Knight of Cups - reversed Card facing down Six of Swords Card facing down Knight of Swords - reversed Card facing down Seven of Cups Card facing down Wheel of Fortune Card facing down Six of Pentacles Card facing down Three of Wands Card facing down Two of Cups - reversed Card facing down Ace of Cups - reversed Card facing down Three of Cups Card facing down

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Celtic Cross Tarot Reading



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Knight of Cups - reversed


Card position:


First Card - this covers you

This card covers the query’s subject. This is the person or thing’s general environment at the time, the influence with which he or she is actuated all through.

Card interpretation:


Description

Graceful, but not warlike; riding quietly, wearing a winged helmet, referring to those higher graces of the imagination which sometimes characterize this card. He too is a dreamer, but the images of the side of sense haunt him in his vision.

Divinatory Meanings

Arrival, approach--sometimes that of a messenger; advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Trickery, artifice, subtlety, swindling, duplicity, fraud.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

A visit from a friend, who will bring unexpected money to the Querent.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Irregularity.

Card Recurrence

2 Knights - intimacy; reversed - susceptibility.


Knight of Cups - reversed


Card position:


First Card - this covers you


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Knight of Cups - Arrival, Approach, Advance.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Duplicity, Abuse of Confidence, Fraud, Cunning.


Knight of Cups - reversed


Card position:


First Card - this covers you


Card interpretation:


Tradition

"The higher graces of the imagination" (Waite). Arrival, approach, advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement, reception, comparison. Reversed: Trickery, fraud, duplicity, subtlety, swindle, artifice.

Theory

The Water of the soul on the Twelfth and on the Eighth house. The double influence of water makes the emotions and feelings prominent, relates to the imagination, to deeper experiences and strong reactions of the soul, processes of psychic life, which may end in wonderful success or in less desirable phenomena. It is sure to indicate much relating to the subways of human life and the human soul. This is not always favourable or pleasant, of course, but is in almost every instance intensive, though the cups never go to anything like hatred or crime or real malice. Their weakness is in being unreliable or incalculable with regard to things of the exact world or matter. So in the worst cases this card may indicate everything connected with swindling from sheer mental instability. But it may also be, that the term 'swindler' (charlatan) is wrongly given to people who are standing apart from the common herd and are more or less occultists. The "higher graces of the imagination."

There may be certainly a considerable degree of falsehood expressed by this card: false interpretation, misjudgment, tendencious or fantastic narratives, exaggerated complaints, imaginary wrongs, pathos and what the world calls miscarriage. On account of the eighth house all this may be connected with sex-questions or intimate and private affairs. The card may express indiscretion committed and slanderous reports, secretly promulgated. It has to do with secrets and the divulgation of secrets. But there may be also a higher sway in the emotional realm: devotion, sacrifice, charity.

Conclusion

(On account of the twelfth house) A stranger, sailor or naval officer, man coming from far away. It makes one forget troubles, perhaps intoxicates. Wine or strong liquors. Merchants of same. Narcotics. Imagination, vision, dreams, poetic turn of mind. Occultism. Devotion, sacrifice, charity. (On account of the eighth house): Strong sexual tendencies, but the power to master them, and extract from them the element of happiness and health: transmutation of inner forces. The latter may also be translated as: changing his aspect of life wholly: going from one state of life into a quite different sort of existence. In some cases: falsehood, venomous reports, slander, blackmail, trickery, fraud, subtlety, swindling, artifice. The evil influences may cause the reasons for the said change of life, which in itself may well prove benefic after all. There is much occultism in this card; this Knight may be unknown or anonymous but a very important messenger (to the soul?) At its best he is Saint George, killing the dragon, the Rosicrucian brother.


Six of Swords


Card position:


Second Card - this crosses you

This card is the obstacles of the query’s subject. If it is a favorable card, it will be something good in itself, but not productive of good in the particular connection.

Card interpretation:


Description

A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, it may be noted that the work is not beyond his strength.

