~ “Without the Heart, there can be no understanding between the Hand and the Mind.” ~
The Suit of Cups is associated with the element of Water. Like Water, Cups go with the flow and relate to how we respond to the emotional influences and impulses. Cups can open us to our inner feelings about things, as well as, the connection we have with others and the world around us. Within a reading, an excess of Cups could represent things like oversensitivity, a lack of boundaries, moodiness, confusion and illusions, and perhaps even a susceptibility to addictive substances and influences. A lack or absence of Cups could represent a lack of empathy, self-centeredness, insensitivity, narrow-mindedness, and a lack of flexibility within our lives.
The following are a list of keywords for the suit of Cups. These keywords are not to be relied on as crutches, but as creative springboards for us to develop our own interpretation and understanding of not just each card, but the suit of Cups on its whole.
- Alternative Titles: Chalices, Goblets, Vessels, Bowls, Cauldrons, Hearts.
- Element: Water
- Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.
- Planets: Moon, Neptune, Pluto.
- Style: Flowing, Expanding, Diffusing, Loving
- Jungian Function: Feeling (Mary K Greer) Intuition (Robert Place and Dr. Art Rosengarten)
- Colors: Blue, Blue-Green, Silver
- Season: Autumn (some sources say summer as it represents the sign of Cancer)
- Direction: West
- Time of Day: Dusk
- Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.
- Keywords: Emotions. Moods. Affections. Artistic Abilities. Creativity. Nurturance. Love. Relationships. Empathy. Intuition. Sensitivity. Dreams. Fantasies. Comfort. Soothing. Flowing. Healing. Counseling. Psychic Abilities. Receptive. Yielding. Secretive. Merging. Fantasy.
- ACE OF CUPS
The Root of the Powers of Water
- Astrology: The Libra/Scorpio/Sagittarius Quadrant of the Zodiac.
- Chart Position: 0 Libra to 30 Sagittarius
- Dates: September 23rd to December 21st (Autumn)
- Qabalah: Kether (Crown) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Birth. Abundance. Spiritual Love. Joy.
- Negative Keywords: Unrequited Love. Melancholy. Abstinence. Denial.
- Affirmation: I take in and give our nourishment in perfect balance. I express and receive love freely and celebrate the beauty of life.
- TWO OF CUPS
Lord of Love
- Astrology: Venus in Cancer
- Chart Position: 0 Cancer to 10 Cancer
- Dates: June 21st to July 1st
- Qabalah: Chokmah (Wisdom) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Romance. Reciprocity. Healing. Renewal.
- Negative Keywords: Infidelity. Secret Affairs. Resentment. Inequity.
- Affirmation: I love me and accept me, exactly as I am. I only attract loving people in my world, for they are a mirror of what I am.
- THREE OF CUPS
Lord of Abundance
- Astrology: Mercury in Cancer
- Chart Position: 10 Cancer to 20 Cancer
- Dates: July 2nd to July 11th
- Qabalah: Binah (Understanding) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Celebration. Friendship. Playfulness. Toasting Success.
- Negative Keywords: Overindulgence. Hangover. Promiscuity. Gossip.
- Affirmation: I respond only to love and loving thoughts. All is peaceful.
- FOUR OF CUPS
Lord of Blended Pleasure
- Astrology: Moon in Cancer
- Chart Position: 20 Cancer to 30 Cancer
- Dates: July 12th to July 22nd
- Qabalah: Chesed (Mercy) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Invitation. Introspection. Unforeseen Solutions. Omen.
- Negative Keywords: Discontent. Emotional Distance. Apathy. Lethargy.
- Affirmation: I relax and let life flow through me with ease.
- FIVE OF CUPS
Lord of Loss in Pleasure
- Astrology: Mars in Scorpio
- Chart Position: 0 Scorpio to 10 Scorpio
- Dates: October 23rd to November 1st
- Qabalah: Geburah (Severity) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Renewal. Healing Rifts. Forgiveness. Crossing Bridges.
- Negative Keywords: Betrayal. Abandonment. Disappointment. Regret.
- Affirmation: I release all that is unlike love. I cross bridges with joy and ease.
- SIX OF CUPS
Lord of Pleasure
- Astrology: Sun in Scorpio
- Chart Position: 10 Scorpio to 20 Scorpio
- Dates: November 2nd to November 12th
- Qabalah: Tiphareth (Beauty) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Nostalgia. Harmony Restored. Courting. Decorating.
- Negative Keywords: Dwelling in the Past. Clinging. Immaturity. Vanity.
- Affirmation: My thinking is peaceful, calm, and centered. I rejoice in life.
- SEVEN OF CUPS
Lord of Illusionary Success
- Astrology: Venus in Scorpio
- Chart Position: 20 Scorpio to 30 Scorpio
- Dates: November 13th to November 22nd
- Qabalah: Netzach (Victory) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Creative Visualization. Imagination. Variety. Dreams.
- Negative Keywords: Debauchery. Delusional. Temptation. Self-Deception.
- Affirmation: I decide to be me. I am true and authentic to myself. I approve of myself as I am.
- EIGHT OF CUPS
Lord of Abandoned Success
- Astrology: Saturn in Pisces
- Chart Position: 0 Pisces to 10 Pisces
- Dates: February 19th to February 28th
- Qabalah: Hod (Splendor) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Cleansing. Spiritual Quest. Travel. Moving On.
- Negative Keywords: Indolence. Energy Drain. Escapism. Avoidance.
- Affirmation: My understanding is clear, and I am willing to change with the times. I am safe.
- NINE OF CUPS
Lord of Material Happiness
- Astrology: Jupiter in Pisces
- Chart Position: 10 Pisces to 20 Pisces
- Dates: March 1st to March 10th
- Qabalah: Yesod (Foundation) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Happiness. Wishes Fulfilled. Sensual Pleasure. Bliss.
- Negative Keywords: Extravagance. Superficiality. Hedonism. Addiction.
- Affirmation: Life loves me and I love life. I now choose to take in life fully and freely.
- TEN OF CUPS
Lord of Perfected Happiness
- Astrology: Mars in Pisces
- Chart Position: 20 Pisces to 30 Pisces
- Dates: March 11th to March 20th
- Qabalah: Malkuth (Kingdom) in Briah (Soul)
- Positive Keywords: Unity. Domestic Harmony. Optimism. Wholeness.
- Negative Keywords: Delinquent Behavior. Impermanence. Smothering. Overflowing Emotions.
- Affirmation: I choose to be peaceful and harmonious.
All card images are from the Hanson Roberts Tarot by Mary Hanson Roberts
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