Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

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The Eight of Cups

Iconography

The Eight of CupsThe image of the Eight of Cups immediately evokes feeling of solitude and isolation. The young man who stands in the distance, who has turned his back to the eight cups. The landscape around him is vast and winding, yet he travels on holding himself up by a walking stick. He starts to walk away from all that he has known.

History

As with most minor arcana cards of Eight, the Eight of Cups ushers in a new time of change where both the present and the past can be seen. The number eight is often associated with the infinity symbol, which runs its course endlessly.

Symbolism

The young man, who turns his back against the cups is ready to abandon everything that he has learned up to this point. The dark skies evoke a sense of abandonment, as he walks into the unknown. The Eight Cups stand full to the brim with what he has achieved, yet he decides still to walk past them. Perhaps he has taken on this journey due to spiritual unrest. He has not found satisfaction in the physical world. The key ideas associated with this card are abandonment and escapism. On the other hand, this can also be associated with the hopelessness that comes with starting a new path, especially after accomplishing so many great feet.

Interpretations

Upright, the Eight of Cups is asking you to consider the aspects of your life which may be disappointing or unsatisfactory. In most cases, the Eight of Cups signifies that you are about to embark on a spiritual journey, one which will provide the personal growth and happiness that you have up to this point, been lacking. Additionally, the Eight of Cups can also symbolize discourse in a relationship, whether that be personally or professionally. At this point, you feel that it is time to walk away from a situation which you no longer feel in control of. The Eight of Cups comes as a source of encouragement, and wants you to do what is best for your before you feel completely burnt out by the situation.

Reversed, the Eight of Cups reflects the hopelessness we come to feel at certain points in our lives. You may be unsure whether or not you should walk away from a situation, and ultimately have opposing ideas on the entire matter. The Eight of Cups supplies a feeling that no matter what you do, this situation will not work itself out. The Eight of Cups supports your positions. It’s time to walk away from the situation. Additionally, when the Eight of Cups is a description of self… Chances are you are someone who connect stand to be confined. You want to escape quickly, rather than dealing with your issues as they appear head on.

The Nine of Cups

Iconography

The Nine of CupsThe Nine of Cups displays a middle-aged man who has clearly enjoyed the things that life has to offer. His arms are crossed and he looks very content as he sits. Behind him on a neatly ordained table, the Nine of Cups stand in perfect order.

History

The number nine is traditionally associated with success. After the turbulance of the eight (which holds infinite power), a place to stand has been established and the days of struggle between material and spiritual are over. Through each minor arcana suite, this trend is made visible.

Symbolism

The man who sits upon the bench represents the individual who can enjoy the finer things in life, while also remaining in touch with the spiritual side which brings inner happiness. His garb signifies his status. In addition to the robes, he wears a hat which symbolizes though he is relaxing he is also an active mind. The table, which raises the cups all around him are full to the brim with accomplishment.

Interpretations

Upright, the Nine of cups is a symbol that everything within your life has come to an even point. You are happy with everything going on in your life and do not struggle to live in the moment. In fact, it shows you that almost everything in your life is in control and the things you wish to attain are almost within your grasp. Take the time to indulge yourself and take head that you do not over indulge.

Reversed, the Nine of Cups serves as a warning that you are overindulging. Whether it be financially irresponsible behavior or a greater issue, such as drugs are alcohol, the Nine of Cups is warning you that things are moving too fast. Furthermore, this can signify that even if you have success it is not truly what you have been looking.

The Ten of Cups

Iconography

The Ten of CupsThe loving couple of the Ten of Cups are holding each other are obviously happy and have come to a point of unity. To the right, the couple’s children hold hands and frolic in a circle. The ten cups are crested across a rainbow, raised high in the sky for the couple to admire. The sky is clear and the and the landscape is clear and green, with signs of culture off in the distance.

History

The image of the Ten of Cups represents what is known as the ideal point in life. On various versions of the Rider-Waite tarot deck, the scene has been changed but the message surrounding the idea is the same.

Symbolism

The family featured on the Ten of Cups is the living example if happiness. The couple has overcome all obstacles and now has been given the gift of children. The home off in the distance suggest that they are stable and their land bears everything they could possibly need. The cups which are strapped to a rainbow signifies the many gifts the universe has bestowed upon them. The rainbow reinforces the idea of perfect love and and the river which runs through the valley is a symbol of how their emotions are allowed to flow through.

The key ideas associated with the Ten of Cups are harmony, happiness, and alignment. Altogether, the Ten of Cups represents a moment in time where everything you have hoped for has come in to fruition.

Interpretations

When the Ten of Cups appears upright, it symbolizes a time where you are ultimately satisfied in all aspects of your life. Whether it be in romantic relationships, with your family, or at the office… All that you have wished for has combined into a reflective time where you can overlook your happiness and see everything you have come to attain through hard work. Now is the time to relax and take each opportunity to bond with your loved ones.

Reversed the Ten of Cups is trying to tell you that something is holding you back from attaining this perfect image. Whether you’re not spending enough quality time with your loved ones or simply not respecting the relationships you have around you. In order to move on, it is incredibly important that you do not rush to get things done. You must take the time you need to address the issues that are keeping you from moving on. Furthermore, the Ten of Cups may also be trying to tell you that though you are successful you are forgetting what truly matters in the process. Don’t neglect your family and friends.

The Page of Cups

Iconography

The Page of CupsThe Page of Cups shows a man dressed in a blue tunic with floral printing, which suggests that he following a bit of a bohemian lifestyle. He stands on the seashore with a single chalice in his hand. He raises it as if he is waiting for something to toast and ganders at the fish in the glass. Many argue that the fish even appears to be speaking to him.