Divinatory Meanings

journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Declaration, confession, publicity; one account says that it is a proposal of love.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

The voyage will be pleasant.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Unfavourable issue of lawsuit.

Card Recurrence

2 Sixes - irritability; reversed - downfall.


Six of Swords


Card position:


Second Card - this crosses you


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Six of Swords - Envoy, Messenger, Voyage, Travel.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Declaration, Love proposed, Revelation, Surprise.


Six of Swords


Card position:


Second Card - this crosses you


Card interpretation:


Tradition

Route, way, path, envoy, journey by water, emigration, manner, expedient. Reversed: Proclamation, declaration, publication, avowal, knowledge, charter, constitution, bill, ordinance, discovery, vision, revelation, apparition. A proposal of love, says another rendering.

Theory

This is the element of Earth on the Sixth house, and the Virgo-particulars expressed in 'earth' become the 'ways' that carry the message from the centre, the heart, to the parts of the system. So it is the nervous system and the arterial system in the animal and human body. Thus it must be the way or path leading out into the world from our house or living place. This explains what tradition says about envoy and emigration, though the latter is somewhat far-fetched, and not in every instance will the way lead so far as that, nor the path be trodden until we meet with a 'proposal of love.' But it is true, that the effect of that which this card represents may go far and in general signifies the message in the sphere of matter (Mercury is lord of this house), the message materialised. And this explains why tradition says it means 'apparition'--'publication'--'constitution' etc. It is quite correct therein. The message is conveyed by means of the way, path, canalisation, etc., and appears in some effect or other. So it may even be a vision or materialisation from the 'other side.' It may also, however, be the passing over to that side, the crossing of the Styx, which seems to be indicated by the picture of this card. The cusp of the seventh house in the horoscope is 'the end,' in the same way as the ascendant is 'the beginning.' Though tradition has not rendered it so, this card must in many instances have the significance of passing away.

Conclusion

Route, way, canal, conveyance, nervous system, arterial system; experiment, order of service, practical prescriptions for any service, rules and measures of internal service. It warns that care must be taken for health and the internal service of the body must be cleared, in order to avoid intestine troubles. There may be something of a course, a voyage to be made, a cure or even emigration, if other indications confirm it. If in connection with Venusian influences, sensuality and the expressions of it. If badly aspected: serious illness and probability of the passing away of the patient.


Knight of Swords - reversed


Card position:


Third Card - this crowns you

This card crowns the query’s subject. It represents (i) the best that he or she can arrive at; or (ii) his or her ideal in the matter; (iii) what he or she wants to make their own; (iv) but it is not his or hers at present.

Card interpretation:


Description

He is riding in full course, as if scattering his enemies. In the design he is really a prototypical hero of romantic chivalry. He might almost be Galahad, whose sword is swift and sure because he is clean of heart.

Divinatory Meanings

Skill, bravery, capacity, defence, address, enmity, wrath, war, destruction, opposition, resistance, ruin. There is therefore a sense in which the card signifies death, but it carries this meaning only in its proximity to other cards of fatality.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Imprudence, incapacity, extravagance.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

A soldier, man of arms, satellite, stipendiary; heroic action predicted for soldier.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Dispute with an imbecile person; for a woman, struggle with a rival, who will be conquered.

Card Recurrence

2 Knights - intimacy; reversed - susceptibility.


Knight of Swords - reversed


Card position:


Third Card - this crowns you


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Knight of Swords - A Soldier, a man whose profession is arms, Skilfulness, Capacity, Address, Promptitude.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

A conceited fool, Ingenuousness, Simplicity.


Knight of Swords - reversed


Card position:


Third Card - this crowns you


Card interpretation:


Tradition

A military man, officer, master of the sword, master of fencing, warrior. Dispute, war, duel, combat, attack as well as defence; opposition, destruction, ruin, hatred, etc. Also skill, bravery, capacity. Reversed: Incapacity, imprudence, extravagance, foolishness, impertinence, stupidity, industry, crooked tricks.

