Minor Arcana - Cups - Part 2

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Minor Arcana - Cups - Part 2

VIII of Cups

Meaning Upright

The VIII of Cups Meaning includes  overextended one's self to the point of exhaustion. This card cautions the person to slow down and take it slower before he gets totally burnt-out. Rejection of material life. Disappointment in love. Desire to leave material success for something higher. Wish is fulfilled but not to the degree you want it to. Seize the day to gain honor. It is a card indicating; retreat, withdrawal, self-pity, over-giving, over-extending. Honor your limits. This person uses too much caution, not enough faith, doubts about success. They Hesitate to think more positively, are fed-up and have an unjustified dissatisfaction. This card indicates a new path in life is what this person is seeking.

Don't be afraid to leave the past behind. There's plenty more in the world to see. Don't be disillusioned, the future promises to be brighter. Follow your heart, do what you desire. Disappointed with accomplishments, dissatisfied. Take a break and make a change. Weariness. The fluidity of water, i.e. the self, knows when, despite a situation being good, it is time to leave. This is  especially to move in a direction which is more "air-like", more in touch with reality, i.e. away from emotions.

The astrological correspondence for this card is Saturn in Pisces. Saturn is the planet of discipline. Pisces is the sign of the fish-- water; emotions.

In a relationship reading, the VIII of Cups highlights that you would ideally like to escape all the emotional issues that surround the relationship, and carry on as if you were in a perfect partnership. You would like to be able to turn your back on any of your past issues, and re-establish a new relationship together. However, deep down, you know that these issues which will continue to plague the relationship if they go unaddressed.

This card can also indicate that there is a turning point where links in the past are severed. This is due to the fact that they are out dated for the person. It also tells of the person walking away from established relationships and affection. They do this in order to facilitate progress to newer and deeper things. Depending on the spread this card can also mean a change of perspective or viewpoint.The VIII of Cups card also deals with issues of security and attachment.



Jealousy is in the air. A message you have been waiting to hear has not yet shown up. Do not become too bold or to courageous. Business slows down and your love life ends up at a standstill When this card shows up in the reverse someone has abandoned that which is well established for an impossible dream. Depending where it shows up in the spread in reverse this card means fantasy and risk. It also implies the person is reckless and restless.




IX of Cups

Meaning Upright

The IX of Cups indicates good health and much success. There will be a situation which will provide for your best interests. Material gains could be part of your attainment as well as emotional support in life. Your work will start off bright, then turn dark, and then bright again. Don't worry, after a slight retrograde, you'll see material gain or a good outcome. An emotional issue concerning the care or treatment of another will be discussed.


Nines represent personal integrity and completion, or the final stage of development. Nine is associated with the Moon - therefore dreams and delusions play a role in cards numbered nine. This final stage may bring certain problems with it, and past experiences and methods of coping become important here and are an intrinsic part of the meaning attached to the nines. The Nine of Cups represents fulfillment, stability and advancement. This is a card of great success, especially material success. It represents triumph, victory, and financial well-being. This card signals enjoyment of good personal relationships, love and friendship, as well as comfortable material circumstances are indicated. It is a card that reflects happiness which is either health, finances, work, luck, love or relationship. Your desires will be fulfilled, and this fulfillment will bring with it much satisfaction and contentment. This is the traditional wish card, so whatever the querent desires here can be theirs -- however, everything does come with a price, and they should be careful what they wish for because they are likely to receive it!


Achievement, satisfaction, wishes fulfilled, self-indulgence, happiness are all implied with this card. The Wish Card. Excellent social life. Parties, good friends and fun. Good health, happiness and popularity. Fulfilling relationships, ease of communication. Contentment. This card is an omen for an assured future. It indicates the person will have satisfaction, contentment and physical well being. It also is an indication of overcoming difficulties. It tells of emotional stability and a safe outlook. This persons inner being is so secure that it radiates in their aura as one of good will. The card IX of Cups indicates this person is liberal, has a generous spirit and feelings of well being.



When IX of Cups  is reversed, it suggests that you may be disappointed that your wishes are not materializing. Perhaps there are a lot of desires that you have and hope for from this life, but there is some frustration because these aren't being fulfilled. In the reversed position, the Nine of Cups can point to disappointments due to imperfections and mistakes, smugness, overindulgence, greed, superficial or materialistic values, shallowness, gluttony, and excessive preoccupation with gratifying your own desires, often times at the expense of the needs of others.