History

The Page of Cups, like all the other Pages across the Rider-Waite tarot deck represents a new time in life. It is a time for renewal.

Symbolism

The largest symbol that can be found on the image of the Ten of Cups is the vast ocean which sits behind the Page. The ocean is very unpredictable and in that sense, it symbolizes the thought of the great unknown. The fish can be taken as a person or an event which exposes previously unknown information to us. This is clearly a surprise to even the Page. The main idea that surrounds the Ten of Cups is a new and adventurous time for creative energy.

Interpretations

Upright, the Page of Cups ushers in a new point of creative energy. At this point in your life you may be very in time with everything and having almost a psychic experience within your own energy. This is the time to execute that power and shower those you love with affection. Additionally, the Page of Cups can signify that a loved one has lovely news for you.

When the Page of Cups appears reversed shows that energy is being used in the wrong way. It may indicate substance or emotional abuse for you or a loved one. Regardless, the Page of Cups is trying to warn you that you’re using your energy in the wrong way. Maybe you’re following something that you’re not quite sure will follow through, or your pursuing certain things for the wrong reasons.

The Knight of Cups

Iconography

The Knight of CupsThe Knight of Cups depicts a man upon a great stead with a great face of determination. The horse is an image of power, and is inching closer to a river that will need to be crossed. The Knight’s garb is covered in fish and his helmet is winged to suggest that he is constantly in action.

History

The symbol of the fish has been long associated with the creative spirit. Even outside of the tarot world, the fish is known to represent creativity at its finest.

Symbolism

Unlike the other Knights throughout the minor arcana, the horse in the Knight of Cups is moving slowly which gives the impression of peace and era of calm. The cup in his hand seems to carry a message, one which is able to transcend. His helmet and shoes are winged as a sign that you are actively involved in your creative imagination. The river is a representation of what must be handled first. The key ideas to take away when the Knight of Cups appears is charm, imagination, and romance.

Interpretations

The Knight of Cups often appears as a messenger or an invitation to a person or event that is of emotional benefit. When he appears, it can easily be said that you are in touch with your emotions. Now is the time to be open about your emotions and pursue your passions. Now is the time to make a grand advancement on your future. You can take proactive steps to accomplish everything your goals ad ambitions have laid before you.

When the Knight of Cups appears reversed it a sign that you let emotions take control of your life far too much. You may be feeling jealous or moody and are starting to let your emotions get the best of you. In the form of a person, this may be signifying that situation is getting out of control.

The Queen of Cups

Iconography

The Queen of CupsThe woman featured on the Queen of Cups is the ruler of emotion. She is beautiful and and introspective and she gazes at her beautifully adorned chalice. The handles are shaped like angels as another testament to her beauty. Her gold crown and silver throne, At her feat, the ocean seeps around her thrown as a statement towards her depth.

History

As with the other suites in the minor arcana the Queen is often a symbol of the most emotional point in the cards. However, the Queen of Cups is exact in the fact that she emphasizes love and is more about sharing the love than being showered with it.

Symbolism

The Queen of Cups herself represent the essential realm of emotions. The chalice in her hand is adorned with angels and thus is indication of her divination power. Additionally, this chalice is closed off indicating that the Queen’s emotions come from within her as opposed from outside source. Her crown and robe are a symbol of how she has worked hard to become the Queen. With the ocean around her feet, everything is possible. Again the image of fish comes to play, suggesting that her creative spirit is one to be reckoned with. The key idea to take from the Queen of Cups is emotional security.

Interpretations

When the Queen of Cups appears in a reading she is trying to tell you that you need to show compassion and empathy towards those who surround you. Adversely, she may be telling you to encourage love into situations that you cannot force to happen. Now is the time to think of others rather than yourself. At this point you are extremely in tune emotionally, mentally, and physically.

Reversed, the appearance of the Queen of Cups signifies a time where you are struggling to feel that you can express yourself effectively. Additionally, she often appears when you are expressing a disconnect from your life. One in which where you feel you are overwhelmed by emotion and over taken by the dependency of others.

The King of Cups

Iconography

The King of CupsThe King of Cups portrays a man who is fit to sit through the storm. He sits upon his stone throne in the midst of an ever-changing sea which seems to represent his feelings towards life: He sticks it out. He keeps going. His face is stern and in his hand is a single chalice, accompanied by a capture in the other hand. Around his neck is a pendant that holds the image of a fish.

History

Unlike the other cards in the suite of Cups, the King represents a man who is in control of his emotions, a status that is normally not achieved by other Kings in other suites.

Symbolism

The terrain featured in the King of Cups symbolizes that even as the King is at peace, the world rages on around him. Though he must always remain vigilant, the fish pendant around his neck suggests that he always does this with creativity in mind. His toes which lay draped across him are a symbol of his stature and the single cup which stands in his hand it the ultimate power, he holds the world in his hands.

Interpretations

When the King of Cups appears upright in a reading, the card is indicating that you are emotionally secure and are able to handle just about anything that comes your way. Adversely, when challenges are present the King of Cups is trying to tell you that it is important to find balance and not repeat life’s mistakes. Ask yourself: How can I develop without abusing the power growth will supply me with?

Reversed, the King of Cups signifies that you or a loved one are acting out of emotions which seem to be controlling every aspect of your life. You may be struggling with deception whether it come from yourself, or others. Additionally, this card may be trying to tell you that you need to take responsibility for your actions and thoughts as they come to you. You need to be accountable for your life.

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