Suit of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Tarot Cards Suit of Cups is one of the four suits of the Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana are believed by some to be of even more ancient origin than the Major Arcana of Tarot Cards.
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The four suits of the Minor Arcana: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles —also correspond with IHVH and the four elements, being:
The Suit of Wands is connected to Fire
The Suit of Cups is connected to Water
The Suit of Swords is connected to Air
The Suit of Pentacles is connected to Earth

Each suit is made up of cards numbered from ace to ten, and the four Court cards: King, Queen, Knight, and Page.

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– The Suit of Cups –

– The Suit of Cups also known as Goblets, or Vessels –

The suit of Cups is connected to Water
This suit generally betokens love and happiness. The cups in the cards refer to water, a symbol of the subconscious mind, the instincts, and the emotions of love and pleasure, the good life, fertility, and beauty
The Apocalypse figure is the Water Carrier, Aquarius. This is the suit of the priest.

The suit of cups is often considered to be one of the happiest, most comforting suits present in the minor arcana, and for good reason. The presence of a suit of cups in your spread generally invites good news, relating to love, family, and relationships.

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What Does the Suit of Cups Mean?

Like a cup overflows with liquid, the suit of cups refers to the overflow of emotion we may experience. It is attached to feelings and the heart, and its appearance in a spread typically relates to love and relationships.

The suit of cups corresponds to the water signs, such as Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Water signs can be both soothing and gentle, bubbly and free-flowing, but also powerful and destructive as a raging sea when provoked.

What does The Suit of Cups Symbolize?

The suit of Cups represents love, interpersonal connections, feelings, and the things and people that are important to you.

It is fairly uncommon for the suit of Cups to provide insight into matters pertaining to the home and family, including pregnancy, the delivery of a child, fertility, marriage, and the act of conceiving a kid.

People that care about you, members of your family, or even future romantic partners may all be represented by the Cups Court cards.

What Does it Mean When The Suit of Cups Cards Appears in a Reading?

If they present in a reading, it often means that you are acting on your emotions rather than logical reasoning. Like every other suit, this can be either positive or negative depending on your perspective. You are also likely seeking an answer or solution to an area of your life involving emotions, relationships with others, or your love life.

Strengths & Positive Aspects

The suit of cups is linked to creativity, the arts, passion, and romance. Someone who embodies the characteristics of the suit of cups is likely to be caring, loving, feeling, protective, creative, passionate, and imaginative.


Weaknesses & Negative Aspects

Unfortunately, sometimes those who exhibit the characteristics of the suit of cups act seemingly without reason, simply on impulse, intuition, or based on feelings. These can be hurtful both to the giver and receiver of the action, as it may not be based in fact or truth.


The Suit of Cups Associations

The Upright Meaning:

In the upright position, the Suit of Cups generally represents emotions, relationships, intuition, and creativity.

It can indicate positive emotional experiences, such as love and happiness, and can also represent the potential for emotional growth and healing.

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The Reversed Meaning:

In the reversed position, the Suit of Cups can indicate emotional imbalance, mood swings, and difficulties in relationships. It can also indicate a need to work through past emotional wounds and traumas.

The Yes or No Value:

The Suit of Cups is associated with emotions and relationships, so its answer to a yes or no question will often depend on the specific question being asked.

The Associated Zodiac Signs:

The Suit of Cups is associated with the Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. These signs are known for their emotional depth, intuition, and sensitivity.

The Associated Element:

The Suit of Cups is associated with the element of Water. This element is associated with emotions, intuition, and fluidity.

The Associated Numerology Number:

The Suit of Cups is associated with the numerology number 2. This number represents balance, harmony, and partnership.

The Associated Planet:

The Suit of Cups is associated with the planet Venus. Venus is associated with love, beauty, and emotions.

The Associated Astrological Sign:

The Suit of Cups is associated with the astrological sign of Pisces. Pisces is known for its intuition, creativity, and emotional depth.

The Associated Chakra:

The Suit of Cups is associated with the Sacral Chakra. This chakra is located in the lower abdomen and is associated with emotions, creativity, and sexuality.

The Associated Healing Crystals:

The Suit of Cups is associated the healing crystals, rose quartz for love and emotional healing, amethyst for intuition and spiritual growth, and aquamarine for emotional balance and communication.

Ace of Cups

Ace of Cups: This card represents a new beginning, typically involving new creative endeavors or the blossoming of a new relationship (be it platonic or romantic). It involves the give and take of deep, unconditional love from you and to you.

Traits of the Ace of Cups

Heart awakening. Empathy.
Love. Emotional contentment. Joy. Birth.
Intimacy. Good news. Fulfilment. Romance.
Expression of love. Deeper connection.

Upright Meaning: The beginning of great love. Joy, contentment. Productiveness, fertility. Beauty
and pleasure. A reminder that when the mind is filled with Spirit, the Spirit will fill the material cup to overflowing.

Reversed Meaning: False love. Clouded joy. Instability. Hesitancy to nurture love.

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Two of Cups

Implies an intense, positive connection between two people. You likely have found someone who you consider to be a kindred spirit or soulmate (or are about to), either as a friend, lover, or business partner. The two of you work well together and complement each other perfectly.