It can also indicate ill-fortune due to over-indulgence in food, alcohol, or drugs and the consequences that come with it. Reversed this card also point to a wish that is not yet fulfilled, perhaps because it is desired too intensely or the querent is sabotaging their own efforts. Sometimes this card shows up reversed when the person being read to is going through a depression or lack of self-worth. A love of sensual pleasure is indicated  along with a lack of material goods and money. Overindulgence in food and drink. Depending on the spread this card implies the person is falling into error,

complacency, vanity and self indulgence. This person is short of money due to overspending or it can indicate a loss of credit or credit cards. They tend to be over sentimental and overlook others faults. Because of this they are used and abused for their hospitality. Their kindness is taken for weakness.




 Meaning Upright
X of Cups

The X of Cups is indicative of a good family life. Happiness, joy and contentment will dominate your life when this card pops up in a spread. The time will be made for the enjoyment of pleasures which may be shared with another person whom you love. There will be correspondence connected with your work that will involve mail, phone calls, or special application. You will get a long distance call from a relative, or you will make one.


The X of Cups represents a satisfaction and joy much like that experienced in the IX of Cups. The difference, however, should be quite clear. The IX of Cups represented personal attainment whereas the X of Cups represents the satisfying fulfillment of love in relationship with another. This card is a very positive card in terms of relationships and may indicate either the beginning of a new, very happy relationship, or the ultimate satisfaction of a long-term relationship. Commitment and love are the requirements of such satisfaction, yet this card promises that with the required effort a lasting love can be built. Happy family life. True friendships. Lasting happiness inspired from above. Perfection of love and friendship. Success.

You need to be more aware of how successful and respected you are. You will never gain more than you have now until you empower yourself by appreciating what you have done. Success is really how you define it. This card signals peace, domestic happiness, wholeness, completion, optimism. Successful development. Friendship, companionship. Family happiness that will last. Group activities denoting fun. Everything will work out for the best. Happy endings. This is a card representing lasting happiness and security.

The person has a good reputation and honor. They also have true friendship and a happy family life. X of Cups means perfect love and concord between people. The person's search for fulfillment is one of success. It also signifies a secure and peaceful environment.



The X of Cups reversed signals  either a family quarrel or a loss of friendship. Chance of betrayal. Young people may turn against their parents. It tells us that someone manipulates society for personal gain. This card reversed can also indicate a sudden violent eruption of an ordered environment or ordered routine. It indicates that someone has anti social actions. It is also a sign of births or new adolescents emerging.



Page of Cups

Meaning Upright


A physical description - light brown hair, fair complexion, blue eyes. Good Looking, pretty.


Personality traits - studious youth, loving friend, not a lover, could be a person with a youthful frame of mind. Helpful, very reliable, but not strong, and could be dependent on Querent. They offer service to you, want to be of help. Gentle, loving, artistic, insightful. Girl - tomboyish, boy - feminine. Gentleness, sweetness, kindness. Someone who is interested in poetry and the arts, dreamy at times yet courageous when courage is needed.


This card signals news, perhaps the birth of a child. Someone is emotionally vulnerable and needs affection. The energy of this card is almost always gentle and youthful. The flavor of this card reeks of creativity and emotions. Depending on the other cards with it and its placement in the spread it could also mean: news of a birth; a wonderful idea or plan; a message of emotions; this could be a pregnancy card; someone playful like pixies, elves and sprites; a social invitation; an invite to a seafood restaurant; a trip to the beach; a young person who like to fish; someone who swims like a fish; a budding poet, an artist; an interior decorator; a professional psychic; an old fashioned love song; a romantic film i.e. "Gone With The Wind"; a florist; a delivery of flowers for someone; someone who communes with the dolphins; a romantic writer; Harlequin Romance novels; seashell collector; someone who carries a deep love of history; a gay person; love letters in the sand.


This card can also represent the querent or someone in the querent's life who is sweet, graceful, sensitive, charming and highly emotional and creative. Someone who is moved by beauty. Most of the time it represents a child, or child-like adult.

The Page of Cups can be used to identify an impressionable or emotional young person. When the Page of Cups represents a new event, the querent will react to this event in an emotional manner.

In a reading regarding spiritual issues, the Page could indicate the beginning of a spiritual journey undertaken for emotional reasons. The Page could also indicate a new beginning of an emotional nature the start of a new relationship, a creative idea, an exciting new project.This card can also represent the querent or someone in the querent's life who is sweet, graceful, sensitive, charming and highly emotional and creative. Someone who is moved by beauty. Most of the time it represents a child, or child-like adult. This card also represents the imagination. It can signal a time is needed for quiet reflection. Depending on the surrounding cards it can announce a  engagement or marriage. This person is very knowledgeable and gives it away freely. They are also gifted with a lot of foresight.



