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?

Eight of Cups

My thoughts- Unbalance. Okay, so a confession… I have ocd. So the first thing I notice is that the cups aren’t stacked evenly. It appears to me, as if the sun and the moon are both in the sky as this person is walking around the river/creek. At least he is wearing bright colors so he will be seen.

The book- The Eight of Cups is about leaving the known and comfortable for the unknown. The reasons and results are different for each journey and seeker. What is common to the experience is the promise of transformation. Even if we return, we will be different, and therefore nothing will ever be the same again.

The Universal Waite Card- A man leaves his ordered rows of cups. There is clearly something missing, indicated by the open space in the top row. He seeks that missing piece. The mountains in the background imply a challenging journey, and the moon represent change and the unknown.

Core Meaning- Leaving something behind to search for something else.

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.

Six of Cups

My thoughts- This card reminds me of the happiness of childhood. Picking flowers and playing with friends. Every cup in this card is filled with what I’m assuming are white lilies. The two children are in the town square. There is on person in the background… reminding me that I was never without supervision as a child, especially in public.

The book- Although we do have happy memories, sad memories, and every sort in between, the Six of Cups is about the pleasant ones. The role those memories play in our current lives depends on circumstances. The memory in question can be from the distant past or it could be one in the making. Like all the cards, it must be read in context.

The Universal Waite Card- is a scene of sweet and gentle kindness. The white flowers in the ups symbolize innocent pleasures and gifts without strings. The image may strike some as being too idyllic or overly sentimental, leading some to read this card as romanticizing the past.

Core Meaning- Happy memories.

 

What are some of your happy memories?

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.

Three of Cups

My thoughts-  There are three people holding up three cups. They seem to be toasting something. I have always found it slightly unsettling that I cant really see the third persons face. They are each crossing the other’s arms with theirs. If you got an aerial view you would see a triangle.

The Book- This card represents those moments or feelings of general goodwill, contentment, and the sense that everything is okay with the world… even if only for that moment. It is usually a shared experience, resulting from the synergy of the group, but it can be felt along, when happiness fills the heart for no apparent reason.

The Universal Waite Card- features abundance and simple pleasures, with its pumpkin and grapes. It looks like a feast or a party. The three women with their unlifted cups represent the social aspect and mutual affection. Fun frivolity, and overflowing happiness abound.

Core Meaning-  A spontaneous, unexpected joy or pleasure.

Two of Cups

download (2)My thoughts- I honestly don’t have many thoughts about this card. I see the medical symbol (I think) connected to a red lion’s head with wings. In the distance is a white house with a red roof, I don’t know that that means anything. There is a man and a woman, the man seems to be reaching for the woman’s cup. His wreath is red, her shoes are red, the lion with wings and the roof are red. I honestly feel kinda bland about this card. I have no strong emotions one way or the other towards this card.

The book- The two of Cups is a welcome card for those interested in a new relationship, for it is about that exciting time when people first meet and acknowledge their attraction. The card doesn’t necessarily say if the connection will be long lasting or whether it will be entirely good; it simply says that it exists.

The Universal Waite Card- Focuses on the powerful effects of a relationship based on such an emotional connection. The behavior of the two figures is very formal and dignified. If they touch at all, it is possible their fingertips brush as his hand reaches toward her cup. From their union healing arises, symbolized by the caduceus. In addition, this partnership elevates our base animal tendencies, as shown by the lion with wings. 

Core Meaning-  Deep emotional connection or attraction.

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.

 

 

Ten of Wands

images (6)My Thoughts-  Okay, we are at the end of the wands (excluding the court cards, which will have their own section) I have to say that I’m excited to move on to the next one. OKay, on to the card. This man has gathered up all of the wands/sticks. That can’t be easy to carry. Trust me, I’ve tried, there are easier ways, but that is not one of them. Why not find an easier way to do it?

The book- Burdens come in many forms: responsibilities, the expectations of others, necessities. In and of itself, this card doesn’t tell us whether we should lay down the burden, find a better way to carry it, or just keep carrying it. It simply shows that it exists.

The Universal Waite card- shows a figure carrying a great unwieldy load while walking toward a goal. This load makes the journey harder but not impossible. The implication here is that the goals of getting to the house and carrying the wands can both be achieved. One can hardly resist asking, though, might there not be a better way to carry the wands?

Core Meaning- Carrying a large burden or many burdens.

That is just like me, trying to solve everyone’s problem, but my own. I never have any clue about how to solve mine. *sigh*