Card by Card – Ten of Cups

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot

If you missed last weeks post on the Two of Swords, you can read about it here.

Just like last week, I’ll be taking a look at several variations from different decks and gathering that particular Author and/or Artists thoughts and perspectives.

The Ten of Cups is the randomly drawn COTW-card of the week.   What does it mean when you receive this card in a one card daily drawing or it turns up in a spread?

The first Ten of Cups we’ll be looking at is from the Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2003.   Waite called this card “Perfected Success.”

The suit of Cups is usually associated with the element of Water and tends to deal with the more emotional side of life.  Cups can also be called chalices, grails, bowls, vessels, or rivers, and sometimes just by the name of the element itself, Water.

What about the significance of the number 10?  In Simple Fortune Telling with Tarot Cards, (Llewellyn Publications author Corrine Kenner has this to say:

“The number ten has primal, deep-seated significance for all of us.  When babies are born, parents immediately do a quick count of fingers and toes.  When we learn to count as children, we use our ten fingers as tools.  Ten is the number of culmination, completion, and perfection.  There are also ten spheres on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and ten numbered cards in each suit of the minor arcana.

Keywords associated with the Ten of Cups.  Peace, joy, happiness, contentment, love, family life, a good reputation, honor, virtue, harmony, a happy hearth.

The first pair are from the Universal Fantasy Tarot by Paolo Martinello (Lo Scarabeo 2006) and Tarot of Dreams-standard edition by Ciro Marchetti (self published).

Ten of Cups - Universal Fantasy Tarot & Tarot of Dreams

10 of Chalices:  The happiness that we experience in daily domesticity is greater than that of the king who wins a war.

X of Cups:  Ten cups line a path made of flagstones.  They lead to a door which is swinging open.  The image of a joyous family glows in the doorway, filling the card with a warm light.  In this card we find the experience of peak emotional fulfillment – a happy family life.

The next pair are from the Crystal Visions Tarot by Jennifer Galasso (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2011) & The Sacred Circle Tarot by Anna Franklin (Llewellyn Publications 2003)

Ten of Cups - Crystal Visions Tarot & Sacred Circle Tarot

Crystal Visions:  The Ten of Cups is a card of joy, peace, fulfillment, happiness, and family.  It is a perfect blending of love and friendship.  It is the culmination of the relationship that began with the Two of Cups.

Sacred Circle:  The Ten of Cups indicates that you are now reaping the rewards of all your efforts.  It is a time of great happiness within the family and you will experience the joy of true friendships.You may receive some good news that leads to success when you least expect it.

The last pair are from the Hanson-Roberts Tarot by Mary Hanson-Roberts (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 1985, 2004) & the Art of Life Tarot by Charlene Livingstone (U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 2012)

Ten of Cups - Hanson-Roberts Tarot & Art of Life Tarot

Hanson-Roberts:  Home. Abode. Happiness. Joy. Pleasure. Peace. Love. Contentment. Good family life. Reputation. Honor. Esteem. Virtue.

Art of Life:  Contentment, happiness, friends and family.

The 10 of Cups is card 50 in the Tarot Dynamics system.  Subject Card Ten represents Achievement.  Keywords:  Emotional/Achievement.

“Events at work, home (or both) will heighten your feelings about, memories of, or longing for, togetherness.  However, with the Ten of Cups your life can only become what you make it – not as you imagine it to be.  The less restricted you feel by any one person or matter the more good you can accomplish for all.   Card 50 can inspire you to become more creative and communicative, able to radiate humor, and commonsense.  Best of all, shuold any matters be eluding your control, Card 50 can also inspire youto become more independent and resourceful.”

~Anna Burroughs Cook, Tarot Dynamics Unleashed-2011

What about Reversed (Rx) or ill-dignified?  “Be aware of letting contentment turn to laziness.  Do not neglect your family, thinking everything is fine.  Everything is fine – because you’ve treated each other well and with tender consideration.  Do not stop those behaviors.”  ~Barbara Moore.                                                                                               More keywords:  Empty nest; beak-ups, incompatibility, possible problems at home or in relationships, indignation, emotional exhaustion, not being appreciated or understood.

Please join me over the next week as I’ll be looking at the Ten of Cups more in depth and combined with a new COTD each day.  Stop over to the New Paths Tarot -Facebook page and get in the discussion!

I hope this has shed some new light on the Ten of Cups!

Until next time, Happy Tarot’ing and May Your Journey be an Enchanted one.




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