Category: Cups

Posts about or featuring the suit of Cups

Queen of Hearts

Here’s what arrived in the post this morning. A gift from one of the most wonderful people in the whole entire world. Over the years, Polly has been creating a set of four queens for me – and here, finally, is the Queen of Cups. Isn’t she beautiful? She has a venus symbol on one …

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Apathy, action and the Four of Cups

Apathy is an odd feeling. It can creep up on you unawares. Like, one day you’re pootling along merrily, getting stuck in to this and that, and a week later…everything seems… duller. Less interesting. You don’t feel that bolt of excitement any more. What? Yesterday I wrote about getting excited about projects, and getting things done. …

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True love – Two of Bottles

This is love. It’s not The Lovers, it’s not the Ace of Cups. For me, it’s the Two – of cups, bottles, chalices, water – that really represents what love feels like when you make it real. What’s happening is an exchange. This version of love is like, you hold this cup, this bottle, which …

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Feel the love – Three of Bottles

I’m tired, sunburned, hungover, and very happy. I’ve just got back from my dear friend’s hen weekend and feel like my well has been well and truly filled. Twelve of us in a field by the sea, some tents, some drinks, a ridiculous amount of food. A rock ‘n’ roll dance, a few trips to …

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Let it be – Nine of Cups

Nine of Cups Wild Unknown Tarot

On holiday last week, the Nine of Cups surprised me by turning up in a reading as the ‘souvenir’ I would be taking home (you can read the full reading here) but, as sun-blasted Catalan days crept by its meaning has gradually emerged. I was using the Wild Unknown Tarot – this Nine of Cups shows a simple …

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Master your emotions – King of Cups

The King of Cups, from the Mary-el Tarot by Marie White

Here’s an interesting fellow – the King of Cups. I often think of this card – particularly the Waite-Smith version – as indicating an unhealthy level of restraint, with the stern-looking king sitting on his concrete plinth, unable to dip his toes in the water that surrounds him. He’s like some kind of rigid grandfather-type – …

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Queering up the Ten of Cups

Ten of Cups, from the Steampunk Tarot by Charissa Drengsen

At last – a Ten of Cups that truly illustrates how I feel about this card. In Charissa Drengsen’s Steampunk Tarot, this card depicts the circus that is life, and the sense of fullfillment that the Ten of Cups is supposed to represent. I’ve banged on before about how traditional imagery in this card tends towards a …

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Head down – Five of Cups

Five of Cups, from the Wild Unknown Tarot by Kim Krans

I’d been grumpy for days by the time I pulled the Five of Cups. I wasn’t surprised to see this mournful horse – surely the very same animal we see in The Chariot – not even meeting my eyes, just gazing sadly at the ground. This card seemed to confirm that I was out of …

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Synergy – Two of Cups

Two of Cups Mary-el Tarot

Daily draw, 17th October 2012 Synergy. The interaction or cooperation of two or more organisations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. (Oxford English Dictionary) Since this car...

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Riding hard – the Ten of Cups

ten of cups mary el tarot

Daily draw - 4th August 2012 Today I drew the Ten of Cups, from the incredible Mary-el Tarot by Marie White. Well, frankly I've never seen such a terrifying image, and especially not on a card that normally depicts smoochy couples and cute kids. E...

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Sweet memories – Six of Cups

Six of cups tarot card shadowscapes tarot

Daily draw - 5th February 2012 It's amazing how the soft, silent blanket of snow that covers the town and absorbs the white noise of normal life seems like it can suspend time - in my mind at least. It seems to create a special sub-time, where reg...

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On friendship – Three of Cups

Three of Cups

Daily draw - 4th October 2011 This is the card of friendship and community, support networks and collective good times. On it, we traditionally see three women celebrating together. They dance in a circle, holding aloft cups (of homebrew, clearly)...

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The well of love – Page of Cups

Gaddings Dam Page of Cups

Daily draw - 30th June 2011 Ah, the Page of Cups. Seeker of true emotion and compassion - true love. The Page of Cups, from the Anna K Tarot, by Anna Klaffinger. I chose him for myself for the coming weekend, the moving house weekend, as a represe...

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Eight of Cups – learning to let go

Eight of Cups tarot card

Daily draw - 5th June 2011 I like this card very much - it has a good, wise resonance. It came up in the reading I've just done for myself, and begs a little further exploration. The Eight of Cups from the Phantomwise Tarot, by Erin Morgenstern Th...

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