Minor Arcana - Cups
Interpretation of Minor Arcana cards - Suit of Cups

Ace of Cups
 
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The Cups represent emotions. They indicate love or its lack and they describe the way we relate to others, be it positive or negative. What you need to remember is that the Cups don't refer only to love affairs. They generally show how we feel about people or situations. Moreover, the Aces always indicate a new beginning. 

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Two of Cups
 
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The young couple on the illustration of this card indicates a most fulfilling relationship. The man and woman of this card are offering a cup to each other and they seem ready and willing to embark on a most romantic journey together...

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Three of Cups
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The Three of Cups has a beautiful illustration: three young women, with their hair adorned with flowers, are dancing in a circle, raising their full cups in the air. This is the card of brotherhood / sisterhood, support and acceptance. It symbolizes the precious moments we share with friends and family.

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Four of Cups
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What could this man be thinking about? Sitting beneath the shade of a tree with his arms crossed, he doesn't seem too interested in the cups in front of him, neither does he care about the fourth cup offered to him through a magic cloud... The Four of Cups is the card of questioning, doubt, denial, self-defense, apathy, isolation, boredom and indifference. 

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Five of Cups
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This is ominous Five of Cups. The illustration is clear and doesn't need much explanation: a figure dressed in black is mourning for a loss. He is experiencing mental pain, sorrow, disappointment, deep unhappiness and frustration. This is the card of grief.

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Six of Cups
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The Six of Cups is a very sweet card. It depicts two young children in a garden, exchanging cups full of flowers as gifts. This card celebrates childhood, innocence and kindness. It is the card of pure soul.

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Seven of Cups
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The vivid illustration of the Seven of Cups, symbolizes our multiple options and deep desires. The man is looking at the sky and among the clouds there are seven floating cups, each containing something different: money, a laurel wreath, even a snake are some of the things offered to the man. There is also a veiled cup, symbolizing the unknown.

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Eight of Cups
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The Eight of Cups is a card that indicates a change in the course of life.
The man on the illustration is turning his back to the eight cups standing before him and he's heading for a different future. If you take a careful look at the picture, you will notice that despite the fact that eight could easily by divided by two, forming two balanced lines of cups, in this case we find five cups in the first row and three in the second. This is an obvious sign of discord and disharmony. 

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Nine of Cups
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The Nine of Cups is the so-called “wish card” of the Minor Arcana! Look at the man on the illustration: Full, content and happy, he's sitting in front of nine cups, which indicate abundance and satisfaction. 

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Ten of Cups
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Tens stand for completion and Cups for our emotional world, so the Ten of Cups is the card that stands for happiness! The illustration shows a beautiful, happy family enjoying life. Parents are embraced, raising their arms to the rainbow while the children are playing happily on the grass.

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Page of Cups
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The Page of Cups represents a young person (child, adolescent, young adult, male or female) characterized by great sensitivity, kindness, introspection, gentleness and often artistic talents. This is a humble, shy and dreamy person. On the illustration of the card we can see a handsome young boy observing the fish that's coming out of the cup. 

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Knight of Cups
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The Knight of Cups represents a man about forty years of age who is characterized by sensitivity and idealism. He is a romantic man of gentle talk and great imagination. On the illustration of the card, we can see the classically romantic knight on his white horse, approaching slowly but surely to offer his cup, while the feather adorning his helmet symbolizes imagination, idealism and dreams.

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Queen of Cups
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The Queen of Cups represents a sensitive and affectionate woman. She is tender and compassionate. She displays great understanding and love for others along with respect and care. Despite her passive posture, this woman can show great determination if the circumstances call for it. Empathy is her great skill. She trusts her instincts and acts accordingly. On the illustration of the card, we can see this kind-hearted woman focusing on the cup in her hands as if it is a mirror of her soul. 

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King of Cups
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The King of Cups represents a man, usually over forty years of age, who is emotionally mature as he has managed to turn his experiences into knowledge and wisdom. This is a serious and conscientious man, calm, friendly and benign.

 

He loves his family but knows when and how to put limits. He is a person of rich emotional nature but he can't be easily lured into error. On the illustration of the card, we can see this King sitting on a simple throne floating on water. This symbolism is indicative of maturity and stability.

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