Ten of Cups Tarot Card Meaning & Interpretations
With the 10 of Cups life really doesn't get any better than this if love and family are the things that are most important to you. If romance is on your mind then the 10 of Cups isn't just saying yes it's also saying romance and a long term, happy relationship.
The 2 Of Cups is a great card to draw if you have a romantic interest in someone. It says the interest is mutual and could progress as desired. The length, quality and compatibility remain unknown and open. This is where the 10 of Cups is a much better card to draw as it not only foretells of a relationship but a good one which will be lasting. In the Rider Waite Smith (RWS) deck the artist, Pamela C. Smith, used the same background in both the 2 of Cups and 10 of Cups. The 2 of Cups therefore marks the first stage in a long journey towards reaching the goal, and romantic ambitions, of its courting couple.
The Lovers too is favourable but it comes with a warning to be cautious as The Lovers is about being careful with choices which, once made, cannot be undone. If The Lovers is, as it can do from time to time, giving a literal answer it is focusing on the short term and not the long like the 10 of Cups. It's always worth asking why Tarot picked a particular card and not another one. Take care not to jump to overly positive conclusions because a card is a close match to the answer you wanted.
The preceding card in the Suit of Cups, the 9 Of Cups, is also a card of emotional fulfillment, happiness and contentment but the number 9 in numerology is card of solitude as can be seen from the 9th card of the Major Arcana being The Hermit. Some people are just happy on their own and these are their cards.
To understand why the 10 of Cups is a long term relationship card one must consider the implications of the number 10 in numerology together with the element of water. The number 9 marks the end phase of one cycle and 10 marks it's closure and the beginning of a new cycle. Numerology reduces 10 to a 1 (1+0). Tens are not Aces because they carry over all that came before and build upon the previous cycle. Therefore the 10 of Cups isn't just a passing phase it is a completed cycle and may even represent many completed cycles or seasons.
The 10 of Cups is a card of great happiness, the establishment of a happy family or meeting someone who is the perfect partner for a long, prosperous and happy relationship. The element here is Water which relates to love and emotions. Numerology reduces 10 to 1 giving it a higher order version of the same attributes as 1 which are beginnings, creation, success and ambition. The RWS deck imagery of the 10 of cups is one of a family in green fields with a home in the background and a rainbow above them. Children dance and play happily next to a couple embraced in love. It can symbolise a happy family and a stable home. Drawing this card, when divining on the suitability of a partner, would be very auspicious for a long term relationship if a family was also desired.
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THE PICTORIAL KEY TO THE TAROT
By Arthur Edward Waite (1911)
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.
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