Suit of Cups

KING OF CUPS __ He holds a short scepter in his left hand and a great cup in his right, his throne is set upon the sea, on one side a ship is riding and on the other a dolphin is leaping. The implicit is that the sign of the Cup naturally refers to water, which appears in all the court cards. Divinatory Meanings: Fair man, man of business, law, or divinity, responsible, disposed to oblige the Querent. Also equity, art and science, including those who profess science, law and art, creative intelligence. Reversed: Dishonest, double-dealing man, roguery, exaction, injustice, vice, scandal.


QUEEN OF CUPS __ Beautiful, fair, dreamy woman (as one who sees visions in a cup). Divinatory Meanings: Good, fair woman, honest, devoted, who will do service to the Querent. Loving intelligence, and hence the gift of vision, success, happiness, pleasure, also wisdom, virtue. Reversed: The accounts vary; good woman, otherwise, distinguished woman but one not to be trusted, perverse woman, vice, dishonour, depravity.


KNIGHT OF CUPS __ Graceful, not warlike, riding quietly, wearing a winged helmet, referring to the higher graces of the imagination which sometimes characterize this card. Divinatory Meanings: Arrival, approach__ sometimes that of a messenger, advances, proposition, demeanor, invitation, incitement. Reversed: Trickery, artifice, subtlely, swindling, duplicity, fraud.


PACE OF CUPS __ A fair, pleasing, somewhat effeminate Page, of studious and intent aspect, contemplates a fish rising from a cup to look at him. Divinatory Meanings: Fair young man, one impelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected, a studious youth, news, message, application, reflection, meditation__ also these things directed to business. Reversed: Taste, inclination, attachment, seduction, deception, artifice.


TEN OF CUPS __ Appearance of Cups in a rainbow, it is contemplated in wonder and ecstasy by a man and woman below, evidently husband and wife. His right arm is about her, his left raised upward as 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, if which 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.


NINE OF CUPS __ The goodly personage is feasting to his heart’s content, and abundant refreshment of wine is on the arched counter behind him. Divinatory Meanings: Concord, contentment, physical bien-etre; also victory, success, advantage, satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made. Reversed: Truth, loyalty, liberty. But the readings vary and include mistakes, imperfections, etc.


EIGHT OF CUPS __ A man of dejected aspect is deserting the cups of his felicity, enterprise, undertaking or previous concern. Divinatory Meanings: The card speaks for itself on the surface, but other readings are entirely antithetical__ giving joy, mildness, timidity, honor, modesty. Reversed: Great joy, happiness, feasting.

SEVEN OF CUPS __ Strange chalices of vision. Divinatory Meanings: Fairy favors, images of reflection, imagination, sentiment, things seen in the glass of contemplation, some attainment in these degrees but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested. Reversed: Desire, will, determination, project.

SIX OF CUPS __ Children in an old garden, their cups filled with flowers. Divinatory Meanings: A card of memories and of the past. For example, reflecting on childhood, happiness, enjoyment, but coming rather from the past, things that have vanished. Another reading reverse this, suggesting new relations, new environment and new knowledge. Reversed: Renewal, the future, that which will come to pass presently.


 FIVE OF CUPS __ A dark, cloaked figure looks at three prone cups; two other cups stand upright behind him. A bridge is in the background. Divinatory Meanings: It is a card of loss, but something remains; three have been taken, but two are left. It is a card of inheritance, transmission, and patrimony. It may be a card of marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration. Reversed: News, alliances, affinity, ancestry, return, false projects.


FOUR OF CUPS __ A young man is seated under a tree and contemplates three cups set on the grass before him. He expresses discontent with his environment. An arm issuing from a cloud offers him another cup. Divinatory Meanings: Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations __ as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only. Another cup of wine, as if a fairy gift, is now offered him, but he sees no consolation therein. This is also a card of blended pleasure. Reversed: Novelty, omen, new instructions, new relations.


THREE OF CUP __ Maidens in a garden celebrate with cups uplifted, as if pledging one another. Divinatory Meanings: The conclusion of any matter. Plenty, perfection, merriment, happiness, victory, fulfillment, solace, healing. Reversed: Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end.


TWO OF CUPS __ A youth and maiden are pledging to one another. Above their cups rises the caduceus of Hermes, between whose great wings there appears a lion’s head. Divinatory Meanings: Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sexual relations. That which nature has sanctified. Reversed: False love, folly, misunderstanding.


ACE OF CUPS __ The waters are beneath, upon which are water lilies. The hand issues from the cloud, holing in its palm the cup, from which four streams are pouring. A dove, bearing in its beak a cross marked host, descends to place the water in the cup__ the dew of water is falling on all sides. It is an intimation of that which may lie behind the Lesser Arcana. Divinatory Meanings: True heart, joy, contentment, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility, holy table, felicity. Reversed: False heart, mutation, instability, revolution.

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