Theory

Finally this element on the Fourth and on the Twelfth houses. On account of the former we find of course the armed man under the rule of the Emperor, the military man, soldier, etc., but rather the professional, formerly the hired, troops than the militia, which will rather fall under the same house as the police, and be indicated by the page of swords. Another significance of this card is that of painful memories, suffering by ancient wrongs. In fact war is in all cases, be it private or collective, the phenomenon of the outbreak of some ancient wrong or evil--the wrong of oppression on one side or the evil of desire, rapacity, overflowing force, etc., on the other. So the Knight of swords must bear the significance of the bearer of weapons, which avenge wrongs or serve attacks. The fourth house calls the home and the family, the father in particular, and the card may well denote something in the nature of avenging family feuds or the honour of the father or the family. Badly aspected it may mean opposition against the power of the father or the Emperor, revolution, which is quite in the line of the grumbling and malcontent nature of the Cancerian of the lower type. It is, however, to be expected that such opposition will be very much hidden, dark, in the background, not open nor very loyal. On account of its relation with the twelfth house this card may also mean a surgeon and operations performed by him, and, in lower types or weaker cases, fraud and destruction of organisms, whatever these may be. It may further relate here to all sorts of bad passions and to degrees of hatred, incapacity, etc.

Conclusion

Military man, man of arms, one avenging family or other feuds or wrongs; wrongs avenging themselves; painful memories, distress in the family, afflictions deriving from past events. A surgeon, operation done by same; the knife in old sore. In badly aspected cases hatred, destruction, extravagance, spilling, revolt, insurrection, war, combat, fraud, impertinence, imprudence, etc.


Seven of Cups


Card position:


Fourth Card - this is beneath you

This card is beneath the query’s subject. It is his or her own – that which he or she have to work with and can use.

Card interpretation:


Description

Strange chalices of vision, but the images are more especially those of the fantastic spirit.

Divinatory Meanings

Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment, imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees, but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Desire, will, determination, project.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Fair child; idea, design, resolve, movement.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Success, if accompanied by the Three of Cups.


Seven of Cups


Card position:


Fourth Card - this is beneath you


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Seven of Cups - Idea, Sentiment, Reflection, Project.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Plan, Design, Resolution, Decision.


Seven of Cups


Card position:


Fourth Card - this is beneath you


Card interpretation:


Tradition

Thought, soul, spirit, intelligence, idea, memory, imagination, conception, meditation, contemplation, reflexion, deliberation, views, opinion. Reversed: Project, intention, desire, wish, resolution, premeditation. Another version has: "Fairy favours . . . things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested." (Waite)

Theory

If we eliminate 'soul . . . spirit . . . and desire,' words too far apart from the original meaning, we find in tradition a very pure rendering of the effects of the Water of the soul on the house of Gemini, the Third, the house of the changeful concrete mind and thought in which indeed nothing is permanent, and everything is passing, ephemeral. These effects must be very varied, including the most fantastic plans and conceptions, and 'fancy' is the most fitting word for this card. It will denote many intellectual proceedings and has to do with travelling for short distances, sight-seeing, considering, gathering impressions, etc. The word 'reflexion' is really quite appropriate in its place here, because the card represents the conditions of mind in which the surroundings are simply reflected in the soul. There may come seductive and suggestive images, some of which may be realised, but others will remain just fancy. The description which is given by Waite is very accurate and points to the fact, that under the third house come nature-spirits and genii, who will eventually help, guide or mislead man.

Conclusion

Thoughts, intelligence, ideas, imagination, plans, suggestions, fancy, fantasy; reflexions and opinions, deliberations and intentions. Much in this card will not come into physical reality. Short travels, sight-seeing, impressions, views. Changefulness, unstable conditions. Promise and surprise, but always much more promise than fulfilment. 'Fairy favours.' 


Wheel of Fortune


Card position:


Fifth Card - this is behind you

This card is behind the query’s subject. It is the current from which he or she is passing away, and it may be the past of the matter.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Destiny, fortune, success, elevation, luck, felicity.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Increase, abundance, superfluity.

