Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

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The Ace of Cups

Iconography

ace of cupsThe grandiose image on the Ace of Cups is a beautiful chalice that overflows with five separate streams of water. It sits atop an ominous hand, which seems to radiate a strong influence. Above the chalice is a single dove, holding a small disc in it’s mouth. The floor below is a beautiful pond, blossoming with lotus.

History

The letter on the chalice has been disputed amongst various groups for almost as long as the Rider-Waite tarot deck has existed. Some see the letter as upside down M while others see a clear cut W. What do you see?

Symbolism

The chalice that overflows in the Ace of Cups is representative of the power each of our five senses hold and furthermore, how each sense is effected by the spirituality of the senses. The chalice itself is a sign of infinite potential. The hand which is rests upon is a symbol of your consciousness and the inner power or intuition that rules your decisions and personality. The dove, who hold a small disk is a symbol of the soul and its presence in the physical realm of life. The beautiful water below that full with blossom, are representative of a spiritual awakening.

Interpretations

When the Ace of Cups appears upright, you are being offered a taste of it’s spiritually fulfilling waters. Whether or not you take this opportunity is entirely in your hands. Typically, this card tells you that your situation is filled with love and support. Meaning that now is the time to express, love, and access your endless potential. As a person, the Ace of Cups implies that you may run in to (or already have) a person who supply you with a trusting, loving, and compassion. This does not necessarily mean a love interest, but rather someone who is a guidance in life. Now is the time to give and share love with the people around you.

Reversed, the Ace of Cups does not portray such a lovely message. When the Ace of Cups appears reversed, it’s a signal that you need to find balance within your emotions. In the same sense, you may need to release some sort of emotion that is holding you back. Do not withhold how you feel simply because you fear confrontation. Strive to find balance, even if life seems to be a constant emotional roller coaster.

The Two of Cups

Iconography

The Two of CupsThe image of the Two of Cups depicts a woman and man holding their cups up to one another, gazing deeply in to one another’s eyes. The caduceus of Hermes rises between the two as a symbol of unity as two parts become whole. The sky is clear and the path that lay before them shows a lush green landscape in the distance.

History

The ancient depiction of Hermes’ caduceus intermingling is a classical symbol of balance amongst two different cosmic energies which have used moral conduct to establish a relationship. In many cases, this has extended to negotiation through hard times as well.

Symbolism

The man and woman are their own symbols, while together their represent the union of opposites in order to create balance. The cups represent the infinite potential within each party’s ability. The Lion’s head is a symbol of passion why many take to represent a sexual attraction between the two people. The snakes which wind towards the Lion’s head symbolize the dark and light within their co-existence. Suggesting that each partner will still have their weeknesses. The Two of Cups shows the beauty and power of when two souls are united. With mutual respect, the harmony of the relationship can create dozens of win-win situations.

Interpretations

Upright, the Two of Cups is a bringer of encourage. In most cases the Two of Cups introduces the idea of unconditional love, where two parts work together in order to emotionally and mentally satisfy each party. Whether you have a new business opportunity, or certain someone in mind, the Two of Cups is the encourage two take the union to a level of strength, and a representation of commitment. Now is the time to seize the love you have and plant for the harvest. In another light, the Two of Cups may suggest that in order for your to truly love and be loved, you must first be confident within yourself. If you value yourself, other’s will follow your burning light and receive you in a welcoming manner.

Reversed, the Two of Cups can shed light on a blockage within a relationship. Whether these partnerships be new or old, old business from the past may be holding you back. Additionally, you may be acting guarded and simply refusing to share your feelings. In a love relationship, this can suggest that one or both partners is withholding their feeling, and there is a lack of mutual respect and feeling.

The Three of Cups

Iconography

The Three of CupsThe image on the There of Cups portrays a joyous scene, where maidens dance in a circle with their glowing goblets held in the air. They appear to be toasting to their friendship with one another. Around their feet are various flowers which seems to join them in ecstasy, the sky is a clear blue.

History

The laurel wreaths which rest around the maiden’s heads are a traditional and almost iconic symbol of victory and success. Even Julius Caesar has been portrayed with laurels around his head. Additionally, the laurel is a sign that the universe’s blessing is a top the head of the victor.

Symbolism

The maidens, which raise their goblets to the sky are representative of the emotional connection we feel from friendship and love amongst our peers. The maidens clearly rejoice in an another, and are celebrating the mutual benefits they share. The wreaths, which usher in a sense of protection and victory. The flowers which surround the women’s feet are a grandiose symbol of the compassion, beauty, and joy that comes with growth.