It is a card of someone who is immature or has emotional troubles. It can depict a person who is escaping through drugs or alcohol, or someone who is running away from reality and living in his own world. This is a person who is emotionally insecure and unable to conduct healthy relationships. He expects too much and gives too little. He is lacking in self-love and self-acceptance, and may be emotionally abusive. This person has rampant and unfocused emotions, and may therefore imagines a lot and gets his feeling hurt without reason. He is suspicious, self-doubting, insincere, selfish and easily depressed. Selfishness and love of luxury. Little desire to create.


Depending on the rest of the spread this card in reverse also indicates a deception is about to be revealed. This person cannot make commitments and is shallow as well as self indulgent. They are a jack of all trades but will only shallow surface knowledge. This person schemes and connives and does not share his knowledge. He loves beauty but does not apply himself to become an artist. This card reversed indicates a lazy person who lies and partakes in harmful gossip. 



Knight of Cups


Meaning Upright

Physical description - light brown hair, fair complexion. May be a "traveler." Casual appearance. Well traveled.

Personality traits - temporary enthusiasms. Enthusiastic, passionate, amiable. Often poetic and graceful.

The Knight of the Cups denotes the arrival of someone or something. An invitation or request may be received. An appeal or proposal may be made on behalf of someone else through a third party.  This person wants something so bad, they think it will come to pass if they close their eyes to the possibility of defeat and hope for the best. They may also want to change your residence and will be advancing towards their goals. Expect positive changes because things are Looking up.

Remember, Cups are the suit of emotions. The Knight is looking to his emotions to provide a map. He is the person who is ruled by his heart rather than his head. When faced with a decision, this person will always go with what his heart tells him, whether it is logical or not. A young man of high intelligence. A romantic dreamer. If querent is a woman, she may be falling in love with such a man. The coming or going of a matter involving emotions. A young man is friendly toward the querent. A bringer of advice and a message.  This card represents change and exciting news particularly romantic in nature. It is a card of invitations, opportunities and offers. The person this card represents brings those things. He is also bored and needs constant stimulation. He is also refined and artistic. An amiable person but a dreamer who is easily led and gets discouraged fast. He is intelligent and tries to maintain high principals.



The Knight of Cups reversed allows his emotions too much control over him. He may be moody, jealous, emotional to point of incapacity. He may jump to conclusions before getting all the facts. If this card shows up reversed, either look at yourself and at how you are acting, or realize that the person involved may be acting from his emotions rather than from any form of logic.

The Knight of Cups reversed indicates a situation which was initially incredibly appealing, romantic and exciting, but which later turns out to be something very different, and one walks away feeling quite disappointed. It's like wearing the rose-colored glasses, or going through the honeymoon period, only to come out realizing that the situation is quite different to what you thought. Beware of trickery and fraud. Sensuality, idleness. A treacherous deceitful young man. emotional harm to querent. This person is unreliable and reckless. In reverse depending on the spread the meaning is suggesting fraud, embezzlement, false promises and trickery. This person is an inbred liar. They have trouble distinguishing where the lie ends and truth begins.



Queen of Cups

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Physical description - light brown hair, fair complexion, beautiful woman, expressive eyes, sensuous lips.

Personality traits - warm, loving, sociable. Good-natured woman, devoted and honest. Sympathetic, sociable, artistically gifted. Very imaginative, honest, loyal.

The Queen of Cups is an adored woman. She is admired for her fairness and honesty. She is warm-hearted and a good friend. She indicates that a woman may assist you in your situation. Queen of Cups is a nurturing personality. She genuinely cares about the well-being of other people. She could be a mother, or a mother figure.

The Queen gives freely to others. She is creative, and highly intuitive. You may be called upon to help, or care for, another. You will be glad to help, but make sure you take care of yourself as well. You should pay close attention to your inner voice. Trust your intuition. You might feel a burst of creativity, or become involved in a creative project. Caring, sensitive to the feelings of others, compassion, kind to animals and children, intuitive, emotional, heart on the sleeve, understanding, responds to the unconscious, spiritual, patience, unconditional love and acceptance, telepathic, reverence for life, mature love relationships, sincerity, has well developed 6th sense, gentle, motherly, good listener, empathy, good in matters of the heart, has an inner guide, psychic ability, oneness with all people, mysterious, devoted, helps those in need, tender-hearted, experiences life as sacred, other worldly, ethereal beauty, loves fantasy, easily influenced, passionate, loyal, self acceptance, ability to listen to feelings, perceptive, imaginative, gift of prophesy are all implications of this card.

