Ace of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: House of the true heart, joy, content, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility; Holy Table, felicity hereof. Additional: Inflexible will, unalterable law.
Reversed: House of the false heart, mutation, instability, revolution. Additional: Unexpected change of position.
Ace of Cups – Tarot Card Description
The waters are beneath, and thereon are water-lilies; the hand issues from the cloud, holding in its palm the cup, from which four streams are pouring; a dove, bearing in its bill a cross-marked Host, descends to place the Wafer in the Cup; the dew of water is falling on all sides. It is an intimation of that which may lie behind the Lesser Arcana.
Two of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the interrelation of the sexes, and–as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination–that desire which is not in Nature, but by which Nature is sanctified. Additional: Favourable in things of pleasure and business, as well as love; also wealth and honour.
Reversed: Desillussion, divorce, passion, conflict of interest. Additional: None Given
Two of Cups – Tarot Card Description
A youth and maiden are pledging one another, and above their cups rises the Caduceus of Hermes, between the great wings of which there appears a lion’s head. It is a variant of a sign which is found in a few old examples of this card. Some curious emblematical meanings are attached to it, but they do not concern us in this place.
Three of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfilment, solace, healing. Additional: Unexpected advancement for a military man.
Reversed: Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. It signifies also the side of excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses. Additional: Consolation, cure, end of the business.
Three of Cups – Tarot Card Description
Maidens in a garden-ground with cups uplifted, as if pledging one another.
Four of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations, as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only; another wine, as if a fairy gift, is now offered the wastrel, but he sees no consolation therein. This is also a card of blended pleasure. Additional: Contrarieties.
Reversed: Novelty, presage, new instruction, new relations. Additional: Presentiment.
Four of Cups – Tarot Card Description
A young man is seated under a tree and contemplates three cups set on the grass before him; an arm issuing from a cloud offers him another cup. His expression notwithstanding is one of discontent with his environment.
Five of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: It is a card of loss, but something remains over; three have been taken, but two are left; it is a card of inheritance, patrimony, transmission, but not corresponding to expectations; with some interpreters it is a card of marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration. Additional: Generally favourable; a happy marriage; also patrimony, legacies, gifts, success in enterprise.
Reversed: News, alliances, affinity, consanguinity, ancestry, return, false projects. Additional: Return of some relative who has not been seen for long.
Five of Cups – Tarot Card Description
A dark, cloaked figure, looking sideways at three prone cups two others stand upright behind him; a bridge is in the background, leading to a small keep or holding.
Six of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: A card of the past and of memories, looking back, as–for example–on childhood; happiness, enjoyment, but coming rather from the past; things that have vanished. Another reading reverses this, giving new relations, new knowledge, new environment, and then the children are disporting in an unfamiliar precinct. Additional: Pleasant memories.
Reversed: The future, renewal, that which will come to pass presently. Additional: Inheritance to fall in quickly.
Six of Cups – Tarot Card Description
Children in an old garden, their cups filled with flowers.
Seven of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment, imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees, but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested. Additional: Fair child; idea, design, resolve, movement.
Reversed: Desire, will, determination, project. Additional: Success, if accompanied by the Three of Cups.
Seven of Cups – Tarot Card Description
Strange chalices of vision, but the images are more especially those of the fantastic spirit.
Eight of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical–giving joy, mildness, timidity, honour, modesty. In practice, it is usually found that the card shews the decline of a matter, or that a matter which has been thought to be important is really of slight consequence: either for good or evil. Additional: Marriage with a fair woman.
Reversed: Great joy, happiness, feasting. Additional: Perfect satisfaction.
Eight of Cups – Tarot Card Description
A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise, undertaking or previous concern.
Nine of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Concord, contentment, physical well-being; also victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made. Additional: Of good augury for military men.
Reversed: Truth, loyalty, liberty; but the readings vary and include mistakes, imperfections, etc. Additional: Good business.
Nine of Cups – Tarot Card Description
A goodly personage has feasted to his heart’s content, and abundant refreshment of wine is on the arched counter behind him, seeming to indicate that the future is also assured. The picture offers the material side only, but there are other aspects.
Ten of Cups – Tarot Card Meaning
Upright: Contentment, repose of the entire heart; the perfection of that state; also perfection of human love and friendship; if with several picture-cards, a person who is taking charge of the Querent’s interests; also the town, village or country inhabited by the Querent. Additional: For a male Querent, a good marriage and one beyond his expectations.
Reversed: Repose of the false heart, indignation, violence. Additional: Sorrow; also a serious quarrel.
Ten of Cups – Tarot Card Description
Appearance of Cups in a rainbow; it is contemplated in wonder and ecstacy by a man and woman below, evidently husband and wife. His right arm is about her; his left is raised upward; she raises her right arm. The two children dancing near them have not observed the prodigy but are happy after their own manner. There is a home-scene beyond.