The Minor Arcana: The Emotion of the Cups

Okay, folks, I’ve saved what I consider the best for last – the suit of cups. This suit is considered “feminine” in the traditional sense and its element is water. The cups are related to emotions in the realm of relationships, love, feelings, and personal connections. The heart always wins out over the head. With this being the case, it may come as no surprise to know that the suit is also connotative of intuition and imagination.


ACE OF CUPS

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Yada, yada, yada, you know the Ace by now! Opportunity, sudden and catching the individual off-guard. But in keeping with its genre, the chance reveals itself in the way of love or relationships.

TWO OF CUPS

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The Two is about a very deep and profound emotional connection to someone or something. Being a Two, this connection is a new discovery and it can be romantic, platonic, or even attached to a hobby.

THREE OF CUPS 

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This card represents those serendipitous moments when one experiences emotional harmony. It is often felt between two or more people, and while it may be fleeting, it is usually intense and uplifting.

FOUR OF CUPS 

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Looking at the card, it is easy to tell there is a lack of satisfaction occurring with the man in the image. This cup means just that, a discontentedness with the present situation. It may signify the individual needs to sit down and figure out what they can do to change this, or simply make them aware that it is happening and they have to wait it out. (I tend to lean towards the former because if one refers back to the image again, it looks as though the man is being offered a solution but refuses to acknowledge it.)

FIVE OF CUPS 

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Something has been lost, and it is very saddening indeed. But the Five of Cups gauges how a person reacts to this loss and adapts to it. Grief is inevitable here but it must not keep one down.

SIX OF CUPS 

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Our past experiences shape who we are and how we respond to future occurrences. The Six is about nostalgia, the remembrance of happy times. Like most cards, this one can be a double-edged sword because while it is important to hold onto pleasant memories, it is equally important to not get bogged down by them and forget to live in the present or prepare for the future.

SEVEN OF CUPS 

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There is a little bit of chaos occurring here. It is positive because the Seven shows an abundance of options for the individual, but also pressing because until a decision is made, there is not a clear direction. This card indicates that it is time to buckle down, focus, and choose.

EIGHT OF CUPS 

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One of the bravest things we can do is leave behind the tried and true to walk into the unknown in an effort to find something greater. It is easy to look at this and think this is quite possibly greed motivating the person to stray from the familiar, but remember – these are cups, not pentacles. This journey is more to fulfill something internal and heartfelt.

NINE OF CUPS 

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Also known as the “wish card,” the Nine of Cups suggests that the individual is experiencing (or about to experience) a wonderful time of emotional and material prosperity. It is also important to note that the balance between complete contentment and avarice is a delicate one.

TEN OF CUPS 

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I think of blissful domesticity when I see the Ten – there is a happy, loving family that is emotionally and financially secure. It is not what everyone dreams of (some may even abhor this), but it is overall an extremely positively charged card.

PAGE OF CUPS 

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As usual, the Page is a newbie encountering a very emotionally powerful situation for the first time, and examining it more thoroughly before deciding how he feels about it. This situation does not always pertain to relationships but may also involve creative endeavors as well.

KNIGHT OF CUPS 

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Ever the man of action, the Knight cannot be dissuaded from his pursuit in the arts, love, or creativity. A true romantic in every aspect of the word, his focus will not be broken until he obtains his target.

QUEEN OF CUPS 

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I am reminded of the spiritualist, self-help guru when I  see the Queen of Cups. She is all about promoting and fostering relationships. She offers support and becomes personally invested in her projects. She always encourages the individual to listen to their intuition and heart.

KING OF CUPS 

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Heavily empathetic and compassionate, the King of Cups can often be found in the humanities or areas which revolve around helping others. He is very in touch with his emotions but is also able to assess situations with clarity and see what will benefit the majority.


Now that we’re through with the meanings, I’d love to hear from you guys. What are your experiences with the Minor Arcana? Have you noticed certain suits show up in the same areas of your life? Have your personal readings yielded information similar or dissimilar to what you learned about them?

Thanks for the input, and HAPPY TAROT’ING!

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