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 time.

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.

Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
The start of a new relationship or artistic project.

Reversed meaning:
A new relationship or project will end in disappointment.

Two of Cups

Two of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Sincere commitment to a relationship or partnership is indicated.

Reversed meaning:
A lack of commitment within a relationship or partnership. Going separate ways is a strong possibility.

Three of Cups

Three of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A happy celebration is in the works.

Reversed meaning:
Overindulgence connected with a celebration is shown. Careful not to eat, drink or spend too much.

Four of Cups

Four of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A relationship or partnership has become stagnant and utterly boring. It's time to liven things up!

Reversed meaning:
Disappointment and unhappiness regarding a relationship. Loneliness or rejection may also be an issue.

Five of Cups

Five of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
The loss of a relationship has led to despair.

Reversed meaning:
A reconciling of differences or a second chance at making a relationship work.

Six of Cups

Six of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Reminiscing about the past. There's also a possibility of reuniting with an ex-lover or an old friend from years gone by.

Reversed meaning:
Feeling emotionally trapped by constantly living in the past. There is an inability to let go and move forward.

Seven of Cups

Seven of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Too much is happening all at once. Time is needed before making any decisions.

Reversed meaning:
Avoid being too subjective. Don't delude yourself into seeing something that isn't there or vice versa.

Eight of Cups

Eight of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Searching for something new and better.

Reversed meaning:
Shutting yourself off from others to avoid being hurt. Seek professional assistance.

Nine of Cups

Nine of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A wish or dream come true.

Reversed meaning:
Taking for granted all that is good in your life.

Ten of Cups

Ten of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
Much love, joy and good tidings.

Reversed meaning:
A trivial comment or event creates disharmony between family and/or friends. Don't worry it will soon pass.

Introduction to the Court Cards

For the Most part Court Cards refer to actual people but may also refer to character traits within us.

Page of Cups

Page of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A kind, caring and often very sensitive child or young person.

Reversed meaning:
A child or young person plagued with emotional insecurities.

Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A new romantic partner may soon gallop into your life; alternatively, it may portray an artistic ideal worth striving for.

Reversed meaning:
A superficial and/or unmotivated teenager or young adult.

Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A very loving, protective and possibly psychic woman.

Reversed meaning:
An unbalanced and emotionally exhausting woman.

King of Cups

King of Cups Tarot Card

Upright meaning:
A confidant, intuitive and extremely creative man.

Reversed meaning:
An emotionally insecure and self destructive man.

Return from the Suit of Cups back to Reading Tarot Cards - The Minor Arcana


Explore all things psychic - Home