Lesson 5: The numbered cards 1 to 10 of the Suit of Cups


How did you find the 3 card reading with the 1-10 of Wands added to the Major Arcana? Did it feel like it added another dimension?

If you feel comfortable moving on now with the 1-10 of Cups great, but if you want more time to practice the previous lessons then that's fine too.

As I mentioned in the last lesson, have your trusty friends help you with further practice as we add more suits for you to work with. If you start to feel that you are struggling go back to the stage you feel comfortable at and increase your confidence before adding further cards.

Don't forget it is OK to use your book or books to help you!!

This lesson focuses on the numbered cards for the suit of Cups, and as so many of us consult the Tarot cards about our love life and relationships, this is a particurlaly important suit to feel comfortable with.

So lets see what the suit of Cups is all about ...

(Just to remind you, the Minor Arcana cards generally refer to practical issues and the more everyday or mundane events in our lives.)


This suit is associated with the element Water. The cup represents our ability to contain and manage our emotions and feelings. The cup can be empty or full and its contents can be an elixir or a poison.

Cups represent the emotional elements and spiritual experience in our lives, affairs of the heart, love and relationships.

Positive attitudes associated with this suit are creativity, contentment, love, compassion, understanding and happiness.

Negative attitudes associated with Cups are lust, jealousy, hate and sadness.

For all of the Minor Arcana suits I will simply be focusing on the key words and values associated with each of the numbered cards.

Take out from your deck the numbered cards 1-10 of Cups and keep the remaining cards wrapped in your cloth.

Like you have done in previous lessons, focus on the first card, the Ace of Cups, and try to memorise some of the key words associated with the card. Make notes of any words or symbols you get from the card before moving onto the next one. Do this until you have completed all 10 cards.