CUPS


ACE OF CUPS

  • Card of life, or of new life
  • Card of receptivity and fertility
  • Pregnancy (new life)
  • A new creation
  • A whole new life
  • Creative opportunity 
  • Birth of something new
  • Holy grail
  • Spirituality 

2 OF CUPS

  • A significant relationship – sharing from each other’s cups but also united by intertwined snakes
  • Lion symbolises sexuality and wings of spirit – love gives greater meaning the sexual drive that leads us to it
  • Friendship
  • A strong bond with another person
  • Can be a platonic relationship
  • Lighter than lovers, this is has more of a life partner or soulmate tie, as opposed to purely romantic
  • Relationships which produces something in life beyond what could be achieved alone
  • Healing symbolised by the entwined snakes = caduceus, from a professional or loving relationship

3 OF CUPS

  • Being in love
  • The start of a love affair
  • The birth of a child 
  • Parties 
  • A wedding celebration 
  • Celebration of an important day
  • Emotional fulfilment and promise
  • Celebration with friends and family
  • Work producing good results 
  • The end of a difficult period 
  • Happiness 

4 OF CUPS

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  • Discontentment leading to resentment 
  • Dissatisfied with situation, self or others
  • Fed up
  • Bored 
  • Not happy with what is being offered
  • Sense that the grass is greener somewhere else
  • Looking for a better deal
  • Feeling sorry for yourself

5 OF CUPS

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  • Someone or something hasn’t lived up to your expectations 
  • Mourning
  • Sadness
  • Loss
  • Sorrow
  • Remorse 
  • Black cape – colour of grief
  • Disappointment
  • Let down
  • Testing time in a relationship with regret over past actions (two cups indicated relationship)
  • Betrayal

6 OF CUPS

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  • Your roots 
  • Where you grew up
  • Childhood 
  • Reminiscing about your past
  • Sweet memories, good times past
  • Filtered memories which provide a sense of security
  • Warm secure feeling based on experience
  • Underlying issues that are being covered up
  • An untrustworthy figure looms

7 OF CUPS

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  • Too many choices
  • Mixed feelings and emotions
  • A need to gain perspective
  • Imagination run wild
  • Leading to a delusional state
  • Emotional situation where many potentials are evident, but where the individual is faced with the challenge of choosing and acting in realistic terms to make those potentials manifest – requires focussed action

8 OF CUPS

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  • Recognising the cycle has come to an end
  • Feeling it is time to move on
  • Leaving in order to grow
  • Giving something up necessarily
  • Withdrawing from a situation 
  • Progress by walking away from a situation 
  • Running away from something that can never be resolved
  • Abandoning something or someone, or being abandoned – though necessary
  • Truth beckons and requires us to act
  • New cycles 

9 OF CUPS

  • Simple pleasures are good for a short while, allows us to indulge and escape the world so that we can switch off and enjoy ourselves
  • Physical and emotional satisfaction and pleasure – food, drink, sex – simple things in life
  • Avoiding worry and problems by concentrating on ordinary pleasure like eating, watching TV, drinking – can lead to overindulgence and dependency due to denial of deeper needs of fulfilment that require discipline 
  • Not telling the whole story – may be acting deceitfully
  • One cup is missing, a sign that you aren’t completely satisfied with your situation

10 OF CUPS

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  • Marriage built upon a conscious union of two loving but separate partners, thus they can withstand the challenges of life and enjoy a future together
  • Love, imagination and joy
  • Life brings happiness and not just an absence of pain
  • Enjoying what you have, but particularly with family
  • Feeling of emotional completion
  • Permanence and ongoing contentment
  • Domestic happiness
  • Idealistic expectations of relationships and family

PAGE OF CUPS

 

  • Gentle
  • Dreamy 
  • Precocious 
  • Childishness
  • Very strong imagination 
  • Birth of something new – ideas, relationships, self-discovery
  • Can be a child or a sibling 
  • Messages of potential love through flirtation and infatuation 
  • Ideas gestating 
  • Gentle contemplation in relation to sensitivity and creativity 
  • Looking for the value in one’s self
  • Psychic talent and its development 
  • Flamboyant 
  • Theatrical 
  • Acting 

KNIGHT OF CUPS

 

  • The idea of social activities, where we meet new people
  • Often a new opportunity to form a meaningful and loving relationship that can lead on to deeper commitment
  • Being in love – honeymoon period
  • Romantic dimensions of love
  • Artistic and creative opportunities
  • Creative ideas that need to be sifted, refined and given a realistic lens
  • Dreams, dreaminess, daydreams and fantasy 

QUEEN OF CUPS

  • The ultimate character in feminine beauty, sensuality and love 
  • Blending of imagination and reactivity and social usefulness – comes between the knight and king
  • Intuitive, often very psychic – harnesses the power of magiC
  • Loving intelligence
  • Cup symbolises achievement brought about using imagination
  • Unity of water and land give complete freedom to wander, directing it into valuable activity – disciplined focus
  • Harnessing direction of imagination – creative discipline 
  • Deeply empathetic and sensitively aware 
  • Often a healer – nurse, homeopath, etc. 
  • Always acts with an awareness of love
  • Unconscious forces nurturing conscious life
  • Devoted to one partner
  • Life partner

KING OF CUPS

  • His position of maintaining society isn’t something he feels comfortable fitting into
  • Deeply connected to spirituality and divinity – can be a priest, man of god or shaman
  • Responsibly comes before self-expression – sets up a repressed posture 
  • Symbolises success, achievement, mastery and maturity in healing work
  • Compassionate and empathetic
  • Ability to heal others – psychotherapist, social worker, homeopath, nurse, etc
  • Sensitive and moody
  • Uncomfortable in his role of feeling when combined with masculinity – usually a feminine aspect
  • Withdraw and sullen, emotionally broods
  • Symbolises success, achievement, mastery and maturity in artistic work

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