The Ten of Cups is the card of happiness, homecoming, fulfillment, emotional stability, and domestic harmony. This card shows a loving couple with their arms outstretched, looking out into the rainbow beyond, while their two children laugh and play in the background. This family has everything that they need. They feel loved by each other.
The Ten of Cups reminds us that there is fulfillment at the end of every cycle. There is a perfect someone out there for you in the Universe. The Universe hears you, and your intentions will be manifested back at you. The World reminds us to be grateful for what we have, while also letting us know that we deserve the best.
If the Ten of Cups appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is just a generally happy person. They take nothing for granted, and they’re always grateful. Their spirituality may have a huge impact on their worldview. It is astrologically associated with Mars in Pisces. Because Mars is the quintessentially masculine planet, it’s very active, assertive energy. Pisces is a feminine sign with passive, receptive energy, it’s very soft and spiritual. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as.
For physical characteristics, the Ten of Cups as a person represents someone who is visibly happy. When you draw this card for a person, and you’re wondering if they’re faking happiness on social media, the answer is no. However, you might also notice that this person values the simpler things in life. Their physical health is a reflection of their mental health. Whatever they’re wearing, you can tell that they don’t stress themselves out over their outfit of the day. They eat what makes them happy, and they only do the type of workouts that make them happy. This is a type of person who would really enjoy team sports.
For emotional characteristics, the Ten of Cups as a person represents someone who is “actively” happy. Mars is an active planet, and Pisces is a spiritual and non-materialistic energy. Unlike the Nine of Cups person who is passively content and satisfied but may occasionally take it for granted, the Ten of Cups person is the type to actively keep a gratitude practice. They value family and friends a great deal, and they honor their relationships. They put a great deal of value in the amount of energy somebody invests in their relationships, and they’re always nurturing quality relationships with others.
For careers, the Ten of Cups can represent someone who loves what they do for a living, or they provide happiness in some way at their job. Alternatively, they may work in something family related. They could specialize in family law, they could run a daycare or an adoption agency, or anything that adds to a family, including pet services. This person may also have inherited a family business. However, if this card is drawn upright, it usually indicates that the person in question is genuinely happy to continue running the family business. They’re not doing it because they were forced to, or out of guilt or a sense of obligation. They’re doing it because the passion for that business genuinely runs in their blood, they have that sense of ownership, and they’re honestly passionate about it.
The Ten of Cups as a person represents someone who makes you feel serenely content. You might make the happiest, most peaceful memories in your life with this person. It doesn’t take much for this person to be happy because they have learned to appreciate the simple things. They’re the type of person who has learned that all the best things in life are free, as cliché as that may sound. This person may also be a family person. If you are romantically involved with this person, they will usually be excellent parent and spouse material.
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If the Ten of Cups reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is deeply unhappy. Unlike the Nine of Cups reversed person who is unhappy with themselves, a Ten of Cups reversed person is unhappy with every aspect of their life and all the people in it. They’re unhappy with their family, partner, coworkers, and even their children and pets. Because this is a Minor Arcana card, some of these traits will not be inherent aspects of their identity. If they are behaving unfavorably, they might just be going through a temporary phase. It may be a behavioral pattern that they can still unlearn, if they choose to. Good or bad, nobody is perfect, and people can use their free will to change for the better.
For physical characteristics, the Ten of Cups reversed as a person represents someone who is unhappy, even if they create a facade of being happy. If you’re inquiring about somebody who seemingly looks happy on social media, the truth is that they’re not that happy at all. In fact, they’re probably miserable. They resent their entire wardrobe, because they wear what they wear to please others. They despise everything they eat, because they eat it to impress others or follow a lifestyle that they don’t truly believe in.
For emotional characteristics, the Ten of Cups reversed as a person represents someone who feels empty inside. In numerology, the number 10 is all about feeling fulfilled and experiencing a positive completion. When this card is running the reverse, it may indicate that you’re dealing with someone who feels like they can’t be themselves. Pisces is a sign that rules illusions, and Mars can be a violent and angry planet. Despite their efforts to paint an image of being happy, they just brewing anger, resentment, and exhaustion deep down.
For careers, the Ten of Cups reversed can represent someone who may be extremely unhappy at their workplace. In the upright position this card is all about emotional fulfillment, but when drawn in the reverse, this person does not feel fulfilled at work whatsoever. If they’re well paid at their job, they are seriously questioning whether or not the compensation is worth it. This card’s astrological association with Mars indicates resentment and anger getting in the way of their career. They’ve been successful at faking it until they make it up to this point, but they are unsure if they can go any further.
The Ten of Cups reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel unhappy. When you’re around somebody who’s this unhappy with their lives, you’re going to feel their energy sooner or later. If you’re romantically involved with this person, this might be a good time to reassess where you are in this relationship, because neither of you are happy or emotionally fulfilled. Moreover, drawing this card in the reverse usually indicates the person in question is not marriage material, especially if you want to start a family. This person may not make a great parent due to unresolved childhood issues. Or, they may not be interested in children at all.
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For love readings, the Ten of Cups represents happiness, emotional fulfillment, and domestic harmony. Where everyone else wants to be, you already are. There is wholeness, harmony, and a sense of belonging here. The Ten of Cups reminds us that we can always count on our loved ones when things get rough. They make life worth it.
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