Minor Arcana Cups
The Tarot Cups Suit
Associations: Water, Emotions, Relationships
Astrological Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Cardinal Direction: West
Ace of Cups
With the Ace of Cups, Divine love and compassion are pouring through you. You are a vessel for deep, spiritual love from the Universe, and you can’t help but let that love flow through you and into the world. You receive love, you give love, you ARE love. Your heart overflows.
Reversed: In the reversed position, it speaks to love for oneself. So, before you send your love out to the world, send love to yourself, filling up every cell in your body with Divine love and happiness. And the more you do this, the more you can exist in flow with life itself.
Six of Cups
Harmony. Reconciliation. Old friends. Going back to your childhood. Chilling in your roots. Maybe it's not your inner child—maybe it's the wild teenager of your college days. Or remembering those early years when your kids were young and you were worshipped. Whatever sets you free and makes your heart feel the butterflies—that's the joy of this card. Sentimentality. Kindness. Loving without conditions. Reunion. Happier times. Old flames return. Sun in Scorpio.
Reverse: Things may not have been quite as rosy as you're remembering. That relationship that you were recalling so fondly, or job, or situation. Well, it was actually shitty. That's why you left it. Leave it there.
King of Cups
The King of Cups represents mastery over the realms of emotion, creativity and the unconscious. When this card turns up in a Tarot reading, you have gained control of your feelings and can accept them without allowing them to get the better of you. Even when life throws you a curve ball, you can draw on your emotional maturity and stability to help you navigate these challenges.
Reversed: The reversed King of Cups indicates that you are focusing your attention on your innermost feelings. You are discovering the emotions stored in your subconscious mind and how these emotions affect you. Through this work, you hope to gain a stronger sense of control over your emotional well-being so that your feelings don’t steer you away from living your best life.
Queen of Cups
She knows…. She just knows. You don't mess with the Queen of Cups. She's intuitive and nurturing, and like all the Queens, a good wife and mother. She's fair and honest. She's the emotional energy-reader, and you can't mess with her. Don't even bother. She can read you from a million miles away.
Reversed: This Queen can't commit to much of anything, except self-sabotage. It's amazing how great she is at that. The sabotage thing often comes up when procrastination is in play, or when you're in a relationship that you can't get out of, one that you know isn't healthy.
Knight of Cups
The Knight of Cups is the classic romantic of the Tarot deck. He is in touch with his intuition and emotions, and he uses them masterfully to charm and attract others. He shows compassion and understanding towards others because he has learned to understand his own feelings and emotions. The Knight is kind, caring and very in touch with his feminine side.
Reversed: When the reversed Knight of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, a creative project is emerging, but you are not ready to act on it just yet. You may spend most of your time dreaming up what is possible or how wonderful it will be when it comes to fruition.
Page of Cups
Our little empath, taking in all of life's pleasures and generously sharing them with all of his friends. He's as sweet as can be, until something startles or scares him, or he takes on a bit too much, like most empaths. So pay attention: This card weighs heavily on the rest of the cards in the spread.
Reversed: We have angst—serious angst. Plans are falling through. It's hard to say this, so I am just going to rip the Band-Aid straight off. As a person, this Page is emotionally stunted. Missing social cues. We can't rely at all on his perspective. Way too much partying and attention-seeking behavior.
Nine of Cups
You know those moments when you glance around and feel your heart overflowing with love and appreciation for everything you have created in your life? That’s what the Nine of Cups is about: emotional fulfilment, happiness and contentment. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, you are content in all aspects of your life – relationships, work, lifestyle, well-being and more. You are basking in the abundance of life and experiencing your emotions with such intensity and pleasure.
Reversed: The reversed Nine of Cups is a sign that instead of looking outside yourself for your happiness, you should search within. Success and happiness mean different things to different people. So, instead of doing what you think will make other people happy, do what will make you happy.
Eight of Cups
When the Eight of Cups shows up in a Tarot reading, you may feel compelled to walk away from a disappointing situation. It could mean turning your back on an unfulfilling relationship, job, career path, living arrangement or creative project that was once a source of great happiness to you but now only brings you pain.
Reversed: The reversed Eight of Cups raises the question, “Do I stay or do I go?” You may be caught between walking away from a disappointing situation or trying one last time to make things better.
