Remember this about the suit of cups: cups represent our emotions. They symbolize how we feel, and how we express and experience love. When you see a picture of a cup in a tarot card, notice how it is placed and how it is positioned. Is it upright? An upright cup symbolizes harmony. This is a cup that is strong and able to contain all the love energy that is poured into it. A fallen over or broken cup indicates strife. Here is a cup that has been knocked over, with the love contained spilling out. There is sadness and disappointment suggested here.
Keep this in mind as you look at the Rider Waite depiction of the ten of cups card. Not only are all the cups standing upright, but they appear in a rainbow in the sky. Look at the scene happening on the ground beneath the rainbow. We see celebration. We see appreciation. This is an appreciation of life, of love, of happiness and complete contentment. We see joy. The children are dancing. They are having fun. This is a family at peace. The sky is blue and there is not a hint of any danger to their contentment.
What though, was the journey to this perfect day? Did it happen all at once, or is this the destination after a long journey? Meditate on the ten of cups card and do this. Imagine yourself as having arrived at destination after a long, difficult, often troublesome, sometimes delightful, sometimes wearisome, sometimes joyous, often miserable, many times happy journey.
Throughout this journey you have had this idea of the perfection you have been working towards achieving. This has been an emotional journey. This has been a journey to open your heart and to fill it with things that matter to you. This has been a journey to discover for yourself what it is that love really means to you. Ask yourself, “What does love mean to me?”
What do you need out of the giving process? What do you expect in terms of receiving love? How well have you created and maintained a balance of these? Reflect on the joys of your life and recognize how far you have come. Appreciate the sense of completion. Appreciate the pain that taught you the lessons that have helped you understand who you are, what you need, and what your capacity to give is. Take stock of who is in your life and what they mean to you. Appreciate those you have found in earthy form with whom you share a spiritual and soul level bond.
When the ten of cups comes up for you in a reading, imagine your own rainbow of cups in the sky. What fills each one of these cups? With whom do you share the bounty of these cups? Take it as a reminder to reflect on what is good in your life, and the people you share it with.