Ten of Cups Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
Keywords and Phrases:
Marriage, happy family life, commitment and permanency.
Ten of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
The Ten of Cups brings emotional happiness and contentment in the heart department with commitment and permanency. In the image in the Gilded Tarot there’s an emotional sense of ‘coming home’, the warm embrace of being surrounded by those we love and family life. Ten golden cups suspended upon a rainbow, all we desire in the realms of the heart.
As Cups are the suit of emotions the Ten points to completion from the potential of where the Ace began. For a single person in a relationship reading, when the Ten appears with no evidence of build-up to events, it can indicate the type of relationship that has the potential to become serious and committed quite quickly. For those settled, it points to happiness within the family unit.
I tend to view the Ten of Pentacles as the more practical side to home and family, with the Ten of Cups as emotional fulfilment, the ultimate goal that most people hope to find in matters of the heart, sincere and lasting love that brings joy and contentment.
If reversed or ill-dignifed, it can point to problems within the close family unit, relationship or marital discord, an emptiness of love as the contents of the ten cups are poured away.
Similar or supporting cards: other marriage cards would strengthen that association (see below), Ten of Pentacles (home and family) The Hierophant can also suggest the traditional family unit, Temperance (emotional harmony and balance).
Opposing or contradictory cards: Three of Swords (family upheavals) Four of Cups (dissatisfied) Five of Cups (sadness) Five of Wands (lack of harmony)
Ten of Cups Tarot Card Combinations:
Numerous combinations are possible with regard to serious relationships and marriage so only a few are given below. Some people find it confusing if the Ten of Cups appears in an area they’re not expecting, such as the work area in the Life Spread, but it normally means there will be a connection between the two in some way, or when different areas of life are impacting one another.
Multiple Tens, as the ultimate and final number of the suits, multiple Tens in a Tarot reading signify completion of a cycle.
> Hierophant > Three of Cups: marriage and wedding celebrations (also strengthened with The Lovers, Two of Cups, Four of Wands, etc – Justice or Ace of Pentacles add the official documents).
> Ten of Pentacles: happy heart, happy home, this combination suggests stability in emotional and material matters surrounding the home life. It can represent ‘marital bliss’ and often turns up in readings for couples settling down together.
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