The Suite of Cups

Cups resonate with the emotional aspects of our lives, and are also allied with the creative arts. There is a temptation to see Cups as cards of love, and whilst this can indeed be the case, it is not always true. After all, not all emotions are connected to love, for example receiving a parking ticket is hardly going to fill your heart with the warmest of human emotions. So, yes The suite of Cups can signify love, but they can also suggest sorrow, anger, jealousy, happiness, fear or desire. Cups may also suggest that the subject’s intuition is working well and that they would be wise to listen to their inner voice. They can also imply that the subject is particularly creative.


Cups are associated with the Water signs, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. These personalities are sensitive, emotional, romantic and sensual, although they may be rather clingy and vulnerable. Cups can also describe people with mid to light brown hair.

Cups in a Reading

If there are a large number of Cups in a tarot reading, it suggests that the subject is about to experience some powerful emotions. However, it is important to remember that feelings are not objective, so the true situation may not always reflect what the subject feels. When dealing with Cups, take a look at the next most numerous suite to see if the subject is interpreting the situation accurately. If the Cups are generally positive and appear in an upright position, the subject is likely to be in a positive frame of mind. On the other hand, inverted cards or less cheerful cards such as the Four or Five of Cups, would suggest the subject is in a less cheery state of mind.

List of Cups Tarot cards

Below is the list of Cups Tarot cards. Please click on the image of the card you're interested in to read about the meanings of that card.

Ace of Cups Ace of Cups
New relationships, caring, love, happiness, emotions, sensitivity, sociability, friendships.
Two of Cups Two of Cups
Partnership, relationships, couples, affinity, attraction, bonds, understanding, forgiveness.
Three of Cups Three of Cups
Good times, colleagues, parties, celebration, interaction, friends, community, fun.
Four of Cups Four of Cups
Selfishness, isolation, loneliness, apathy, a recluse, lack of social skills, separation.
Five of Cups Five of Cups
Breaking up, disappointment, heartache, moving on, regrets, rows, acceptance.
Six of Cups Six of Cups
Old flames, shared memories, reminiscing together, long term friendships, soul mates, fun.
Seven of Cups Seven of Cups
Psychic bonds, many admirers, affairs, love rivals, hope for a new romance, flirtations, faithlessness.
Eight of Cups Eight of Cups
Discovering the truth, moving on, developing relationships, seeking the truth, knowing 'them', licentiousness.
Nine of Cups Nine of Cups
Contentment, happiness, satisfaction, mutual dependency, wrapped up in each other, cliques, sensuality.
Ten of Cups Ten of Cups
Moving in together, engagement, commitment, family, marriage, domesticity.
Page of Cups Page of Cups
Love letters, being loved up, love, demonstrative, emotion, flirting, clinginess.
Knight of Cups Knight of Cups
Sensitivity, romance, knight in shining armour, perfect lover, falseness, over dependence, two faced.
Queen of Cups Queen of Cups
Compassion, family relationships, empathy, sensitivity, unconditional love, parenthood, demanding behaviour.
King of Cups King of Cups
Long term relationships, bossy friends, dominating friends/lovers, wise friends, cold-hearted, undemonstrative.
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