Suit of Cups

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 autumn. If using an ordinary deck of playing cards, Cups are represented by the Suit of Hearts.

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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.

Ace

Upright

Love, compassion, creativity, overwhelming

Reversed

Blocked or repressed emotions

Ace of Cups

Two of Cups

Upright

Unified love, partnership, attraction, relationships

Reversed

Break-up, imbalance in a relationship, lack of harmony

Two of Cups

king

Upright

Celebration, friendship, creativity, community

Reversed

An affair, “three’s a crowd”, stifled creativity

Three of Cups

four

Upright

Meditation, contemplation, apathy, re-evaluation

Reversed

Boredom, missed opportunity, being aloof

Four of Cups

king

Upright

Loss, regret, disappointment, despair, bereavement

Reversed

Moving on, acceptance, forgiveness

Five of Cups

six

Upright

Reunion, nostalgia, childhood memories,innocence

Reversed

Stuck in the past, naivety, unrealistic

Six of Cups

seven

Upright

Fantasy, illusion, wishful thinking, choices, imagination

Reversed

Temptation, illusion, diversionary tactics

Seven of Cups

eight

Upright

Escapism, disappointment, abandonment, withdrawal

Reversed

Hopelessness, aimless drifting, walking away

Eight of Cups

nine of cups

Upright

Wishes fulfilled, comfort, happiness, satisfaction

Reversed

Greed, dissatisfaction, materialism

Nine of Cups

ten of cups

Upright

Harmony, marriage, happiness, alignment

Reversed

Misalignment of values, broken home or marriage

Ten of Cups

page of cups

Upright

A messenger, creative beginnings, synchronicity

Reversed

Emotional immaturity, creative block

Page of Cups

Knight of Cups

Upright

Romance, charm, ‘Knight in shining armour’, imagination

Reversed

Unrealistic, jealousy, moodiness

Knight of Cups

Queen of Cups

Upright

Emotional security, calm, intuitive, compassionate

Reversed

Emotional insecurity, co-dependency

Queen of Cups

king of cups

Upright

Emotional balance and control, generosity

Reversed

Emotional manipulation, moodiness, volatility

King of Cups

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