Minor Arcarna Cups
The Tarot Cups Suit
Associations: Water, Emotions, Relationships
Astrological Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Cardinal Direction: West
I. Ace of Cups
Abundance. Fertility. Don't get all freaked out—fertility is more than pregnancy. Do I have any entrepreneurs here? This card is for you! Think of a luscious garden: What you plant will grow. Think total and complete emotional fulfillment. That guy you've been flirting with might turn into something rad. If you are already in a relationship, make sure you are watering it, because it looks like couple goals. Spiritual growth… you're blossoming.
Reversed: Fertility issues. Creatively and emotionally blocked. The relationship you were hoping for is iffy, at best. Or a real disappointment. Insecurity. Doubt. You don't know which way is up. You can't trust those you feel like you're supposed to, and it's shitty. I'm here to tell you: Believe in your intuition. I promise that this situation won't last.
King of Cups
Kindness, compassion, and wisdom. This Minor Arcana card can indicate that you will be finding the balance between your mind and your heart. You will learn to control your emotions and find the wisdom to accept that which you cannot change. You will become calmer, more sympathetic to others and tolerant. Like all the cups court cards, the King of Cups signifies emotion, creativity, artistic ability and intuition but in a more balanced form.
Reversed: Overly emotional or too sensitive. It can signify a lack of emotional maturity. It can be a sign that you are lacking back bone or are allowing yourself to be too gullible or putting yourself in a position where others can take advantage of you. You have to be accountable for your own behavior.
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
So romantic. He's SOOO in touch with his emotions! He always goes with his heart, never with his head. Passionate adventures. Did I already say romantic? Here's the only catch: He might be in love with love. He's warm, friendly, sensitive, and gets a tick in every knight-in-shining-armor box. PS: Don't get super-stuck on sex. This is romance, with a big shiny bow around it.
Reversed: When it seems too good to be true, it probably is. This fits all aspects of life... and creation. What would an animal do? Stalk their prey…. Go get your information if you're iffy… seriously. Stalk, do some research on whatever company just gave you an offer or that new person in your life. Do a deep dive into their social media…. Protect yourself.
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.
X. 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.
VIIII. Nine of Cups
The "Make a Wish" card. No—not like that awesome nonprofit. Like, seriously: You make your wish. You are fully living in your authentic heart. Love will be SOOOOO easy. Friendships? A piece of strawberry cake. When you live in gratitude and authenticity, like this card shows you are, you get what you wish for. You receive.
Reversed: Your ego isn't handling things very well right now. You may need a real quick lesson in the two wolves. Nines in Tarot are tough. There is no easy way to say this: Dude, you are vibrating really low. You need to love yourself more, so that you can stop attracting so much drama and disfunction into your life. Like everything, this lesson will pass. Once you learn it.
VIII. Eight of Cups
You're figuring shit out!!! Breaking agreements, setting boundaries, and most importantly, letting go of people and situations that no longer serve you. People have felt it coming. Hopefully, there will be minimal drama. You've tried your very best, and that's seriously all you can do. Keep your head up. You knew shit wasn't working—you felt it at a soul level. Searching, leaving, abandonment.
Reversed: Stop clinging! It's not attractive, seriously. Has the clingy partner ever been represented well in any document? Right. It's not a good look.
VII. 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.
VI. 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.
V. 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.
IV. Four of Cups
Restlessness and boredom. I call this the "Impossible Online Dating" card. You instantly reject anyone who doesn't live up to some crazy standard—to the degree that if your soulmate came along, you wouldn't even text them back. And literally all you do is rag to your friends about how you can't meet anyone. If you are in an established relationship, let's be honest—you're not happy. In work and home life, you are static. Try making one small change. Even a little gratitude will help launch you forward. Moon in Cancer.
Reversed: Same as the upright card, but with an even higher degree of yearning. I hate to hold a mirror up in front of you, but I have to. Change comes from within. Thankfully this situation is temporary, and you pulled this card for a reason. You are ready to do the hard work. I believe in you.
III. 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.
II. Two of Cups
My favorite card in Tarot. Love. Partnerships. Old and new. Reconciliation. Friendship. A solid relationship could be taking the next step... like pack your boxes and move in. Energy in coupling, like a bullet train rocketing down the path. Also, great for creative friendships, work partnerships, study groups, and psychic energy bonds. Basically, anyone you energetically vibe with is going to be positive. So much so that past drama just heals. Any ongoing negations just fall into place—in your favor. Everything. Including divorce and custody cases. Venus in Cancer.
Reversed: Relationship stress. Disappointing new relationships. Infidelity. Lying to yourself when you know better. Not trusting your intuition. Lack of passion. Communication breakdown. Arguments. Stop beating a dead horse. Life gets in the way sometimes: This is one of the times. You need to work together to keep that spark alive. This is a definite weekend-away situation.