Minor Arcana -
Interpreting the Suit of Cups
An introduction to the meaning of the Suit of Cups
The Suit of Cups is associated with the emotional depths of the human soul,
characterized by passion, intensity, creativity, sexuality, and romance.
Correlated with the astrological water signs Scorpio, Cancer, and Pisces,
the Suit of Cups retains a feminine energy which promotes sensitivity,
heightened self-awareness, and compassionate understanding. The Suit of
Cups symbolizes the imagination, illusions and fantasies, dreams and desires,
everything which exists in the subconscious and is not always expressed in real
There is an air of mystery and unpredictability in the Suit of Cups, as
it well known that emotions are not always obvious or simple, but can often be
complex and convoluted, stretching much deeper than what body language or spoken
words can emit. The Suit of Cups embodies this mysterious depth of human feeling,
also mingling in the spiritual and psychic qualities of experience embedded deep
within us all.
The intense nature of the Suit of Cups may also pose potential
issues if the negative extremities of human emotion are evoked; these emotions
arise in the form of jealousy, rage, hatred, as well as any other emotion which
is filled with ill-spent passion and self-destructiveness. However, if the power
of the Suit of Cups is applied responsibly and creatively there are many wonderful
things which can be born of the heart. This is why love and romance are often linked
to the Suit of Cups, representing the bizarre, thrilling experience that is the love
and lust connecting two individuals. Alongside love and romance, marriage and birth
are also associated with the Suit of Cups.
Each Card's meaning in a Tarot Card Spread
The meaning for each card is influenced by the position of the card
as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card
layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.
The start of a new relationship or artistic project.
A new relationship or project will end in disappointment.
Sincere commitment to a relationship or partnership is indicated.
A lack of commitment within a relationship or partnership. Going separate ways is a strong possibility.
A happy celebration is in the works.
Overindulgence connected with a celebration is shown. Careful not to eat, drink or spend too much.
A relationship or partnership has become stagnant and utterly boring. It's time to liven things up!
Disappointment and unhappiness regarding a relationship. Loneliness or rejection may also be an issue.
The loss of a relationship has led to despair.
A reconciling of differences or a second chance at making a relationship work.
Reminiscing about the past. There's also a possibility of reuniting with an ex-lover or an old friend from years gone by.
Feeling emotionally trapped by constantly living in the past. There is an inability to let go and move forward.
Too much is happening all at once. Time is needed before making any decisions.
Avoid being too subjective. Don't delude yourself into seeing something that isn't there or vice versa.
Searching for something new and better.
Shutting yourself off from others to avoid being hurt. Seek professional assistance.
A wish or dream come true.
Taking for granted all that is good in your life.
Much love, joy and good tidings.
A trivial comment or event creates disharmony between family and/or friends. Don't worry it will soon pass.
For the Most part Court Cards refer to actual people but may also refer to character traits within us.
A kind, caring and often very sensitive child or young person.
A child or young person plagued with emotional insecurities.
A new romantic partner may soon gallop into your life; alternatively, it may portray an artistic ideal worth striving for.
A superficial and/or unmotivated teenager or young adult.
A very loving, protective and possibly psychic woman.
An unbalanced and emotionally exhausting woman.
A confidant, intuitive and extremely creative man.
An emotionally insecure and self destructive man.
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