Ten of Cups – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Ten of Cups - Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed

Ten of Cups – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Ten of Cups in a Tarot reading is about perfection in a lasting relationship that can help with spiritual development together with all the possessions that are needed to give an emotional and material feeling of being at home. It is also a card of good health and living that comes with a sense of emotional and financial security together with public recognition.

In the reversed position the stronger the bond the stronger the rejection, opposition, arguments, and indignation.

Ten of Cups – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

Well-earned security, wise living, husbandry, being at ease, feeling safe; “a person who is taking care of the querent’s interests” may be correct and actually present, e.g., in the shape of servants, shopmen, purveyors. The city, birthplace, physical constitution. (Tabernaculum.) Medicine of body and soul. Organic life in the body and in the community, viz. practical social conditions. In weak cases the house of Virgo may cause irritability and agitation, etc.: a weak nervous system must avoid the full sway of emotions. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Ten of Cups

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


Appearance of Cups in a rainbow; it is contemplated in wonder and ecstacy by a man and woman below, evidently husband and wife. His right arm is about her; his left is raised upward; she raises her right arm. The two children dancing near them have not observed the prodigy but are happy after their own manner. There is a home-scene beyond.

Meanings Ten of Cups in a Reading

Contentment, repose of the entire heart; the perfection of that state; also perfection of human love and friendship; if with several picture-cards, a person who is taking charge of the Querent’s interests; also the town, village or country inhabited by the Querent.

Ten of Cups – Reversed

Repose of the false heart, indignation, violence.

Additional Divinatory Meanings
For a male Querent, a good marriage and one beyond his expectations.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Sorrow; also a serious quarrel.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Ten of Cups

Divinatory Meanings
Ten of Cups – The Town wherein one resides, Honour, Consideration, Esteem, Virtue, Glory, Reputation.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Combat, Strife, Opposition, Differences, Dispute.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Ten of Cups

The town, native land, living place, residence; also citizen(ship). Reversed: Agitation, irritation, indignation, anger. Another version gives: “Husband and wife . . .” “Contentment, repose of the entire heart”; and “A person who is taking care of the querent’s interests.” (Waite)

It is the Water on the Sixth house, where it meets with Virgo-influences. Now what about the town or city? Virgo is “the city which killed the prophets”–Jerusalem–and the addiction originally will have indicated the physical, sensual embodiment of the soul, in which the spirit is ‘buried’ or ‘killed’ as the mystic formula has it. This card may therefore be called, with truth, the indication of ‘the city of God’ which, by analogy, becomes the physical body, as well as one’s residence or native land. It means the physical and sensatory possession or ownership. Consequently it has to do with the agreeable sensation of being ‘at home’ and ‘at ease,’ having possession of what is wanted. It must also mean being fully acquainted with one’s work. Good health and wise living. This house rules servants, food, health.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

Ten of Cups
The uplifted hands suggest surrender, and one of the old Egyptian hieroglyphic meanings was slavery.

Time period
Third decanate of Pisces, from March 11th to March 20th, under the rulership of Mars in its Scorpio aspect. The meanings are not fortunate unless the divination refers to spiritual matters, for the combined forces of Mars, Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces on physical levels, while they mean tremendous power of desire, and sometimes the satisfaction of those desires, point rather to unbalanced force than otherwise.

Relating to spiritual matters only, permanent and lasting success, through inspiration from higher levels of consciousness; high psychic development; realization of the highest aspirations; happiness. On questions at a lower level, even if well-dignified, great ambition, ultra-sensitiveness, great power of realizing desires, but equally great danger of misuse of that power.

In spiritual questions, danger from psychism; probability of being injured mentally through unwise attempts at meditation. On all other questions, danger of self-undoing from psychism, prodigality, and liability to being influenced by others through the desire-nature; tendency to drug-habits and drunkenness; disgust resulting from over-indulgence; excess in pleasure.


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