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Suit of Cups

Learn the meanings of the Suit of Cups tarot cards from expert Ellen Goldberg, M.A. in this Howcast video.


Hello. I'm Ellen Goldberg and welcome to a taro moment from the School of Oracles. This segment is an introduction to the suit of cups, one of the 4 suits of the minor arcana. The cups are the receptive suits. They're feminine and as you see the picture of the cup, the holy spirit represented by the dove is holding a little wafer which represents earth and coming into the cup of receptivity and the cup runneth over. In each of these aces, but we'll have a separate segment on the aces, it's the hand of God holding the representation of the element of the suit.

Cups are associated with the season of summer and with the direction west. We see that there are little "yuds," the building blocks of the Hebrew alphabet floating in the air. There are 26 of them in this card in the Ride Awake because that is the number that the name of God in Hebrew add up to. Cups are pleasure-loving and because they're receptive, they receive not only impressions and feelings form the atmosphere but they are the psychic suit. This is the suit that deals with emotions, psychic activities and really creativity because really we receive creativity oftentimes from a source beyond ourselves. We know that in "inspiration," meaning spirit flowing into us and then it flows out of us.

That is why the cup runs over in this card so that we share what we have with the world. When you find that you have done the layout for yourself or reading and there are many cups, more than any other suit then perhaps there is a special emphasis on emotional life, psychic development, creative life. Pay attention to these cups. These mean so much to us. Thank you for being with me and bye for now.

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