Interpretations

Upright, the Three of Cups generally appears during a time where nearly all of your relationships are harmonious and beneficial. Meaning that you are open to lending a hand and take every opportunity to spend time with your beloveds. In many ways, the Three of Cups ushers in a time of socializing and a healthy balance of commitment and enjoyment. In another sense, if you are waiting for the tides of a certain relationship to turn than the Three of Cups can signify that a solution will be made soon. Be sure to act with compassion and understanding and everything will work out.

When the Three of Cups appears reversed, it can be shocking to both the reader and the person. This appearance may reflect on a time where you feel you are being forced into commitments and conformities imposed by a certain group of people, a single person, or yourself. Within yourself, the Three of Cups reversed implies that you need to reach out to your community and ask for support. Do not lose touch with your family and friends, and make sure that the socializing you participate in is good for you physical, emotion, and mental health.

The Four of Cups

Iconography

The Four of CupsThe young man portrayed on the Four of Cups seems to be pondering on a certain something. He sits with his arms cross under a very tall tree. He is isolated from all others, which is indicated by the mountains far in the distance. One cup sits before his eyes, being held out by an ominous hand. The other three stand at his feet.

History

The tree depicted on the Four of Cups is often said to related back to the story of Buddha, who sat under a Bodhi Tree contemplating the universe. Unwilling to rise until he reached the truth within his mind.

Symbolism

The Four of Cups often delivers a feeling that meditation is needed in order to conquer apathy. The young man who sits in deep thought seems so distracted by his hardships that he does not notice the ominous hand reaching out to him. This hand represents the how he has missed an opportunity. The three cups that surround his feet are also ignored, indicating that the young man is even ignoring his world and goals.

Interpretations

Upright, the appearance of the Four of Cups often means that you are entering a time where you feel particularly angsty about a situation or relationship. In the majority of cases, people also feel incredibly unmotivated and disengaged from their desires. This means the Four of Cups wants you to actively take the time for self-reflection. You must seek a positive outcome. Additionally, the Four of Cups sometimes appears as a point of defense. Though you may be great at supporting yourself, have you halted your personal growth? Are you ignoring opportunities and relationships because you are afraid you will be hurt? Do not ignore the possibilities that you have in your life, you need to reconnect with the world around. In personal relationship, the Four of Cups can also be asking that you nurture those who have given their love to you. Don’t get so caught up in your mind that you fail to show the ones you love that you appreciate them.

When the Four of Cups appears reversed is trying to warn you that when opportunity comes to you, you will have to work hard to attain the chance. Internally, the Four of Cups suggests that you are so caught up in your inner turmoil, that you are unable to see opportunities when they come to you. In personal relationships, the Four of Cups reflects on a situation where your or your loved one may be unwilling to share their true feelings. Be careful when navigating this situation, and be sure to act mindfully. Open your eyes and embrace the potential that presents itself before you.

The Five of Cups

Iconography

The Five of CupsThe figure depicted on the Five of Cups is a gruesome image of loss. He stands cloaked in a black robe which hides all aspects of his identity. Across a massive river is a castle, perhaps his home. Some cups stands tall, while the majority surround the depressing man empty and on their sides. Far to the right, a bridge can be seen yet the figure seems uninterested in reaching the safety and support of the home or castle.

History

The pools which surround the overturned cups are often associate with the different chakras that flow our bodies. In Rider-Waite tarot, this is symbolic that the chakras are off balance and in some cases, entirely blocked. The man seems to still have chakra left, but is entirely unaware of their gifts.

Symbolism

The key ideas associated with the Five of Cups are loss, regret, and acceptance. The man who stands clocked in black, is symbolic of how dark and depressed he has come to feel. The river which flows between he and safety, is symbolic of the river of emotions that rushes within him. Though tranquil water represents the growth, the velocity of this river suggests that all his desires and thoughts are blocking him from safety. The home or castle itself is the symbol of that safety.

The cups address a more positive take on symbology, for though there are free cups overturned there are two that stand. The catch? They stand behind the man. He is so distracted, that he does not notice there are two full cups that stand proudly behind him. Additionally, the bridge to the right not only symbolizes how far he has pushed himself from home, but also that if he travels there is the option to go home.

Interpretations

When the Five of Cups appears upright, the card is trying to tell you that it is time to let go of the past. Perhaps you have learned your lesson but continue to wallow in self-pity, or maybe you still have yet to learn from your mistakes. Regardless, the more time you spend on self-pity, the more opportunities you will miss out on. In the form of a person, the Five of Cups is telling you to let go of negativity and forgive this person. Were your explications far too high? Even if you have lost it all, there is a way to gain from hardship. The Five of Cups wants you forgive and forget, move on, and accept that though you are suffering you must push forward and find a way to gain new perspective.

