Memorizing Tarot: The Suit of Cups

Memorizing Tarot: The Suit of Cups

With my weekends being so social and full I haven’t been blogging as much so I am trying to catch up on the other things I have going on.

I am an avid Tarot reader for myself, but I am still at the level of having to consult with the book to see what the meaning is which makes for a time consuming reading which is why I usually just do a card of the day. I have decided to dedicate one week to memorizing each suit until I get to the major arcana which will probably take a few weeks. In addition to memorizing the meanings of the cards facing up-right there is also the meaning of it in reverse and even the pictures on the card can depict something that is going in your life. I decided to do this as a weekly feature on the witty witch for those who also want to sharpen your memory on the suits and provide insight or feedback.

I chose to start with the suit of cups because I keep pulling them lately. In almost every reading there is a cups card.

OVERVIEW

Cups are associated with emotions and the water signs (Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio). The focus of this suit is love and emotional matters.

ACE OF CUPS 

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Upright: This card shows a cup overflowing. Symbolizes the beginning of love. Intuition. Ask for forgiveness. Creative expression. Fertility.

Reversed: Curb emotions if you are over emotional. If you have been repressing emotions let them out. Find your balance. Emotional exhaustion.

TWO OF CUPS 

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Upright: Connection. Two become one. Nurturing and support between two people. To be truly loved, deeply treasured and valued highly by others, you must first and foremost strive to create those feelings for yourself.Can also show a business relationship or relate to a proposal.

Reversed: Struggling to form new partnerships. Break-up, lack of harmony. Broken communication. On different pages. A more physical relationship than emotional.

THREE OF CUPS 

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Upright: Friendship and celebration. Abundance and happiness (fruit on the ground) and protection (laurel wreath). In times of need turn to your female friends when this card is present. Social period. Creativity.

Reversed: Unfaithful partner. Isolation from others. Anti-social. Lost touch with close friends.

FOUR OF CUPS

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Upright: Bored or dissatisfied. Growing tired of same struggle. Defensiveness. Stubborn. Detachment. Don’t take life for granted.

Reversed: Reluctance to open your heart to others. May miss an opportunity if you don’t keep your head up. Break free from a rut.

FIVE OF CUPS 

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Upright: Pessimistic about the future. Disappointment in results. Trouble letting go of the past. Must not pity yourself.

Reversed: Recovery from guilt or regret. Hidden blessings. Buried feelings of regret (must let go).

SIX OF CUPS 

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Upright: Nostalgia. Child hood memories. Return to familiar environment. Look back to make the way forward clear. Inner child. Joy.

Reversed: Clinging to the past. Fertility issues. Harmful memories from childhood.

SEVEN OF CUPS 

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Upright: Caught up in fears or fantasies. Be careful of wishful thinking. Difficulty making a decision, make sure to weigh pros and cons. Risk of illusion. Temptation in sexual or emotional nature.

Reversed: Unwilling to deal with reality. Refusal to examine yourself. Could mean breaking through a fog.

EIGHT OF CUPS 

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Upright: Reflect what you can do to bring deeper satisfaction to your life. Spiritual goals. Walk away from situations that no longer serve you. Feel like you are giving too much and not receiving enough.

Reversed: Confusion about what is best for you. Aimless. Drifting. Trouble accepting difficulties. Running from fears. Fear of walking away from situations without closure.

NINE OF CUPS 

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Upright: Final stage of development. Prone to daydreaming. Happiness in all areas, particularly health. Consummation of a sexual relationship. Count your blessings. Stability. Splurging.

Reversed: Disappointment in outcome of something. Over-indulgence. Greed. Superficial values. Materialistic values. Smugness. Watch out for over-indulging in luxuries.

TEN OF CUPS 

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Upright: Emotional fulfillment. Marriage. Harmony and joy. Family reunion. Time to bond with family. Relationship orientated card, whether new or old. Reflects strength in personal values.

Reversed: Broken connection with family. Misalignment of personal values. Neglecting your family.

PAGE OF CUPS 

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Upright: Time to start a new creative project. Your unconscious mind is trying to reach out to you possibly through dreams. Positive news from loved ones. Free imagination. Sharp intuition.

Reversed: Immaturity or emotional troubles. Unable to conduct healthy relationships. Child like tantrums. Creative block. Substance abuse. Acting without thinking.

KNIGHT OF CUPS 

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Upright: In love with love itself. Emotional benefit. Thinking with your heart. Be open to new passions and hobbies. Don’t get too caught up  in fantasy or romance.

Reversed: Allows emotions to control life. Living life with rose colored glasses on. Jealousy. Moodiness.

QUEEN OF CUPS 

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Upright: Nurturing, caring and compassionate. Good wife, loving mother. Warmhearted and emotionally secure. Easily tunes into what you are feeling. Show true compassion to others. If logic is not working for you, follow your heart.

Reversed: Feeling out of touch with your emotions. Overly secretive or brooding. Over reliance on others for emotional support. Co-dependency. Too many expectations from your partner. Over-emotional wreck.

KING OF CUPS 

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Upright: Deep understanding of your feelings and emotions. Emotional maturity. Graciousness, love, and kindness. Diffuses a tense situation.

Reversed: Emotionally controlling. Toxic. Moody. Sulky. Confusion about a relationship. You need to take control of your emotions.

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