The Ten of Cups shows bliss, perfection, dreams coming true, the sunny side of life or paradise. This is the archetypal image of “happily ever after,” where all our needs are taken care of forever more and we have nothing more to do than bask in the warm embrace of our most dearly cherished. It is a highly expressive image of unconditional love, union, homecoming and fulfillment. The couple’s love for one another is so abundant that it has given rise to children, who are yet another source of love and happiness in the world.

The more mystical interpretations of this card include the oneness of the universe and the unity of all beings in divine love and light. This card symbolizes not only manifestation of one’s desires, but also ongoing alignment with the Higher Self or Holy Spirit. There is an abundance of joy, happiness and feelings of warm affection not only towards those around you but toward creation itself. This is not the satisfaction of fulfilling a personal goal or objective, but the kinds of joy that comes from unexpected good fortune and periods of effortless abundance. Life is good and cups spilleth over. It is easy for us, in this state, to appreciate the generosity and benevolence of nature, and to notice that for all the suffering in the world, there is infinitely more goodness, grace and beauty. It is also easier for us to feel unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude.

Astrological Association:

The Ten of Cups card is connected to Mars (Tower) in Pisces (Moon).

Card meanings upright:

The Ten of Cups card can represent spiritual bliss in you relationships, home and family life. You are likely feeling like everything in your life is in harmony with your higher self and purpose. If you have a tendency toward perfection and achievement, you may need to realize your own imperfections are what make you real and lovable.

Card meanings reversed:

When the Ten of Cups card is reversed, it can indicate there is a disruption in your harmony. Something or someone may be making it difficult for you to maintain love, and you may be pretending everything is still good or exerting more work than is helpful. This may be diminishing you joy and happiness, and now is a good time to understand that sometimes the harder you work, the less you accomplish.

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The Ten of Cups card may indicate that you have reached the point where you are indispensable at work. Now is not the time to let your ego carry you away or get off track though. You may benefit most from continuing to work hard.

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The Ten of Cups card can represent letting go of worries and fears about your romantic relationships. If you are in a long term relationship, you are likely to see many signs indicating you and your partner are aligned and connected. If you are in a new relationship, and hoping for a formal commitment, you may soon receive what you desire from your partner.

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The Ten of Cups card can represent a time of prosperity in your financial life. You may need to ensure that you are being adequately compensated for the hard work you do. Now is also a good time share your wealth by giving back to your community or a charity that is important to you.

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The Ten of Cups card can represent spontaneity and joy in your spiritual life. You are likely to draw others to you with your radiant energy, and now is a good time to share your positive energy with others who may need uplifting.

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