- the element of water
- the three watery astrological signs of Pisces, Cancer & Scorpio
- situations and events of an emotional nature of our daily lives
- the First Estate (the Clergy in feudal times)
- spiritual or religious matters
- the letter Heh (Emergence of Energy into Form) of the Tetragrammaton
- traditionally, the west and autumn
- the emotional level of consciousness
- love, feelings, relationships and connections
- creativity, romanticism, fantasy and imagination
The Suit of Cups In Tarot Reading
When a card appears from the suit of cups in tarot card reading, though there are a variety of feelings depending on the situation and are all expressed in one form or another by one of the fourteen cards of the deck that belong to the suit of Cups, this may generally signify:
- an emotional issue or love situation, or some event that affects the querent emotionally
- displays of emotion, expression of feelings and the role of emotions in relation to others
- that you are thinking with your heart rather than your head, and thus reflect your spontaneous responses and your habitual reactions to situations
The Suit of Cups Meaning
There are 14 cards in the Suit of Cups, each with different meanings. Here is the list of the Suit of Cups and how each card in the suit of Cups manifests for you:
- Ace of Cups. The Root of the Powers of Water, this card always indicates beginnings, a new beginning of an emotional nature. It can also signify faithfulness, fertility, joy and love. With this card, your public expression of feelings will consist of expressing your love for someone, or moving beyond words and giving sympathy and help to people in need. As this card is generally a card of happiness, and the beginning of many blessings, the highest manifestation of the Ace of Cups is the act of forgiving another person.
- Two of Cups. With this card, the dominant emotion is the feeling of being complete when you are with a certain person as the Two of Cups indicates two minds and hearts coming together and functioning as one (duality). The Lord of Love, a young man and a woman each bearing a cup, as if presenting it to one another is portrayed in the card. This indicates affection, love, beginnings of a new romance, partnership or friendship, emotional affinity, sympathy, joyous harmony, the reconciliation of opposites in mutual trust and resolved differences.
- Three of Cups. The Lord of Abundance, the Three of Cups indicates a time of merriment and celebration as well as a fortunate end to a valued project or venture. It may also indicate something coming to fruition that was conceived out of love, which may be a birth possibly physical, but may mean the birth of a new project instead.
- Four of Cups. The Lord of Blended Pleasure, this card indicates a period of ennui and boredom, where nothing seems to be satisfying. It also indicates the time has come to re-evaluate an all too familiar environment, dissatisfaction and boredom as well as the need to search for a more stimulating way of life. The Four of Cups shows feelings of apathy, dwelling on past experience as well as love that turn to familiarity. You carry a seething resentment over what is being offered to you while on the outside, the people in your life who are unaware of your feelings are the ones who are closest to being hurt by your wrath.
- Five of Cups. The Lord of Loss in Pleasure, the Five of Cups indicates hopes that have been dashed or mourning over something that is lost. This card also signifies the need to reorder and reevaluate priorities as well as the need to curb futile belligerence and accept the inevitable. This card also may signify union and espousal as well as dishonor that cannot be overcome or loss defeat.
- Six of Cups. The Lord of Pleasure, this card can indicate your innocence that borders on a detachment from all the problems in the ordinary world. This pleasant outlook could confuse anyone who tries to get to know you, and thus causing you to be seen as an easy, unaware mark by someone up to no good. This card also may indicate happy memories, as well as a certain clinging to past efforts and how things used to be, as well as an invitation or gift coming from someone in your past.
- Seven of Cups. The Lord of Illusionary Success, the Seven of Cups seems to appear when your hopes are at their highest, and yet the payoff is rarely as great as you imagined. This card indicates a caution against over idealizing your situation and getting your head lost among the clouds. You need your dreams to have a firm foundation in order to take root. So, avoid building castles in the air and fantasizing without taking responsibility for your actions.
- Eight of Cups. The Lord of Abandoned Success, the Eight of Cups indicates restlessness and wanderlust as well as a turning point, a severing of links with the past, which have become outdated. It may also indicate a turning away from established relationships and objects of affection, overlooking the good we already possess, in the hopes of finding something else to facilitate progress to newer and deeper things.
- Nine of Cups. The Lord of Material Happiness, the appearance of the Nine of Cups may indicate a table of plenty and getting everything you desire, an assured future, satisfaction, contentment and physical well being. This card is a wish card, so this means your wish will come true.
- Ten of Cups. The Lord of Perfected Success, the Ten of Cups signifies the rising of feelings of satisfaction and love, which coexists with a lover or close friends and family whose emotional wholeness exists because of the love you give to their lives. This card also indicates happy marriage and family life as it is a card of happiness, completion of all plans to your satisfaction, and a card of fulfillment and a sense of wholeness.
- Page of Cups. The Princess of the Waters and the Lotus of the Palace of the Floods, the Page of Cups indicates ease in one’s affairs as well as news of enjoyment and entertainment. It signifies a youth with a love for the arts, poetry and music and may be very fond of dancing. A symbol of Imagination, this illustrates a person gifted with much foresight, with a new level of emotional responses which can lead to your growing sophistication.
- Knight of Cups. The Lord of the Waves and the Waters and the King of the Hosts of the Sea, the Knight of Cups can indicate a sensitive male, unmarried, a suitor who seeks the hand of a lady who is honest and truthful, as well as is heartfelt. This card may also indicate a matter of an emotional nature that is occurring in the querent’s life, changes and new excitements, particularly of a romantic nature.
- Queen of Cups. The Queen of the Thrones of the Waters, this card indicates a woman who has the gift of intuition and is able to offer good advice. It also indicates great personal growth as well as a presence of a secret she is willing to share with you.
- King of Cups. The Prince of the Chariot of the Waters, the King of Cups is a symbol of quiet strength and is calming and reassuring. This card indicates you are a person who commands respect, but not love. It also may signify that you are a man of business or law, considerate and responsible as well as a born manipulator, someone who has arrived in a position of power by the use of brain as opposed to brawn.