Today’s Tarot card is the Ten of Cups. It is a card with deep significance to the human heart. Let us explore together, what it means and why it is so significant to us.
Within the traditional Tarot deck, the Ten of Cups is included as a Minor Arcana card. More specifically, within the suit of Cups. The Cups Suit represents the ‘Element of Water’. Water is ‘fluid’; flowing.
Fluidity is a quality, or state, that enables our emotions and our sentiments to flow. Contained within our “Cup”, are our emotions and our sentiments. They flow like as water. When we think of water, we think of fluidity, flexibility.
The fluidity of the Cups Suit affect our daily lives, because the Cups represent Water. Our emotions often pour into our way of thinking, over and throughout our attitudes. Our heart rules the Suit of Cups!
Our emotions and our way of thinking profoundly influence the direction our life will take. There is an old saying that goes somewhat like this: “Where the heart is, so go we”.
A number “Ten”, in regards to our emotions, indicates the most we can experience emotionally. No matter what a person says, unless he/she is a robot, a person thinks with their emotions and sentiments. After all is said and done to explain the Ten of Cups card in Tarot, our heart express’ our self-will.
When I draw the Ten of Cups during a reading, I am reminded of my own self-will. I know my ‘will’ is strong. I like to get what I want. I am aware of the ‘flow’ of my emotions and sentiments.
I welcome my emotions and sentiments. I am not ashamed to say, that they are a great influence over what I think and what I want. As a Ten of Cups myself, my emotions and sentiments form the basis with which I map out my world…
What we want, is the object of our desire. What we desire, we want to make manifest in our world. We love the jobs, the objects, the people that we desire. The Ten of Cups says that we have reached the greatest amount of love and desire, that we can hold in our hearts.
We want our love returned to us in kind. When it is returned in kind to us, we are happy and content that the flow of our will is unobstructed! However, the Ten of Cups represents a ‘need for flexibility’ in the domain that our heart rules over.
In a healthy, functional person, there is a ‘fair flow’ of emotions and sentiments. We try to maintain equilibrium (balance) between how we feel and what we desire. We want to love freely, and to be freely loved back.
It is so our love might be returned whole, that we bend a little in that domain of our lives. When it is not, we tend to set it free; in hopes it will come back to us – freely. And if it should ever return to us, then we need to nourish it in a different and new way for it to be happy with us.
In a reading, it is that flexibility of our Sitter’s self-will that makes the Ten of Cups so significant to them. This is when I draw a clarification card, to see what direction the Sitter’s flexibility of the heart will take. To see what will be the flow of emotional and sentimental energy. And even if the Sitter will welcome it all or not…
As I pull out the Eight of Pentacles, I think to myself: this card represents exactly where I am at in my life today(1). Today, I distinguish myself as a Tarot Reader who gets paid for the work she does. This is encouraging to me.
This card depicts ‘working for money’. Is it but a coincidence that I pulled the Eight of Pentacles just now? I think not!
There are no coincidences in the Tarot. The Eight of Pentacles relates precisely to a new and very special event in my life. No there is no fanfare, no fireworks for me. But if you could see me now, you would see me jumping up and down, and yelling out loud, “YES, I GOT MY VERY FIRST PAYING TAROT CLIENT!!!”
I had done paid face-to-face readings at my kitchen table down through the years. But doing readings online intimidated me greatly. I got stage-fright. And I couldn’t get passed it.
The main reason for not being able to get past the stage-fright, was that I was doing very poorly mental and physical strength wise. My husband has a diagnosis of severe addiction to Ethol which is deemed having caused his dementia. He ruined us both. It was a total train wreck that I had no control over. I was powerless, and had no way out. We were scrounging for food, we would have been homeless if it had not been for his brother letting us live in his trailer… It was not safe to leave Hubby alone for one second, he needed constant supervision.
There were days I was so hungry, and so weak that I just couldn’t focus right… So I started by doing free readings just to get over my stage fright, and my lack of physical and mental energy. No matter my personal situation, my ‘intuition’ was still very sharp. I did tons of ‘free readings’ back then, and got great feedback; but given my situation, I would have never dared ask to be paid for my readings. But that was then, this is now.
