10 of Cups – Rider-Waite

10 of Cups - Rider-Waite Minor Arcana

Rider-Waite – Ten of Cups description 

Appearance of Cups in a rainbow; it is contemplated in wonder and ecstasy by a man and woman below, evidently husband and wife. His right arm is about her; his left is raised upward; she raises her right arm. The two children dancing near them have not observed the prodigy but are happy after their own manner. There is a home-scene beyond.

10 of Cups Keywords

Contentment, repose of the entire heart; the perfection of that state; also perfection of human love and friendship; if with several picture-cards, a person who is taking charge of the Querent’s interests; also the town, village or country inhabited by the Querent.

Additional meanings: For a male Querent, a good marriage and one beyond his expectations.

10 of Cups Keyrwords Reversed

Repose of the false heart, indignation, violence.

Additional Meanings: Sorrow; also a serious quarrel. 

Etteilla

Le Dix de Coupe: La Ville

Town, City, Homeland, Country, Market Town, Village, Place, Site, Dwelling Place, House, Residence.—Citizen, Citizenry, Town Resident.

Reversed

Wrath, Indignation, Strife, Irritation, Rage, Anger, Violenc

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10 of Cups – Excess

The uplifted hands suggest surrender, and one of the old Egyptian hieroglyphic meanings was slavery.

Time period

Third decanate of Pisces, from March 11th to March 20th, under the rulership of Mars in its Scorpio aspect. The meanings are not fortunate unless the divination refers to spiritual matters, for the combined forces of Mars, Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces on physical levels, while they mean tremendous power of desire, and sometimes the satisfaction of those desires, point rather to unbalanced force than otherwise.

Well-dignified

Relating to spiritual matters only, permanent and lasting success, through inspiration from higher levels of consciousness; high psychic development; realization of the highest aspirations; happiness. On questions at a lower level, even if Well-dignified, great ambition,

ultra-sensitiveness, great power of realizing desires, but equally great danger of misuse of that power.

Ill-dignified

In spiritual questions, danger from psychism; probability of being injured mentally through unwise attempts at meditation. On all other questions, danger of self-undoing from psychism, prodigality, and liability to being influenced by others through the desire-nature; tendency to drug-habits and drunkenness; disgust resulting from over-indulgence; excess in pleasure.

Thierens

Ten of Cups

TRADITION

The town, native land, living place, residence; also citizen(ship). Reversed: Agitation, irritation, indignation, anger. Another version gives: “Husband and wife …” “Contentment, repose of the entire heart”; and “A person who is taking care of the querent’s interests.” (W.)

THEORY

It is the Water on the Sixth house, where it meets with Virgo-influences. Now what about the town or city? Virgo is “the city which killed the prophets”–Jerusalem–and the addiction originally will have indicated the physical, sensual embodiment of the soul, in which the spirit is ‘buried’ or ‘killed’ as the mystic formula has it. This card may therefore be called, with truth, the indication of ‘the city of God’ which, by analogy, becomes the physical body, as well as one’s residence or native land. It means the physical and sensatory possession or ownership. Consequently it has to do with the agreeable sensation of being ‘at home’ and ‘at ease,’ having possession of what is wanted. It must also mean being fully acquainted with one’s work. Good health and wise living. This house rules servants, food, health.

CONCLUSION

Well-earned security, wise living, husbandry, being at ease, feeling safe; “a person who is taking care of the querent’s interests” may be correct and actually present, e.g., in the shape of servants, shopmen, purveyors. The city, birthplace, physical constitution. (Tabernaculum.) Medicine of body and soul. Organic life in the body and in the community, viz. practical social conditions. In weak cases the house of Virgo may cause irritability and agitation, etc.: a weak nervous system must avoid the full sway of emotions.

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