This person Loves art, poetry and music, has nurturing and protective energy, inner visions and dreams, the muse who inspires, enchantress, mythology, power of the unconscious, divine inspiration, mother love, collective unconscious, depths of the psyche, mysterious feminine, seductive, pay attention to the anima, fragile and easily hurt. She can also be unfathomable, still waters run deep, open in showing feelings, sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on, keeps emotions under control, dislikes thoughtless and inappropriate behavior, strong moral sense, tranquil, compelling.

This is a happy card that represents balance and harmony. It also indicates success that is achieved due to a good imagination. This woman is very imaginative as well as artistically gifted. She is romantic,  has a affectionate  outlook and creates a worldly atmosphere around her. She lacks common sense but is highly intuitive, psychic and dreamlike. Other people and environments are sources of easy influence for her.



When this card is reversed it signals your imagination runs away with you. You mean well but you cannot be relied on. Pleasure and happiness turn bitter. Untrustworthy woman is near. Out of touch with feelings, overwhelmed by emotion, anxious, unstable, brooding, suspicious, erratic behavior, fickle, moody, lay, unfaithful, self indulgent, overly secretive, cold and calculating, irrational, gossip, hurts others, perverse, bitter, unable to relate to children, unable to give nurturing. This woman changes her feelings and opinions without reason or cause. She can be perverse and given to hysteria. She can lead others to a destruction in pursuit of her idle fantasies. She cannot be relied or depended on at all.



King of Cups

Meaning Upright

Physical description - light brown hair, fair complexion. Clear liquid eyes. Older man, business man in responsible position. A kindly gentleman. A fatherly figure.

Personality traits - you may not understand him, but you can trust him. He has achieved something in life. Sociable, loving, sensuous. Intelligence combined with strong intuition. Enjoys comforts of life. Love of arts. Responsible and generous.

The King of Cups, like all the court cards in the suit of Cups, represents emotion, creativity, and the unconscious. Unlike the preceding Three court cards, however, the King of Cups expresses much more restraint in his emotional state. He is a master of his own feelings, and remains in control of his emotions. Not to say that he represses those feelings and sentiments; on the contrary, the King of Cups represents the balance between the emotions and the intellect.

He is a master of compassion and kindness and his card often indicates strong bonds in a relationship based on temperance and understanding. A man of business, law or divinity, kind, considerate, and willing to take responsibility. He is interested in the arts and sciences and enjoys quiet power. It can mean someone displays paternal feelings toward you.

 The King of Cups shows you generosity, graciousness, love, calmness, caring and will give you his healing ways. He has power in the business world and loves law and order. You would love him to be your doctor. If there were a crisis at hand, we should all hope to have this person near. Generosity, understanding, dignity, calmness, aura of power, deep reflective spirit, religious feelings, goes to the point, knowledgeable, eloquent, feelings under control, alchemist, moral courage, willing to do what is needed, passionate, committed to social change, fertility and transformation, regal, enthusiastic, expansive, emotional security, inspirational, literate, empathetic, nurturing, fatherly, wisdom, psychic healer, offers assistance, reliable, wisdom, wounded healer, gracious, loving, loves law and order, good in a crisis, openness, acceptance, health and wholeness, warm hearted, helpful, takes initiative, ability to live one's ideals.

Caring, mediator, professional, secretive, negotiator, empathetic, cultured, keeps feelings to himself, good in an emerging dynamic, able to bring ideas to fruition, counselor, confidant, considerate, resolved, mature, imaginative, protector, sympathetic, ambivalent nature, paradoxical, personal relationships, concern for others, self denying, kind, good listener, provider, moody, sophisticated, quiet and deep, sensitive, artistic, compassionate, communicates feelings, romantic, poet, guardian of hidden mysteries, harmonious relationships, community respect, religious, adaptable, creative thinker, sensual, spiritual, practitioner of alternative medicine, tranquility, intimacy, interpreter of dreams and visions, thoughtful, devotion and service, gentle touch.

This is the type of man that commands respect but not love. He is a natural born manipulator. He has achieved his position in life by the use of his brains not his brawn. He avoids taking people into he confidence and prefers to work in secret behind the scenes. He craves power, he is driven by hidden motives and people around him both fear and distrust him.



A powerful man but likely to be double dealing. A crafty violent nature. A scandal is in the air, be careful. This card signals someone who is unfeeling, sleazy, uncultured, barbaric, insecure, immature, unimaginative, double dealer, forked tongue, false friend, worthless advice, con artist, deceptive, dishonest, play acting, insecure, manipulative, toys with emotions, lazy, exploitive, addictive personality, violent, treacherous ruler, untrustworthy. This man has no morality and his only allegiance is to himself. He involves his associates in scandal, corruption, vice, dishonesty and evil just like him. With him the saying still water run deep is a pre warning as well as all the glitters is not gold.