Understanding The Suit of Cups Tarot Card Meanings in Tarot Reading
In tarot readings, the suit of cups deals with the world of our emotions. Cups can represent feelings, intuition and creativity. They are associated to the element of water. Symbolically, water can represent life itself. Water nurtures, cleanses, heals and soothes. Water is also reflective and when its imagery appears in tarot readings, it is usually an indicator that one needs to pay attention to their feelings. Water also refers to the unconscious, the world of dreams and psychic awareness.
The Suit of Cups often relates to our relationships. They typically tend to come up in tarot readings that focus on love or the family. The suit of cups often sheds light on where we’ve been hurt in the past or where we may have failed to appropriately process our feelings. They can also disclose where we may be emotionally stuck or are unwilling to grow. Most importantly, the suits of cups tarot cards represent the deepest parts of our selves. In tarot reading, they are the suit that represents the human soul.
Ace of Cups: new love, pregnancies, childbirth, creativity.
Reversed: Avoiding one’s emotions, not opening up to others, fear of getting close to others.
Two of Cups: New love and partnerships, marriage, engagements.
Reversed: Failure to make a connection, failed partnerships, poor communication.
Three of Cups: Celebration, joy, spending time with friends and family.
Reversed: Overindulgence, inconsideration, betrayal.
Four of Cups: Indecision, boredom, lack of initiative.
Reversed: Getting into action, making a decision, feeling motivated.
Five of Cups: Loss, sadness, releasing one’s emotions.
Reversed: Hope, moving on, new plans.
Six of Cups: Reunions, friendship, acquaintances from the past.
Reversed: Old memories, being stuck in the past, delays.
Seven of Cups: Not grounded in reality, too many choices, unrealistic plans.
Reversed: New directions, the right choice, realistic goals.
Eight of Cups: Letting go, moving on, spiritual growth.
Reversed: Unwillingness to let go, codependency, need further healing from a relationship or situation of the past.
Nine of Cups: The Yes card. Your wish will come true. Abundance and happiness.
Reversed: Delays, postponements, disappointment, addictions.
Ten of Cups: Happiness, success, marriages, new homes, weddings, childbirths.
Reversed: Lack of gratitude, difficulties, delays, hurt feelings.
Page of Cups: new messages about love, help from others, strong friendships.
Reversed: Delayed plans, missed communications, a moody youth or child.
Knight of Cups: Invitations, proposals, new love interests.
Reversed: An unavailable partner, fear of intimacy or commitment.
Queen of Cups: Creativity, psychic intuition, imagination, nurturing woman.
Reversed: Over emotional woman, over reaction to a situation, need to find balance.
King of Cups: A compassionate leader or partner. A philosophical man, a devoted husband and parent.
Reversed: A man prone to emotional outbursts, emotional upheaval, moodiness.