Card Meaning: Ten Of Cups

Ten of Cups


    While Nine of Cups signifies succes that could easily be transient, here we see the scene of a pure bliss and joy that could easily be permanent. There are no material possesions here, just happiness shared with other people. We can see again (as in Seven of Cups) that chalices are in the air, obviously not supported by anything material, there are no material base for this happiness, just emotions. On the card we can see a family under the rainbow; rainbow is a strong indication of emotional acomplishment. There is a warning not to misspend this time of joy and not to allow the energy to stagnate, that lesson that was learnt with Eight of Cups. This card is the final lesson of the Cups suit.


Positive: perpetual success, stable family life, well-being, true friendship, esteem, honor, peace, love, abundance, comfort.

Negative: breaking of routine, stagnation, unhappiness, dysfunctional family life, loss of friendship, ulterior motive.

   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. Divinatory Meanings: 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. Reversed: Repose of the false heart, indignation, violence.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite

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