This is not my very first paying client ever. In the past, I have been paid for reading the Tarot. However, after getting married to my first husband, I ended-up putting my Tarot Reading career on hold; after all, I had a commitment and a responsibility to him. But all that is a thing of the past now, I’ve moved on since then. Now, as I continue to make my way in life, I have a new husband; he is very sick. So, I have rekindled my relationship with the Tarot, and I have begun to read professionally for others – again.
Tarot reading is my passion. A passion that I use to generate an income with. As I am constituted, I pay attention to the details on the cards. I want to perfect my Readings by continuing to develop my knowledge of the Tarot and my interpreting skills. While at the same time, contributing to the fair economic energy flow for my husband and I, in my community, and in my State. And that FEELS GREAT!!!
“Success comes to me – one day at a time”
(1) This article is a repost from July 21st, 2014. Since then I have done tons of paid readings for people I meet online. It is my hope that this short article serves as an encouragement to those who are married as I am to an alcoholic.
The Four of Cups represents ‘help offered’ to us. Helped is offered to us, when we tend to look back upon what we have already accomplished so far and just can’t figure out where we are going to. That is when we begin to think that we have reached the limit of our own personal human imagination.
At those times when we are faced the limits of our own human imagination, we often find ourselves alone. We sit down and try to find new ways to do things, or where to go to, and then we start using our brain power – again. At that exact time, our human consciousness is barely aware of what is about to happen. But it will happen!
What is about to happen is, us seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This is when we start making great leaps of thoughts. Forward we go in our imagination, towards changing our own destiny.
We began our journey with passion. Looking ahead to the future, back then, we imagined ourselves drinking from the overflowing cup of life. We felt lovable, capable, and incomparable! And we still are!
Our imagination seemed to know no limits – back then. We even rejoiced during the days of our abundant creativity. But now, it may seem as though we can only watch the grass growing – as if like on a hot Southern evening. And we wonder to ourselves, was that all there was? Have we reached the end of our endeavor?
The answer to this question, my friend, is indeed flowing our way! We become conscious that while alone in the pursuit of our happiness, we are not really ever alone. We are helped!
We are offered the Cup of life. And all we need to do, is to reach out and touch that cup. To drink from the Cup of Life!
The Cup of Life is full with life giving – creative energy! From drinking this form of energy, we can begin to apply ourselves anew! To apply our imagination to living life fully; a life filled with ‘Golden Opportunities’; to rise and to shine again! And to create change in our destiny!…
Tarot Card Meaning Willpower is about the Ace of Wands. Today I have pulled the Ace of Wands as my card of the day. It is yet another seed card for me, my third one just this past week. A coincidence? I think not. After all, I have planted the seed of my determination; to manifest my will upon my life.
Just within the past seven days, I have drawn three seed cards. The Ace of Pentacles, the Ace of Cups, and today – the Ace of Wands. The Ace of Pentacles, I have planted the seed to a new material life; the Ace of Cups, I have planted the seed to placing value upon my newly found sense of creativity; and today – the Ace of Wands.
The Ace of Wands represents my ‘willpower and my determination’. It’s a new beginning for me! A more than very welcomed new begin, by the way. All I need do now, is to commit myself to following through in this new area of my life. It just goes to show that, even at my age, new beginnings can be foretold by the Tarot.
I should say, most especially at my age! Especially since I am well aware that I have made a career out of getting what I wanted. I daydream, I wish something to come true; and so far, nearly all my wishes have come true!.
Given that when I wish for something to come true – it comes true for me, why did the Tarot give me “the Ace of Wands” now, this morning? Because the very way by which my will has manifested itself throughout in my life, has changed lately.
For 48 years, I read at my kitchen table like my mother before me. I never set out looking to draw paying clients to me. They would just show up at my door, by word of mouth. But today, that has all changed. My life has changed, the world has changed.
Lately, I no longer just sit there and wish for something to manifest itself; I am pro-active now. The definition of “my will (what I want)”, as it pertains to the Ace of Wands, is: “the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action”. And that is exactly what I’ve done recently. I’ve learned further through research and deeper study and some different kind of mentoring.
