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The Suit of Cups in the Rider Waite Smith Deck of Tarot Cards

The Rider Waite Smith deck of Tarot Cards is made up of the Major Arcana, consisting of 22 cards and Four Suits. These can be compared to the four suits in playing cards.

The Suits are Cups, Wands, Swords and Pentacles and represent the four elements of Water, Fire, Air and Earth. Tarot Cards have a lot of cross-over with Astrology.

In this article we will look at the Suit of Cups.

Suit of Cups

The Suit of Cups in the Rider Waite Smith deck of Tarot cards is made up of 14 cards. These consist of an Ace, which usually denotes the number ONE, a further nine cards which represent the numbers TWO to TEN and then four COURT CARDS. These are PAGE, KNIGHT, QUEEN and KING.

All the Cup cards have a chalice type CUP in them.

Cards in the suit of Cups represent matters to do with the heart, emotions, feelings and memories.

They can also indicate new ideas and projects. These will usually be at the creative thought level. They represent deep hopes and wishes - your real heart's desires.

One of the strongest keywords associated with the Suit of Cups is LOVE. The Cup cards can indicate when Love is present and life seems amazing and full of good feelings as well as when love is absent and everything seems a real challenge because the feelings are negative.

They can also highlight your deepest fears, which are often emotionally based. These can often be totally irrational and illogical, however they are very powerful and can override most logic.

Cup cards can indicate how someone is really feeling about something or someone and also the feelings they are showing the world.

From the Cup cards you can see the whole range of human emotions, from the depths of despair to the height of elation.

The court or people cards can indicate people with certain character traits. They can also indicate emotions that people experience.

The suit of Cups represents the element of Water. Astrologically water is associated with the signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. In a Tarot Card reading the traits themselves are more important than the astrological sign.

On the positive side, the traits commonly associated with the element of water are:- loving, caring, giving, compassionate, healing, psychic, intuitive, dreams, nurturing, empathy, profound, artistic, deep feelings, imagination, creativity, gentle and peaceful.

On the negative side, some of the traits can be:- moody, inconsistent, daydreaming with no action, crabby and nit-picky, struggle to express emotions, self-destruction, insecure, unfocused, self- critical, uncommunicative, deceitful, over-sentimental, living in the past and living in victim mode.

The position of the Cup card in a spread will usually indicate whether it refers to a person or a situation.

Amanda Goldston
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