Inner Symbolism

In this symbol I have again followed the reconstruction of Éliphas Lévi, who has furnished several variants. It is legitimate--as I have intimated--to use Egyptian symbolism when this serves our purpose, provided that no theory of origin is implied therein. I have, however, presented Typhon in his serpent form. The symbolism is, of course, not exclusively Egyptian, as the four Living Creatures of Ezekiel occupy the angles of the card, and the wheel itself follows other indications of Lévi in respect of Ezekiel's vision, as illustrative of the particular Tarot Key. With the French occultist, and in the design itself, the symbolic picture stands for the perpetual motion of a fluidic universe and for the flux of human life. The Sphinx is the equilibrium therein. The transliteration of Taro as Rota is inscribed on the wheel, counterchanged with the letters of the Divine Name--to shew that Providence is imphed through all. But this is the Divine intention within, and the similar intention without is exemplified by the four Living Creatures. Sometimes the sphinx is represented couchant on a pedestal above, which defrauds the symbolism by stultifying the essential idea of stability amidst movement.

Behind the general notion expressed in the symbol there lies the denial of chance and the fatality which is implied therein. It may be added that, from the days of Lévi onward, the occult explanations of this card are--even for occultism itself--of a singularly fatuous kind. It has been said to mean principle, fecundity, virile honour, ruling authority, etc. The findings of common fortune-telling are better than this on their own plane.

Description

10. The Wheel of Fortune. There is a current Manual of Cartomancy which has obtained a considerable vogue in England, and amidst a great scattermeal of curious things to no purpose has intersected a few serious subjects. In its last and largest edition it treats in one section of the Tarot; which--if I interpret the author rightly--it regards from beginning to end as the Wheel of Fortune, this expression being understood in my own sense. I have no objection to such an inclusive though conventional description; it obtains in all the worlds, and I wonder that it has not been adopted previously as the most appropriate name on the side of common fortune-telling. It is also the title of one of the Trumps Major--that indeed of our concern at the moment, as my sub-title shews. Of recent years this has suffered many fantastic presentations and one hypothetical reconstruction which is suggestive in its symbolism. The wheel has seven radii; in the eighteenth century the ascending and descending animals were really of nondescript character, one of them having a human head. At the summit was another monster with the body of an indeterminate beast, wings on shoulders and a crown on head. It carried two wands in its claws. These are replaced in the reconstruction by a Hermanubis rising with the wheel, a Sphinx couchant at the summit and a Typhon on the descending side. Here is another instance of an invention in support of a hypothesis; but if the latter be set aside the grouping is symbolically correct and can pass as such.


Wheel of Fortune


Card position:


Fifth Card - this is behind you


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

The Wheel of Fortune - Good Fortune, Success, Unexpected Luck.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Ill-Fortune, Failure, Unexpected Ill-Luck.

Symbolism of the Keys

The Wheel of Fortune - A wheel of seven spokes (the two halves of the double-headed cards make it eight spokes, which is incorrect) revolving (between two uprights), On the ascending side is an animal ascending, and on the descending side is a sort of monkey descending; both forms are bound to the wheel. Above it is the form of an angel (or a sphinx in some) holding a sword in one hand and a crown in the other. This very complicated symbol is much disfigured, and has been well restored by Levi. It symbolises Fortune, good or bad.


Wheel of Fortune


Card position:


Fifth Card - this is behind you


Card interpretation:


Description and Meaning

"It symbolises Fortune, good or bad." (Mathers) So this means happenings, facts. It is indeed in the Tenth house, that the relation between the Self and the Not-self crystallises into fact, happening, deed. Says Papus, identifying this card with the significance of the Hebrew letter Yod, that it indicates "the finger of man; the forefinger extended as a sign of command." This clearly has to do with the significance of the Tenth house as that of authority and authorities, who are qualified to give commandments. The commandment itself comes under the same resort. "This letter has therefore become the image of potential (?) manifestation, of spiritual duration and, lastly, of the eternity of time." In fact, the Tenth house of the zodiacal cycle, ruled by Saturn, has much to do with Time and manifestation in time, but not only potential; real as well.

