There are 78 cards in the tarot. Twenty two of these are what we call the Major Arcana. These Major cards are considered to be more important than their ‘lesser’ counterparts as it’s believed they deal more on a higher plane of interpretation.
The remaining cards are broken down into ‘suits’ like playing cards and are Cups, Wands, Swords and Pentacles.
These are called the Tarot Minor Arcana and deal mainly with the more day to day or perfunctory situations in which we may often find ourselves.
Today let’s look at the suit of Cups.
Cups are always connected to the element of water. Astrologically they link to those born under the star signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
Cups represent the emotions and love – in any form. So these cards can relate not only to love ‘affairs’ or matters of the heart, moreover they govern relationships with family and close friends too. An abundance of upright Cups in a spread is more than likely going to be linked to a question involving a love issue, however, they can also refer to concepts such as creativity – and opportunities offered to change your life for the better.
On an emotional level, reversed cups can suggest a lack of emotion, or connection to others, or having unreasonable expectations in love.
Cups are very much linked to psychic powers, visions, illusions… the ‘sensitive’. If reversed, they can have more negative connotations such as over dependence on someone or something, depression, or over-indulgence in food, drink, or drugs.
Likewise the positives found deep within our emotions can bring many talents associated with the ‘Arts’, such as poetry, art, music or dance.
Whenever you are presented with cups in the spread before you, ask yourself…is my cup half empty …or half full..?