Ten of Cups

My thoughts- Happiness. The completion of something but it was a good ending. I don’t feel sad about his ending. There is a large amount of blue in this card. The couple looks happy and so do the children.

The book- The Ten of Cups shows the range of emotions found in a happy home: contentment, comfort, joy, playfulness, and affection.

The Universal Waite Card– The adults look skyward with arms upraised, acknowledging the role of the Divine, or spirituality, in their happiness. The children dance and play. The river in the card shows how their relationships flow through and nourish their lives.

Core Meaning-  Happy home.

 

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Nine of Cups

download (3)My thoughts- The guy on the card looks happy. His arms are crossed in simple defiance/ smugness. Look at all those cups!!! The two main colors are blue and yellow. I feel as if he is saying “That’s right, I have all the cups! What are you going to do about it?”

The book- In the days when playing cards were used for divination, the Nine of Hearts was called “the wish card”. It meant that your wish would come true. The Nine of Cups has that same promise, although there is a fine line between having what you want and wanting what you have. Both sides of that coin are in this card. It represents feeling satisfied and happy with what you have.

The Universal Waite card – shows a very contented man sitting proudly before his fine collection of chalices. Some interpret him as smug and focused too much on his possessions. But we must consider the symbolism. The cups are on a blue-draped table, representing a spiritual and healthy aspect. The man is facing us in a sociable manner, as if welcoming us, rather than obsessing about his possessions.

Core Meaning – Material, emotional, and physical well-being.

 

I still feel like he is smug about what he has. I don’t know why but this man makes me feel a little angry. What about you? What do you think of this card?

Seven of Cups

My thoughts- So many choices. Every single cup has a different choice, and with it, and different outcome. I do have to say that I don’t think I would choose the image that is either a funky mushroom or a poorly attired ghost.

The book- The Seven of Cups shows all of our dreams and desires laid out, awaiting our consideration. This card doesn’t tell us how to choos. It expresses the feelings we have in the face of possibilities and implies the downside of this experience: until a choice is made, there is a lack of focus.

The Universal Waite Card- The figure is darkened and his back is to us, indicating confusion and distraction. The dreams are looming so large that they are casting him in a shadow. The contrast between the man and the cups is unsettling.

Core Meaning- Dreams and desires.

To bad our dreams and desires don’t always mesh.

Five of Cups

My thoughts- So many emotions in the cups…. makes sense though, emotions and feelings can ebb and flow like the tides that are controlled by the moon and it pull. This man is so upset over the three overturned cups. Why doesn’t he see the two cups that aren’t overturned? Does this mean that the happiness of the Three of Cups is over?

The book- The Five of Cups is not about what or who has left our lives but about our experience of and reaction to that now-empty space. It represents a period of mourning. The card does not say whether the grief is warranted or not, just that it is being experienced.

The Universal Waite Card- Shows the stages of grief in one image. The scene in the foreground has denial (his back is turned), anger (the cups have been kicked or knocked over), and bargaining and depression (he is hunched over with his head down). The background contains the final step of acceptance… crossing the bridge into the city to begin anew. The figure is in the middle but nearing the end of the grieving process.

Core Meaning- experience of loss and grief.

 

Four of Cups

My thoughts- This guy is so unhappy with what he has, and so used to having it, that he doesn’t see the gift being given to him. much like the Ace of Cups, a mysterious hand is offering up a cup from a cloud. This card fills me with disappointment and forlorn. Why isn’t he seeing the other cup?

The book-  The Four of Cups does not necessarily represent a specific response; it is more about the feeling of being dissatisfies.

The Universal Waite Card- Shows a man who is unhappy with the options set in front of him in the form of cups. He has either lost interest in the ideal-represented by the hand present a cup, reminiscent of the gift given in the Ace of Cups- or he has not yet seen it. In this image, it is not completely clear whether he will give in to apathy or if he will see a new possibility.

Core Meaning- Dissatisfaction with reality.

 

This card so speaks to me right now. I’ve been reading some really good fiction… reality just doesn’t always measure up.But on the flip side, I am happy with my reality as well.

Ace of Cups

My thoughts- yay, my favorite suit. For some reason this suit appeals to me. The Ace of Cups seems to be overflowing or springing forth of water. There is a lot of white in this card. The hand, the dove, the coin(?). There are red roses in the water, I’m surprise there aren’t white lilies too.

The Book- Like all of the aces, the Ace of Cups is a gift or unexpected opportunity and possibility. Because this card is a cups card, it contains the watery energy of all the cups. This energy is manifested in several ways: love, affection, healing, intuition, and creativity. It is particularly suited for relationships, artistic endeavors, and spiritual journeys. The Ace of Cups invites us to drink deeply and be fulfilled- or, better yet, just jump right in.

The Universal Waite card- The proffered chalice has a distinctively Catholic look to it. This is not surprising, as Waite came from a Christian background. Rather than focus on the engulfing and sometimes overwhelming experience of human emotions, this card represents divine love, healing, and grace.

Core Meaning- An opportunity for an emotional experience or growth.