playing cards, Cups are represented by the Suit of Hearts.

Suit of Cups Personality Characteristics

The people represented by the Suit of Cups (i.e. typically the Court Cards) are emotional, artistic, humane and creative. They are connected with their emotional selves and will draw energy from what they feel within. They are said to correspond to the water signs in the zodiac (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio) and to water as a symbol of the subconscious mind and reason.

Cups Cards in a Tarot Reading

Should a Tarot reading be predominantly Cups cards, then you can be sure that the client is seeking solutions to what are primarily emotional conflicts, love matters and emotions.

Suit of Cups – Tarot Card Meanings

Click on each Tarot card below to find out more about its Tarot card meaning, including the upright and reversed Tarot card meanings.

Tarot Card Keywords Tarot Card Keywords
Ace of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsAce of Cups Upright:Love, compassion, creativity, overwhelming emotionReversed: Blocked or repressed emotions Two of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsTwo of Cups Upright:Unified love, partnership, attraction, relationshipsReversed: Break-up, imbalance in a relationship, lack of harmony
Three of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsThree of Cups Upright:Celebration, friendship, creativity, communityReversed: An affair, “three’s a crowd”, stifled creativity Four of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsFour of Cups Upright:Meditation, contemplation, apathy, re-evaluationReversed: Boredom, missed opportunity, being aloof
Five of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsFive of Cups Upright:Loss, regret, disappointment, despair, bereavementReversed: Moving on, acceptance, forgiveness Six of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsSix of Cups Upright:Reunion, nostalgia, childhood memories, innocenceReversed: Stuck in the past, naivety, unrealistic
Seven of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsSeven of Cups Upright:Fantasy, illusion, wishful thinking, choices, imaginationReversed: Temptation, illusion, diversionary tactics Eight of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsEight of Cups Upright:Escapism, disappointment, abandonment, withdrawalReversed: Hopelessness, aimless drifting, walking away
Nine of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsNine of Cups Upright:Wishes fulfilled, comfort, happiness, satisfactionReversed: Greed, dissatisfaction, materialism Ten of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsTen of Cups Upright:Harmony, marriage, happiness, alignmentReversed: Misalignment of values, broken home or marriage
Page of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsPage of Cups Upright:A messenger, creative beginnings, synchronicityReversed: Emotional immaturity, creative block Knight of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsKnight of Cups Upright:Romance, charm, ‘Knight in shining armour’, imaginationReversed: Unrealistic, jealousy, moodiness
Queen of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsQueen of Cups Upright:Emotional security, calm, intuitive, compassionateReversed: Emotional insecurity, co-dependency King of Cups Tarot Card MeaningsKing of Cups Upright:Emotional balance and control, generosityReversed: Emotional manipulation, moodiness, volatility

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