Cups – Full Meanings


The Cups Suit

CupCups are associate with the element Water:
The Heart – I Feel/Emotions

Also known as: Chalices, cauldrons, vessels , bowls, containers, or hearts.

Cups Keywords: All emotions, all different kinds of love, all kinds of relationships, feelings, receptivity, intuition, the subconscious, your dreams, your imagination, your vision, artistic creativity.

Minor Arcana

The Minor cards represent day-to-day life and its ups and downs, challenges and opportunities.

Cups/Feminine/Passive – Traits

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”
– Lao Tzu

Water ebbs and flows with the tides – our emotions can be a like a roller coaster ride; having ups and downs, twists and turns – emotions constantly change. Cups are all about our feelings and how we deal with them. Water is receptive as well as reflective. Cups people are imaginative, artistic, compassionate, gentle and sensitive, sexual/sensual, and highly intuitive.

Love is important in their lives and there’s different types of love – love of their family, their friends, their children, and their lover/partner. In addition, their community and possibly their co-workers; the Cups suit represents all of these relationships. We need to love ourselves to be able to love another and as much as we need to love, we need to be loved; love is both giving and receiving. Further, these relationships can bring joy and happiness, as well as disappointment and pain.

As partners, they are romantic and love being in love. They’re sensitive, gentle, unselfish, and sensual. They’re the type to give flowers and sentimental cards, as well as wanting them and then saving these items as nostalgia.

Cups people are social butterflies. They thoroughly enjoy being around their loved ones and people in general. They’re devoted, selfless, loyal friends and like to go to parties and host them. However, they can be shy and timid around strangers, and don’t like to be the center of attention.

They are imaginative, expressive, and creative and tend to be poets, artists, painters, sculptors, et cetera. Water can be therapeutic and salt water has healing properties. In turn, Cups people are caring, empathetic, and compassionate and are nurturing souls. Therefore, they make great therapists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and work well with children.

Water is reflective and acts as a mirror. Some Cups people are extremely in tune to their unconscious mind and as a result are introspective, highly intuitive, perceptive beings. They are good at reading people and situations.


Negative State- Just as the Moon’s gravitational pull increase the tides, outside influences can have the same effect on our emotions.

Cups people can be overly sensitive and/or overemotional. Emotions can get the best of them and cause mood swings and worst of all, depression. These emotions can bring on stress, which could cause both mental and physical harm. One of the causes of this stress may be a present or past situation dealing with some type of abuse.

We see vices and addictions in the Cups. Of course some can be due to depression but on the other hand, some people just have addictive personalities. They can have vices such as alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, food, and even being addicting to people because they hate to be alone.

In relationships, both platonic and romantic, they can be needy, get hurt easily, and may find it hard to forgive and forget. They may have such low self-esteem and low self-worth that they want to but can’t trust people because they can’t understand why you would want them in any way, shape, or form. In addition, their love for someone can turn possessive or obsessive due to jealousy or paranoia and it become out of control and even dangerous.

As I explained, Cups people are creative and artistic and in their negative state, they can feel blocked or uncreative and this can be cause any of the above or sometime it just happens.


  • Season: Summer
  • Astrological Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
  • Tree of Life – Briah: creative world
  • Direction: West
  • Timing: Twilight – Midnight & Months
  • Symbol: Undine
  • Color: Blue
  • Quality: Wet and Moist

Societal Expressions – s/he’s warm or cold; going with the flow; bubbly personality; a wet rag.

Famous Cups Person: The ultimate nurturer is Mother Teresa, however I think Princess Diana embodies the Cups’ qualities maybe a little more because we know she was also social, was a loyal friend, and her relationships brought her both joy and pain.

Click here to see my mind map of Water

Beginning March 19, 2017, I began drawing a new Tarot card each week to study and learn. Click here to see all the Weekly Tarot Cards in one place.

I dive deep into each card and this is what I cover in each post:

  • card description
  • RWS card for comparison (if it’s a different deck)
  • esoteric title
  • the suit meaning
  • astrological correspondences
  • numerical meaning
  • symbols, 2-3 important ones
  • the card’s meaning – general, career, & romance
  • questions to ask with this card
  • affirmation/quote

As a beginner, it is understandable that you have the urge to ‘memorize’ the card meanings – we all did. While I feel it’s fine to memorize a few keywords that resonate with you the most, it is crucial to learn and devise your own interpretation for each card. I suggest taking those keywords and use mind mapping to expand on each word. You’ll be amazed how this exercise can open and broaden your mind.

Cup cards I have since drawn:

  1. Weekly Tarot Card – Three of Cups
  2. Weekly Tarot Card – Eight of Cups
  3. Weekly Tarot Card – Queen of Cups

To see keywords for each card in the Cups suit click here.