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Suit of Cups Card Meanings

Within tarot card meanings, the tarot suit of cups represent your emotions, feelings, your subconscious, intuition and psychic ability. They deal with love affairs, all relationships, inner expression, your reactions or responses and the pursuit of happiness. Generally passive and not outwardly extrovert, creativity through expression are some of the traits of this tarot suit. Careers are usually in the arts or creative pursuits, they are poets, painters, florists and designers, nurses, social workers and caregivers. Cups people are happy in the background doing their own thing, though they are often actors distinguishing the limelight from private time like no others.

Keywords for the Suit of Cups
Creative, intuitive, clairsentient, psychic, passive, affectionate, receptive, imaginative, caring, relationships, love, dreams, sensitivity, romantic, artistic, spiritual, compassionate, tactile, nurturing, the unconscious mind, domesticity, culture, expression, flexibility, fluidity, calm motion, serenity, empathetic, aesthetics and beauty.
Reversed Keywords
Needy, co-dependent, intense, neglectful, fantasists, uncaring, cold, unfeeling, moody, unresponsive, illogical, lost, negative, pessimistic, emotional, overly sentimental, tearful, selfish.

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Correspondences for the Suit of Cups

Other NamesChalices, Grails, Cauldrons, Hearts, Vessels
ElementWater
AttrubutesPassive, female; cold and wet
Astrological SignsPisces, Cancer, Scorpio
DirectionEast
SeasonPagan - Autumn
Esoteric - Summer
SelfEmotions, love, receptivity
Jungian FunctionFeeling
Body PartHeart
Qabbalistic WorldBriah – the Creative World

To help you learn the associated correspondences for the tarot suit of Cups, see my colour coded minor arcana correspondence charts. They include the four elements, astrology, timing, numerology, card counting values and yes no tarot listings.

A separate post, Timing Events Using Tarot and Astrology, goes much deeper in explaining how to derive timing from each tarot card in the deck using Traditional Tarot Timing and the complex astrological model by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Also colour coded, the post uses no less than seven tables to show the development of the system in an easy to understand tutorial.

Element of Water

As one of the four elements, water is seen as the emotions, your feelings, and your intuition. Considered passive, water can be deep or shallow; you like the ocean and are responsive to the moon; your tears can rise and fall; out of control, your emotions spill over and flood like a deluge.

Minor Arcana Numerology

Numerology of the Minor Arcana is a concise explanation of the numbers 1 – 10 through the eyes of numerology, modern and ancient, and is designed to assist you in seeing patterns across the suits as well as see the value of using numerology with tarot.

Tarot Court Cards

This group are somewhat complex and require more than just a few keywords to see them expressed with any sense of completeness. I grouped them into their rank in the following posts:

How to Finally Conquer the Tarot Court Cards also shows you how to bring this tarot family alive in a way you can relate to.

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