The image for this idea is very characteristic, perhaps the most striking of all. "The wheel of fortune suspended upon its axis. (Leaving no doubt about the idea of circular movement in time, which we find back in the horoscope.) To the right Anubis, the genius of good ascending; to the left Typhon, the genius of evil descending . . ." (Papus) See the right hand as the East and the left hand as the West, and you have the illustration of the horoscope more accurately still. As we know the East is standing for the source of spiritual force and inspiration, the West for the end of it and dying out.

What the sphinx has to do with it seems doubtful, unless it means that all mysteries will be revealed in time. The symbols of the four fixed signs are holding the four quarters of the card. The four fixed principles are indeed generally accepted as the basis of the material or concrete world. Compare the visions of Ezechiel and St. John of Patmos.

The mid-heaven in the horoscope sees the eastern half of it rising and the western half on the other hand declining.

The divinatory meanings of this card are evident: it denotes the authorities to which the querent is subject, but also his own actions, deeds, manifestations and the position in the world which he occupies, his name and titles. It is the card of karma in the strict sense and that which is indicated by it in divination will come true or be realised actually. Therefrom it has been said to symbolise 'fortune.' As will be seen it must not be accepted as the 'part of fortune' in the horoscope, because this has a more specific meaning and only with regard to the moon.

It is the point where you get at the world or the world gets at you. It is 'ripe karma' above all, facts which are not to be overborne by words. The fruits of former thoughts.

Astrological Correspondence

Capricorn


Six of Pentacles


Card position:


Sixth Card - this is before you

This card is before the query’s subject. It is the current that is coming into action and will operate in the specific matter.

Card interpretation:


Description

A person in the guise of a merchant weighs money in a pair of scales and distributes it to the needy and distressed. It is a testimony to his own success in life, as well as to his goodness of heart.

Divinatory Meanings

Presents, gifts, gratification another account says attention, vigilance now is the accepted time, present prosperity, etc.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Desire, cupidity, envy, jealousy, illusion.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

The present must not be relied on.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

A check on the Querent's ambition.

Card Recurrence

2 Sixes - irritability; reversed - downfall.


Six of Pentacles


Card position:


Sixth Card - this is before you


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Six of Pentacles - Presents, Gifts, Gratification.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Ambition, Desire, Passion, Aim, Longing.


Six of Pentacles


Card position:


Sixth Card - this is before you


Card interpretation:


Tradition

The present, the actual moment, to-day; a witness, contemporary, attention, good care, vigilance. Presents, gifts, gratifications, prosperity. Reversed it is said to denote: Cupidity, jealousy, desire, passion, lust and researches.

Theory

The Fire of the heart on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth, which is the house of the act, the deed, actuality, position and name, superiors and authorities. Moreover it denotes the actual time in the horoscope. The descriptions given by tradition are consequently correct and to the point. We may add, that here, in this combination, the heart's desire and wish, the impulses to speculate and to create, to make love and to do good, all become active and acute. So this must be a card of practical things, which for the greater part will be of a benefic nature. Good action, which may include the fulfilment of duty as well as giving presents and alms. It means putting the heart into your action, working, acting, doing with much pleasure, conviction and self-confidence. This makes success almost certain. It means good-will and noble intention proved by gracious, charitable or useful action.

Conclusion

Good, useful, charitable action, duty well executed, even where not prescribed by written law or order; sense of moral duty; charity, well-doing; presents, gifts, prosperity, fruitfulness. Things being duly and well paid. Good selling. The seizing of opportunity. There is advantage in acting at once. The present moment, to-day. In weak cases there may be of course some sort of speculating on other people's charity or presents, consequently something like desire, cupidity, etc.


Three of Wands


Card position:


Seventh Card - this is you

This card signifies the querent, his or her attitude and relation to the matter.

Card interpretation:


Description

A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff's edge at ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.

