cups revelations

Ace Of Cups

[intepretation]
The cup overflows with emotions of joy, happiness and friendships

[reversed]
The contents have spilt as the cup empties. The vessel only represents what there could have been.

[symbols+images]
The ornate cup represents the preciousness of the vessel, the holder of water, being the metaphor of emotions. The vessel is much like the body precious in its own right and beautiful to the beholder of the eye – inside it holds the emotions of the being, both good and bad.

Two Of Cups

[intepretation]
Together they entwine in an understanding of partnership and commitment.

[reversed]
They can’t see eye to eye and stand to lose everything if they continue this way

[symbols+images]
The card has always been viewed as the lesser version of the Major Arcana’s Lovers.
Here the partnerships seem less about two people being together for love and more for an object or project.
The cups symbolize their commitment to be together.
In the background a guardian/sentinel watches over their union, representing a higher level or force, which plays a role in forming the partnership.

In the background on the reverse the sentinel has his hands up in the air, appealing to a higher power than itself for sake of the union.
The mer-people have their backs to each other and are so caught up in their own pride and ego that they careless for the cup, the symbol of their partnership.

Colour: pastels and blues – associated with Cancer

Three Of Cups

[intepretation]
They celebrate win joy and merriment. They hold their cups up high and spin endlessly in laughter

[reversed]
He loses control and has drunk too much. He spins with them but cannot hold on for long.

[symbols+images]
The card represents enjoyment of happy emotions to their fullest. Here the mer-people are celebration and having fun.

The background is littered with bottles indicating the over indulgence of celebration. The excessiveness takes it toll when the merman cannot even keep his eyes open.

Colour: pastels and blues – associated with Cancer

Four Of Cups

[intepretation]
She lays back pondering and waiting. She does not move or care for offerings around her.

[reversed]
She grasps the situation and the opportunities presented

[symbols+images]
The cards follow the idea of stability and the rut may be associated. The mermaids are both presented with the same emotional possibilities but one takes them while the other is so lost within herself that she cannot see them.
The upside mermaid plays with her hair in her boredom while waiting for something better to come along. As she sinks slowly towards the bottom of the ocean floor on the nautilus shell, she does not notice the offering of cups to her, or the dangers of the free tentacles, which may entwine around her. Her complacency does not make her aware of both opportunity and danger around her.

The reverse side mermaid ceases the opportunity and takes on the cups. She does not stay around long enough for the tentacles to grab on and hold her back.

Colour: deep reds, blues + black – associated with Scorpio


Five Of Cups

[intepretation]
He lays there contemplating the loss in his life. He laments and grieves over what could have been and cannot see past what is yet to come.

[reversed]
She grasps what ever is left and she rejoices in what is not lost. She leaves the situation salvaging her own emotions and self.

[symbols+images]
The card plays the notion of “crying over spilt milk”.
The merman dwells on the three cups, which have been knocked over, while the mermaid moves on with the two remaining. Each show of different ways of dealing with the same situation.

Colour: deep reds, silver green – associated with Scorpio


Six Of Cups

[intepretation]
He lays in a pleasant daydream of happy childhood memories.

[reversed]
He is haunted by disturbing memories of his past.

[symbols+images]
The baby sea horses play out the association of the card with memories relating to younger years or childhood. A pleasant smile stretches across his face as he reminisces.

The arguing baby seahorses contrast this notion, casting their banter over the merman’s rest. He fights in vain to block out the haunting sounds, which resound, in his head.

Colour: deep reds, silver green – associated with Scorpio

Seven Of Cups

[intepretation]
All that glitters are not gold and nothing is at it seems. Illusions play with his heart.

[reversed]
She takes hold of her dreams and breaks free to make more of it.

[symbols+images]
The merman faces cups, which play on his fantasies. Shadows and ghosts rising out of the cups, beckon him and draw him in all directions. They are merely illusions of mermaids leading him astray.

The reversed mermaid takes a hold of a “fantasy” makes it real by striving to achieve it.

Colour: colour of the oceans, orange, blues – associated with Pieces

Eight Of Cups

[intepretation]
Away he swims from the troubles of his life. He moves on and abandons all that he has achieved in the search for meaning, happiness and contentment.

[reversed]
She is trapped within her own depression, anxiety and hopelessly. She can’t see past her emotions and floats amongst the ruins of her life.

[symbols+images]
The boldness of the merman as his pushes through the barrier of the cups evokes a movement and a sense of drive towards the light.

The long flowing hair of the mermaid reflects upon the time she has spent there in that moment, still and without activity. She closes her eyes to hide away from the reality around her. She sits comfortably amongst the rocks as she does not want to move on.

Colour: colour of the oceans, blues – associated with Pieces

Nine Of Cups

[intepretation]
He basks in the contentment of personal fulfillment. He radiance comes from inside of him and everything seems to dance around the song of his heart.

[reversed]
Caution is warned against being complacent for success may go to the head and could judgment

[symbols+images]
The merman rejoices effortlessly in his brilliance. He has reach a personal and emotion contentment within himself. The fishes around him circle harmoniously reflecting his happiness.

The reverse merman has a smug look on his face, unawares of the eels, which dance around him awaiting to only tear him apart at the next unexpected opportunity.

Ten Of Cups

[intepretation]
Happiness is found within the family and those whom are dear.

[reversed]
Quarrels and unrest disrupts the home environment. Those who seem close are now more distant.

[symbols+images]
The lights from above illuminates upon the happy family who have contentment within their lives.
The children play without any worry in the world symbolizing the innocence of youth and the enjoyment of simpler pleasures.

The merman leaves the mermaid and heads off into the darkness – symbolizing the unknown. She lays there in despair their home broken from an argument. The separation ruins the original happy image.


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