Traits of the 2 of Cups

Lovers. Partners. Union.
Balance. Harmony. Mutual respect. Bonding.
Commitment. Agreement. Marriage.
Connection. Attraction. Partnerships. Duality.

Upright Meaning: Harmony of the masculine and the feminine. Reciprocity, the beginning of a friendship or love affair. Balance of ideas and plans with a kindred soul.

Reversed Meaning: False love, dissipation, folly, violent passion, disunity, misunderstanding.


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Three of Cups

The three of cups is an encouragement to spend some time getting close with your dearest family and friends. You have a bond with them that will last a lifetime, and you will always have each others’ backs. Don’t be afraid to put other areas of your life on hold, such as your career, to invest in these relationships more deeply.

Traits of the 3 of Cups

Celebration. Engagement.
Friendships. Happiness. Socializing. Shared joy.
A positive outcome. Team-work. Community
spirit. Supportive friends. Social life.

Upright Meaning: Success, abundance. Good luck, fortune, victory. Happy issue of an undertaking. Hospitality. Pleasure.

Reversed Meaning: Too much sensuality, overindulgence in food and drink. Pleasure turns to pain, success to ashes.


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Four of Cups

The appearance of this card indicates that you have been hesitating to accept a new proposition or opportunity. This is okay. Maybe you already have too much on your plate, or you don’t have enough information to make an informed decision. You’re on the right path; it’s okay to say “no” sometimes.

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Traits of the 4 of Cups

Detached. Loneliness. Apathy.
Emotionally numb. Withdrawal. Self-doubt.
Contemplation. Spending time alone.
Meditation. Reflection. Lacking motivation.

Upright Meaning: A stationary period in one’s life; weariness, surfeit. Dissatisfaction with material success. Reevaluation of one’s earthly pleasures. Kindness from others.

Reversed Meaning: Waking from a period of contentment or contemplation. New relationships now possible.
New goals, new ambition.

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Five of Cups

You are likely still reeling from something bad that has recently happened. You may be wallowing in self-pity or self-hatred for your mistakes or the aftermath of being hurt by someone else. It’s okay to accept and feel your emotion, but you will need to eventually pick yourself up and move on, choosing to learn from your mistakes, if you ever want to get through it.

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Traits of the 5 of Cups

Grief. Sadness. Emotional loss.
Healing from old wounds. Painful memories.
Moving on. Forgiveness. Regret. Resistance.
Release from suffering. Letting go.

Upright Meaning: Disappointment. Sorrow in those things from which pleasure was expected.
Disillusionments in love. Marriage broken up. Loss of friendship. Vain regret; loss, but with something left over.

Reversed Meaning: Return of enjoyment. New alliances formed. Return of an old friend or loved one. Hopeful

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Six of Cups

The six of cups often refers to children. Maybe it means you should introduce more child-like spontaneity in your life, or that you should (or are about to) spend more time around children. Whatever the case, this is the perfect opportunity to tap into memories from your past or engage with your inner child.

Traits of the 6 of Cups

The past. Memories. Nostalgia.
Childhood. Inner child. Innocence. Playful.
Gifts. Kindness and compassion. Love. Family
bonds. Sentimental. Reunion. Service to others.

Upright Meaning: Happiness, enjoyment, but coming from the past. Meeting with a childhood
acquaintance. Pleasant memories. Or this card may mean new friendships. A gift from an admirer.
New knowledge and new opportunities.

Reversed Meaning: Living too much in the past. Clinging to outworn morals and manners. Worthless associates. Possibility of an inheritance or gift from the past.

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Seven of Cups

The presence of the seven of cups in your reading may indicate that you’re not viewing your dreams and goals realistically. Perhaps you’re not willing to put in the hard work that is necessary to achieve your dream, or you get too attached to ideas that sound better than they are. You need to step back and realistically evaluate your priorities.

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Traits of the 7 of Cups

Choices. Imagination.
Illusion. Fantasy. Dream state. Visualization.
Desire. Cluttered energy. Wishful thinking. Too many options. High expectation. Indecision.

Upright Meanings: Dreams, castles in the air, an imagination that has been working overtime. The seeker’s forces have been too scattered. Illusionary success. Selfish dissipation; deception.
Reversed Meaning: Good resolutions. Slight success must be followed up. New will and determination.
Intelligent selection.


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Eight of Cups

This may mean that it’s time for you to walk away from a situation that has been unfulfilling for some time. Whether that be a job, relationship, or hobby, despite how good it looks on the outside, it’s just not making you happy. You’ve invested a lot emotionally and gotten nowhere; now it’s time to say goodbye. It may be sad, but you will be better off in the long run.

Traits of the 8 of Cups

Taking space. Moving on.
Searching for meaning. Heavy heart. Emotional
healing. Soul searching. Exploring new
territory. Travel. Looking for a deeper meaning.

Upright Meaning: Things thrown aside as soon as gained. Journeying from place to place. Misery and repining without cause. Disappointment in love. The seeker may desire to leave material success for something higher. Success abandoned.