Divinatory Meanings

He symbolizes established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea. The card also signifies able co-operation in business, as if the successful merchant prince were looking from his side towards yours with a view to help you.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The end of troubles, suspension or cessation of adversity, toil and disappointment.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

A very good card; collaboration will favour enterprise.

Card Recurrence

2 Threes - calm; reversed - safety.


Three of Wands


Card position:


Seventh Card - this is you


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Three of Sceptres - Enterprise, Undertaking, Commerce, Trade, Negotiation.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Hope, Desire, Attempt, Wish.


Three of Wands


Card position:


Seventh Card - this is you


Card interpretation:


Tradition

Enterprise, effort, essay, trade, commerce, discovery, usurpation, daring, temerity and also imprudence, interruption, cessation and 'the end of troubles,' discontinuative.

Theory

The rather contradictory descriptions of this card's significance are well explained by its zodiacal position: Air on the Third house, which doubles the influence of 'air' and of the mercurial vibrations and effects. This card has the accent of the suit of wands. It must consequently denote: communication, reflection and all that comes from these. This needs little explanation.

Conclusion

Communication, instruction, reflexion, message, writing, postage and letters, superficial knowledge, airiness, passing impressions, discontinuance, interruption, change, perhaps a certain amount of geniality, imprudence also; neglect or want of proper attention; as to 'temerity' I should say only in so far as this means an easy manner of overcoming obstacles, quick insight; effort, essay, trade are correct. Mercury being the God of merchants, and thieves, this card may relate to commerce, theft and loss. "The end of troubles" is indeed well said, because this card gives the key for their solution and shows the way of escape.


Two of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Eighth Card - this is your house

This card signifies the querent’s house, his or her environment in the affair; the influence, people and events around the querent.

Card interpretation:


Description

A youth and maiden are pledging one another, and above their cups rises the Caduceus of Hermes, between the great wings of which there appears a lion's head. It is a variant of a sign which is found in a few old examples of this card. Some curious emblematical meanings are attached to it, but they do not concern us in this place.

Divinatory Meanings

Love, passion, friendship, affinity, union, concord, sympathy, the interrelation of the sexes, and--as a suggestion apart from all offices of divination--that desire which is not in Nature, but by which Nature is sanctified.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Favourable in things of pleasure and business, as well as love; also wealth and honour.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Passion.


Two of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Eighth Card - this is your house


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Deuce of Cups - Love, Attachment, Friendship, Sincerity, Affection.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Crossed desires, Obstacles, Opposition, Hindrance.


Two of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Eighth Card - this is your house


Card interpretation:


Tradition

Love, passion, inclination, sympathy, attraction, concord, friendship, the inter-relation of the sexes; Reversed: Lust, cupidity, jealousy, wish, desire, but the card may also give, says Waite, "that desire which is not in nature, but by which nature is sanctified."

Theory

The Water of the soul on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth house of the act, the deed, manifestation. The two souls find each other here in an act, which of course must be that of meeting in the body. Soul-union, ending in bodily attraction. So the traditional rendering appears once more to be fairly correct. It is the outcome of idealism, indicated by the ace, shared by two souls. It is anyhow not the sex-element as a curse, but as a blessing in practical life. The card may further denote any sort of friendly act and sympathetic encounter. We should say, as regards 'love,' it is to be rather defined as love-making, courting.

Conclusion

Love-making, passion, friendship, attraction, concord, good action, hospitable meeting or reception, the interrelation of the sexes, desire. In the weaker aspect: lust, cupidity, 'cupboard' love.


Ace of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Ninth Card - these are your hopes and fears

This card signifies the querent’s hopes and fears.

Card interpretation:


Description

The waters are beneath, and thereon are water-lilies; the hand issues from the cloud, holding in its palm the cup, from which four streams are pouring; a dove, bearing in its bill a cross-marked Host, descends to place the Wafer in the Cup; the dew of water is falling on all sides. It is an intimation of that which may lie behind the Lesser Arcana.

Divinatory Meanings

House of the true heart, joy, content, abode, nourishment, abundance, fertility; Holy Table, felicity hereof.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

House of the false heart, mutation, instability, revolution.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Inflexible will, unalterable law.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Unexpected change of position.


