CUPS

The Suit of Cups is represented by the element of water.  Water seeks no challenge or conflict and is happiest when it is free to flow with the changes life brings.  Cups have an affinity to the emotional level of consciousness and are associated with connection, feelings and relationships.  Most commonly, cups reflect our need to feel connected to people, which drives us to find love and fulfilment.  This need to connect can also be found through creative expression, psychic and spiritual connection, as well as the ability to love, care, nurture and heal others. 

Cup people can be entertaining, flirtatious and caring, but they can also be self indulgent, emotionally turbulent and very hard to please.  Our daily experiences of the cups can range from overindulgence, dissatisfaction and grief, to nostalgia, contentment and unconditional love. 

Positive: Gentle - Understanding - Intuitive - Psychic Insight - Poetic - Reflective - Imaginative - Compassionate - Nurturing - Spiritual - Receptive - Romance - Imagination - Creativity - Friendly - Amorous

Negative: Promiscuous - Passive - Depressive - Sad - Oversensitive - Addictive - Seductive - Aloof - Unbalanced - Depressive - Heart Broken - Overindulged - Emotionally Withdrawn


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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