I’ve also invested money into yet another new business venture. And I’ve worked at it each and every day since! “This is the perfect card to receive for career and finances”, Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin, Around The Tarot In 78 Days: A Personal Journey Through The Cards. If you do not want your seed to decay, then you need to actually plant it in the ground and nourish it so it will grow.
(One year later, my Ace of Wand has indeed turned into other Wands. I have manifested my will over my environment. Obviously, I did not plant a real life tree seed to grow my own wand. But my husband and I did buy a house that has a tree. And that tree has given me real wands’! Oh and a safe place to do Tarot Readings! Since then, my tarot business has grown too!
“I have the courage to boldly go where I have not gone to before”.
While shuffling my cards, I ask the Tarot to tell me what it wants me to know. It is a rather long question and a half, this question of mine. It is filled with long explanations of exactly how I feel today. I tell my cards everything that is going on in my life. So, I guess its safe to say, I consider my tarot cards – my besties.
I am an Intuitive. So each and every single one of my cards help me prepare the day ahead. When I look at a tarot card, I get a ‘deep sense’ of knowing that the cards want to help me…
Each Tarot Reader is different from the other. Simply put, some Readers read the Cards by knowledge only. They have been told by someone else what a card means, and they go with that. While many other Readers not only have the knowledge of the cards, they also add their own interpretation to the Reading. These are the intuitive and Psychics, etc. These types of Readers know the meanings of the cards, yes. But they also have gifts…
Take me . In addition to possessing the knowledge of the Cards, I also have clair-hearing, clair-seeing, clair-smelling, clair-taste, and clair-feeling. There are all sorts of ways to explain what this all means; there are different schools of thoughts about that. There are just as many explanations about a Reader’s gifts as there are esoteric and spiritual beliefs. We are all different from one another.
Personally, I believe that I am the oracle, the cards are the gateway, and that the gods give the answer and the help. Some might prefer to say that the answer and the help come from Spirit, Angels, deities, Elements, and elementals, or a spirit guide. I believe it is all of the above.
Golden Dawn Tarot System Nine of Cups. The cards themselves are but a piece of cardboard paper. However, in our professional Tarot lingo, Intuitives will often be quoted saying that “the cards talk”. They don’t mean to say that the cards literally talk. They are trying to say, that they as readers have the gift of clear-hearing. Even the Bible mentions the gift of hearing. Matthew 11:15 KJV He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
In the Golden Dawn Tarot Cards System, it is taught that certain Archangels and angels help mankind. For example, take the card I pulled today; the Nine of Cups. In the Golden Dawn System, the Key Word for the Nine of Cups is ‘Material Happiness, Contentment’.
The Decan in which the Nine of Cups is situated, is Jupiter in Pieces, 10-20 Degree. The Sephirah Godname is Shaddai El Chai. The Elemental Godname is El. The Archangel is Amnitziel. The First Trigram is (SAL) Sael. The Second Trigram is (ORY) Eri. The Angels are Saaliah and Eriel.
The Suit of Cups, in the Western Elemental Tradition, represents Water. The Key Word is then ‘Flexibility’ (Emotions). The Nine is about ‘forcefulness, capability, obstinacy’.
I do not think I’m being that silly at all telling my troubles to the Tarot gods or angels. Did you know that In the Golden Dawn Magical System, that Saaliah “lifts up all those who are humiliated and fallen”? Psalm 94:18 KJV When I said, my foot slippeth; they merci, O Lord, held me up”. Or that Eriel “influences difficult solutions, and enables people to get their heart’s desire in dreams”. Psalm 145:9 KJV The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works”. Taken from Tarot Talismans Invoke the Angels of the Tarot, by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero.
Usually, I keep my question very simple; so the Tarot can better be of help to me. But today, I need the Tarot (or the angels) to just understand me plain and simple. So, I just tell it like it is. I really want to be authentic to myself, while providing ways to take care of my husband and myself… (Turns out, one full year later, I can safely say that I have been helped!).