Seven of Cups
So many choices! But are there? Or is it your rich fantasy world carrying you away? Look closely to make sure it's all not just smoke and mirrors or a pipe dream. Number seven is a very magical number—three is the number of heaven and four the number of earth. So you can manifest here. Look at the details. What dream are you envisioning? How can you manifest what is right for you? If you aren't doing your soul work, it will be hard to discern real from fantasy…. Or make a choice at all.
Reversed: Almost the exact same meaning as upright, but sprinkled with a little extra pixie dust. This is some crazy rose-colored glasses shit. Everyone else sees a fuckboi, hoe, or player, but you see a white picket fence. Fantasy Island.... Da plane, da plane. Chances are, they are cheatin' on you. There's not much to do here but wait until the shit hits the fan. If you are pulling this card for yourself, take the glass of honey. Stop pointing the finger at everyone else. This advice will probably be dismissed, and I am about to get a bad review. People love their version of whatever story they've written. Nobody can unwrite the story but the person holding the pen. Fantasy Island is safe. Rose-colored glasses are beautiful. I had them for a super-long time.
Ten of Cups
The Everything card. Prosperity—emotional, spiritual, total fulfillment and Bliss Family Dude…. You did it! Whatever family you wanted to build, it's built. Whatever your aspirations for a career were, you got it. You are making enough money to pay cash for things, save, and give to your community out of a kindness that wants nothing in return. Attainment is so beautiful. Angels and bugles beautiful. Congratulations.
Reversed: The Ten of Cups remains positive—you still have the fairytale, but with some energy hiccups. Maybe friendship quarrels and generational family problems. Respond, don't react. Check your insecurity. It's driving a lot of what is causing the issues.
Five of Cups
Loss. Leaving. Sorrow. The breakup card, often indicating sadness and confusion due to the breakup. Not just a lover breakup, but any kind of breakup. Could be a family member, a friend, or even a job. Do not try to force anything. Turning back is not an option. I know you don't feel ready, but trust me: You are ready. Let the past go. Nobody likes a Negative Nancy. It's time to move into a healthier position. Mars in Scorpio.
Reverse: The Five of Cups and the Devil in the Major Arcana are the only two cards in Tarot that have a more positive meaning in reverse. The Five of Cups in reverse means you've already hit bottom. Finally, after like forever, you are letting go of past trauma, and you are ready to start anew. You will have the strength of 10,000 unicorns. And you will face yourself in the mirror and accept yourself for who you really are. Release, breathe. It's so fucking beautiful.
Four of Cups
When the Four of Cups turns up in a Tarot reading, new invitations and opportunities are flowing to you, but for now, you’re saying “no” and turning them away. Perhaps the prospects do not interest you, or your cup is full, or you already have too much on your plate. Use your discernment to decide on what is truly important to you, and don't be afraid to decline new projects that don't align with your future path.
Reversed: The Four of Cups reversed reflects a period of introspection and withdrawal. You are retreating into your own inner world so you can concentrate on what is integral to you and what grounds you. Others may want to spend time with you or invite you out, but you’d prefer to stay in and read a good book or meditate in your sacred space.
Three of Cups
The "Laugh Until Your Cheeks Hurt" card. Celebration. Abundance. Indulgence. Family. Friendships. Low vibrations out, high vibrations in. Whatever your taste, wine or flower, make sure to hang with your tribe as often as you can, and celebrate the ones you love. Mercury in Cancer.
Reversed: Low-vibrating issues. Jealousy of threes. Emotional affairs and betrayal among friends. Health issues due to energy blocks. Stagnant creativity and work problems. Get out the Kleenex.
Two of Cups
When the Two of Cups card appears in a Tarot reading, you may enter a new partnership, perhaps with a lover, friend or business partner. You are both focused on creating a relationship that is mutually beneficial, one that will create a win-win situation for both parties. You see ‘eye to eye’ and appreciate what each other can bring to the table.
Reversed: At its essence, the reversed Two of Cups is about self-love. Love, in any form, starts with love for yourself. When you love yourself unconditionally, you accept and appreciate who you are, and you respect and honor the most authentic version of yourself. You welcome a life of happiness because you fundamentally believe you deserve it (and you're right!).