Reversed, the Five of Cups has quite a different message. You have recently recovered from your past and are ready to move forward with your personal growth. It’s time to pick up the two remaining comes and use them to reinvent your spirituality. Now is the time to define what you really want from life and start moving forward and embracing new aspects of life. Traditionally, five is a number of change. It’s time to make one.

The Six of Cups

Iconography

The Six of CupsThe image on the Six of Cups seems to be quite cheery. One child offers a cup filled with flowers to another small child. Surrounding the children are the rest of the cups which are also filled with flowers. A great house stands behind them, which gives the impression that these two are in mutual territory.

History

The dark figure in the left hand corner is often debated amongst Rider-Waite fans. Some simply say he signifies the adult form of both children, while others say that he represents our fear of forgetting happier times.

Symbolism

The two children draw a parallel between the past and the future. The larder child representing the future, while smaller child represents who we once were. Obviously, the two of them smile in the fact that they are sharing old memories. The house which stands tall behind them is a symbol of comfort and great security. Despite the flowers the landscape is generally barren which can represent the fact that happier times have occurred. Regardless, the vibrant color of the scenery suggest that the thoughts surrounding this image represent an overall happiness. The idea associated with the Six of Cups is nostalgia and innocence, a time where you were naive.

Interpretations

Upright, the Six of Cups is trying to provide a comfort to you. If you are currently in the midst of change, the card is trying to tell you to look back at all you have accomplished and realize that this time is simply another bump in the road. Additionally, the card warns to not spend too much living in the past. Memory lane is a beautiful place, but you certainly don’t want to spend all your days living there. As an event, the upright appearance of the Six of Cups is telling you that you will be returning to familiar place or event which will give you the time to revisit issues you may have put on the back burner. Regardless, the great aura of joy that surrounds the Six of Cups should not be ignored. Use your happy times to fuel your future.

When the Six of Cups appears reversed is clear sign that you need to stop holding on to the past. Whether you have issues you have not felt with or you simply have not grown from your experiences and desperately need to work towards realizing these issues and overcoming them. If this doesn’t seem to fit, ask yourself: Do you know someone who may be suffering from trauma or simply cannot climb out of your mind? Now is the time to help.

The Seven of Cups

Iconography

The Seven of CupsThe Seven of Cups display a strange and cosmic image. There is a dark figure gazing madly into the cups, which all seem to be offering some strange vision to the man. They float on ominous clouds right above his reach, suggesting that he has no idea what he will benefit from any of the cups.

History

The Seven of Cups is often associated with the seven sins, where almost all the options available are not true options at all. However, it must be kept in your mind that each sin has it’s own parallel. For example: Though you should not have too much pride, self-hate isn’t good either.

Symbolism

Whether you take the Seven of Cups as your temptations or numerous choices, the idea associated with the Seven of Cups is the need to come to a decision. Each cup comes with it’s own symbol. The snake represents the animal instinct that lives within us all. Additionally, people believe that snakes also contain powerful and transformative power.

The treasure hoard represents wealth and abundance, which is often coupled with greed. In terms of love, the cup with a human head is often said to represent a potential companion. The caste represents stability and the power that is felt from security. The cup with a laurel wreath (a classical symbol of victory) is adorned with a skull, indicating that there is vanity and darkness associated with this victory. The dragon in another cup represent a symbol of anger and utter chaos. The last cup, filled with a mysterious figure represents the need to shed let on who you really are.

Interpretations

Upright, the Seven of Cups indicates that you are constantly caught up in what could be as opposed to working towards making your dream a reality. At this point, it’s beginning to impede on your personal growth and you need to evaluate your options and make an educated choice. Additionally, the mysterious nature of the symbols indicates that you need to reconsider some of your options in their entirety. Are they good options? Do they hurt you or others along the way? Maybe they are unrealistic and you need to consider if they will really do anything for you. Do not be tempted or swayed to make a choice that is not good for you.

Revered, the Seven of Cups confirms the fear that your visions in life are an illusion. At this point in life, your goals are unattainable mostly for the fact that they are unrealistic. The card’s appearance asks that you ask yourself about your desires, hopes, and dream and find yourself. On the bright side, the Seven of Cups indicates that you are ready to make the jump in to clear water and will soon diffuse the fog that has been clouding your vision. Now is the time to redefine your intentions and find new solutions.

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