Inverted Ten of Cups


Inverted Ten of CupsAs with other inverted cups, the image looks like they are draining. The central cup has a rainbow coming out of it, possibly symbolizing promise retreating from the situation. The upright card is quite tribal in nature; that is true of the inverted card as well.

Getting this card usually indicates some loss related to family. It might be children moving away from home, divorce, or simply the realization that this family is not able to give you what you want or need. The antidote for this situation lies within yourself.

Inverted cups represent an imbalance of water or emotion. You can regain balance by introducing the other elements into your life: air (swords, intellect, writing), earth (pentacles, the physical body), and fire (rods, flame, heat). Maybe you should take an exercise or dance class, start walking in nature, gardening, or writing that book you dreamed of. These activities will help you reunite your body and spirit, and create a lasting family within yourself.


The Ten of Cups is a loving card, suggesting a public display of love.

Major Arcana

Hierophant: If the Ten of Cups appears with the Hierophant, it indicates a marriage.
Lovers: If the Ten of Cups appears with the Lovers, it indicates romance.

Minor Arcana

Four of Rods: If the Ten of Cups is in a spread with the Four of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs in other decks), it indicates marriage.
Two of Cups: If the Ten of Cups appears in a spread with the Two of Cups (hearts in other decks), it indicates marriage.

The Suit — Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.

Number — 10

Ten is a number of completion, harvest, and the end of a cycle.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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