The Queen of Cups is the most intuitive and empathic of the four Tarot Queens. This is compassionate, nurturing, caring energy. The Queen of Cups is someone who cares deeply about the people in her life and can empathize fully with them. She lets her intuition guide her and at this time you should do the same. Take time to be with yourself and listen to your thoughts and feelings. Trust your instincts and emotions.
Likewise, the Knight of Cups may appear as a sign that you should embody his qualities in your relationship. If you’re experiencing relationship difficulties and this Knight appears, it may be time to listen more carefully to your intuition. Perhaps empathizing with your partner and trying to figure out and understand where they’re coming from will help you to understand how to improve the situation. Or perhaps more sensitivity and gentleness from you both is what’s needed. Relationship difficulties often seem unresolvable when you’re going through them, but the Knight of Cups is encouraging you to explore the possibilities he represents. At any rate, his energy is called for at this time and it will represent a positive move forward for you.
The Page of Cups is youthful, sensitive, loving, and tender-hearted. This is someone who is kind, caring, with strong people skills, and who is always willing to help out in some way. He/she is deeply connected with their emotions. Connected to the element of Water, this Page trusts their gut and relies heavily on their intuition. They can access their subconscious more easily than most. This is someone with strong Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces influence and, as with all people with a strong Water influence, this means that the Page of Cups can be moody at times.
The Ten of Cups is a wonderful card to see in a reading. The rainbow depicted in the RWS Ten of Cups, and in many other versions of this card, tells you that the heavens favour you at this time. This card depicts a time of joy, happiness, and contentment. Your life will be filled with genuine love and friendship.
The Nine of Cups is often called the wish card. When this card appears in a reading you know your wish will come true. The Nine of Cups most often indicates a wish that’s materialistic – material success, physical comforts, that sort of thing. You’ll be satisfied with the outcome. Your material needs will be taken care of. There’s a real sense that you’ll enjoy material prosperity when this card appears in a reading.
A difficult choice has been made to leave something behind and move on. I say ‘something’ because the neatly stacked cups in this card can represent many things; all of which have brought you joy and happiness and continue to do so. You’ve invested time and effort into these things, and nurtured and cared for them, but the outcome wasn’t quite what you expected it would be. While they bring you joy, you’re not fulfilled – particularly on a spiritual and emotional level.
The Seven of Cups depicts temptations. The man in the RWS version of the card is awed by the fantastic visions before him. There are so many options that he doesn’t know which to choose. But these are just fantasies. There’s no real choice here. Nothing is as it seems. This is wishful thinking. When the Seven of Cups appears, you should be wary of making any choices. It might seem that you have lots of enticing options, but these are just illusions. There’s nothing permanent, or substantial here.
The Six of Cups is a positive omen. If you’re wondering about the outcome of a situation, the Six of Cups indicates that the situation will work out positively, in your favour. If you’re reading about a problem, then you should look to your childhood to find the root of the problem. This will help guide you to the solution. You may have drawn this card to encourage you to review something in your past. Someone from your past may come back into your life. There’s a sense here of the past being in the present. The past is influencing the present situation.
Something hasn’t turned out like you expected it would and now you’re mourning the loss of that path. There may also be feelings of regret when the Five of Cups appears. Getting lost in regret is incredibly self-destructive. Feeling sorry and making amends will help you on the path to healing, but wallowing in regret won’t help anyone. Eventually you’ll need to pick up the pieces and move on.
You’re taking a time-out when the Four of Cups appears in a Tarot reading. You’re unhappy with your situation. You thought things would be different and now you’re dissatisfied with how they’ve worked out. There has been success (as represented by the three cups before the man), but it hasn’t made you happy, even though you probably thought it would. You may also be bored with your situation. Nothing has gone wrong for you really, but you’re fed up with the humdrum of your life at the moment. You’ve lost your enthusiasm.