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.
The Three of Cups is a card of success and celebration. It might be that you’ve completed a project and you’re celebrating with friends. These are real friends who have your back and are genuinely happy for your achievements. It’s possible that they’re not only celebrating for you, but that this was a team effort and you’re all celebrating together. There’s genuine happiness and affection here. These people are your allies.
Often one of the first things to come to mind when we see the Two of Cups in a reading is love. This is the card of friendship, partnership, and love. This is two compatible people sharing their love for one another. There is mutual respect and affection here.
Aces represent opportunities. They are the seeds of potential. The suit of the Ace will tell you where in your life this opportunity lies. Cups represent Water energy. They tell us about emotions, intuition, and spiritual, inner life. This is your heart and emotions overflowing. Joy and happiness surround you and fill your life. This is nourishment of your heart and soul.
This is someone with great leadership skills. They’re charismatic and extroverted, with a strong personality. They’re creative, passionate, and generous. When the King of Wands appears in your reading, you’ll embody these traits, at least for the time being, or it may be that someone like this King is going to have more impact on your life at this time. Unless you’re certain that this King represents someone else in your life, consider each of his qualities carefully and consider how you might apply these to the situation you’re reading about. It’s likely that this King’s personality and outlook is what you need most in your life right now.