The 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 Summer. 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.
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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.
Unified love, partnership, attraction, relationships
Break-up, imbalance in a relationship, lack of harmony
Two of Cups
Celebration, friendship, creativity, community
An affair, “three’s a crowd”, stifled creativity
Three of Cups
Loss, regret, disappointment, despair, bereavement
Moving on, acceptance, forgiveness
Five of Cups
Reunion, nostalgia, childhood memories,innocence
Stuck in the past, naivety, unrealistic
Six of Cups
Fantasy, illusion, wishful thinking, choices, imagination
Temptation, illusion, diversionary tactics
Seven of Cups
Wishes fulfilled, comfort, happiness, satisfaction
Greed, dissatisfaction, materialism
Nine of Cups
Harmony, marriage, happiness, alignment
Misalignment of values, broken home or marriage
Ten of Cups
A messenger, creative beginnings, synchronicity
Emotional immaturity, creative block
Page of Cups
Emotional security, calm, intuitive, compassionate
Emotional insecurity, co-dependency
Queen of Cups
Emotional balance and control, generosity
Emotional manipulation, moodiness, volatility
King of Cups
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