The Suit of Cups Explained : Your Emotional State revealed

The suit of cups is one of the minor arcana suits, and it belongs to the element of water.

It is also known as vessels, chalices, or goblets, and it is associated with the astrological signs of Pisces, Scorpio, or Cancer.

When the cards in this suit appear in your reading, they often reveal your emotional state, relationship, and how you interact with others and the environment.

The strengths of the suit of cups are being intuitive, creative, compassionate, healing, cleansing, or having psychic ability.

While its weaknesses are fantasies, logic, emotion, facts, and regression.

Suit of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Ace of Cups

This is the beginning of all things, relationships, good fortune, friendships, or spiritual insights.

Ace of cups

When the Ace or one of the cups appears in your reading, it indicates that something new is about to start; it may be a new love interest, or blessings, or a miracle of some sort.

If the Ace of Cups is reversed, it shows sadness or disappointment.

However, it might not be sadness or disappointment on the side of the querent.

It may simply be reminding you to be cautious about other people’s feelings.

Two of Cups

This card indicates that something is in its development stage, it may be an existing friendship or relationship.

In other words, build existing relationships and grow these relationships rather than forming new ones.

If the Two of Cups is reversed, it means a disagreement has happened, and it’s time to mend fences.

Three of Cups

This card reveals happy events, celebrations, and rejoicing.

Three of cups

When it appears in your reading, it may mean happy events are about to occur, or you are about to enjoy the company of people with whom you have a relationship.

In reverse, the Three of Cups means disharmony and discord.

It is usually a personality conflict, so try not to ruin the day for others.

Four of Cups

When there are strings attached in a relationship or new friendship, the Four of Cups appears.

It is important to find out if the benefit in the relationship is mutual.

In reverse, the Four of Cups indicates that the relationship is sour and may have run its course.

Five of Cups

This card indicates turmoil in relationships.

Five of cups

It shows that you need to make an emotional sacrifice or/and make decisions that may affect the relationship in the long run.

If the Five of Cups is in reverse, it may mean you are giving up on someone or something.

Six of Cups

Memories of the past and incidents that affect the present and future are shown when this card appears.

It also indicates unexpected blessings. In reverse, the card may mean the past memories still have a good or bad influence over you.

Seven of Cups

When the seven of cups card appears in your reading, it indicates abundance and opportunities.

seven of cups

In reverse, you may be passing through a phase where nothing seems to go your way.

Eight of Cups

This is time to accept that most relationships have run their course, and it’s time to move on.

It often indicates disappointment and someone who’s wandering and seeking something.

In reverse, the Eight of Cups means reinvention or re-evaluation of yourself and your past relationships.

Nine of Cups

When the nine of cups comes up in your reading, it indicates material success and emotional abundance.

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It usually means you are exactly where you want to be and that things are going well.

In reverse, it becomes a cautionary card telling you not to take things for granted.

Ten of Cups

This “happily ever after” card indicates peacemaking, flourishing, contentment, and growing.

In reverse, the Ten of Cups indicates stress in your domestic life, and betrayal from an unexpected source.

Page of Cups

This card is a messenger card, indicating that someone is trying to get your love or attention.

Page of Cups

When the page of cups appears reversed, it may indicate obstacles, stagnation, deception, or that you are about to receive unpleasant news.

Knight of Cups

The Knight is not warlike but honorable, and he is someone who stands his ground.

Knight of cups

When this card appears in your reading, it may indicate a new lover, new passion, or creativity.

In reverse, it warns about deception and fraud or people who want to make demands from you.

Queen of Cups

The queen represents an understanding, captivating and sensual woman who is honest, secure, and loyal.

Queen of cups

This card does not necessarily mean a woman, but anyone who has the same characteristics.

If she appears in reverse, it means someone is doubting themselves, insecure, and using their intelligence for selfish reasons.

And Finally – King of Cups

This is an outgoing and social man who is creative and loves to entertain others.

King of cups

The king represents a concept, card, or person who is generous, willing and has a giving spirit.

In reverse, the king of cups is drawn to toxic relationships.

He is ruthless and crafty and may take advantage of you financially, physically, or emotionally.

What do the Suit of Cups Mean In a Tarot Reading?

Cups tarot cards, also known as the Love and Prosperity Suit, indicates that you are thinking with your heart rather than your intellect.

Cups show spontaneous reactions to events while also connecting to our romanticism or dream life for things we wish were true; they may also signify inventiveness.

Especially when paired with pentacles (which will be discussed in an upcoming post).

The disadvantages include getting too passionate over something that may or may not exist yet in reality.


That wraps up our suit of cups explanation.

It’s connected to the element of water, which has been personified in mythology to represent emotionality and feminine forces.

The suit of cups is the heart and soul.

They are connected with emotions, relationships (both romantic partners or family members), matters relating to our spirits in some way–whether spiritual or not.

When you draw a tarot card that has cup symbol on it; pay attention because they can reveal something about yourself as well as other people’s feelings towards us.

Please check out our article on the suit of pentacles.

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