When I’m done pouring my heart out to the Tarot and with shuffling it’s cards, I pull-out one of them. It’s ‘The Nine of Cups’; wow! The Nine of Cups has a very deep meaning to me!
For me, this card represents that it’s time for me to just sit back, and reconnect with myself. To get in contact again with my inner self, my core self; my higher-self. My higher-self is that part of me that is called ‘the divine self”. I feel a deep sense of satisfaction with my rekindling with the Tarot Cards. And indeed, isn’t that exactly what I always wanted to be; a Tarot Card reader!
The Nine of Cups card takes me back to when I was a little girl sitting at my mother’s kitchen table. Evenings, my mother’s father (grandfather Breton) would sit down, shuffle his cards and lay them out into “The Clock” spread – as he would call it. He would do this over and over, trying to read into his cards what was ahead for him during the upcoming year…
I would watch and study grandfather Breton as he did his Tarot Spread, and I remember thinking that I wanted to be just like him when I grew-up – a Tarot Reader! Turns out, I am a Tarot Reader – just like my grandfather!… And this is exactly where my new-found sense of feeling satisfied with myself originates from.
Of course, just like most children, my growing-up diverted me from my intended career as a Card Reader. Just like everybody else, I did grow-up – obviously. I did read for paying clients, but not 24/7/365. Like every other tarot reader, there were times when adult responsibilities take us down different paths.
Grandfather Breton was a widower who remarried. He had children from two wives. He had different jobs down through the years, so to be a good provider. He started out working in logging camps during winter time, and farming his land come Spring. Later on, he became a furniture maker, and even a janitor both in a Convent and in a retail store. No matter where life brought him to, he always read cards for the men at the local taverns – after work.
Just like my grandfather, I too had to go to work and make my way in life. And just like my grandfather, I always had a plain deck of playing cards to read with for paying clients. And just like grandfather Breton did once he retired, I to have now rekindled with the tarot – on a full-time basis.
The Nine of Cups, today, reassures me. I am doing exactly what I am meant to do, at the right time in my life, in the right place; and for the right reasons!
Tarot Cards Meaning – Providing, is the Ace of Pentacles in Tarot. It may not look like much, but give it time. It will grow, and it will provide for my basic needs. Don’t worry, its my key to my financial freedom!
Tarot Cards Meaning – Providing
Tarot Cards Meaning – Providing reminds me that each day suffices on to itself. “Yesterday has gone. Tomorrow does not exist. All I have is now”, Anonymous. However, what I invest in my today, will grow enough so I can actually spend it properly one day!
All that I have is that one little money seed that, once planted into good soil, will grow one day into something that I can put on my plate come diner time – one day!
Wasn’t it just this morning when a good friend reminded me to live in “the here and now”. To not worry about my yesterdays, nor my tomorrows; to take life “one day at a time”. And to ask the Tarot for wise counsel. There is great wisdom in those words…
Planting the seed to your future
Planting the seed to your future is sometimes easier said than done. If you have money to spare, invest it wisely so to make it multiply ten times fold. If you are like me, however, you may not have a dime to your name. Either way, the Tarot can help you see into your future so to be able to avoid making costly financial mistakes.
I’ve not a dime to my name. My husband and I are very poor these days. We are living on credit. We owe more than we are worth. And we are getting desperate…
Desperate, I turn to the Tarot for help. Call it silly of me to do that. But I really need to know the way out of my financial discouragement. I am that hungry…
Indeed, in the light of this new day, I pick up my Tarot Deck. And while shuffling my cards, I ask the Tarot to tell me what it wants me to do today so I could help myself get some money coming in.
I draw one card, and one card only. It’s the Ace of Pentacles – which comes as no surprise to me. I take it as a confirmation of what my good friend told me earlier this morning.
The Ace of Pentacle speaks louder than words! It reminds me that I have already planted the ‘seed’ to providing for my material life. So, I am looking at what is on my plate today. That meager, little seed…
What is on my plate today
What is on my plate today, is another way of saying that – that is all I have to work with now. That little seed may not look like much – to some. It is my light at the end of the tunnel. Click on “the light at the end of the tunnel” to read more about how to get out from being discouraged.