Ace of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Ninth Card - these are your hopes and fears


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Ace of Cups - Feasting, Banquet, Good Cheer.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Change, Novelty, Metamorphosis, Inconstancy.


Ace of Cups - reversed


Card position:


Ninth Card - these are your hopes and fears


Card interpretation:


Tradition

Table, first as the symbol of the bearer of food, alimentation, etc., then also as 'table of the law'; catalogue, tabulation; the Holy Table. Meal, feast, gala, and invitation for the same. Hotel, restaurant, etc. Picture, painting, image, description. Production, fertility, abundance. Stability, fixity, constancy, etc. Reversed: Mutation, change, transmutation, inconstancy, etc. Buying and selling. Metamorphosis, reversal, revolution, translation, interpretation. Another version says: "House of the true heart, joy, contentment . . ." (Waite) Reversed: "House of the false heart . . ."

Theory

The Cups, representing the element of Water, Jovian and lunar by nature, start their cycle on the Ninth house, the house of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, the lawgiver. The element Water has its two polar effects in the soul, so we need not look for particular 'weak cases' to demonstrate a more or less benefic and malific effect at the same time. The house of Sagittarius, however, does not bring much evil to the soul and is generally uplifting, inviting, pushing towards progress and development, journeying and hospitable reception of strangers. There is little or no stability or fixity in it, but on the contrary always a good deal of 'mutation'; also the magic power of the true transmutation. Further we find a tendency to teach, to translate, guide, interpret. It may, too, lead to extravagance as regards dissipation or at least spending. There is sanction or even holiness in it, inspiration, idealism. The latter, of course, may lead to more or less well-directed actions.

Conclusion

Sanction, permission, inspiration, idealism, enthusiasm, blessing. May denote a leader, teacher, guide or any influence of this nature. Legislation, direction, instruction; hospitality and sympathetic reception. Driving, hunting, travelling; planning for the future. Invitation, convocation, appeal. Mutation and transmutation. Translation and interpretation.


Three of Cups


Card position:


Tenth Card - this is what will come

This card represents what will come. It is on this card that you should concentrate your intuitive powers and your experience, in light of what you have divined from the other cards on the table.

Card interpretation:


Description

Maidens in a garden-ground with cups uplifted, as if pledging one another.

Divinatory Meanings

The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfilment, solace, healing.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. It signifies also the side of excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Unexpected advancement for a military man.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Consolation, cure, end of the business.

Card Recurrence

2 Threes - calm; reversed - safety.


Three of Cups


Card position:


Tenth Card - this is what will come


Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Three of Cups - Success, Triumph, Victory, Favourable issue.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Expedition of business, Quickness, Celerity, Vigilance.


Three of Cups


Card position:


Tenth Card - this is what will come


Card interpretation:


Tradition

Success, happy issue, lucky solution, victory, accomplishment, cure, healing, fulfilment. Matter in plenty, perfection, merriment. Reversed it is said to denote: Expedition of affairs, dispatches, achievements, end, conclusion, etc.

Theory

The Water on the house of friends, the Eleventh, must bring concord, etc. Friendship, but on this airy house more platonic than that of the foregoing card. It is the house of surroundings so far mastered by the Ego and on this account 'friendly.' So the soul-life in surroundings that have been mastered will enjoy desirable and 'good' conditions and feel 'happy.' There is no feeling whatever of being hampered or thwarted, or depressed. All goes well and the general sensation is cheerful. It is the sign of a good time, good luck and general satisfaction. As the eleventh house also rules the blood, it is very favourable for health and eventual recuperation. Moreover this house has to do with commerce and business, and the card favours them beyond a doubt, giving a good understanding of opportunity and of the character and wishes of those with whom we have to do, so that we can supply what they ask.

Conclusion

'A good time,' favourable opportunities, commercial and intellectual friendship, success good issue of everything; good health and eventual recuperation, healing. Being in good relations with people. Light-heartedness, joy, holidays.