Reversed Meaning: Interest in success. Joy, feasting, a new love. The spiritual abandoned for the material.

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Nine of Cups

The nine of cups represents complete emotional fulfillment. You have (or will have) everything you have ever wished for. Use this time to indulge and appreciate everything you have, as everything, even this blissful state, is temporary.

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Traits of the 9 of Cups

Wishes come true. Successful.
Good outcome. Fulfilment. Satisfaction.
Rewards. Self-esteem. Happiness and joy.
Exceeding expectations. Boasting. Smug.

Upright Meaning: Material success, satisfaction. All the good things of life are available. The Querent will get his wish. Physical well-being.

Reversed Meaning: Misplaced reliance; false freedom. There may be some deprivation or illness, or
overindulgence in food and drink. The Querent’s wish will not be fulfilled.


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Ten of Cups

This card typically indicates happy family relationships, either in the present or in the near future.

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Traits of the 10 of Cups

Happy family. United. Strong emotional bonds. Comfort. Supported. Loved.
Marriage. Children. Harmonious. Homelife.
Joy. Emotional fulfilment. Picture perfect life.

Upright Meaning: Contentment. Lasting happiness because it is inspired from above rather than being the sensual satisfaction indicated in the Nine of Cups. Perfection of human love. Great friendship. Lasting success. Peacemaking.

Reversed Meaning: Loss of friendship. Betrayal. Wantonness, waste. Criminal satisfactions.


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Page of Cups

Be open to new, creative opportunities, even if they don’t seem to follow rational or logical reasoning. You may choose to take up a new creative hobby, such as painting, knitting, or some other form of creative expression. Now is a great time to do so.

Traits of the Page of Cups

Self- love. Compassion. Loving message.
Imagination. Sensitive. An offer of love. Intuition.
Romance. Forgiveness. Creative.
Artistic. Naïve. Dreamer. Insecure. Emotional instability.

Upright Meaning: A melancholy and passionate youth, studious but given to flights of imagination. Willing to render service to the Querent. If this card does not signify a youth, it will mean the Querent is drawn to the arts, is given to meditation.
News, a message, perhaps the birth of a child. New business methods proposed.

Reversed Meaning: Little desire to create. Dilettantism. Good taste. Seduction. A deception may soon be uncovered.
Obstacles. Unpleasant news.


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Knight of Cups

The knight of cups combines the action of the knight with the creative, overflowing love of the suit of cups. The knight encourages you to put your creative dreams into motion, and be fully embraced with unconditional love and compassion for all.

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Traits of the Knight of Cups

Proposal. Romantic.
Matters of the heart. Artistic. Apology.
Emotional. Affectionate. Loving. Poetic.
Sensitive approach. A new love interest.

Upright Meaning: A young man who is graceful, poetic, but indolent. He is a dreamer of sensual delights. Can mean the bringer of a message, a proposition, an invitation.

Reversed Meaning: Sensual, idle, untruthful. Swindling, trickery, fraud. Propositions should be carefully
looked into.


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Queen of Cups

The queen of cups indicates you are deeply compassionate and caring, in touch with your maternal side. People may come to you to vent or for emotional advice, and don’t be afraid to lead with your heart in your responses and engagements.

Traits of the Queen of Cups

Empathic. Sensitive.
Psychic. Compassionate. Carer. Nurse.
Romantic. Emotionally supportive. Counsellor.
Insecure. Needy. Emotional burnout.

Upright Meaning: A woman who is able to put into practice what her visions decree. She is the
good wife and mother—honest, devoted, and loyal.
If the Querent does not recognize such a woman in his or her life, then someone with vision should
be considered, or someone who is kind though not willing to take too much trouble for another.
Success, happiness, pleasure are indicated.

Reversed Meaning: A perverse character. Intelligent but not to be relied on. Dishonesty. Immorality.

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King of Cups

As the king represents mastery, and the suit of cups represents emotion, the king of cups represents mastery over emotion and emotional endeavors. You have found the perfect balance between leading with your head and your heart.

Traits of the King of Cups

Empathic. Loving. Wise.
Healing. Comforting. Peacemaker. Romantic.
Emotional maturity. Soft nature. Stability. Tolerant. Diplomacy. Composure. Calm approach.

Upright Meaning: This man is skilled in both law and trade. He may be connected with either a
church or a worldly institution. He is kind and considerate and willing to take responsibility.
If such a man is not indicated, then look for traits of liberality, generosity, consideration, creative
intelligence, and interest in arts and religion.

Reversed Meaning: A powerful man, but likely to be crafty and violent. A fierce nature under a calm exterior.
Double dealing. Beware of being robbed of either virtue or money.


The suit of cups relates to all aspects of emotions, creativity, and the heart. It corresponds to the water signs, such as Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer, and it embodies the similar traits of fluidity, passion, and romance.

Suit of cups cards typically involve matters of emotion, creative endeavors, and relationships – especially romantic ones. As the cup overflows with water, the suit of cups overflows with the unconditional love of the universe.

Ace | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven Eight | Nine | Ten | Page | Knight | Queen | King

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Read the other  4 suits of the Minor Arcana Tarot Cards:
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