It is meager pickings indeed, this one little money seed of mine. I planted it in good soil, under the sun – years ago now, but I had stopped nourishing and watering it entirely. So, my little seed died…
But when you go to the store to buy seeds, you don’t just buy just one seed. It comes in a package, with many other seeds of the same kind. And so it is with ‘money seeds’.
Obviously I use ‘money seeds’ as an analogy. There really isn’t any ‘money seeds’. But the Ace of Spades, is the seed to my material life; to my financial life. It stands for ‘providing’ for my material life; my financial life.
Planting a money seed
Planting a money seed, because I drew the Ace of Pentacles. I literally ordered some seeds from an online store. lol…
When my package of seeds arrived, I used magickal thinking; and went outside. In my mind’s eye, I planted a brand new money seed! It has not even started growing yet. But I did plant it into good ground, and in a nice shiny area of my garden.
I’ve planted that little seed for what now seems to me – an eternity ago. But it is still there.
Still, what already is on my plate now (so to speak), is the Ace of Pentacles planted in my yesterdays. It just felt natural to me – to plant the seed of my financial future. But that is in the past, the past has gone… Yet, that little seed is on my plate anyways – all according to the Tarot Card I drew for myself today .
My today is very poor. Today, my life is about providing for both my husband’s future and mine. In this Ace of Pentacles Tarot Card, I can also see my tomorrow. No matter how much tomorrow does not exist.
When reality strikes
When reality strikes, it comes as a total shock! You can wish it all away, and not look at it anymore. But it will come back to hit right in the middle of the forehead.
Just this past March, I suffered a deep shock. I had become complacent when it came down to providing for my material needs – much less for someone else’s. And that was a big mistake on my part!
I had went and married a man who commanded a comfortable income. In fact, it was more than well above middle class income range…
There was no real need for me to go out to work. My husband loved bringing me along with him on his business trips. I got to travel from State to State in a company car, all expenses paid on the company business credit card. We stayed at five-star hotels; we ate three meals a day at five-star restaurants. I shopped at five-star boutiques!
Thing is, I had placed myself in the financial position of total dependency upon my husband. After all, he provided comfortably for the both of us. Trickling down from him to me, was the business class life style.
I guess you can say, I did have some money of my own though. I married my Poker Master! I mad final tables – seven out of ten times in the big and small tournament rooms of the No Limit Texas Holdem Poker Tournaments. We played both online and at the best Casinos. Hubby and I loved our life together. Until all that started to slip through my fingers…
What happened to us was, Hubby got diagnosed with both Dementia and a sever alcohol addiction. By the time he got diagnosed, it was too late for me to put a stop to what he was doing to us. He had already ruined us both financially…
I will spare you the details. Suffice it to say, the devil is so in the details. We lost our shirts, we had become beggars – at his family’s mercy.
Then an oncologist told us that Hubby had cancer. He needed expensive cancer surgery and treatments. I felt powerless to do anything, I had no control over Hubby’s denial of his physical and mental situation.
Yes, I will spare you the details. Suffice it to say, the devil is in the details when it comes down to elderly and religious abuse. Realizing this, I knew that I needed to step up to the plate. Overnight, I had become entirely responsible for the both of us now… Thank god for credit cards!
After everything had been said and done, Hubby underwent cancer surgery at the local Military Hospital. Thank god for Veterans Affairs and the help they give to the Veterans! But seeing him there in the Intensive Care Unit of the Military Hospital, I realized I could lose him. I felt a great emotional shock. It felt like a sledgehammer hitting me in the forehead…
But that was then, and this is now. My little seed to my material life (the Ace of Pentacles), represents to me at least – my gift for doing Tarot and Tea Leaf Readings. My gift for doing Tarot Readings brought some money into the house.
So, I picked up the phone, and I got myself a Business Website, and this business blog. I started a ‘Tarot Reading Business’! And I decided to let tomorrow take care of itself. Living in the here and now, providing for myself gives me hope for Hubby’s and my tomorrows…